Candice Elders joined Lake Michigan College's marketing team in 2014. As a proud first-generation college graduate and community college alumnae, she considers herself especially privileged to help spread the word about LMC services, opportunities and accomplishments every day.
Prior to joining LMC, Candice served as Bronson Healthcare's public relations liaison in Kalamazoo, Kinexus' Community Relations Director in Benton Harbor, and Director of Strategic Projects for Michigan Works! in the Upper Peninsula. She was also a TV news reporter for a small NBC affiliate and sold radio advertising.
Candice was graciously tolerated by the good folks at Grand Rapids Community College for more semesters than she'd like to admit before hitting her stride at Northern Michigan University, where she earned a Bachelor's degree in Applied Sociology and Communications, and a Master's degree in Public Administration.
Originally from West Chicago, Candice now resides in Saint Joseph with her husband, John, and daughter, Chloe.
Melissa Emery started at Lake Michigan College as a project manager which included the energy baccalaureate degree, the wine and viticulture program as well as accreditation projects in relationship to the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).
Emery comes to Lake Michigan College from WEP, Inc. serving Northeast Wisconsin where she was the Associate Director and Employment Programs Manager. Emery’s Workforce Development experience spans to Ohio where she was the Associate Director of Cooperative Education at the University of Toledo in the College of Engineering.
Emery is a member of the HLC Peer Review Corp, a Certified Workforce Development Professional (CWDP), and a national CWDP reviewer for the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP). Emery holds a Masters from the University of Toledo and several certifications.
I have been an adjunct professor at Lake Michigan College since 2016 and have previously taught at Ivy Tech. My undergraduate degrees are from Purdue University and I received my Masters in English at Indiana University South Bend where my thesis focused on the legacy and impact of ecclesiastical language in poetry. My thesis has been published by Dos Madres Press since October of 2017 under the title Pyrrhonic.
Master of Arts, English; Bachelor of Science, Creative Writing