Center for Pre-College Outreach
217 Administration Building
1400 Townsend Dr.
Houghton, MI 49931

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  Mind Trekkers Staff

Steve Patchin
Steve received his Masters in Educational Leadership from the University of Cincinnati in 2007. He has also received a B.S. in Business Administration with a Minor in Finance, and a B.S. in Social Sciences with a Minor in Mathematics from Michigan Technological University. Steve is a former middle and high school teacher who spent 10 years in industry before entering the classroom. Before accepting the directorship, Steve had been working for Youth Programs during the summer for 6 years. His hobbies include coaching, boating, various outdoor sports, and most importantly, spending time with his wife, three children, and two dogs. 

Cody Kangas
Assistant Director
Cody received his BA in Management from the School of Kinesiology at the University of Michigan and joined the Youth Programs team in 2008. Prior to coming to Michigan Tech, he worked in several academic and athletic outreach programs, including Ann Arbor Public Schools and the United States Olympic Committee. Cody currently serves on the University Senate, oversees the GEAR UP and Lighthouse Learners programs at Michigan Tech, and is a member of MSTA, WEPAN and ASEE. He is a proud uncle of four, and spends his free time with his wife and family, travelling and playing the guitar.

Tom Maynard
Special Programs  Coordinator
Tom is a recent graduate from MTU and the new Coordinator for the MTU Mind Trekkers! Since graduating, he has used his degree in Communications, Culture, and Media to instruct for the Red Cross, tutor and mentor k-6 students at a local elementary school, and develop a program to end violence against women through a nearby shelter. Time off finds him playing disc golf, cross country skiing with his dogs, or tooling around the workshop.

Rose Martell
Youth Programs Administrative Aide  
Rose received her BS in Education in English and Art from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. She worked for 17 years in the banking and investment industry. Rose joined the Michigan Tech Youth Programs staff in 2001. She has 3 grown children and enjoys all wilderness activities, reading, and perennial gardening.

Deborah Maki
Youth Programs Secretary
Deb is a business graduate of Michigan Tech. She is the Supervisor and Assessor in Elm River Township in the Twin Lakes area. Deb comes to us from her previous career of over 25 years in banking. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Michigan Townships Association, attending meetings in Lansing. Deb enjoys golfing, reading, and relaxing on the pontoon boat with her husband, Cully.