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Elaina Marinik

My education at Lake State taught me not only the basics of exercise science and health and wellness but prepared me for my future research career. I became involved in national organizations, improved my networking skills to create working relationships, and ended up with an amazing paid internship that turned into a 3-year research professional position at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, GA. Now in graduate school pursuing a doctorate degree at Virginia Tech, I rely on the knowledge I acquired at Lake State and put it to practice daily while discussing health-related topics in class or conducting obesity and inflammation research in our laboratory.

Elaina Marinik
Exercise Science Alum,
Graduate Student,
Virginia Tech.

Board of Trustees


Rodney M. Nelson

Rodney M. Nelson joined the Mackinac Straits Health System as CEO in September of 1999. He holds a Bachelor of Science, Business Administration from Lake Superior State University, Sault Ste. Marie, MI. Prior to joining Mackinac Straits Health System he was the Executive Director, Systems Development for Lenawee Health Alliance in Adrian, MI.

Mr. Nelson has served on numerous boards such as the American Hospital Association Council for Small and Rural Hospitals; Lenewee American Heart Association Board; Lenewee United Way Board; Hudson/Morenci/LHA Advisory Board: Faye Foundation; Diane Peppler Resource Center Board; St. Ignace Lions Club; MHA Small & Rural Hospital Council; VitalCare & Hospice, Inc., MHA Legislative Policy Panel and St. Ignace Chamber of Commerce and the Board of Trustees for the Michigan Health and Hospital Association.

He was awarded by American Hospital Association and the Michigan Health and Hospital Association as the 2007 State of Michigan Grassroots Champion on May 8, 2007. He was appointed by Governor Snyder to the Lake Superior State University Board of Trustees for an eight year term. He was honored as the St. Ignace Ambassador of the Year in 2010. He currently serves on the MHA Legislative Policy Panel. Mr. Nelson and his wife Nancy reside in St. Ignace, Michigan.

Career Focused...

Rebecca Secrest

Rebecca Secrest
Social Science
Alanson, MI

"LSSU's size is perfect. I see familiar faces every day. There is a security and comfort in that. The professors are wonderful, and there is a lot of interaction in the smaller classes. The level of attention students get is the same as at a small private college, but at a great price." [ more ]

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