About the Institute

Mission 

University of Detroit Mercy's Institute for Leadership and Service provides opportunities for all members of the UDM community to engage in social change for the common good. The Institute upholds the ideals of our founds who believe in the promotion of justice and compassionate service to those in need as we are transforming lives to lead and serve.

 

Main Office  

University of Detroit Mercy 
Briggs 212 
4001 W. McNichols Road 
Detroit, MI 48221-3038 
theinstitute@udmercy.edu  
313-993-1230 

Institute Staff

Tim Hipskind, S.J. 
Director of Service Learning 
Briggs 212 
313-993-2003 
hipskijt@udmercy.edu  

Kathleen Zimmerman-Oster, Ph.D.
Director of Research, Evaluation, and Leadership Development
 
Reno 323 
313-993-1137 
zimmerka@udmercy.edu 

Donald G. DiPaolo
Coordinator of Leadership Minor
 
don.dipaolo@udmercy.edu  

Jillian Stewart
Campus Kitchen Manager
 
Commerce & Finance 05 
313-578-0345  
stewarjt@udmercy.edu  

Ann Niebrzydowski
Campus Kitchen Mentor and Administrative Support
 
 
niebzam@udmercy.edu  

Jack Crusoe
Alumni Volunteer
  
crusoeja@udmercy.edu  

Joe Walsh
Executive-in-Residence
 

Miranda Dufresne
Ford Community Corps Partnerships (FCCP) Coordinator & Co-Assistant Director of Emerging Leaders Program 
miranda.dufresne@gmail.com  

Casey Rhines
Co-Assistant Director of Emerging Leaders Program
 
rhinesce@udmercy.edu  

Erica Tessmer
Database and Social Media Specialist
  
tessmeel@udmercy.edu  

Advisory Board

Kathleen Zimmerman-Oster, Co-chair (Psychology) 
Tim Hipskind, Co-Chair (service-Learning
Tyra Dahlerup (Admissions)
Don DiPaolo (Education)
Lanae Gill (Residence Life)
Mary Ann Hazen (Business) 
Si Hendry (Catholic Studies)
Alan Hoback (Civil & Environmental Engineering) 
David Nantais (University Ministry) 
Dan Saint (Institute) 
Dorothy Stewart (Student Affairs) 
Joe Walsh (Institute) 
Monica Williams (Student Affairs) 
Claudia Bernasconi (Architecture) 
Pamela Zarkowski (Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs)