Kelsey graduated from MSU in December of 2012 with a Major in Marketing and Minor in Sales Specialization. While completing her undergrad at MSU, she competed in several sales competitions across the country on behalf of the university and was a part of the team that won the National Sales Competition for MSU in 2011.
She is currently working as an Account Executive for a Manufacturing Technology Firm. Kelsey is very active in giving back to her community and is also currently an Ambassador for the YWCA, a Board Member on the Associates Board of the Aids Foundation of Chicago and a Member of the Professional Women’s Club of Chicago.
Kelsey is the board Vice President. She joined the Board in 2014. Previously, Kelsey has served as the Board Secretary.
In her free time, Kelsey enjoys to travel. Her goal is to hit every continent before she dies. She also enjoys boating, going to the beach, snowboarding, running and hanging out with family and friends. Her twin brother also lives in Chicago and she adores her dog, Autumn. Being originally from the East Lansing area, the football atmosphere on campus is something she looks forward to every year and travels home frequently in the fall to visit the Spartan community!
Joe Michalak graduated from Michigan State in 2012 with a B.S. in Economics. He also completed his MBA at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
He is currently a Sr. Financial Analyst at Northern Trust, and serves on the Lyric Young Professional Board, and is also the Treasurer of the Board of Directors of the Chicago Metamorphosis Orchestra Project.
Joe is the Treasurer of the Chicago Spartans, as well as the interim director of the Communications Committee. He joined the Board in 2014.
Joe is originally from Commerce Twp., MI, and currently lives in Chicago’s Streeterville Neighborhood.
Paul Swanson, graduated from MSU in 1989 with a BA in Advertising with an emphasis in music.
Paul is a residential real estate broker for Baird & Warner and has recently represented several Chicago area Spartans in the buying and selling of their property.
Prior to entering real estate, Paul spent 25 years in the music industry promoting new artists, working with Grammy Award winning musicians and negotiating and managing multi-million dollar tour sponsorships for Fortune 500 companies. He has been fortunate to have worked with many terrific artists, but strongly feels that the current rock stars have names like Izzo, Dantonio and Merchant.
Paul joined the Board in 2014.
Paul resides in Park Ridge with his wife and two daughters. He’s been married 24 years to his high school sweetheart, a Hawkeye who is adamant that Sparty is the best college representative in the nation. Paul’s oldest daughter will be a freshman this fall at Michigan State and his youngest will be a junior at Maine South High School.
Matt graduated in 2005 with a B.A. from the School of Hospitality Business in Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University with specialized studies in finance and marketing. At Michigan State, Matt was the Vice President and House Manager of the Michigan Epsilon Chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon. Matt also attended the University of Alabama. During his post-graduate years he has taken professional courses and development programs sponsored by Northwestern University School of Continuing Studies and the Harvard Business School Executive Education.
Matt is responsible for account management at stadiums, venues, hotels, casinos, and large regional/national hospitality groups with the Great Lakes On-Premise team at MillerCoors. Previously, Matt was the Operations Director at US Cellular Field for Delaware North Sportservice over-looking hospitality and retail merchandise for the Chicago White Sox and then holding the position Director of Operations and Assistant General Manager at CenturyLink Field, home of the Seattle Seahawks, Sounders, and WaMu Theatre. He also assisted in operations at Target Field (Twins), Soldier Field (Bears), Lambeau Field (Packers), Miller Park (Brewers), and Comerica Park (Tigers).
Matt joined the board in 2017. He has previously been involved as a volunteer with the board and Spartyball.
A resident of the Lincoln Park neighborhood in Chicago, Matt enjoys golf, city life, movies, and people watching. He finds it rewarding consulting the Michigan State Alumni Association in Chicago. He has Sommelier and Cicerone certifications and consistently expanding his beer knowledge through the Beer Merchant program (placing 2nd in both his 101 and 201 class).
Jacqui graduated from MSU in 2012 with a degree in Political Science. During her tenure at MSU, she was a four-year member of the MSU Figure Skating Team and competed in the 2011 National Collegiate Figure Skating Championship.
She is a Technical Recruiter for MATRIX Resources. She is also strongly committed to serving the local community which includes volunteering at Chicago PAWS and i.c. stars, a non-profit organization aimed at helping low-income adults start their careers within the IT industry.
Jacqui is a Co-Chair of the Membership Engagement Committee where she helps with planning various events and activities for the Chicago Spartan community. Jacqui joined the board in 2017.
Jacqui is a Lansing native and resides in Lincoln Park. In her free time, she enjoys playing beach volleyball, softball, traveling and cheering for her beloved Spartans and Tigers.
Marcia graduated from MSU in 1984 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
As a 1984 mechanical engineering graduate, Marcia spent most of her career doing product engineering and program management in the aircraft and automotive industries. She then shifted to association management with the Society of Women Engineers. She is now on the 3rd phase of her career as a Segway tour guide with Steve’s Segway Tours and Trikke Chicago.
Marcia re-joined the board in 2017, but she has been active in the Michigan State University Alumni Club of Metro Chicago since 1990 when she moved to Chicago. She served on the board from 2006-2009 and is excited about returning. This time around her focus will be on communications.
Marcia started her involvement by participating in high school college nights. More recently she has volunteered on the SpartyBall committee and at community service efforts. As a Lansing native, MSU has been a part of her community since childhood and she loves being in a city with such a strong Spartan presence.
She was Treasurer of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) in 2003 and 2004 and President of the Chicago Regional Section of SWE in 1996. Marcia is also active with organizations in her neighborhood (Sheridan Park in Uptown) and has served as president of the Chicago Toastmasters club for the past 2 years.
Proud Spartan, Financial Journalist and TV Host Angela Miles has spent the past 14 years covering business news and revealing to everyday Americans on how top traders and portfolio managers make money and how they can too.
Prior to becoming well-regarded in the financial industry, Angela’s media background includes Host and Managing Editor of the Nationally Syndicated TV Show “First Business”, Political Correspondent for MSNBC during the 2004 Presidential Election, Prime-Time Anchor in Chicago for CLTV News and Reporter for WGN-TV. Awards include an Emmy for “Best Newscast” and an individual Emmy nomination.
September 14th, 2015, Angela launched the Nationally Syndicated TV Show “Business First AM” and serves as Host and Executive Producer.
You can catch Angela daily at CBOETV.com reporting from the trading floor on the options market in the webcast “In The Money with Angela Miles” and on “Business First AM” airing weekdays in Chicago on WYCC-PBS Channel 20 at 5:00am
Beth Bergman graduated from MSU with her Master’s in Human Resources & Labor Relations in 1994. Her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas is in Communications.
She is currently a Recruiter for Select Medical/Novacare. With the exception of 4 years with Sprint where she recruited for telecom-related jobs, she has recruited for the healthcare field throughout her career.
Beth was elected to the Board in 2014.
Beth moved to Chicago after more than 30 years in Dallas, Texas including 15 years on both the Dallas-Fort Worth MSU Alumni Association Board of Directors and the Dallas Chapter of the University of Texas Alumni Association Board of Directors. Between the two organizations, she has served as Scholarship VP, Community Service VP, Intramurals Coordinator, Membership VP and on several committees. She also served for 8 years as the Red Wings-Stars game event coordinator including several years when we included our friends from U-M as part of the group. Beth lives in Lakeview.
Kelly O’Brien is an associate director of career management at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Through one-on-one coaching and program development and delivery, she assists MBA students and alumni in proactively driving their careers. She holds a BA from Michigan State University, an at-times comical love of grammar and punctuation, and a true passion for helping others on the path to self-discovery and development.
Kelly is a Co-Chair of the Professional Development Committee. She joined the board in 2015.
Mike Potts graduated from Michigan State in 2011 with a BS in Chemical Engineering. He is currently an MBA Candidate at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Business.
He is currently a process control engineer for Avon Products.
Mike joined the board in 2015. He served as a Co-Chair of the Community Outreach Committee from 2015-2017.
Originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan, Mike now lives in the Lincoln Park neighborhood where he is an avid (that’s putting it lightly) game watch attendee (When he can’t make it back to EL to use his season football tickets) and loves meeting other Spartans and sharing the camaraderie. As a die-hard Spartan, he enjoys spreading the good word about the best University the world has to offer. Go Green!