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

    Nancy Advises:

    • Concord High School
    • Grass Lake High School
  • Amanda

    Amanda Cole, Corporate Liaison/Data Specialist

    amanda@jacksoncac.org

    Amanda Norris was born and raised in Hanover, Michigan. She graduated from Jackson Christian High School and traveled north to continue her education at Michigan Technological University. In 2010, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Ecology Management.

    Before she became the CCAC Office Manager, Amanda was the Program Director for YMCA's Kimball Camp in Hillsdale. She came to the College & Caree Access Center in 2013. Amanda also serves as the Social Events Chair for Jackson Young Professionals and volunteers as Sunday school teacher for the Westwinds Church Discovery Studio.  

    Amanda grew up on an 80 acre farm that she still maintains in her free time. To indulge her creative side, Amanda also enjoys quilting, crocheting, scrapbooking, and photography. Her other interests include: kayaking, horseback riding, reading, and studying genealogy.

    Favorite Quote:

    "The trials of life will make you bitter or better."  - Dr. M. Bracy

    Specialty Areas:

    Kids2College and Pathways to Professional Trades • Corporate Relations • Job Shadow, Internship, Apprenticeships, and Job Placements • Data Analyst

  • 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.

    Most recently, Brian returned to further his education at Baker College of Jackson. He is building core competencies in Human Services before acquiring his Master's in 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 Scholarships • Website Maintenance • Social Media • Summer Outreach • Internship Coordination

    Brian Advises:

    • Columbia Central High School
    • Michigan Center High School
    • Napoleon High School
    • Vandercook Lake High School
    • DaVinci Institute
  • 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 

  • Sara

    Sara Natoli, Office Coordinator/College Advisor

    sara@jacksoncac.org

    Sara Natoli is a native of Akron Ohio. Ms. Natoli studied at the University of Akron, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in English. Before coming to the CCAC, Sara was the Program Coordinator for Akron Canton Regional Food Bank. Sara has also worked as a substitute teacher for the last ten years as well as the Assistant Volleyball Coach for Mott Community College. She also owned her own Junior Olympic club team.

    In her free time, Sara serves on the board of Reality's Chance Horse Sanctuary and the Patient Family-Centered Care Congenital Heart Committee at Mott's Children's hospital. She also enjoys horseback riding, travel, and spending quality time with her two young sons.

    Favorite Quote: 

    "You never know how strong you are until being strong is your only choice." - Bob Marley

    Specialty Areas:

    College Advising • Special Events Coordination • Data Input • Office Scheduling and Maintainence • Internship Coordination and Support 

    Sara Advises:

    • Jackson High School
    • Hanover Horton High school
    • Northwest High School
    • Western High School
  • Katie bio

    Katie England, Career Advisor

    KEngland@jacksoncac.org

    Katie England is a Jackson native and Northwest High School graduate. After graduating high school, Katie continued her education at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, where she earned her Bachelors of Arts and Science degree in Family and Child Development. She is currently looking to pursue her Masters degree in a Human Services field. 

    Before coming on board as a Career Advisor for the CCAC, Katie worked at Youth Haven Ranch as a Children's Team Leader. Her most recent position was with the JCISD as a Teaching Assistant. Katie is involved with the Lyle Torrant Center where she volunteers with local Special Education events. In her free time, Katie enjoys spending time with family and friends, camping, being outdoors, and traveling. 

    Favorite Quote:

    "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails.  Explore, Dream, Discover." –Mark Twain

    Specialty Areas:

    Career Assessment • Cover Letters/Resumes • Soft Skills/Interviewing Skills • Job Shadowing/Internship • Full-time Placement • Summer Outreach 

    Katie Advises:

    • Columbia Central High School
    • East Jackson High School
    • Grass Lake High School
    • Michigan Center High School
    • Napoleon High School
    • Northwest High School
    • JPEC
  • Charlena Bio Pic

    Charlena Olapade, 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/Internship • Full-time Placement • Summer Outreach

    Charlena Advises:

    • Concord High School
    • DaVinci Institute
    • Hanover Horton High School
    • Jackson High School
    • Springport High School
    • Vandercook Lake High School
    • Western High School

    Additional Team Members

    Holly Cavanaugh - cavanaugh.h.p@gmail.com

    Holly was hired by the Michigan College Access Network as a full-time college advisor.

    Holly Advises:

    • East Jackson High School
    • Springport High School

    Abigail Zrike - zrikea@umich.edu

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

    Abigail Advises:

    • Jackson High School