Sr. Financial Aid Coordinator at Lake Michigan College since October 2017; prior to LMC, served as an Assistant Director of Financial aid at Pitt Community College in Greenville, NC, and Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. In addition, served 8 years as a financial aid advisor at Walden University and its Laureate’s network US based campuses on a short-term assignment at Santa Fe University of Art and Design (SFUAD) in NM & the NewSchool of Architecture & Design in San Diego, CA. Other work experience in financial aid includes Westwood College in Atlanta and Georgia Perimeter College now part of Georgia State University system.
Earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Homeland Security from the University of Maryland University College (UMUC), and currently attending Concordia University MAT TESOL program.
Worked as a Foreign Service National (FSN) for the US Embassy in Dakar, Senegal, at the Public Affairs Section/ PDO, and then, the Consular Section.
Bilingual French & English; enjoy traveling, photography, sports, arts, all kind of music.
USSF certified grade 7 soccer certified.
Member of the National Language Service Corps (NLSC).
For the last 12 years of my career in the financial aid industry, I have worked with diverse constituents including students, advisers, faculty, program providers, and colleagues. My every day goal as a financial aid advisor is to help students qualify for financial aid, and enroll and successfully graduate from college.
I received my PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology while studying the role of a mouse in large-scale agriculture. I have long been focused on the role of unseen animals in our human-dominated landscapes. This interest stems from a childhood spent in the woods turning over rocks and looking for signs of interesting but hard-to-observe critters.
Education: PhD, Iowa State University, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
MS, San Francisco State University, Ecology and Systematics
BS, Muskingum College, Conservation Biology
National Association of Biology Teachers
Ecological Society of America
American Association for the Advancement of Science
American Society of Mammalogy
Publishes Articles: Doudna, J.W. and B.J. Danielson. 2016. Isotopes from fecal material provides evidence of recent diet of prairie deer mice. Prairie Naturalist 48:11-20.
Doudna, J.W. 2016. Can a biology course rooted in the tree of life overcome student misconceptions? The American Biology Teacher 78:93-98. DOI: 10.1525/abt.2016.78.2.93
Doudna, J.W. and B.J. Danielson. 2015. Rapid morphological change in the masticatory structures of an important ecosystem service provider. PLoS ONE 10(6): e0127218. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0127218
Doudna, J.W., M.E. O’Neal, J.C. Tyndall, and M.J. Helmers. 2015. Perspectives of extension agents and farmers toward an ecosystem service paradigm in the United States Corn Belt. Journal of Extension 53(6). Available at: http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/ent_pubs/337
Doudna, J.W. and E.F. Connor. 2012. Response of terrestrial arthropod assemblages to coastal dune restoration. Ecological Restoration 30:20-26.
Professional/Real-World Experience: Dr. Doudna has worked in a variety of habitats, from restored coal mines in Ohio to sand dunes on the coast of California to the cornfields of Iowa to understand the impacts human endeavors have had on nature and the effects animals have on our human endeavors. Dr. Doudna also worked for a time as a biological consultant in Central California.
Social Links: linkedin.com/in/john-doudna-6731275b
Personal Mantra: "To keep every cog and wheel is the first precaution of intelligent tinkering." – Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac
PhD, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Master of Science, Ecology and Systematics; Bachelor of Science, Conservation Science
Kemmoree Duncombe is currently serving as the Director of Financial Aid at Lake Michigan College. She has the passion and commitment to move our financial aid office forward through innovation, collaboration and a focus on student satisfaction. She began her financial aid career as a Financial Aid Advisor at Andrews University where she worked in various capacities such as Senior Financial Aid Advisor and Veterans Certifying Official. She is very active in organizations within higher education. She is currently serving as the Assistant Treasurer of the Michigan Student Financial Aid Association (MSFAA) and is a active member of the National Association of Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA).
Ms. Duncombe holds a baccalaureate degree in Finance from Andrews University and a graduate degree in Administration from Andrews University.
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.