Introducing the Baker College Directors of Student Affairs (DSAs)
January 27, 2021
Auburn Hills DSA, Dr. Iris Lane, accompanying students to the Annual Lung Force Walk at the Detroit Zoo.
We’re here for you! Did you know that Baker College employs a group of individuals specifically dedicated to your success and engagement with a goal to foster an exciting and safe student life? We are passionate about ensuring that you are the center of every decision. We are advocates for services and programs that improve the student experience and assist you in navigating academic policies and procedures. Our oversight includes: student life and engagement, student concerns and ethical student behavior, residence life, academic integrity and COVID contact tracing. Whether we’re working with the Student Life Leadership Council to plan and execute student life events or we’re assisting to resolve student issues, know that we always have your best interests in mind.
From beginning to end—we’re here for you! We welcome you back to campus each fall, connecting you with clubs, events and other extracurricular activities. Our favorite and celebrated time is the commencement ceremony where we honor our graduates as this is the ultimate reflection of student success.
With that in mind, we’d like to introduce you to the Baker College Directors of Student Affairs. We’re a diverse team that draws on many years of experience as well as our personal and professional interests in our daily work. We believe our diverse background makes us the best team to serve all students.
Dr. Iris Lane, Director of Student Affairs for the Metro Campus and the Culinary Institute of Michigan in Port Huron. Dr. Lane has been with Baker College since 2002 and previously served in various roles including Program Director, Chief Academic Officer, and Dean of Health Sciences. She currently sits on the Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Council and the Student Life Committee and she leads the Metro campus DEI chapter. Dr. Lane takes pride in creating opportunities for students to be engaged in the community and serves as a mentor to several young women at the local high school. Dr. Lane was born and raised in Detroit and now resides in Macomb with her husband Horace.
Mike Konopacke, Director of Student Affairs for the Owosso campus. Mike has been with the Owosso campus since 1993. Mike moved to Owosso in 1998 with Lori, his wife. They have three children, Kaycee, Megan, and Erin along with two dogs named Harley and Daisy
Kristin Hathaway, Director of Student Affairs for the Cadillac campus. Kristin began her journey with Baker College in 1997 in the Financial Aid department. In addition to her current role, she has served as Financial Aid Director, Career Services Director, Business Manager, and Early Middle College Advisor. Kristin says, “I love what I do at Baker College. Every day I have the pleasure of helping students achieve their academic and career goals.” Kristin lives in Cadillac with her husband Scott and black lab Colby.
Eric Surge, Director of Student Affairs for the Muskegon campus. Eric has been with Baker College since 2008, serving as Dean of Health Sciences in Muskegon until his transition to DSA in 2016. Eric grew up in the Muskegon area and returned in 2003 with his wife, Lori, and their two children, James and Erin. They have a geriatric mutt named Roxy.
Amie Losee, Director of Student Affairs for Baker Online and Center for Graduate Studies. Amie started her career at Baker College in 1998 working in the admissions area and then transitioned to the academic arena in 2001. Amie has taught online, worked with our military programs and held several positions including Dean of Business for the online college. Amie leads the Online campus DEI chapter and her current scholarly interests include academic integrity and higher education policy. Amie lives in Goodrich with her husband Robert and has two adult children, Bailie and Austin. In her free time she enjoys traveling.
Brad Romans, Campus Director for Baker College of Jackson and serves as the Director of Student Affairs as a joint appointment. He began working for Baker in 2015 as the Director of College Writing and then served as the Director of Academic Affairs for the Jackson campus until 2020. A native of southeast Michigan, Brad now lives in Dexter with his wife and their three children.