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 Pieknik
Evan Marie is an associate director for the Sanger Leadership Center at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business. With 10 years of experience in the leadership development field, Evan Marie is passionate about helping others identify and become the best versions of themselves to build a more equitable and just society. As an associate director, she provides oversight to Sanger’s flagship programs (e.g. Story Lab, Legacy Lab, Leadership Crisis Challenge, Ross Leaders Academy), supports the strategic leadership of the Center, and leads Sanger’s diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.
Prior to joining Michigan Ross, Evan Marie spent over 5 years engaging in servant leadership working in the non-profit sector. Most notably, she led grassroots community organizing efforts to develop, empower, and amplify the voices of community leaders.
Evan Marie holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and is currently pursuing a master’s in higher education with a concentration in diversity and social justice at the University of Michigan School of Education. Outside of work, she is an avid outdoorswoman and studies multiple martial arts.
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 is the associate director for strategic partnerships at the Sanger Leadership Center at Michigan Ross. She supports the Center by overseeing its key strategic relationships with stakeholders including the Sanger Advisory Board, faculty, alumni, donors, corporations, and more. Additionally, Michelle oversees several initiatives such as the Sanger Journey and the Michigan Ross Leader Endorsement. She also works closely with the marketing manager to strengthen the Center’s brand at a high level.
Prior to her role as associate director, Michelle has had ten years of experience in higher education. She worked for five years as the Center’s marketing manager and has served as assistant director of marketing and operations for the Office of University and Development Events at U-M.
Michelle holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from the University of Michigan-Dearborn. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Higher Education at the U-M School of Education. Her hobbies include reading, gardening, watching Michigan basketball, and spending time with her husband, her daughter, and her dog, Cazzie
Ani is a program coordinator at the Sanger Leadership Center at Michigan Ross. She assists with the development, execution, and logistics of the Leadership Crisis Challenge. She also supports the Center by assisting with communication design and media development.
Prior to joining Sanger, Ani served as a Graphic Designer for the Department of Communication at Eastern Michigan University.
Ani holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in Graphic Design from Eastern Michigan University. She is passionate about making art, reading, spending time exploring nature, and her work at a local Ann Arbor bookstore.
Jeff Domagala is the managing director at the Sanger Leadership Center at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business. As 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 and empowering the people around him. Jeff is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC), trained by the Co-Active Training Institute, the most rigorous and respected coach training and certification in the industry (2021). He is also a credentialed Associate Certified Coach (ACC) and a member of the International Coaching Federation. 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. In 2020, he developed a course titled “Becoming a Self-Aware Leader” for Michigan’s Wolverine Pathways program.
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.
Erica serves as the associate director for integrative experiences at the Sanger Leadership Center at Michigan Ross. Her responsibilities include overseeing strategy and execution for student onboarding programs and curricular experiences at Ross in addition to Sanger’s learning communities.
Before her associate director role, Erica served as a program coordinator with the Sanger Leadership Center overseeing various flagship programs and an events associate for the Office of University and Development Events at U-M.
Erica holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Grand Valley State University and is currently pursuing an MBA at Michigan Ross. She is a fitness enthusiast, an avid reader, and is mildly obsessed with her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Lily.
Megan is the marketing manager for the Sanger Leadership Center. In her role, she oversees the Center’s brand strategy through the promotion of programs, events, and engagement with both internal and external audiences.
Prior to joining the Sanger team, Megan served in marketing roles at Aysling, Hearst Communications, and the University of Michigan’s Merit Network. During her time at Merit, she supported the Michigan Moonshot initiative by providing community leaders with the resources needed to expand broadband internet access across the state.
Megan holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Strategic Marketing from Davenport University. As a former collegiate hockey player, she loves to spend time at the ice rink and seeks out opportunities to skate, coach, and attend games whenever she can. In the warmer months, Megan enjoys camping, hiking, and exploring Ann Arbor with her family and friends.
Claire Lowande is a program coordinator at the Sanger Leadership Center. She assists with the visioning, execution and evaluation of leadership programs for graduate and undergraduate students at the University of Michigan. She is passionate about skills development for students and aims to provide transformative experiences for future leaders.
Claire’s professional background has been in parks and recreation and collegiate recreation. She brings an understanding of experiential learning, community building, and program planning to her work at Sanger. The work Claire is most proud of has been with the Collegiate Recovery Program at The College of New Jersey where she provided a healthy place for students in recovery to build community, pursue their goals, and be refreshed.
Outside of work, Claire is involved in her church, her woodworking hobby, and outdoor recreation. For her, a perfect day in Ann Arbor includes time at Gallup Park, burgers at Frita Batidos and a stroll through the Arb.
Michael & Susan Jandernoa Professor of Management and Organizations
Chair of Management & Organizations
Robert P. Thome Professor of Management and Organizations
Professor of Sociology
Professor of Organizational Studies, LSA
Faculty Associate, Institute for Social Research
Faculty Director, Center for Positive Organizations
Executive Director, Office of Strategy and Academic Innovation, Professor of Business Administration
Associate Professor of Surgery and Business
Vice Chair for Strategy and Finance, Department of Surgery
Surgical Director, University Hospital Operating Rooms
Director, Michigan Bariatric Surgery Collaborative
John H. Mitchell Professor in Business Ethics
Professor of Management and Organizations
Chair of Management & Organizations
Clinical Assistant Professor of Law
Co-director, Zell Entrepreneurship Clinic
University of Michigan Law School
William Russell Kelly Professor of Business Administration
Professor of Management and Organizations
Merwin H. Waterman Collegiate Professor of Business Administration
Professor of Business Law
Professor Emeritus of Business Administration
Professor Emeritus of Management and Organizations
A.F. Thurnau Professor
Gerald and Esther Carey Professor of Business Administration
Professor of Management & Organizations
Professor of Strategy
Chair of Strategy