Distinguished Staff Award: 2014


Jennifer Amlotte

Director of Marketing and Admissions, Extended & International Operations, Ferris-Grand Rapids

Jennifer Amlotte has been recognized for excelling at her duties by working diligently and cooperatively with the statewide sites and departments in Extended and International Operations to market their uniqueness and highlighting the “personality” of each. From organizing events such as open houses that recruit students, to “guerilla” marketing tactics that blasts Ferris into every community, she is always emphasizing the Ferris message and has led the marketing team to win four national awards from the Higher Education Marketing Report.

Amlotte is active in her community by mentoring high school students, designing marketing materials for events, and teaching in the evening program for elementary students for the Mamrelund Lutheran Church. She has also volunteered for Relay for Life and Sparta Public Schools.


Brandi Behrenwald

Assistant Director of Alumni Relations, University Advancement and Marketing

Brandi Behrenwald’s Bulldog pride runs deep. With her engaging personality and outstanding communication and organizational skills, Brandi is outstanding advocate for Ferris State University and a key member of the Ferris Foundation Gala Committee. As the Assistant Director of Alumni Relations, her role is challenging and diverse and her devotion to the Student Alumni Gold Club is evident in her praise of the student members.

Brandi has been recognized for “going above and beyond the call of duty” which attests to her true dedication to Ferris. She serves the community by volunteering for her children’s athletics teams and has established a scholarship for Lakeview students in memory of her brother-in-law.


Rob Bentley

Associate Athletics Communications Director; Bulldog Athletics

Rob Bentley oversees the University’s entire athletics communications operation and serves as the sports information director with direct oversight of all communications, multimedia, broadcasting, website, social media, statistics, award nominations, historical functions and more.

Bentley takes great pride nominating and promoting Ferris State’s student-athletes for a multitude of various conference, regional and national awards and personally led the charge to help Ferris earn the title of “Best Sports Logo” in Michigan. All of these honors help generate positive publicity for the University and build tremendous pride in the accomplishments of Bulldog athletes.


Ramona Larson

Food Service Worker, Dining Center – The Rock Cafe

During Ramona Larson’s eight years of employment, she has expressed a positive attitude about Ferris, has been a great example to its student employees, and has formed relationships with co-workers whom she often refers to as “family.” She is highly skilled as a Food Service worker and has always been willing to be the person that new employees or students can go to for on-the-job training or advice.

Larson is an active member of the community by intentionally volunteering her services at least once every three months and encourages family members to join her in doing so. Examples of her service to the community include providing temporary shelter to the homeless, donating to Angel Tree, coordinating the AFSCME children’s Christmas party, and at times providing rides or funds from her own pocket to help out Ferris students when in need.


Deedee Stakley

Director of Transfer Services Center, Retention and Student Success

Deedee Stakley is a positive, informed, and generous representative of the University to many of its stakeholders. In sharing her expertise on best practices and innovations at the state and national levels, she has made Ferris a recognized leader in transfer services and has a reputation for getting things done.

Stakley’s highly effective collaboration with a diverse array of partners has created exceptional opportunities for both the University and its students. In addition to the many partnerships that she has helped forge for the University, her personal commitment as a long-time volunteer for the Children’s Leukemia Foundation, Make-a-Wish, and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Societies has helped make a profound difference in the lives of others.