April Bocian
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The empowHER leadership retreat was created in honor of April Bocian.

April was born on April 28, 1998, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Family, friends and teammates have countless memories of how April made them laugh and brightened their day, whether she was clowning around with basketball friends, playing practical jokes on her sisters or spending time with her family.

April was an amazing girl with a powerful spirit whose life, unfortunately, ended too quickly. In honor of April, Suzy Merchant and the Eli Broad College of Business have partnered to launch the empowHER retreat. 

Michigan State women's basketball head coach Suzy Merchant and the Eli Broad College of Business have partnered to create empowHER. The empowHER leadership retreat is a grassroots initiative designed to reach young girls at the right time and give them the skills they need to take on personal and professional challenges in their lives. We want them to embrace their strengths and differences and take positive steps forward, knowing they matter and they have the power to make a difference for themselves and their communities.

Our Team

Suzy Merchant

Suzy Merchant

Founder
MSU Women's Basketball Head Coach
Kristin St. Marie

Kristin St. Marie

Co-Founder & Sponsorship Chair
Carlisle Companies
Julie Pagel Dombroski

Julie Pagel Dombroski

Board Co-Chair & Event Co-Chair
MSU Women's Basketball
Lydia Weiss

Lydia Weiss

Board Co-Chair & Content Chair
Preventive Outreach & Education Dept., MSU
Janelle Manolakoudis

Janelle Manolakoudis

Event Chair
AF Group
Kristine Kletke

Kristine Kletke

Communications Chair
PMSI Marketing Group
Renee Bush

Renee Bush

Registration Chair
MSU Federal Credit Union
Shayna Allen

Shayna Allen

Mentor Chair
TämBwoy Branding and Marketing
Angela Michael

Angela Michael

Mentor Co-Chair
MSU Student Affairs
Meghan Ziehmer

Meghan Ziehmer

Volunteer Chair
Greater Lansing Sports Authority
D'Anne Ramos

D’Anne Ramos

Food & Beverage Chair
Blue Care Network
Margaret Selasky

Margaret Selasky

Board Operations
MSU Women's Basketball