Serve on the Board


The CUPA-HR Michigan Chapter board is seeking nominations – both self-nominations and nominations of your colleagues – for At-Large board members. As a board member you will have the opportunity to engage with and support your fellow Michiganders working in the Michigan Higher Education Community. Terms will begin July 1, 2021.

The College and University Professional Association in Human Resources (CUPA-HR) has been at the forefront of education and resources for COVID-19, specifically for HR professionals in colleges and universities. As you may already know, the CUPA-HR community provides a means for HR professionals like you to exchange information, tips, and resources with your fellow colleagues across the country and in Michigan. In these uniquely challenging times, we need each other more than ever, and that includes leadership of our state chapter.

The At-Large member (two-year commitment) collaborate with the board on programming, building chapter resources and assisting with the strategic mission of the chapter. The expected average level of commitment for the At Large member is approximately thirty minutes per week or two hours every month.

Chapter Officer Selection Criteria

  • Officers must be committed to the chapter and its activities.
  • All individuals holding a designated officer position must be listed as a representative of a higher education institution that is a member of the CUPA-HR national organization
  • Officers must be a higher education HR professional who is currently employed in the field with no less than 50 percent of their job devoted to HR activities.
  • Officers must provide leadership that is consistent with CUPA-HR’s commitment to providing equal opportunity for participation in all aspects of the organization without regard to race, gender, national/ethnic origin, sexual orientation, age, veteran, religion, or disabled status.

Nominations should include a resume or CV of the nominee as well as a statement of interest. The statement of interest should include a brief overview of the nominee’s contributions to higher education. Submit a nomination to Chapter Secretary Joe Zynda at .

Click here to learn more about our current board members and reach out to any one of them if you have additional questions.

Service to the Michigan Chapter board is on a voluntary basis and requires commitment throughout the term to manage programming, communications, finances, and conferences.

Why We’re on the Michigan Chapter Board

Natalie Trent, President

  • After being fortunate enough to attend my second national CUPA-HR conference, I knew this organization was doing things right when it came to providing education, networking and growth opportunities for HR professionals in higher education. From there, I just had to get more involved.
  • Having a network to call on for advice, guidance and experience provides another level of learning.

Deborah McCrory, Past President

  • My interest in Michigan CUPA-HR stemmed from attending conferences, both state and national and presenting at a conference. I became an at-large board member in 2016 because I wanted to be a part of an organization whose mission was to educate and support higher educational professionals.
  • Since becoming a board member, CUPA-HR has provided me with leadership development opportunities at the national level. This has helped me with taking on other roles on the board, especially my current role as President.
  • Collaborating with others on the board is very fulfilling. I especially enjoy the camaraderie among the board members. We work together in a positive fashion as volunteers to provide meaningful educational opportunities, such as conferences and webinars, to support other higher educational professionals in Michigan.

Julie Lowman, Treasurer

  • My interest was not only in expanding my HR knowledge but also my network of HR professionals…While broader HR conferences are great and provide a lot of valuable resources, I really liked that CUPA-HR was geared towards higher ed and approached its learning framework from that perspective.
  • I was also interested because I knew this would challenge me in new ways I might not otherwise have been challenged. This would allow me to add a little variety to my day-to-day job, develop new skills and get out of my comfort zone.

Joe Zynda, Secretary

  • CUPA-HR provided me a way to learn about higher education after moving into the industry after years of working in the private sector. It connected me with a network of HR professionals across the state and helped me appreciate the uniqueness of working in higher ed.
  • After attending two state conferences, presenting at one, and helping to coordinate one, joining the state board seemed like the next step in my involvement. It has been a great way to give back to an organization that helped me immensely in my career.

Emmalee Amthor, At-Large Board Member

  • I attended the 2019 CUPA-HR conference and loved it!! It had great speakers and break sessions and I thought I would like to become a board member. I have a love for HR and learning and thought this was a great opportunity to expand my HR network and be a part of a great group of individuals.
  • This opportunity has led me to serve on subcommittees and provided the opportunity to collaborate with other Higher Education professionals where otherwise I would not have had that opportunity to make those connections.

Kendra Huckins, At-Large Board Member

  • I am a human resources champion and am vested in advancing the field. I have always been impressed with the quality and breadth of networking and educational opportunities that CUPA-HR has offered and wanted to support an organization whose purpose I am passionate about.
  • Becoming involved with MI CUPA-HR has afforded me the opportunity to expand my professional network both within the state of Michigan and nationally. Networking with and learning from this diverse community of professionals with different backgrounds and insights provides me invaluable access to new ways of approaching problems and identifying novel solutions.

Heidi Skrzypek, At-Large Board Member

  • I became interested in joining the board when I had attended several conferences and noticed the great committee of people from across the state of MI.
  • Hosting the MI CUPA-HR Conference as chapter president was one of my biggest highlights of my career. It was an achievement I will never forget. It’s what service work is all about and I was glad I was able to do it with my university colleagues.

Carolyn Gregurich, At-Large Board Member

  • I was thrilled to discover University of Michigan (thanks to its former CHRO) played an active role in a professional organization like CUPA-HR, especially given that so many HR processes are unique in higher ed versus industry or non-profit worlds.
  • I was encouraged to join the board by a colleague as an opportunity to expand my network and have a great resume builder. Have been so thankful and happy for the friends I’ve made and the great events I’ve been able to be a part of.

Jake Lathrop, Midwest Regional Board Representative

  • I was fortunate to have been recommended by our CHRO…and was eager for professional development opportunities. I was largely unfamiliar with the board and what it meant to serve, but was quickly welcomed by the current board members and my CUPA-HR career was up-and-running.
  • I never could have imagined the immensely positive impact serving has had on me individually and in my career. I have found that I’ve become much more confident and extroverted in the workplace and am able to get in front of hundreds of people and speak, which would have seemed impossible years ago.