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.

Evan Marie Allison

Associate Director

evamarie@umich.edu

Bio

Evan Marie is an associate director for the Sanger Leadership Center who designs and leads leadership development programs, such as Story Lab and Legacy Lab, for students at Michigan Ross and beyond. Helping others identify and become the best versions of themselves is the most rewarding aspect of her work.

Prior to joining Michigan Ross, Evan Marie worked in the environmental health and justice sector as an event & emergency response coordinator managing an emergency response team who aided fence-line communities impacted by petrochemical accidents. Passionate about fostering a more equitable and sustainable society, while in this role Evan Marie served to help empower and amplify the voices of underrepresented communities. Outside of work she is avid backpacker, dancer, and studies multiple martial arts.

Ben Applebaum-Bauch

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

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.

Kiali Curtis

Special Projects Coordinator

kiali@umich.edu

Bio

Kiali is a Special Projects Coordinator at the Sanger Leadership Center at Michigan Ross. She provides logistical and marketing and communication support that enhances or advances the development of leadership programs at Ross and the broader U-M community.

Prior to coming to Sanger, Kiali served as a Global Education Advisor for Global Initiatives at U-M Ross. Kiali holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Spanish Language and Literature. She is a travel enthusiast and loves learning foreign languages and spending time with her kitten, Mellie.

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Jeff Domagala

Interim Managing Director

jeffdom@umich.edu

Bio

Jeff Domagala is the interim managing director at the Sanger Leadership Center at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business. As interim managing director, he is responsible for the strategic oversight of transformative experiences, relationships with stakeholders, and the operations of the center.

Prior to his directorship, he served as an associate director of the Sanger Leadership Center managing a portfolio of programs and developed an internal team engagement strategy. Early in his career, 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.

At his core, he is an educator who cares deeply about transforming the lives of others. He taught a course titled “Becoming a Self-Aware Leader” for Michigan’s Wolverine Pathways program and is currently working towards his leadership coaching certification. He sits on the Alumni Board for Saginaw Valley State University, where he received his undergraduate degree. Jeff has previously served in volunteer capacities with LeaderShape and the Student Leadership Knowledge Community through NASPA.

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.

Lindred Greer

Faculty Director & Associate Professor of Management and Organizations

greerll@umich.edu

Bio

Lindred (Lindy) Greer is the Faculty Director of the Sanger Leadership Center. She is also an Associate Professor of Management & Organizations at Ross. Her research focuses on how to lead effective organizational teams, with specific interests in leadership skills in conflict management, diversity and inclusion, vision crafting, and the communication of emotions. Lindy has published in top management and psychology research outlets such as Academy of Management JournalOrganization Science, Journal of Applied PsychologyScience, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, among others. Her work has also been covered in media outlets including the New York TimesForbes, and Fast Company. She has received awards for her research from the Academy of Management and American Psychological Association, and she was recently named one of the Top 40 under 40 Business School Professors by Poets and Quants.
Lindy also has extensive leadership experience in both academia and business. She’s currently an Associate Editor at the Academy of Management Journal, on the boards of six of the top management and psychology journals, and has served on the boards of professional associations such as the International Association of Conflict Management and the Conflict Management Division of the Academy of Management. She also serves on the boards of start-ups and actively coaches start-up CEOs and founders on leadership skills. She loves connecting with our students and alumni at this level, so always feel free to reach out to her for help in this area.
Lindy received her B.S. from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, and her Ph.D. in social and organizational psychology from Leiden University in the Netherlands. She spent the first part of her career as a professor of psychology in the Netherlands, and then joined the Stanford Graduate School of Business where she spent six years teaching their introduction course to their MBA program on Leading Teams as well as an elective she developed on leadership in startups. Michigan was able to steal her away to join the team at Ross in 2019.
Outside of work, she loves pilates reformer classes, running, dressage (ballroom dancing with a horse!), fantasy books, and her Cavalier King Charles spaniel, Creed.

Erica Haughton

Program Coordinator

eritoma@umich.edu

Bio

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.

Affiliates

Brian Flanagan

Chief Evangelist

Silke Janz

Leadership Coach

Kathy Macdonald

Leadership Coach

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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Mike Barger

Mike Barger

Executive Director, Office of Strategy and Academic Innovation, Professor of Business Administration

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Kim Cameron

Professor Emeritus of Management and Organizations

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Paula Caproni

Lecturer of Management and Organizations

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Charleen Case

Charleen R. Case

Assistant Professor for Management and Organizations

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Julia Lee

Julia Lee Cunningham

Assistant Professor of Management and Organizations

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Amir Ghaferi

Associate Professor of Surgery and Business

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Derek Harmon

Assistant Professor of Strategy

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Shirli Kopelman

Clinical 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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Venkatram Ramaswamy

Professor of Marketing

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Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks

Professor of Management and Organizations

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Cindy Schipani

Merwin H. Waterman Collegiate Professor of Business Administration
Professor of Business Law

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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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James Westphal

Harvey C. Fruehauf Professor of Business Administration
Professor of Strategy
Co-Director of ICOS

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Oscar Ybarra

Oscar Ybarra

Professor of Psychology, Professor of Management and Organizations

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