Lori Crose has been with Oakland University (OU) in Rochester, Michigan since 2000 and is the Director of Strategic Programs. In this position she has administrative responsibility for educational programs across the University including credit and non-credit certificates, re-licensure training, certification training and retooling programs at and above the post-bachelor level. In addition, she is responsible for developing high quality, new and innovative programming that will align with county, state, and federal employment trends and is charged with connecting them with the government and business communities. Lori has served as Director of OU’s Personal Financial Planning Certificate Program for the last ten years.
Prior to higher education, she worked in the healthcare industry serving as laboratory research assistant at both Illinois State University in Bloomington, Illinois and Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield, Illinois. Later, she served as Senior Microbiologist at Pharmacia-Upjohn in Kalamazoo, Michigan. While there, her research on Streptomyces transposons resulted in several white paper publications and she received numerous awards for her contribution to antibiotic production process improvements.
Lori earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration in 2002 from Oakland University and a Bachelor’s Degree from Illinois College in 1981. She has served two terms as the Central Region Secretary for the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) organization and served on the Central Region Planning Committee in 2015. She recently served as a member of the Oakland County’s Workforce Development Business Roundtable and represented Oakland University Representative on the Oakland County Emerging Sectors Educational Consortium.
Amy Olind is the Assistant Director of Strategic Programs. Aside from assisting the Director, she is responsible for the marketing of all PACE programs, and works to streamline and increase connections within the department units to ensure marketing and other needs are being met. She is responsible for compliance and managing the test preparation and quantitative methods programs, and also oversees the PACE website and social media platforms
Amy is currently completing her Master of Public Administration at OU. She is on the board for the student chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and is a member of the Pi Alpha Alpha academic honor society. For the past three years, she has represented OU at the NASPAA global simulation competition, where she worked with teammates to solve problems related to health care, climate change, and sustainable development.
Prior to OU, Amy completed her Master of Arts in Teaching (’09) at Wayne State, and is certified in Secondary ESL and Social Studies. To align with her love of travel, she finished her Master’s project in Spain, where she studied the historical influences on the contemporary Spanish cultural identity. She has taught in an array of educational environments, and was most recently the Lead Social Studies Teacher at a virtual academy, a position that required the utilization of best practices related to virtual learning and technology. Prior to teaching, she completed her Bachelor’s Degree at Central Michigan University (’06), and was a dual major in Political Science and Spanish.
Linda Wallace earned her B.A. degree from Western Michigan in English and secondary teaching. After 10 years of teaching secondary English, she decided to earn a Paralegal Certificate from Oakland University. Her ideal paralegal job began at Dickinson, Wright, in commercial litigation. She enjoyed discovery work and preparing for trials. One of the highlights of her career was a 9 week trial in Wayne County Circuit Court. Much was learned during this experience.
Linda's paralegal experience brought her to Oakland University as an instructor for Ethics and Roles of a Paralegal. Since 2006 to the present, Linda Wallace has been the paralegal program coordinator and continues this role today.
Lori Oancea is the Executive Director of Success Systems, Training and Development with Michigan Financial Companies, a financial services firm focused in estate planning, wealth accumulation, business planning and executive benefits for both publicly and privately-held companies.
Also an Investment Advisor Representative and an attorney, she is uniquely qualified to address the diverse needs of individuals, families, business owners and their executive teams. She provides client recommendations for concerns related to insurance planning, asset allocation, funding for education and planning for retirement goals.
Jennifer is a Program Assistant for the Center for Human Animal Interventions in the School of Nursing and has been with the program since 2013 as part of the initial development team for the Center's implementation. Her responsibilities include ensuring that the implementation process meets the University's requirements while maintaining the integrity of the overall strategic vision for the Center. Jennifer is also a co-facilitator for the Human Animal Intervention Learning Community on campus.
Jennifer earned her Master's Degree in Public Administration from Oakland University in 2014 and a Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy in 2011. As part of her graduate study, Jennifer wrote on the importance of education for vulnerable populations focused primarily on women who are currently incarcerated. While a graduate student at OU, she was the Treasurer of Pure Michigan Talent Connect; a student run organization that highlights the importance of keeping recent college graduates employed within the state. She was also honored for her academic achievements with her induction into Pi Alpha Alpha for Public Administrators.
Carrie Sliwinski, the Registrar Office Coordinator for Professional and Continuing Education (PACE) has been with Oakland University (OU) since 2000. Carrie began at OU as a student assistant while she completed her Bachelor of Arts Degree. In 2006, she became a full-time staff member and has been working at Oakland University since then in various roles including the Continuing Education Office Assistant, School of Business Administration Events Coordinator, and the Assistant to the Associate Dean. Carrie has continued her studies while working at Oakland University receiving a Masters of Training and Development from OU in December 2015.
In her current role as the Registrar Office Coordinator for PACE, she is responsible for leading the registration and enrollment team, acts as technical manager for Banner Flexible Registration system, is customer service liaison and implements business and compliance operations for PACE.
Mona earned her B.S. in Finance from Oakland University in 2008 and her B.A. in Library and Archival Sciences from Lucian Blaga University (Romania) in 1998.
She has work experience in both the public and private work environments. From 1999 to 2003, Mona served as school librarian and textbook administrator for a public school. The experience she gained was instrumental in her development of excellent organizational skills as well as growing an interest in the financial part of her occupation. In 2002, she decided to switch fields and began her studies in business - finance. After graduating from OU, Mona continued her education by enrolling into one of the PACE programs, Data Mining and Business Intelligence. In 2011, Mona gained experience in private industry while working as a Billing and Accounts Payable Representative for a company in Detroit.
In 2016 Mona became part of her Alma mater, Oakland University, when she joined the PACE team as the Registration Assistant. Among Mona’s responsibilities are enrollment support, customer service, managing and reviewing the PACE webpage content, as well as assisting students with registration, their accounts and technical issues.