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
Mary is the Academic Advisor for LMC's South Haven Campus. She has been a resident of the South Haven area for 15 years. Mary graduated with high honors from LMC with her AAB in 2003. She began working for LMC the following fall at the Napier Campus in Benton Harbor and continued her education. After graduating Summa Cum Laude with her Bachelor of Applied Science from Siena Heights University in 2007, she worked for a year as the campus secretary at LMC's M-Tec facility. She then took a job as the South Haven Campus Coordinator. A veteran of over 30 years in Michigan Public Schools, Mary has been a paraprofessional in both Middle School and High School levels at Belding Area Schools as well as a pre-school instructor and day care worker. She previously taught CLS100 and OIS classes for LMC in addition to her other responsibilities for the college. Mary serves on the South Haven Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
Brandon Flowers is the Educational Services Manager of the Start to Finish Program at Lake Michigan College. Brandon works with Benton Harbor Area graduates to develop and achieve academic goals. This includes teaching College Life Studies courses, providing academic assistance and advising, developing improvement plans, monitoring achievement metrics, and referral to campus resources. He received his Bachelor of Arts in English Secondary Education from Western Michigan University and is currently working toward a Master of Science in School Counseling from Capella University.
Dr. Kenneth Flowers spent the first 14 years of his career in manufacturing, starting in the mold making industry as an apprentice and ultimately finishing as journeyman mold maker and mold designer at Hanson Mold. Since 1997 he has worked at Lake Michigan College in the Career and Workforce Education Division as an adjunct faculty, full time faculty and Department Chair. He has been the Dean of Career and Workforce Education since 2014. He lives in St. Joseph, MI with wife Misty. Ken and Misty have two children, Austin and Lindsey, and one granddaughter, Ryatt.
PhD , Ed Leadership: Career & Tech Education; Master of Science, Career & Technical Education; Bachelors of Science, Precision Machining, Mgmt