The Sanger team and its faculty champions serve more than 3,000 students across nine academic programs at Michigan Ross and offer several programs for the entire student body at Michigan. We thrive in providing challenging and transformative experiences that develop students into leaders for business and society.

Staff

Evan Marie Allison

Evan Marie Allison

Associate Director

evamarie@umich.edu

Bio

Michigan Model Color: Red

Evan Marie is an associate director at the Sanger Leadership Center at Michigan Ross. She designs and facilitates leadership development programs for a variety of academic programs at Ross and the broader U-M community. She also provides thought partnership to students who collaborate in Sanger programs or seek input into the design and execution of their own initiatives. In addition, Evan Marie is responsible for advancing and measuring Sanger’s programmatic results and team efficiency.

Prior to coming to Sanger, Evan Marie served as the Event & Emergency Response Coordinator for an environmental health and justice non-profit, the Louisiana Bucket Brigade. In that role, she managed an emergency response team who served underrepresented communities impacted by petrochemical accidents. Previous to that, she served in Americorps aiding in disaster relief efforts.

Evan Marie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Central Michigan University. Lastly, she is avid outdoorswoman, painter, dancer, and studies multiple martial arts.

Ben Applebaum-Bach

Ben Applebaum-Bach

Program Coordinator

bbauch@umich.edu

Bio

Ben is a program coordinator at the Sanger Leadership Center at Michigan Ross. He advances the development and delivery of leadership programs both for Ross students and the wider U-M community. He also provides logistical support for learning communities and individuals looking to expand their leadership capacities.  

Prior to his time at Sanger, Ben served in a variety of roles for the American Youth Foundation, a non-profit committed to positive youth development and community building through experiential education. Most recently, as a project manager, he explored new program initiatives while implementing organizational systems that increased operational efficiency.

Ben holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from Boston University. He is an avid backpacker and long distance hiker. He also enjoys baking berry pies and cooking.

Michelle Austin

Marketing Manager

meelliso@umich.edu

Bio

Michigan Model Color: Red

Michelle is a marketing manager at the Sanger Leadership Center at Michigan Ross. She advances the Center’s engagement with students, faculty, staff, and alumni as well as external audiences and media. Michelle leads marketing and communication efforts including the Sanger newsletter, blog, and social media channels. She also supports all of the Center’s programs by managing communication and supporting event design.

Prior to coming to Sanger, Michelle served as the assistant director of marketing and operations for the Office of University and Development Events at U-M. Previous to that, she worked as a project director for Gongos, Inc., providing market research services to Fortune 500 companies.

Michelle holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Her hobbies include reading, gardening, watching Michigan basketball, and spending time with her husband, her daughter, and her dog, Cazzie.

Jeff Domagala

Associate Director

jeffdom@umich.edu

Bio

Michigan Model Color: Yellow

Jeff Domagala is an associate director at the Sanger Leadership Center at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business. He designs and facilitates leadership development programs for a variety of academic programs at Ross and the broader U-M community. He provides guidance to students who either partner with Sanger or seek input into the design and execution of their own initiatives. In addition, Jeff is responsible for promoting and measuring Sanger’s internal team engagement strategy.

Prior to coming to Michigan, Jeff served as the coordinator for leadership initiatives at Pace University in New York where he directed the operations of four multidimensional leadership programs and two leadership conferences. He also designed and taught a course on leadership development and social change.

Jeff holds a master’s degree in College Student Affairs Leadership from Grand Valley State University. He is an amateur nature photographer and enjoys camping, kayaking, and exploring new places with his family and friends.

Brian Flanagan

Managing Director

btflan@umich.edu

Bio

Michigan Model Color: Green

Brian is managing director of the Sanger Leadership Center at Michigan Ross. In 2012, he became the school’s first managing director of the Ross Leadership Initiative (RLI), which was founded to serve the leadership developmental needs of MBA students. Working with key faculty and staff, Brian innovated action based learning programs like the Ross Impact Challenge and Leadership Crisis Challenge that are now replicated at other business schools around the country. He led the co-creation of new and popular initiatives — including Story Lab, Legacy Lab, and Ross Leaders Academy — that now serve the leadership developmental needs of students across nine academic programs at Ross. He collaborated with Professors Scott DeRue and Gretchen Spreitzer to develop the Michigan Model of Leadership, which he now teaches to students and staff across the university.

Since 2015, thanks to a generous gift from the Sanger family, Brian has had the opportunity to build the Sanger Leadership Center. As managing director of the center, he leads an outstanding team of professionals who collaborate with Ross’s top-ranked leadership faculty to develop the leadership mindset, skill set, and personal vision of our students, from undergraduate freshman to senior leaders in the Executive MBA program.

Prior to joining Michigan Ross, Brian served at Grand Valley State University as associate director of the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies (2003-12), program director of the Cook Leadership Academy (2009-12), and adjunct professor of public, nonprofit, and health administration (2010-12). During his nine years at Grand Valley, Brian founded or co-founded the Cook Leadership Academy, Wheelhouse Talks, and Leadership University, an online forum where students plan, synthesize, and showcase their leadership learning. He managed leadership development for the Seidman College of Business’s full-time MBA program and taught leadership courses for public, nonprofit, and health administration students that drew insights from the liberal arts and the natural, formal, and social sciences.

Brian is an avid reader and passionate learner who holds degrees from the University of Notre Dame and Grand Valley State University, but he owes his steepest learning curve to his wife, Lauren, and daughters, Ella and Avery.

Erica Haughton

Program Coordinator

eritoma@umich.edu

Bio

Michigan Model Color: Red

Erica is a program coordinator at the Sanger Leadership Center at Michigan Ross. She assists the development, execution, and evaluation of leadership development programs for a variety of academic programs at Ross and the broader U-M community. She is also responsible for event details and logistical elements that enhance program experiences for all stakeholders.

Prior to coming to Sanger, Erica served as an events associate for the Office of University and Development Events at U-M.

Erica holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Management from Grand Valley State University. She is a fitness enthusiast, an avid reader and is mildly obsessed with her cavalier king charles spaniel, Lily.

Silke Janz

Associate Director

sija@umich.edu

Bio

Michigan Model Color: Red

Silke is an associate director at the Sanger Leadership Center at Michigan Ross. She designs and facilitates leadership development programs for a variety of academic programs at Ross and the broader U-M community. She also provides leadership coaching to students. In addition, Silke works on developing new frameworks and programs to enhance the personalization of student education at Ross.

Prior to coming to Michigan, Silke served at Bose Corporation as internal leadership coach and consultant. Previous to that, she worked at Harvard’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, providing leadership development, coaching, and internal consulting.

Silke holds a master’s degree in Adult Education from the Pädagogische Hochschule, Freiburg, Germany. She is an avid swimmer, plays the piano, and runs a trilingual household.

Faculty Champions

Sue Ashford

Michael & Susan Jandernoa Professor of Management and Organizations
Chair of Management & Organizations

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Wayne Baker

Robert P. Thome Professor of Management and Organizations
Professor of Sociology
Professor of Organizational Studies, LSA
Faculty Associate, Institute for Social Research

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Kim Cameron

William Russell Kelly Professor of Management and Organizations

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Paula Caproni

Lecturer of Management and Organizations

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Alison Davis-Blake

Leon Festinger Collegiate Professor of Management
Professor of Management and Organizations

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David Mayer

Michael R. and Mary Kay Hallman Fellow
Associate Professor of Management and Organizations

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Robert Quinn

Professor Emeritus of Management and Organizations

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Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks

Professor of Management and Organizations

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Gretchen Spreitzer

Keith E. and Valerie J. Alessi Professor of Business Administration
Professor of Management and Organizations
Faculty Director, Center for Positive Organizations

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Kathleen Sutcliffe

Professor Emeritus of Business Administration
Professor Emeritus of Management and Organizations

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James P. Walsh

A.F. Thurnau Professor
Gerald and Esther Carey Professor of Business Administration
Professor of Management & Organizations
Professor of Strategy

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