Your CSO Team

Maria Stein, Assistant Dean for Career Development
Maria Stein is an experienced higher education professional with over 30 years’ experience in program development, teaching, coaching/counseling students and alums as well as working with employers to develop internships/co-ops, talent pipelines and workforce development strategies. In addition to managing the Career Services team, Maria collaborates with internal and external stakeholders including firms, agencies and other organizations to ensure high touch, best in class career management and employment opportunities are developed for all MSU Law students and alums. Maria also designs and orchestrates the Michigan Leadership Institute programming.

Lavon AmmoriLavon 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.

Deborah AlmasyDeborah 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.

Kristina Bilowus 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.

Maria Jandernoa Maria Jandernoa, Manager of Professional Development & Programming

Before she joined the CSO team, Maria Jandernoa taught science and English at Waldron Elementary and Middle School in Fowler, Michigan. Maria has significant experience implementing technology in educational environments. Maria earned her bachelor’s degree in secondary education as well as a master's in education with a concentration in training and development, from Central Michigan University. In addition, Maria is a certified Career Development Faciliator through the National Career Development Association.

Julie KlompJulie Klomp, Administrative Assistant
Julie Klomp joins the CSO team following a career in education.  She has experience teaching at the high school and community college levels and most recently served as a high school principal. She earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary education with certifications in English and History from Michigan State University. In 2006, she earned a Master’s Degree in Secondary School Administration from Central Michigan University. Julie has a passion for assisting students as they strive to reach their educational and career goals. Her role as an Administrative Assistant with CSO allows her to continue this work.

Michelle MitchellMichelle Mitchell, Assistant Director of Employer and Alumni Relations
Michelle Mitchell returns to the CSO team after previously serving as Associate Director with the office for almost ten years. Michelle’s background is in higher education administration, and her career has been based in advising students in a variety of 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. 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, help manage employer relations and recruiting on campus, and coordinate data reporting for graduates.