Biography of Michelle Velazquez Mesnard

Photo of Michelle Mesnard-Velazquez
Full Title: Associate VP for Academic Initiatives
Building: Dick Building
Room Number: 207
Email: michelle.velazquezmesnard [at]
Work Phone: 2005
Personal Phone: 402.304.0537
Departments: Academic Administration - 402.486.2501
Job Description:


Michelle Velazquez Mesnard is the Associate Vice President for Academic Initiatives. Her main focus is to research and develop new academic programs and other academic initiatives. Additionally she assists the Academic Dean in many aspects of Academic Administration.

Academic Background


Michelle completed her masters degree in public relations at Golden Gate University in San Francisco. She served as an associate professor of communication and Humanities Division chair at Union College until 2015. 

Campus & Community Involvement:
  • At Union College since 2002
  • Co-Coordinator, The Quest for Calling Program
  • Youth leader and Sound Engineer, New Creation Community
Professional Background:


Before she was a proud member of the Union College staff, Michelle spent four years as the director of public relations at Pacific Union College in Angwin, California. Then, in 2002, she and her family left sunny California for the freezing cold winters of Nebraska. They are now Nebraskans through and through.

Personal Information:


Michelle's hobbies include reading, crocheting and knitting, and being a mom. She is married to Mike Mennard, a kids song writer and musician with the Mighty Magic Pants. They have a 18-year-old son named Ramsey, who is an amazing guitar player. The thing she loves most in the world is hanging out with her family.

Michelle and her husband, Mike, have spent the last 25 years researching what they call "The Chummy Effect: The secret to brand loyalty." They love to share their theory and are working toward writing a book about it.