MSU Student Housing Cooperative

The MSU Student Housing Cooperative (MSU SHC) is a non-profit, autonomous organization providing an affordable off-campus housing option to students and the Greater Lansing community. There are more than 240 members in our 17 houses. Houses vary from 5 to 29 members, each with their own character and history. Our name honors our historical affiliation with Michigan State University, where we remain a registered student organization. However, we operate independently from the university with additional requirements and guidelines for membership.

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Meet your Executive Committee!

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Title - Name

Description about them.

 
Nikki Phan  President

President - Nikki Phan

Nikki moved into Rivendell in Fall of 2017 and has lived there ever since, A passion for sustainable and accessible living situations inspired her to get involved in both co-op and local city governance. She served on the Board of Directors for a year and a half, before being appointed to the Executive Committee as VP of Facilities. She was elected President in spring of 2019, and is focused primarily on raising member engagement and making governance processes more accessible.

president@msu.coop


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Devon Harrison  VP Membership

Devon Harrison

VP Membership

Devon Harrison is the new VP of Membership. She hopes to work with all of our members to make the cooperative inclusive and accessible to all. Her favorite part of cooperative living is how other people make her dinner.

vpmembership@msu.coop


Shyla is the new corporate treasurer who enjoys long walks to nowhere and building random spreadsheets. During her term, she will be focused on member education of their finances at a house and SHC level.

treasurer@msu.coop


Cassie  VP of EducationCassie Feith  VP of Education

Cassie

VP of EducationCassie Feith

VP of Education

Hi all! I’m Cassie, your VPE! I graduated from MSU in May of 2019 with a degree in English and I am currently student teaching at East Lansing High School. I love the ocean, poetry, and one of my favorite animals is a ferret! I live in Miles Davis, but I started my SHC journey in Vesta in 2017. I was an officer on the Education Committee last year and I went out for VPE because of my background in teaching and passion for the co-ops. This year I hope to bring back the Pine Press, update our house constitutions to reflect current house values, and facilitate trainings that align with our co-op principles. Feel free to reach out to me if you ever have any questions.education@msu.coop


Bryan Moody  VP of Facilities

Bryan Moody

VP of Facilities

Bryan is a recent MSU graduate living in Phoenix for his third year. He chose facilities because of the sense of responsibility for his house that he’s developed over the years and the pride he took in upgrading and up-keeping Phoenix. Bryan hopes to bring that sense of pride and responsibility to all of our houses as he looks to improve the appearance of them. If you have any questions, feel free to contact him directly at facilities@msu.coop


Meet your Staff!


holly jo Sparks is a professional community, cooperative and economic developer, Co-Founder & Principal at Collective Seeds Consulting Co-op. She also owns and manages Creekside Cottages, a yearly rental and all-ages hostel. She enjoys yoga, feng shui, trivia, bonfires, wine and travel.

holly jo Sparks  Executive Director

holly jo Sparks

Executive Director


Mike McCurdy  Maintenance Coordinator

Mike McCurdy

Maintenance Coordinator

Mike McCurdy has worked with the MSU SHC for over 10 years. Before then, he lived at Rivendell Cooperative House in Lansing. He also, in his youth, lived at Howland House. Mike McCurdy is a jack-of-all-trades, and knows how to do most things maintenance! He is a licensed builder. He’s left a legacy at every single one of our Cooperative Houses, whether through routine maintenance or his master carpentry skills. He responsibly logs wood destroyed by emerald ash borers to utilize as window frames and other countertops throughout our cooperative system. He creates unique and stunning structures for pots and pans holders, cabinet stabilizers, and even makes trash bin drawers look good. He, apart from being a life-long cooperator, organizes for social justice and has done peace work in Palestine. He is is a proud father of 3 and grandfather of 1, and spends most of his free time with his family.


Nola Warner  Member Services Coordinator

Nola Warner

Member Services Coordinator

Nola has an easy claim to fame here at the Co-op : All members interact with her in some way, at some point. She frequently answer the phone, reviews your applications, is a friendly face of our Office, and emails all prospective members. She has Co-Directed an activist-based collective called the Kalamazoo Peace Center, have worked in Alaska and Louisiana doing Environmental Education, lived in 3 different intentional communities, is on the Board for the North American Students of Cooperation as well as a local non-profit, the Peace Education Center. As Member Services Coordinator, she : manage accounts receivable, supports the Membership and Education Committees with their goals and needs, considers herself the office and communications director, facilitates trainings, manages and oversees all member contracts, and assist in conflict management. Since July of 2015 she has put her heart into working towards a more cooperative Greater Lansing Area through her work at MSU SHC.


MC Rothhorn  Financial Cooperator

MC Rothhorn

Financial Cooperator

MC Rothhorn was born and raised in Ann Arbor and graduated in 1995 from MSU with a BA in International Relations and German. In class, MC met his partner, Tamiko, who took him to Germany and Bosnia-Herzegovina as a volunteer with the Brethren Volunteer Service for several years. After the birth of their first daughter, Kata, they returned home to Lansing to help build Genesee Garden Cohousing, start a small rental business, and allow MC to pursue his passions in small business and organizational development. MC has worked at NorthWest Initiative as their business manager, has taught accounting online at Lansing Community College, has been an early-childhood-parent consultant with Ingham Great Start Collaborative, and has been employed with the MSU Student Housing Cooperative as their Financial Cooperator since April 2016. He serves and has served on several non-profit and neighborhood boards and enjoys playing with his partner, their two daughters, all their grandparents, and his neighbors and friends in Downtown Lansing.