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.
Charmie McKinney graduated from MSU in May 2000 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Microbiology. After working eleven years as a Microbiologist in the pharmaceutical industry, she decided to go back to school to pursue a Masters of Arts in Teaching (2010) and a Master of Education in ESL/Reading (2015). She also has endorsements in Middle School General, Biological and Physical Science as well as Special Education. Both Master degrees and endorsements were received from National-Louis University in Chicago.
She worked as a Special Education Teacher for several years, but currently works as a 7th grade science teacher at Michelle Obama School of Technology and the Arts in Park Forrest, IL.
Charmie has always been an active Spartan since graduating from MSU. She served as MSUBA Chicago President from 2015-2018 and has volunteered at various Spartan events throughout the years. She also belongs to the National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc, a professional organization for educators. Charmie joined the board in 2019.
Charmie is originally from Detroit, MI, but has resided in Chicago since 2002 where she currently lives on the south side.
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.
Stephanie Simowski graduated from MSU in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in Zoology. After interning in Washington D.C. with a small environmental non-profit, Stephanie attended Saint Louis University, earning a Master of Arts in Sustainability.
Stephanie moved to Chicago in 2013 and started her career as a consultant, configuring environmental, health, safety and sustainability software for some of the biggest companies around the globe. She moved to The Nature Conservancy in 2016, where she manages the technology for a Great Lakes information management and delivery project, and continues to pursue her passion for conservation and the great outdoors.
Stephanie joined the board in 2020, and volunteered at her first Sparty Ball earlier in the year. She travels anytime she has a chance! Most recent travels include trips to Mexico, Croatia and Hungary.
Stephanie is from Plymouth, MI and currently resides in Logan Square.
Emily graduated from MSU in 2019 with a BS of science in Kinesiology, minoring in Environmental health and bioethics. She now works for CVS Health as a health benefits administration analyst in downtown Chicago.
Hobbies include running, traveling, and experimenting in the kitchen with vegan recipes. She is currently training for her first marathon, and have traveled to Europe, Australia, and South America in the last few years. Passion for meeting new people and learning about their cultures through traveling and food!
Emily grew up in the East Lansing area, both her parents are Alumni and staff of the University. Her brother is also a current student! While attending MSU, she interned for the MSU Alumni Office, participated in MSU’s Study abroad program, and Alternative spring breaks.
She now lives in Wrigleyville and absolutely loves everything about the Chicago area! She is very happy to be volunteering with the group!