Executive Board Members
Natalie Trent, MSA, President
Human Resources Specialist
Grand Valley State University
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.
Natalie Brown, President-Elect
Human Resources Director, School of Dentistry
University of Michigan
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.
Deborah McCrory, Past President
Human Resources Consultant, Client Services
Wayne State University
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.
Joe Zynda, Secretary
Interim Human Resource Manager, University Library
University of Michigan
Joe has been a Human Resource Generalist for the University of Michigan Library since 2015. He is also currently serving as the Interim Human Resource Manager for the library. 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 10 years of human resource experience in the public and private sectors.
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.
Emmalee Amthor, At Large Board Member
Human Resources Assistant
Saginaw Valley State University
Emmalee is a Human Resources Assistant, in the Human Resources Office at Saginaw Valley State University. She’s been with the University since 2018 and has been in the Human Resources field for six years and was in the legal field for three years.
Emmalee has her Bachelor of Human Resources from Capella University and a Paralegal Degree, she is currently obtaining her Master degree in Public Administration from Saginaw Valley State University, with a completion date of Fall 2020. She plans to obtain her SHRM certification in the future. Currently, her responsibilities include processing new hire paperwork, verifying background checks, assisting employees with verifications, supervising student employees, and working on other employment related matters. In addition, she assists the Director of Human Resources with investigations and is on the implementation team for the new talent management system.
Carolyn Gregurich, At Large Board Member
HR Generalist, School of Information
University of Michigan
Carolyn is a Human Resources Generalist for the School of Information at the University of Michigan. She’s been at the University since 2012, in various roles, including Benefits Specialist, and Human Resources Assistant.
Carolyn has her Bachelors of Applied Arts through Central Michigan University, and received her SHRM-CP certification in 2015. Currently, her responsibilities include guiding the hiring and selection process for staff, temporary, and graduate student assistant positions. In addition, she is the main point of contact for immigration and visa sponsorship matters, medical and FMLA administration, and assistance with employee relations.
Kendra Huckins, At Large Board Member
Assistant Director of Faculty Personnel Services
Central Michigan University
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.
Assistant Director of Academic Affairs, School of Information
University of Michigan
Heidi Skrzypek is the Assistant Director of Academic Affairs at the University of Michigan School of Information. She has been employed at the School of Information in a variety of capacities since 2003, including Assistant Director of Human Resources and Business Operations, Academic Secretary, Senior Secretary, and Human Resources Assistant. She joined the university staff in 2001 as a Payroll Specialist.
In 2014, she was recognized by the University of Michigan Association of Administrative Office Professionals with the Award of Excellence, the first staff member outside of the U-M Health System to earn this award. Also in 2014, she received the Peer to Peer Staff Award of the U-M School of Information.