Executive Board

Executive Board Members

Natalie Brown, President
Human Resources Director, School of Dentistry
University of Michigan

(734) 764-9415

Natalie Brown is the Human Resources Director at the University of Michigan’s School of Dentistry. As the HR Director, Natalie provides strategic leadership and oversight for the school’s Human Resources strategy and operations. Guided by the leading best practices in organizational development initiatives, Natalie plans, directs and implements the school’s HR strategy to recruit and retain a talented and diverse faculty and staff. Helping organizations advance their mission and people advance their careers, has been the guiding motivation behind her work and success.

Natalie was born and raised in Ann Arbor. She received her B.S. and M.B.A. from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in Tallahassee, Florida. She continued her education at Eastern Michigan University receiving a Graduate Certificate in Human Resources Management. Natalie holds both HR certifications: SPHR and SHRM-SCP.

Even as an active member of the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti community, Natalie continues to serve others through her volunteer commitments. Currently, she is a volunteer with CUPA-HR’s Michigan Chapter, previously held two Committee Chair positions (Diversity Chair and Social Media Chair) for the Greater Ann Arbor Society for Human Resources (GAASHRM), served on the board of State of Michigan National African American Association of Human Resources (NAAAHR) chapter and volunteered at the NAAAHR national conference. Additionally, Natalie’s passion for others and the community is displayed through her decade of activity with a national community service sorority.


Christina Corson, President-Elect
Director of Human Resources / HR Title IX Coordinator
Adrian College

(517) 265-5161 ext. 3999

Christina Corson is a performance driven and tenacious leader with experience in Operations and Human Resource management, recruitment, benefit implementation, corporate policy, compliance (FMLA, ADA, DOL, etc.) and employment law. A strategic planner and builder in the development of innovative Operations and HR initiatives to streamline processes and capitalize on organizational culture and growth opportunities. A positive and creative thinker, problem solver and decision maker who effectively balances the needs of the internal and external customer. Strong communication, interpersonal relations, mentoring, leading, negotiation and organizational skills.

Christina has 8 years’ experience in the field of Human Resources. Currently she is the Director of Human Resources/ HR Title IX Coordinator at Adrian College. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Central Michigan University and her Master of Arts degree from Siena Heights University. Christina holds the following certifications: HRCI – Professional Human Resources (PHR) and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace. Currently, she is a volunteer with CUPA-HR’s Michigan Chapter Learning Committee and is looking forward to serving as the President – Elect for MI CUPA-HR.


Natalie Trent, MSA, Past President
Human Resources Specialist
Grand Valley State University

616-331-2925

Natalie has been working in higher education since 2011. She is currently a Human Resources Specialist at Grand Valley State University. She is responsible for many areas of the employment life cycle, with particular focus on leaves of absences, employee relations, union contracts and training/development. Additionally, Natalie leads the new hire experience for new staff at GVSU, managing all components of the online onboarding portal, as well as the in person orientation.

Natalie obtained her Masters of Science in Administration (MSA) from Central Michigan University in 2016. Her undergraduate degree, a Bachelor of Arts in Communications, is from Michigan State University.


Joe Zynda, Secretary
Human Resources Manager, University Library
University of Michigan


(734) 936-2450

Joe has been a Human Resource Generalist for the University of Michigan Library since 2015 and a Human Resources Manager since 2019. He provides strategic and consultative human resource support in matters such as compensation, workforce planning, employee relations, and compliance (FMLA, ADA, etc.). He also manages projects on human resource operations and workflow management. Prior to joining the University of Michigan, Joe worked at Lockheed Martin Corporation in numerous HR generalist and specialist roles including labor relations, recruitment, and diversity and equal opportunity programs.

Joe has a Masters in Business Administration from Michigan State University, a Bachelors in Sociology from Northwestern University, and over 13 years of human resource experience in the public and private sectors. He has held a SHRM-SCP certification since 2020.


Julie Lowman, Treasurer
Director of Finance and Human Resources, University Communications
Michigan State University

(517) 353-0768

As the Director of Finance and Human Resources for University Communications at Michigan State University, Julie is responsible for managing the budgets, human resources, purchasing and facilities management functions for the unit. Additionally, she works with the leadership team on organizational planning and performance improvement initiatives.

Julie graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Finance from Michigan State University and a Master of Public Administration from Western Michigan University. She has enjoyed 19 years working in various positions across campus, gaining experience in the areas of accounting, research administration and human resources.


Deborah McCrory, At Large Board Member
Human Resources Consultant, Client Services
Wayne State University

(313) 577-5019

Deborah has been a member of MI-CUPA since 2009 and has been a MI-CUPA Board Member since 2016.  Deborah is a Human Resources Consultant at Wayne State University supporting Student Auxiliary Services, VP, Finance and Business Operations, Budget, Planning & Analysis, Financial Services, Public Safety, Athletics, Marketing and Communications, and WDET.  She provides consultative services in several areas including employment, recruitment, employee relations and labor relations, organizational development and training, compensation and benefits administration.

Deborah has a Master of Labor and Industrial Relations degree from Michigan State University, and Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan-Dearborn.  She has held SPHR certification since 2008.


Kendra Huckins, At Large Board Member
Assistant Director of Faculty Personnel Services
Central Michigan University

(989) 774-4483

Kendra is the Assistant Director of Faculty Personnel Services at Central Michigan University. In this role, she provides advice, support, training and professional education to the academic community in the management and administration of CMU’s employment relationships with faculty and graduate assistants.

Kendra has more than ten years of human resource experience. She earned a Bachelor of Applied Arts and a Master of Business Administration from Central Michigan University, and is both PHR and SHRM-CP certified.