Executive Board

Executive Board Members


David Turner, President
Vice President of University Human Resources
Eastern Michigan University

(734) 487-9733

David is the Vice President of University Human Resources at Eastern Michigan University, he is responsible for the human resource services across Eastern’s large and diverse campus, along with the development and implementation of the comprehensive plans for enhancing service to Eastern’s 2,500+ regular and part-time employees and more than 23,000 students.

Additionally, David has responsibility for the oversight of negotiation and administration of the various collective bargaining agreements along with the development of programs for enhancing Eastern employees’ talent, recognition and rewards, promoting employee wellness, and ensuring a diverse workforce.

David has a Bachelor of Business Administration, Human Resources from Eastern Michigan University, a Master of Science in Administration, Human Resources from Central Michigan University and is currently pursuing a Ph.D., in Human Capital Management.

As an avid life-long learner, David has received the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), the Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP), and the Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) designations.

With over 24 years of human resources and leadership experience, David still has a passion for volunteer service and is currently serving as the President of D-SHRM (Detroit Chapter) and the Farmington Public Schools Board of Education.


Debra Williams, President-Elect
Chief Human Resources Officer and Associate Vice President
Wayne State University

(313) 577-1031

Debra Williams is a catalyst who influences transformation. She partners with boards, C-suite executives and leaders to align customer and employee experience to achieve sustainable business results. She also is a certified professional coach providing executive, leadership and business coaching to leaders across a wide range of industries. Her diverse career includes human resources and operations executive leadership and consulting roles in a broad range of industries and types of companies.

Passionate about community service, community engagement and professional development, Williams has provided board leadership for numerous professional and nonprofit organizations, including the Detroit chapters of the Society for Human Resource Management and the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources, as well as the United Way of Allen County. She received the Athena Leadership Award in recognition of her professional excellence, community service and passion for assisting others in realizing their full leadership potential and is a recipient of the Michigan Chronicle’s Women of Excellence Award. She is also on the Board of Directors of Credential Check Corporation.

Williams earned her Master of Business Administration from Lawrence Technological University, where she also taught in the College of Graduate Management, and a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Wayne State University. She is a published author, and frequent lecturer, presenter and keynote speaker.


Heidi Skrzypek, Past President
Assistant Director of Academic Affairs, School of Information
University of Michigan


(734) 763-4024

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.


Deborah McCrory, Secretary
Human Resources Consultant, Client Services
Wayne State University

(313) 577-5019

Deborah is a Human Resources Consultant at Wayne State University supporting Public Safety, Athletics, Government and Community Affairs, Marketing and Communications, the Office of Economic Development, 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 and has over 15 years of experience working in Human Resources, with 10 years being in higher education.


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.


Carolyn Gregurich, At Large Board Member
HR Generalist, School of Information
University of Michigan

(734) 647-8029

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.


Michael Hill, At Large Board Member
Director of Human Resources
College for Creative Studies

(313) 664-7650

Mike is currently serving as the Director of Human Resources at the College for Creative Studies. He is responsible for directing the overall human resource operations of the college. This includes supervision of the human resources staff and programs for employee relations, benefits, compensation, payroll, recruitment, staffing, and professional development.

Prior to joining the College for Creative Studies, Mike held several HR positions at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Those positions include Operations & Talent Manager, Performance Consultant, and Human Resources Assistant Manager.

Mike has a Bachelor of English and Master in Human Resources Training and Development both from Oakland University, a Master of Science in Human Resources Administration from Central Michigan University and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Business Admin. (DBA) – Human Resources at Liberty University.


Joe White, At Large Board Member
Associate Director for Academic Administration and Chief of Staff
College of Education

Wayne State University

(313) 577-8285

Joe is the Associate Director for Academic Administration and Chief of Staff for the College of Education at Wayne State University, and he is responsible for all aspects of Academic Personnel. This includes responding to the concerns of the three bargaining units that represent the academic employees, addressing OEO complaints and responding to FOIA requests received by the University that relate to the College of Education.  Additionally, Joe is responsible for facilities, technology,  and the investigation and response on behalf of the dean to student complaints and grade appeals.

With more than thirty years of HR experience, Joe has also served in the past as part-time faculty and as Vice President of UAW Local 1979.


Joe Zynda, At Large Board Member
Interim Human Resource Manager
University Library
University of Michigan


(734) 936-2450

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.