Your CSO Team

Maria Stein, Assistant Dean for Career Development
Ms. Stein comes to MSU Law from Northeastern University, where she had over 30 years of experience in the employer engagement and career design fields.

Deborah AlmasyDeborah Almasy, Manager of Office Administration and Technology
Deborah Almasy came to the CSO after working in education as an English and Journalism teacher in Lakewood, Michigan, and in leadership and administration at a large Lansing church. Deborah's Bachelor and Master degrees were both earned at Michigan State University. As the Manager of Office Administration and Technology, Deborah is responsible for overseeing the support structure for the office including the budget, job bank, and database management, technology coordination and implementation, professional development planning, and continuous improvement of office processes and procedures.

Charis Lee, Assistant Director of Career Development

Charis Lee joins the CSO team from Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company located in Marietta, Georgia. At Lockheed Charis provided advice and training on labor and employment issues, represented management in collective bargaining with unions, negotiated grievance settlements and served as Arbitration Lead for several sites. Charis received her JD from Thurgood Marshall School of Law (Cum Laude) and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from MSU. She is a member of the Texas Bar and a U.S. Army Veteran. Charis advises students on careers in the private sector, including corporate and alternative JD careers.

Maria Jandernoa Maria Jandernoa, Manager of Professional Development & Programming

Before she joined the CSO team, Maria Jandernoa taught science and English at Waldron Elementary and Middle School in Fowler, Michigan. Maria has significant experience implementing technology in educational environments. Maria earned her bachelor’s degree in secondary education as well as a master's in education with a concentration in training and development, from Central Michigan University. In addition, Maria is a certified Career Development Faciliator through the National Career Development Association. As the Manager of Professional Development and Programming, Maria directs students along the CSO career-development roadmap, coordinates programming and events, provides general advising to first-year students, and manages the CSO’s social media. 

Julie KlompJulie Klomp, Administrative Assistant
Julie Klomp joins the CSO team following a career in education.  She has experience teaching at the high school and community college levels and most recently served as a high school principal. She earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary education with certifications in English and History from Michigan State University. In 2006, she earned a Master’s Degree in Secondary School Administration from Central Michigan University. Julie has a passion for assisting students as they strive to reach their educational and career goals.  Her role as an Administrative Assistant with CSO will allow her to continue this work.

Michael Kwarcinski, Assistant Director of Career Development
Michael Kwarcinski joins the CSO team after a decade in public interest work. Mike first became interested in public service through a law school clinic. Following law school, Mike was an assistant prosecuting attorney for Tuscola County’s domestic violence unit. He then joined Lakeshore Legal Aid, first as a staff attorney and then as a managing attorney in their Detroit office. Immediately prior to joining the CSO, Mike was the Legal Director for Wayne County Circuit Court’s Personal Protection Order and Domestic Violence Prevention Courtrooms, where he was responsible for ensuring compliance with federal and state laws on case processing. Mike is overjoyed to be back at his alma mater, helping students find careers in the fields of government and public interest.

Michelle Mitchell, Assistant Director of Employer and Alumni Relations
Michelle Mitchell returns to the CSO team after previously serving as Associate Director with the office for almost ten years. Michelle’s background is in higher education administration, and her career has been based in advising students in a variety of positions at Hope College, Grand Valley State University, and MSU. She received her B.A. from Hope College in Communications and English, and her M.A. from MSU in Student Affairs Administration. Michelle is also a certified etiquette consultant, and leads workshops for students and professionals. As the Assistant Director for Employer and Alumni Relations, she conducts outreach to create greater connections and opportunities for the law college and its students, help manage employer relations and recruiting on campus, and coordinate data reporting for graduates.