Master Arts and Sciences Counseling and Personnel
Bachelors Arts and Sciences Major Psychology
Retired from State of Michigan, Workforce Development Services
Worked as a Regional Manager most recently, and before that as an Employment Counselor
Working for the State of Michigan, I experienced first-hand, how critical it is for training to be responsive to the needs of the local community. Training must be driven by local employers and their ever changing needs and requirements. When this happens everyone in the community benefits; employers are profitable, people go to work, and the community has a healthy and robust economy that can weather the storms that come it’s way
For a community to succeed, each individual must be able to believe in themselves and have a vehicle that allows them to achieve their full potential. I see LMC as that vehicle, and feel extremely fortunate to have been given the opportunity to serve as an LMC Trustee. I look forward to making a difference in my community.
Ms. Burghdoff lives in Coloma, with her husband Larry. They have two sons, Matt and Nick, who are grown and live in Virginia and Nevada.
Jeremy Burleson is the Associate Dean, Regional Campuses and Select Academic Programs. He oversees the daily operations of both the Niles and South Haven Campuses including, student services, academic programs, community education and public events held on campus. Jeremy serves as the chief advocate of the campus to internal and external stakeholders. He works collaboratively with academics to research, propose, develop and implement innovative academic programs and services based on the needs of the region. He is currently a member of the Kiwanis Club of South Haven and is also a member of the Rotary Club. Jeremy has also taught US History for Lake Michigan College at the South Haven Campus. Jeremy holds a Master of Arts, Liberal Studies; with an emphasis in History, Bachelor of Arts, History, Social Studies and art, Secondary Ed.as well as a K-12 School Administration Certificate.
As the Institutional Compliance and Evaluation Analyst at Lake Michigan College, Kathy is responsible for institutional compliance reporting at the state and federal level working closely with Institutional Research partners and other key staff throughout the College. The compliance process is ongoing and Kathy works to establish processes that consistently and accurately monitor all compliance activities for the College and mitigate compliance risk issues. Kathy also handles all internal and external evaluation and survey work for LMC. Kathy has over 35 years of experience working in higher education and has been with Lake Michigan College since October, 1986 serving in a variety of professional settings.
Kathy holds an Associate Degree in Applied Business from Lake Michigan College. She is also a member of the Michigan Collaborative for Community Colleges (MCCCARE) and Michigan Community College Data and Evaluation Committee (MCCDEC) and works with many state and national organizations on data.
Brad Byerle is the lead faculty member of the Criminal Justice program at Lake Michigan College.
He began his career in the criminal justice field in 2004 when he was hired as a Corrections Deputy with the Livingston County Sheriff's Office in Howell, Michigan. About a year later, he was promoted to the road patrol and sponsored through the Mid-Michigan Police Academy at Lansing Community College. He spent the next 10 years working on the road patrol. He also held specialized positions in the civil division and transport division, and he was certified as a field training officer (FTO) and defensive tactics instructor.
While working at the Sheriff's Office, Brad took on a part-time position as a Lab Instructor at the Mid-Michigan Police Academy in 2014. He left the Sheriff's Office in 2015 to begin his teaching career as an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Lansing Community College. Specifically, he taught a high school CTE program at Clinton County RESA. Finally, Brad was hired by Lake Michigan College in 2019 to lead its Criminal Justice program. He has been consistently impressed and inspired by the students of southwest Michigan since that time.
Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Juris Doctor, Magna Cum Laude, 2014
Ferris State University, Bachelor's of Science in Criminal Justice, Summa Cum Laude, 2009
Mid-Michigan Police Academy, 2005
I have enjoyed teaching with Lake Michigan College as an Adjunct Instructor since 2013. During the day, I work as a Technical Communications Specialist for a locally-owned company, and I also teach as an Adjunct Instructor at another college in the area. In my "free time", I am an active mother of two and enjoy spending time with my children.
Education: M.A., Central Michigan University; B.A., Kalamazoo College
Personal Mantra: "Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world." - Malala Yousafzai
Kamala is an Academic Advisor and Student Support Manager at the Niles/Bertrand Crossing Campus. She has 20+ years of higher education experience, ranging from financial aid to student services to academic advising. In her current role, Kamala helps students achieve their educational goals through one-on-one appointments dedicated to the student and assisting with course scheduling, registration, transfer options, financial aid, and anything else a student may need. Kamala advises students in all programs and is also actively involved in the day-to-day student services operations at her campus. Kamala has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Siena Heights University.
Kari joined LMC in late April 2018 as an Admissions Specialist. Her focus is helping local high school seniors and non-traditional students start classes. She also is an adjunct marketing instructor. She is passionate about helping students reach their goals and fulfilling the hope they bring by creating meaningful futures. Prior to joining LMC, Kari was program director and instructor for Business and Optical Dispensing at American Career College in Los Angeles, CA. Before higher education, she spent over 10 years in the optical industry as an educator, communications director, professional development leader, and retail manager.
MBA, Marketing, California Lutheran University
BBA, Marketing, Western Michigan University