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!
Paul Swanson, graduated from MSU in 1989 with a BA in Advertising with an emphasis in music.
Paul is a full time residential real estate broker for Baird & Warner and has recently represented several Chicago area Spartans in the sale or purchase of their home.
Prior to entering real estate, Paul spent 25 years in the music industry promoting new artists, working with Grammy Award winning musicians and managing multi-million dollar tour sponsorships for Fortune 500 companies.
Paul joined the Board in 2014 and resides in Park Ridge with his wife and two daughters. He’s been married his high school sweetheart 25 years ago – a Hawkeye who is adamant that Sparty is the best college representative in the nation. Paul’s oldest daughter is a sophomore at Michigan State and his youngest is 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).
Mark Lawton is a writer/editor for a publisher of trade magazines. He previously worked as a journalist at four newspapers in both the Chicago-metropolitan area and Washington State.
He likes traveling, which has led to such adventures as being trapped by a bear on a trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee, eating dumplings with donkey meat in China and teaching archery for the Boy Scouts outside Detroit.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Michigan State University. He has volunteered in various capacities including tutoring Chinese immigrants in English, stocking bins at a food co-op, reading to blind people and researching grants for an organization that teaches video production to teens from low-income neighborhoods.
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.