Meet the OSE Team!

Below, please find contact information for each of our staff members, as well as programs and services they are responsible for.

Co-Director

Glenna Frank Miller, M.A. 

Glenna has over 45 years of higher education experience, including over 40 years at Eastern Michigan University. Glenna retired from EMU in 2013 as the Assistant Vice President of Student Life. Glenna has managed or supervised several higher education functional areas including departments of Campus Life, Diversity and Community Involvement, Student Center, Orientation and Transition Programs, Student Conduct, Career Services among others. She led the $45 million EMU student union construction project and served on an award winning curriculum task force. Glenna recently served as the Interim Assistant Vice President for Alumni Engagement at EMU and has facilitated MBTI training programs for student affairs professionals. 

The Co-Directors oversees all areas of student engagement: campus activities, residential engagement, Greek Lifediversity programscivic engagementLGBTQ+ and inclusion.

In addition to providing leadership to the OSE team, the Co-Directors are responsible for signature programs such as Conversation on RaceBlueprints Leadership Program, and the Emerging Leaders Institute. The Co-Directors also manages the department's operational budget and is the advisor to Student Government. 

Email Glenna: glennafm@umich.edu

Co-Director

Gregory Peoples, M.Ed.

Gregory Peoples has 40 years of higher education experience, 28 of which were spent making a positive difference in the lives of Eastern Michigan University (EMU) students, from which he retired in 2013. While at EMU, Gregory was an influential student development leader. He served as the Dean of Students for 9 years.  He also created the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Office, the Advisory Board and Greek Affairs Office, and the University Ombudsman Office. Gregory has served on numerous community boards, and is the only individual elected to three local school boards in Washtenaw County, including the Willow Run Community School Board, the Lincoln consolidated School Board, and the Washtenaw Intermediate School Board.  Most recently Gregory has served as the Interim Director of the LEADS Scholars program at UM-Ann Arbor.

The Co-Directors oversee all areas of student engagement: campus activities, residential engagement, Greek Lifediversity programscivic engagementLGBTQ+ and inclusion.

In addition to providing leadership to the OSE team, the Co-Directors are responsible for signature programs such as Conversation on RaceBlueprints Leadership Program, and the Emerging Leaders Institute. The Co-Directors also manages the department's operational budget and are the advisors to Student Government. 

Email Greg: gregpeop@umich.edu

Assistant Director

Eboni Turnbow, M.Ed.

The Assistant Director for Student Engagement  provides critical leadership for the Office for Student Engagement in creating the collaborative partnerships that foster campus-wide programs and initiatives.

The Assistant Director provides visionary support to OSE staff, student leaders, student board members, student employees and volunteers to develop and deliver a robust portfolio of student-centered co-curricular programs, services, and initiatives.

Eboni is heavily involved in her work with NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education and the Michigan branch of the American College Personnel Association(ACPA). Most recently, she was appointed as the Women in Student Affairs Knowledge Community Representative for NASPA Region IV-E.

Eboni previously served as Interim Student Conduct Officer & Coordinator of Student Life at Wayne State University. Eboni is currently a doctoral candidate in Sociology specializing in the impact of gender and race within work organizations, specifically in higher education. She received her M.Ed in College Student Affairs Leadership from Grand Valley State University.

Email Eboni: eturnbow@umich.edu

Coordinator for LGBTQ+ Programs and Initiatives

Blake Bonkowski, M.A.

Blake is responsible for programming such as LGBTQ+ 101, Trans 101 Training, Drag Show, Transgender Day of Remembrance, and Lavender Celebration. He co-supervises the Mental Health and Wellness Peer Mentor Program, and is a member of Staff Senate, The Commission for Women, and W.O.W. Planning Committee.

Blake has worked for and with the LGBTQ+ community in various roles since 2011. He has also worked in multicultural affairs, residence life, orientation, academic advising, and student success offices.

Blake earned his Master of Arts in College Counseling from Eastern Michigan University, and his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, with minors in Women & Gender Studies and Communication, from Oakland University.

In his spare time, Blake is a writer and speaker on topics related to gender and sexuality. He enjoys singing in a men's chorus, watching NCAA Women's Gymnastics, and spending time with his dog, Guss.

Email Blake: bbonkows@umich.edu

Coordinator for Fraternity and Sorority Life

Caitlin Parker

Caitlin is responsible for leading our social Greek-letter organizations through innovative programming that meets or exceeds best practices in the field. One of the primary responsibilities is to increase membership and the number of Greek letter organizations on campus.

Caitlin is a graduate of The University of Montana, where she was initiated into Kappa Kappa Gamma Fraternity, and earned her Bachelors in Political Science.

Caitlin previously held positions with Theta Phi Alpha Fraternity as the Director of Collegiate Services and also served as the Fraternity/Sorority Advisor at The University of Montana. 

In her spare time, Caitlin enjoys playing and coaching ice hockey, spending time with her family in Alaska and her dog and kittens. 

Email Caitlin: parkcait@umich.edu

Coordinator for Multicultural Programs and Initiatives

Jo'El Williams, M.A.

Jo'El is responsible for leading and supporting all multicultural initiatives within the Office of Student Engagement. Such initiatives include our Conversation on Race Series, Diversity Ambassadors Program, and Global Fest.

With a philosophy that supports the growth of all students, Jo'El works to support and implement additional initiatives that create community, build relationships, and prepares students to think critically towards the improvement of communities around them.

Jo'El has years of experience in Living Learning Themed Community Programming, Transfer Student Orientation, and Advising Student Organizations. He is a proud Alumnus of Phi Sigma Pi, National Honor Fraternity and believes in his philosophy that he is obligated to work with the good intent towards the success of every student. He hopes to one day create a pedagogy for Student Affairs professionals.

In his spare time, Jo'El enjoys big social events, spending time with his best friends, making new friends, and dreams of one day loving a Siberian Husky named Daisy.

Email Jo'El: jcwillms@umich.edu

Coordinator for Civic Engagement

Brendan Gallagher, M.Ed.

Brendan is responsible for leading and supporting Civic Engagement and Leadership initiatives within the Office of Student Engagement. Such initiatives include the Student Food Pantry, Direct Days of Service, Wolverine Leadership Cohort, Alternative Spring Break, and much more.

With a collective impact approach to community and civic engagement, Brendan works closely with campus and community partners to develop a civic ethos here on campus. It is through leadership and service that we all can develop the knowledge, skills, and values to create positive change in our communities.

Brendan has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Michigan-Dearborn and a Master’s degree in Higher Education, College Student Affairs and Leadership from Grand Valley State University.

In his spare time, Brendan likes to read, hang out with friends and family, go on adventures, and explore good coffee and tea.

Email Brendan: bpgallag@umich.edu

Program Assistant

Jerel Jones

Jerel is responsible for assisting with planning and hosting events for current and prospective students within the Office for Student Engagement. In addition to assisting with events, Jerel is responsible for providing support to student organizations related to programming matters as well as assisting with office marketing and promotion activities including print, web and social media.

Jerel is an alumnus of the University of Michigan-Dearborn having earned his Bachelor of Arts in Communications and a minor in Psychology. During his undergraduate career, Jerel served as Vice President and Marketing Director for the Black Student Union. Jerel was also an Opportunity Scholar and a member of WUMD college radio. Jerel is also an active member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and is currently the Vice Chair for the University of Michigan Dearborn’s African American Alumni Affiliate.  

In his spare time, Jerel enjoys volunteering with his fraternity, going to concerts, and spending time with family and friends. 

Student Assistants

The Office for Student Engagement is proud to employ dedicated UM-Dearborn students who support all OSE program areas, events, and student organizations. The current OSE Student Assistants are:

  • Darrius Hicks
  • Christopher Holly
  • Joshua Lothringer

Office for Student Engagement

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