Staff Directory

Michele Strasz
Executive Director

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.






Ashley Justice
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



 Eric Kachman
 AmeriCorps VISTA

Eric Kachman is a recent graduate of Michigan State University's James  Madison College. He will be joining the CAPCAN team in September serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA building our communications capacity. He has an active interest in education and equality causes. He recently completed a term of service as a tutor for children in Ypsilanti, Michigan.









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