Michele Strasz has been the executive director of the Capital Area College Access Network since 2014 providing strategic leadership to the community collaborative dedicated to improving college attainment in the region. Ms. Strasz is a professional child advocate and nonprofit administrator with 30 years of experience in children’s public policy with expertise in child welfare, early childhood education, college access, and maternal and child health.
She is recognized statewide for her expertise in community collaboration, grassroots mobilization, and youth and parent advocacy. Ms. Strasz received her master’s degree in public administration from Western Michigan University and bachelor’s degree in political philosophy from Michigan State University, James Madison College.
Program Manager & School Liaison
Ashley Justice is the Program Manager & School Liaison for the Capital Area College Access Network. Ashley works with schools, college advisers and other community partners in order to create more opportunities for students in Ingham and Eaton County to access college. Prior to joining CapCAN, Ashley received a Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration from George Washington University, and she received a Bachelor of Arts in Special Education for Learning Disabilities.
- AmeriCorps Vistas: Jacob Tkaczyk (Photo, Bio, and email link Tkaczyk@capcan.org)
Jacob Tkaczyk is the College Support Coordinator and AmeriCorps VISTA serving with the Capital Area College Access Network (CapCAN). After he graduated from high school, Jake attended Central Michigan University and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Communication.
- College Advisers (Link to Contact information flyer)