Professional and Continuing Education

Pawley Hall, Room 440G
456 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(location map)
(248) 370-3177

Professional and Continuing Education

Pawley Hall, Room 440G
456 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(location map)
(248) 370-3177

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Oakland University Professional and Continuing Education (PACE) is dedicated to helping you foster growth in your career and advance your employment skills. Contact us today to learn more about programs, certifications, college-ready courses and personal enrichment.

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PACE Staff Directory

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Lori Crose
Director of Professional and Continuing Education

Lori Crose has been with Oakland University (OU) in Rochester, Michigan since 2000 and is the Director of Strategic Programs. In this position she has administrative responsibility for educational programs across the University including credit and non-credit certificates, re-licensure training, certification training and retooling programs at and above the post-bachelor level. In addition, she is responsible for developing high quality, new and innovative programming that will align with county, state, and federal employment trends and is charged with connecting them with the government and business communities. Lori has served as Director of OU’s Personal Financial Planning Certificate Program for the last ten years.

Prior to higher education, she worked in the healthcare industry serving as laboratory research assistant at both Illinois State University in Bloomington, Illinois and Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield, Illinois. Later, she served as Senior Microbiologist at Pharmacia-Upjohn in Kalamazoo, Michigan. While there, her research on Streptomyces transposons resulted in several white paper publications and she received numerous awards for her contribution to antibiotic production process improvements.

Lori earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration in 2002 from Oakland University and a Bachelor’s Degree from Illinois College in 1981. She has served two terms as the Central Region Secretary for the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) organization and served on the Central Region Planning Committee in 2015. She recently served as a member of the Oakland County’s Workforce Development Business Roundtable and represented Oakland University Representative on the Oakland County Emerging Sectors Educational Consortium.

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Amy Olind
Assistant Director of Professional and Continuing Education

Amy Olind is the Assistant Director of Strategic Programs. Aside from assisting the Director, she is responsible for the marketing of all PACE programs, and works to streamline and increase connections within the department units to ensure marketing and other needs are being met. She is responsible for compliance and managing the various PACE programs, and also oversees the website and social media platforms.

Amy completed her Master of Public Administration at OU where she was on the board for the student chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and a member of the Pi Alpha Alpha academic honor society. Prior to OU, she completed her Master of Arts in Teaching (’09) at Wayne State, and is certified in Secondary ESL and Social Studies. Before pursuing teaching, she completed her Bachelor’s Degree at Central Michigan University (’06) and was a dual major in Political Science (International Relations Concentration) and Spanish.

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Barbara Lister-Tait
Paralegal Program Coordinator
(248) 370-4386

Barb Lister-Tait earned her a bachelor's of science in Child Development and Teaching from Michigan State University in 1980. Barb was unable to find a full time teaching job in Michigan so her sister, who was an attorney, suggested she become a paralegal. After working a day with her sister in a law firm, Barb enrolled in the Institute for Paralegal Training in Philadelphia. She received her certificate and went to work for Dickinson, Wright, Moon, Van Dusen and Freeman as a employment law paralegal. After working several years for Dickinson Wright, Barb was hired by General Motors as an employment paralegal. Barb's specialty was large case employment litigation. After several years as an employment paralegal at GM, Barb was interested in changing legal fields so she transferred to the Securities Regulations and Corporate Law section of the GM Legal Staff. She spent many years traveling for GM setting up due diligence data rooms. In 1996, Barb became an Assistant Corporate Secretary of GM. On July 1, 2017 Barb retired from GM after working over 30 plus for GM. Barb made many wonderful friends and had numerous challenging experiences while working for GM.

Barb is familiar with the Oakland University program because during her tenure at GM, she hired many OU graduates.

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Lori Oancea
Director, Financial Planning Program

Lori Oancea is the Executive Director of Success Systems, Training and Development with Michigan Financial Companies, a financial services firm focused in estate planning, wealth accumulation, business planning and executive benefits for both publicly and privately-held companies.

As Executive Director she coaches all new advisors entering the firm in a results oriented training and development program, where she partners with each advisor to prepare them for success.

Also an Investment Advisor Representative and an attorney, she is uniquely qualified to address the diverse needs of individuals, families, business owners and their executive teams. She provides client recommendations for concerns related to insurance planning, asset allocation, funding for education and planning for retirement goals.

University of Detroit-Mercy School of Law and University of Michigan, B.A. Economics

Professional Registrations:
Life, Accident & Health; Series 6; Series 7; Series 63; Series 66

Memberships & Affiliations:
Society of Financial Service Professionals
Women in Financial Services

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Jennifer Cepnick
Director, Advanced Placement

Jennifer is a Program Coordinator for the Center for Human Animal Interventions in the School of Nursing and has been with the program since 2013 as part of the initial development team for the Center's implementation. Her responsibilities include ensuring that the implementation process meets the University's requirements while maintaining the integrity of the overall strategic vision for the Center. Jennifer is also a co-facilitator for the Human Animal Intervention Learning Community on campus.

Jennifer earned her Master's Degree in Public Administration from Oakland University in 2014 and a Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy in 2011. As part of her graduate study, Jennifer wrote on the importance of education for vulnerable populations focused primarily on women who are currently incarcerated.  While a graduate student at OU, she was the Treasurer of Pure Michigan Talent Connect, a student run organization that highlights the importance of keeping recent college graduates employed within the state. She was also honored for her academic achievements with her induction into Pi Alpha Alpha for Public Administrators.

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Carrie Sliwinski
Registrar Office Coordinator
(248) 370-3177

Carrie  Sliwinski, the Registrar Office Coordinator for Professional and Continuing Education (PACE) has been with Oakland University ( OU) since 2000. Carrie began at  OU as a student assistant while she completed her Bachelor of Arts Degree. In 2006, she became a full-time staff member and has been working at Oakland University since then in various roles including the Continuing Education Office Assistant, School of Business Administration Events Coordinator, and the Assistant to the Associate Dean. Carrie has continued her studies while working at Oakland University receiving a Masters of Training and Development from  OU in December 2015.

In her current role as the Registrar Office Coordinator for PACE, she is responsible for leading the registration and enrollment team, acts as technical manager for Banner Flexible Registration system, is customer service liaison and implements business and compliance operations for PACE.