Meet the Team

Office of Admissions
Law College Building
648 N. Shaw Lane Rm. 300
East Lansing, MI 48824-1300
517-432-0098 (fax)

Ms. Kimberly Wilkes, Director of Admissions and Financial Aid (she/her/hers)

Director Wilkes oversees and implements all aspects of admissions from recruitment, application processing to enrollment retention. Wilkes aims to foster an MSU Law community built on collaboration and inclusivity. Director Wilkes is a first-generation college student earning two bachelors, in Marketing and Advertising magna cum laude and her M.A. in Strategic Communications, all from MSU. She serves on the MSU Law Diversity Task Force and has been a member of the MSU Law family since 2012. Director Wilkes partners with prelaw advisors, prelaw groups and provides advising to all individuals looking to lead, serve and transform in the area of law and works to ensure all interested individuals have the information they need regarding the MSU Law community. Wilkes is a member of the Minority Network.

Ms. Genevieve-Nicole T. Fischré, Assistant Director of Admissions (she/her/hers)

Ms. Fischré facilitates MSU Law’s admissions process through the implementation of strategies to attract a diverse array of students from all walks of life. Ms. Fischré focuses on student outreach and recruitment as well as providing guidance and support to applicants and admitted students during their transition into the study of law. It is her goal to build a strong, talented and diverse student body reflective of the values and mission of MSU Law.

Ms. Fischré holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. She went on to earn a Juris Doctor and Master of Laws in Corporate Law from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School as well as a Master of Business Administration in Marketing from the University of Michigan-Flint.

Prior to joining the MSU College of Law, Ms. Fischré served as an Administrative Law Specialist for the Enforcement Division of the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services, Office of General Counsel. Ms. Fischré has also served as an Assistant Attorney General for the Michigan Department of Attorney General, Revenue & Tax Division where she directed all aspects of cases involving the defense, enforcement and collection of state taxes.

Mary Ann Ferguson Esq., Assistant Dean for Diversity and Equity Services Office (she/her/hers)

Dean Mary Ann Ferguson HeadshotDean Ferguson is the founder of MSU College of Law’s Diversity and Equity Services Office. She was the first member of the Law College’s staff who identifies as a Black and African-American Woman to hold a decanal title.  Within her multi-faceted roles, she seeks to ensure that MSU Law’s prospective, admitted and current community realizes the Law College’s multicultural, equity, diversity, inclusion and access mission. Further, she serves as MSU Law’s liaison to the broader MSU campus, academy and legal profession on the importance of increasing and sustaining diversity. With the unwavering goal of giving life to silenced voices, she is internationally known for her mantra “accepting identity, appreciating voice and achieving justice for all.” Dean Ferguson holds a bachelor’s degree, with honors, from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a Juris Doctor degree from Michigan State University College of Law. She is a licensed attorney.

Ms. Audra A. Foster, Director of Pipeline Programming (she/her/hers)

Ms. Foster leads the development and implementation of pipeline programming as part of the College’s commitment to expanding access to students who historically have been underrepresented in the legal profession. She works with the Dean’s Suite, Admissions, the Diversity and Equity Services Office, and the Office of Student Affairs to develop strategies to introduce students in middle school, high school, and college to age-appropriate programs designed to help them prepare for a successful career in law.

Foster completed her undergraduate studies at Michigan State University, where she earned a B.A. in Accounting with Honors. She went on to earn her J.D. from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School where she was Communications Editor for the Journal of Practical and Clinical Law.

Prior to joining Michigan State University College of Law, Foster served twenty-five years in academic administration and student services roles. There, she designed and implemented programs for academic success and career development including programs focused on historically underrepresented students who had not previously considered a career in law.

Ms. Theresa Allen, Admissions Application Coordinator (she/her/hers)

Ms. Allen coordinates and manages the processing of all J.D. applications for the Office of Admissions. She works closely with the Assistant Dean and members of the Admissions Committee to ensure that applications are reviewed in a timely manner. She also is responsible for the preparation of admission decision letters and reports. Ms. Allen has been a member of the Admissions staff since 2000.

Ms. Kelly Kovacic, Admissions Coordinator (she/her/hers)

Ms. Kelly Kovacic works side by side with the admissions team, providing administrative support and processing information to assist in the recruitment and enrollment of law students. She is the essential first resource for prospective and admitted law students and their families. Kelly has more than 12 years of well-rounded experience in the Criminal Justice field, obtaining a Bachelor of Science Degree from Ferris State University and Associate of Applied Arts-Criminal Justice from Delta College.