Public Affairs Staff
Office: (734) 936-5190
Rick Fitzgerald, Associate Vice President for Public Affairs
Main areas of responsibility are endowment, major initiatives, legal and reputational issues.
Rick serves as the primary public spokesperson for the university, leads the university issues management team and handles various projects on behalf of the vice president for communications. He joined Public Affairs in 2009 after a long career in the news business. He graduated a very long time ago (1975) from Central Michigan University with a degree in journalism and English. In 2014, he completed a master of science in administration degree, also from CMU. He lives in the Dexter area with his wife, Cathy, a registered dietitian with MHealthy. They enjoy trail running, bicycling and all things outdoors.
Ashley Brooks, Administrative Assistant
Main areas of responsibility are calendar support for the assistant vice president and associate director for Public Affairs, efforts, as well as handles memorabilia requests.
Ashley joined the university in an administrative support role in 2017, and joined the Public Affairs team in 2020. She graduated with her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Michigan, where she fell in love with the city of Ann Arbor and the university. Before moving back to Ann Arbor, she provided support as an assistant property manager at a large property management company in Chicago, IL. In her spare time, she enjoys camping and hiking all over the state of Michigan with her husband.
Kim Broekhuizen, Associate Director
Main areas of responsibility are emergency preparedness, rankings, major initiatives and reputational issues.
Kim has been a member of the Public Affairs team for more than 20 years. She was recently named associate director of public affairs and serves as a public spokesperson for the university. In her role, she works on a number of projects ranging from emergency communications to university rankings. She graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a degree in journalism. Outside of work, she spends much of her time on the soccer fields with her children. She also enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors with her family.
Dana Elger, Public Affairs Representative
Main areas of responsibility are sexual misconduct, sustainability and emergency preparedness.
Dana joined the Public Affairs team in 2009. As a senior public affairs specialist, she assists leadership and campus units with a range of support from media preparation and the development of talking points to communication planning and the launching of initiatives. She also is responsible for managing communications promoting the university’s sustainability brand, Planet Blue. She earned her bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in marketing from Oakland University. Prior to U-M, she worked as an account associate at Doner Advertising in Southfield. She enjoys spending time outdoors, traveling and relaxing with her family of four.
Don Jordan, Public Affairs Representative
Main areas of responsibility are university budget, affordability and enrollment management.
Don joined the Public Affairs staff this year after working in marketing and communications for the U-M Office of Enrollment Management. Prior to joining U-M in 2016, Don covered education and government as a newspaper reporter for The Palm Beach Post in West Palm Beach, Fla., taught high school journalism and English in Denver, and served as the communications manager for Teach For America’s regional team in Detroit. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Michigan State University and lives in Livonia with his wife, Jessica, and two daughters, Natalie and Esme.
Lauren Love, Public Affairs Representative
Main areas of responsibility are the diversity, equity and inclusion initiative, student mental health and Academic Human Resources.
Lauren comes to Public Affairs with more than a decade of strategic communication and public relations experience. She began her career at the University in Michigan Medicine’s Department of Communication and covered several departments, including gastroenterology, family medicine and the medical school. Before U-M, Lauren was a communications specialist at the University of Notre Dame Law School and before that she served as the press secretary for Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr.’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition in Chicago. Lauren graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She later earned a master of science in public policy from DePaul University.
Hanna Quinlan, Public Affairs Associate
Main areas of responsibility are facilities, construction and rankings.
Hanna joined the Public Affairs team in 2016 after earning a B.A.A. in communication with a minor in broadcast and cinematic arts from Central Michigan University. She jumped to her current role in 2019 and assists with managing the Public Affairs social media account and confirming student enrollment. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time on the sandy shores of Lake Michigan, where she was born and raised.
University Record Staff
James Iseler, University Record Editor
Jamie has been with The University Record since 2009. As editor, he oversees the production and distribution of the Record’s website and daily email edition. Prior to joining U-M, Jamie spent more than 30 years working for weekly and daily newspapers, most of that time as a reporter, editor and copy editor at the Jackson Citizen Patriot. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and political science from Central Michigan University.
Jeffrey Bleiler, University Record Associate Editor
Jeff joined the Record in 2019 as associate editor — assisting with story planning, editing and production of its print, online and daily email editions — after a lengthy career in journalism and communications, mostly with the Jackson Citizen Patriot as a sports reporter, copy editor and news/sports leader, and with MLive Media Group as a news and local sports leader. He earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Eastern Michigan University and lives in Jackson with his wife, Amy, and their two children, Joseph and Jamie.
Ann Zaniewski, University Record Staff Writer
Ann is an Emmy Award-winning reporter with nearly two decades of journalism experience. She joined the Record in 2019, covering major university events, features and news that impacts faculty and staff. She spent seven years with the Detroit Free Press, reporting on education, the justice system, government and many other topics. Notable work there included coverage of a national fungal meningitis outbreak and the restructuring of Detroit Public Schools. She previously worked at The Oakland Press in Pontiac, Mich. She is a graduate of Oakland University.
Steve Culver, University Record Graphic Designer
Steve brings more than 30 years of experience in newspaper design and production to his position as graphic designer for The University Record. He also has assisted students at The Michigan Daily and Monroe Street Journal in production of their publications. Concurrent to his career in newspaper design, Steve also publishes a magazine for Southeast Michigan’s LGBT community, which he has operated since 1990. He joined the Record team in 2014.