Your CSO Team
Deborah Almasy, Manager of Office Administration and Technology
Deborah Almasy came to the CSO after working in education as an English and Journalism teacher in Lakewood, Michigan, and in leadership and administration at a large Lansing church. Deborah's Bachelor and Master degrees were both earned at Michigan State University. As the Manager of Office Administration and Technology, Deborah is responsible for overseeing the support structure for the office including the budget, job bank, and database management, technology coordination and implementation, professional development planning, and continuous improvement of office processes and procedures.
Lavon Ammori, Assistant Director of Career Development
Lavon Ammori earned her Juris Doctor from Northwestern School of Law and bachelors’ degrees from the University of Michigan. Lavon has spent ten years in private practice, working at both large and small firms. She was a summer associate at Miller Canfield in Detroit and Baker McKenzie in Chicago. After law school, she joined Miller Canfield as an Employment and Labor Law attorney and later worked for a small boutique firm based in Troy, MI.
Kristina Bilowus, Assistant Director of Career Development
Kristina Bilowus earned her LLM and JD from Thomas M Cooley Law School and her BA from Madonna University. She worked in private practice as a family law and criminal defense attorney. Prior to practice, Kristina clerked for the 16th District Court in Livonia and the 6th Circuit Court in Pontiac. She also served as an adjunct professor at WMU Cooley Law School. She currently serves on various boards and professional organizations including the State Bar of Michigan Young Lawyers Section, Women Bar Association, Women Lawyers Association of Michigan, Family Law Section Domestic Violence Awareness Committee, and the Hellenic Bar Association.
Kristina’s focus as part of the CSO Team is judicial clerkships as well as small/mid-size firm practice. One of her greatest feelings of professional accomplishment is helping students work and attain their professional goals.
Carl Fanning, Administrative Assistant
Carl has a background in Guest Services at University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor, small business administration/supervision, and has a bachelor degree in Criminal Justice. Carl keeps the front office running and welcoming to all while also supporting the administrative needs of the office.
Michelle Mitchell, Assistant Director of Employer and Alumni Relations
Michelle Mitchell serves as the Assistant Director for Employer and Alumni Relations. She conducts outreach to create greater connections and opportunities for the law college and its students, manages employer relations and recruiting events on campus and virtually, and provides support to alumni seeking career assistance.
Michelle previously served as Associate Director with the office from 2001 – 2011. Her background is in higher education administration, serving in advising positions at Hope College, Grand Valley State University, and MSU. She received her B.A. from Hope College in Communications and English, and her M.A. from MSU in Student Affairs Administration. Michelle is also a certified etiquette consultant, and leads workshops for students and professionals.
Al Nickson, Assistant Director of Career Development
Al Nickson earned his bachelor’s degree and MBA from MSU’s Broad College of Business, and his JD from Thomas M Cooley Law School. Al has an extensive background in regulatory and compliance work. After law school, Al worked for the Federal Government and in the Healthcare Insurance industry before becoming a family law solo practitioner prior to joining the CSO team.