Meet Our Team

As a part of the top Supply Chain education program in the country, the Supply Chain Management Association (SCMA) strives to provide students with exceptional learning experiences and development opportunities beyond the classroom environment. This is accomplished through exposure to leading industry practices and business professionals, as well as an additional forum for student/faculty interaction. We appreciate your interest in SCMA and encourage you to get involved with any/all of our events! We are always looking for innovative ideas for our events, so please share your creativity with us if there is something you would like to see SCMA pursue!

Lydia Whipple

President

Email: whippl37@msu.edu

Hello all! MY name is Lydia Whipple and I am a Senior in Supply Chain Management with a minor in Spanish. This is my second year on the SCMA Executive Board, and I could not be more excited to lead this wonderful organization through such… interesting times…

Summer 2019 I interned with ZF Automotive in Washington, MI as a Commodity Purchasing Intern. I designed and improved business processes in this role, was exposed to the global business world, and found a passion for data within SCM. This current summer, I am interning with Cisco remotely as a Global Manufacturing & Logistics Intern where I am learning of a different pillar within SCM, working globally, and trying to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 on the organization.

As President of the SCMA, I act as a guide and support to the other Executive Board members, as well as directly organize Leadership Academy and the SCMA elections. Please direct all concerns related to SCMA to me. I want to ensure students, faculty, staff, and recruiters have a wonderful experience working with this student organization.

SCMA has played a pivotal role in my success as a young business professional, student, and leader. If you have any questions, concerns, comments, or just need someone to chat with, please feel free to reach out to me at any time. I look forward to meeting you! GO GREEN!

Charles Zhou

Vice President

Email: zhouchar@msu.edu

Please contact Charles for information pertaining to General Membership Meetings, Company Involvement, and other professional SCMA events throughout the year.

Hey Everybody! My name is Charles Zhou and it is my pleasure to serve you as SCMA’s Vice President this upcoming academic year. I am currently a Senior majoring in Supply Chain Management with a minor in Informational Technology and International Business. Last year, I served as the Director of Public Relations and oversaw the SCMA weekly newsletters, social media, and social events. My leadership involvement in SCMA began when I was a sophomore; I assisted the Career Fair Directors as a Logistics Chair and maintained consistent communication with the companies who had questions or needed assistance with logistics for the career fair.

As for my professional experience, in the Summer of 2018 I interned at an HR Technology company called ViziRecruiter in Troy, Michigan. I was a Business Intern and touched on many different aspects of the business world such as Sales, Marketing, and Human resources. Last summer, I interned at Lenovo in Morrisville, North Carolina. I worked within the Data Center Group as a Global Supply Chain Intern. For the Summer of 2020, I interned at Microsoft as a Supply Chain Planner Intern in the Cloud & Artificial Intelligence division. As part of Microsoft’s Azure organization, I am exposed to a newer area of end to end supply chain, while also working on a supply chain/engineering focused team. Outside of school and work, I love to run, read, and travel. Also, I enjoy hanging out with friends and networking with new people.

Throughout my time in SCMA, I have grown immensely as an individual. There is a great balance between professional and social life in this organization which is a critical aspect of college. SCMA is not only a way to surround yourself with people who have the same goals and dreams as you but provides you with connections from hundreds of prestigious companies. We also have many different social events throughout the year, and they are an excellent way for members to build connections with each other. I strongly recommend that everyone comes out and get involved with SCMA because it will be worth your time.
I am very excited for what this year beholds, and feel free to reach out whether you need help professionally or just as a friend. Look forward to meeting everyone!

GO GREEN!

Ben Anderson

Chief Financial Officer

Email: ande1980@msu.edu

Hey everyone! My name is Ben Anderson, and I am a senior majoring in Supply Chain Management and minoring in Information Technology. I am the CFO this year for SCMA! As CFO I share the financial responsibilities and duties of the organization with the Treasurer. Last year I was SCMA’s Treasurer and was a trip chair before that. I have had three summer internships: in summer 2018 I was with the Texas Statewide Procurement Department, in summer 2019 I was with the Utah Division of Purchasing and in summer 2020 I was (virtually) with Intel.

Vanesa Selimagic

Treasurer

Email: selimag1@msu.edu

Hello everyone! My name is Vanesa Selimagic and I’m this year's treasurer. I am a sophomore working towards a major in Supply Chain Management and minor in Environmental and Sustainability. This will be my first year on the executive board and I could not be more excited!

SCMA has provided me with so many opportunities and my passion for it continues growing. I am so grateful I was able to get involved so early, the amazing people and opportunities it has provided me with really helped me navigate my freshman year. I was able to make friends, memories, and gain learning experiences that I will never forget. This upcoming year will be different in many ways, but I cannot wait to meet you all and see what it has in store for us!

Megan Barry

Director of Operations

Email: barryme7@msu.edu

Justin Hannemann

Career Fair Director

Email: hannema9@msu.edu

Hi everyone! My name is Justin Hannemann, I am a senior studying Supply Chain Management. This year is my first year on E-Board and I am one of the Career Fair Directors. I am excited to be in this role and all the challenges and rewards that come with it. This upcoming year will hopefully be a great year even though it is still may be impacted by Covid-19. We look forward to hopefully being able to have an in-person career fair by January and having another great event!
SCMA has really played a strong role in my success at MSU, from the various leadership positions and connections I’ve made, it’s been absolutely one of the best parts of my college experience.
Two summers ago, I interned for Becker Logistics in Chicago as a Logistics Intern, and this past summer I was a Global Procurement Intern at Trane Technologies where I was supposed to be down in Davidson North Carolina but due to Covid-19 had to work from home. I worked mostly with the sourcing team, so I worked a lot with our suppliers and managers to improve business efficiency in many ways. I look forward to where the next chapter takes me after graduation this year!
Although things may seem a little different this year, myself and SCMA are going to try and put on the best school year we can. We hope to provide another great career fair so all of you can find internships and full-time jobs for next year! I may be biased but SCMA is truly one of the best organizations on campus and especially if you are a Supply Chain Major, or even if you aren’t, I highly encourage getting involved. If you have any questions about anything, SCMA, Career Fair, Classes, MSU, anything, please feel free to reach out! Go Green!

Courtney Palkowski

Career Fair Director

Email: palkows4@msu.edu

Please contact Courtney for information pertaining to the 2021 SCMA Career Fair or email scmafair@gmail.com

Hello everyone! My name is Courtney Palkowski and I could not be more excited to join the SCMA Executive Board this year as Career Fair Director. I am a Junior majoring in Supply Chain Management with a minor in Economics and a Cognate in International Business from Dexter, Michigan. My involvement in SCMA began as a sophomore as a general member. I took on my first leadership role as a Logistics Chair for the 2020 SCMA Career Fair managing all recruiter packages, shipping, and coordination with the company recruiters and Michigan State University’s logistics service. This role expanded my view of supply chain at the foundational level, taught me how to resolve different types of logistics issues, and led me to pursue the role of Career Fair Director this year.

My professional experience began in the fall of 2018 with the International Business Center (CIBER) at Michigan State University. I joined the Michigan Export Growth Program as an international market research analyst. This program is a pro-bono service offering customized international market research to Michigan businesses. During the academic year, I work for the program and have had the opportunity over the last two years to work with some amazing Michigan businesses, develop insight into different markets around the world, and gain fantastic research and professional skills. I am very excited to be returning this fall as the Student Team Lead for the program. Outside of conducting research, I also help update globalEDGE, Michigan State’s very own international business website and have published blogs on the site as well.

This past summer I unfortunately had my supply chain internship with Domino’s Pizza rescinded due to COVID-19. I was happy to find another internship opportunity with the Central Procurement Services for the State of Michigan. I was tasked with helping with the impact of COVID-19 on the state budget by conducting industry research and providing recommendations for reducing costs within commodity and technological contracts as well as future contract negotiations. The internship allowed me to explore and gain knowledge into procurement within the public sector and at the state level.
Michigan State has been amazing by providing limitless opportunities to explore new activities, people, and experiences. I am proud a member of the Residential Business Community and Multicultural Business Students. Through the International Business Center, I have also had the opportunity to attend events by the Global Business Club of Mid-Michigan. In my free time you can catch me participating on different intramural sports teams ranging from dodgeball to volleyball to inner tube water polo.

SCMA has provided me with countless opportunities academically and professionally and I am very thankful for being able to give back to this amazing organization, our members, and the Supply Chain Management students at Michigan State University through my position as Career Fair Director.

Madison Zettler

Director of Internal Relations

Email: zettler1@msu.edu

Please contact Madison for information pertaining to the msuscma.com website, member registration, GMM/event sign-in, Most-Involved Members, calendar of events, resume critiques, subscription to MSU SCMA e-mails, and any other general membership questions.

Hi everyone! My name is Madison Zettler and I am a senior majoring in Supply Chain Management and minoring in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. I am excited to serve as your Director of Internal Relations this year!

For the Summer of 2018 I worked as a Purchasing Intern at ZF North America in Washington, MI where I gained tactics to negotiate, summarize contract databases, and compared parts against contract prices to find savings. For the Summer of 2019, I worked at Moog Inc. in Buffalo, NY as a procurement intern developing a capability report for the East Coast Machining and Tooling and improved supplier metrics for delivery and quality. Currently, I am interning at Conagra Brands in Chicago, IL as a logistics intern on forecasting and demand planning.

Throughout my time at MSU I could not have imagined my life without SCMA. SCMA has provided me with many opportunities to further my skills and professional career. You become a family with everyone involved in the organization because you are working toward a common goal of becoming better personally and professionally. I am looking forward to this upcoming year and cannot wait for you all to see the great events we have planned. I encourage you to join our organization and see everything SCMA has to offer. I am here to help so please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or would just like to chat.

I look forward to meeting you all!

Go Green!

Brendan Wang

Director of External Relations

Email: wangbren@msu.edu

Welcome to SCMA! My name is Brendan Wang. I am most passionate toward helping people live happier, healthier lives with solutions toward a cleaner, greener planet. As you’ve probably guessed correctly, I am majoring in Supply Chain Management as a Junior here at Michigan State University. My passion for supply chain first began when I invented Boka Bands, a wearable bracelet that helps users achieve their long and short-term goals by wearing them.

Entrepreneurship is a huge part of my life because I’ve since created another company just last year called CAPNOS. We are on a mission to help prevent lung diseases and save lives with a safe alternative to vaping. I spend most of my time on CAPNOS; in my free time, I enjoy reading, biking, hiking, hammocking, traveling, cooking, and spending time with the people I love. Past internship experiences include GE Aviation and Abbott; both roles were in supplier quality.

I’m super excited for this year ahead with SCMA because of all the great events we have planned out. I’ve found my family of friends here and you can too. In past SCMA years, I’ve been the Fall Trip chair, a career fair ambassador, and was the member with highest points because of how engaged I’ve felt with this community. Please, let us be part of your community too! If ever you want to discuss big ideas, learn more about entrepreneurship, or supply chain management, please feel free to reach out to me.

Thanks for getting to learn more about me. I’d love to learn more about you as well someday!

Go Green!

Kate Fehrle

Director of Public Relations

Email: fehrleka@msu.edu

Hi! I am a Junior studying Supply Chain Management with a minor in Environmental and Sustainability Studies. I have been able to Study Abroad in Costa Rica, learn deeply through the Honors College, and am a member of the Residential Business Community. This is my first year on Eboard and I am beyond excited to help work on the amazing things we do in this club. My Public Relations role is to coordinate social events, communicate through social media, distribute and create the SCMA Newsletters to members, and create an SCMA apparel catalog (so look out for that link soon!)

I am currently working at FedEx as a package handler so I would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have about the Operations side of Supply Chain Management. SCMA has been a crucial part of my life at MSU because it has connected me to so many people who have become mentors and friends as well has helped me to decide on what major to pursue. I have gained an extensive network from my involvement as the SCMA photography chair, going to GMM’s, the Career Fair, and the fall trip. SCMA has helped me to look at the vast roles within Supply Chain Management and increase my knowledge of the field. Feel free to reach out to me at any time!

I can’t wait to see you all this school year!

Paul Lee

Senior Advisor

Email: leepau11@msu.edu

Kelly Lynch

Director of Corporate & Student Relations

Email: lynchk10@broad.msu.edu