Our Team

  • Nancy

    Nancy Peters-Lewis, Executive Director/Advisor - nancy@jacksoncac.org

    Nancy Peters-Lewis joined the CCAC team as Executive Director in fall of 2014. Before joining the CCAC, Nancy was the Education Director and Community Outreach Coordinator for the YMCA in Battle Creek.  Prior to that, she served as the LCAN Coordinator of the Greater Albion College Access Network. Nancy is a Jackson, Michigan native and a proud alumna of Jackson High School.

    Ms. Peters-Lewis obtained her Bachelor of Economics and International Studies from Albion College, where she also minored in French. She continued on to acquire her Masters in Organizational Management from Spring Arbor University. Throughout her professional career, she has served in various capacities within government, non-profit, education, and business arenas; with a strong focus on providing equal access to programming for underrepresented populations.

    Nancy spends her personal time reading, running, biking, swimming, and enjoying the Arts.  She also appreciates the togetherness she finds with her husband and six children.

    Favorite Quote: 

    "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."  Margaret Mead 

    Specialty Areas:

    Leadership and Management • Fundraising and Grant Writing • Communications • Business Direction and Strategic Planning • Public Relations • Organizational Management • Agency and Staff Evaluation • Community Advising/Presenting/Speaking

  • Brian

    Brian Green, College & Career Advisor/Marketing Specialist - brian@jacksoncac.org

    Brian Green is a Jackson native.  A graduate of Michigan Center High School, Brian continued his education at Eastern Michigan University, where he studied Language, and the University of Michigan; receiving his BA in Communications.

    Brian returned to further his education at Baker College of Jackson; building core competencies in Human Services and Psychology. It is through a Baker internship that Brian arrived at the College & Career Access Center. After the term, he was hired to assist in the Summer Melt Program; later transitioning into an advisor position. 

    In his free time, Mr. Green serves the Jackson community as a volunteer and mentor at Paragon Charter Academy. Brian is also a dedicated father who enjoys spending quality time with his daughter; particularly developing culinary skills together. Brian's other interests include: writing fiction and poetry, long distance running, and musical performance.

    Favorite Quote:

    “I suppose it is tempting, if the only tool you possess is a hammer, to treat every problem as if it were a nail.” - Abraham Maslow

    Specialty Areas:

    Newsletters • Press Releases • Marketing Initiatives • Monthly Scholarships • Website Maintenance • Social Media • Summer Outreach • Internship Coordination • College & Career Advising • Training Mentor

    Brian Advises:

    • Michigan Center High School
    • Napoleon High School
    • Vandercook Lake High School
  • Sydney

    Sydney Brown, College & Career Advisor - Sbrown@jacksoncac.org

    Sydney Brown is a Jackson, Michigan native. After graduating high school, Sydney received a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology with a concentration in media studies from Kalamazoo College. Ms. Brown also studied abroad at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. Sydney is currently pursuing her Masters degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Criminal Justice at Indiana Wesleyan University.

    Before serving as a College and Career Advisor, Sydney developed her client service skills in Human Resources and an educational background in College Admissions as well as various other departments at Spring Arbor University. In her free time, Sydney appreciates the arts: reading, drawing, painting, and enjoying her vintage vinyl record collection.

    Favorite Quote:

    "I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back." - Maya Angelou

    Specialty Areas:

    Career Assessment • Cover Letters/Resumes • Soft Skills/Interviewing Skills • Job Shadowing • Employment Exploration • Scholarships • FAFSA Completion • College & Skilled Trades Applications • Presentation Construction • Summer Outreach 

    Sydney Advises:

    • Concord High School
    • DaVinci Institute High School
    • Northwest High School
  • Charlena

    Charlena Olapade, College & Career Advisor - Colapade@jacksoncac.org

    Charlena Olapade was born and raised in Ohio, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Family and Consumer Studies from Kent State University.  She returned to Kent State as a Graduate Assistant and enrolled into their Education program to obtain her M.ED.  She and her family moved to Michigan ten years ago and currently reside in Albion.

    Charlena comes to CCAC with an array of experience working with students and their families to help them become self-sufficient. She previously served as an Academic Support Specialist with the former Albion Public School System, as well as a Site Coordinator and Family Services Coordinator for Community Action Agency of South Central Michigan.

    Charlena enjoys spending her personal time traveling, watching movies and sports with her husband and three children, and attending and supporting her children’s extracurricular activities.

    Favorite Quote:

    “If your success is not on your own terms, if it looks good to the world but does not feel good in your heart, it is not success at all.” – Anna Quindlen

    Specialty Areas:

    Career Assessment • Cover Letters/Resumes • Soft Skills/Interviewing Skills • Job Shadowing • Employment Exploration • Scholarships • FAFSA Completion • College & Skilled Trades Applications • Presentation Construction • Summer Outreach 

    Charlena Advises:

    • Hanover Horton High School
    • Jackson High School
    • Springport High School
  • Mary

    Mary Stanley, Office Coordinator/Data Specialist/College & Career Advisor - mstanley@jacksoncac.org

    Mary Stanley is a native of Adrian, Michigan. Mrs. Stanley studied at Baker College of Jackson, where she earned her Bachelor of Applied Science in Human Services. Along with being the CCAC's Office Coordinator, Mary is currently pursuing her Master of Social Work degree and working in assembly at Hi-lex Manufacturing of Hudson, where she lives with her husband and their four year old daughter.

    In her free time, Mary is an avid cyclist and enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, 4-wheeling, and snowmobiling. Mary is also an artist with a love of photography, especially subjects found in wildlife and nature settings.

    Favorite Quote: 

    "Probable impossibilities are to be preferred to improbable possibilities." - Aristotle

    Specialty Areas:

    Data Compilation • Office Scheduling and Maintenance • Internship and Volunteer Support • Summer Melt Coordination • Board and Team Meeting Support • College & Career Advising

    Mary Advises:

    • Columbia Central High School
    • East Jackson High School
  • Stacy

    Stacy Bell, Finance Coordinator - stacy@jacksoncac.org

    Stacy Bell, a native of Kalamazoo, received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Spanish from the University of Michigan, and continued on to acquire her Masters of Business Administration from Western Michigan University. Prior to joining the CCAC, Stacy worked for PNC Bank as a Treasury Management Officer and Business Banker.

    Stacy now resides in Jackson with her husband and daughter. In her free time, she enjoys golfing, attending college football games and spending family time in northern Michigan.

    Favorite Quote: 

    "When writing the story of your life, don't let anyone else hold the pen." - Unknown

    Specialty Areas:

    Payroll • Annual Fund Drive • Accounts Payable/Receivable • Preparation of Financial Reports Budget and Audit Review 

    Additional Team Member

    Abigail Zrike - abigail.zrike@jpsk12.org

    Abigail was hired by the University of Michigan College Advising Corps.

    Abigail Advises:

    • Jackson High School