The Board of Directors is charged with overseeing all financial decisions of the Spartan Global Development Fund’s 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Additionally, the Board of Directors works closely with Student Team members to manage the day-to-day operations of the Spartan Global Registered Student Organization at Michigan State. Board members guide the Student Team on matters such as leadership, choosing field partners, approving applications for microloans, drafting and administration of contracts with field partners and borrowers, and related tasks.


The Board of Directors is comprised of past Student Team Presidents plus the organization’s faculty advisor. In all, the Board provides institutional history, experience, and expertise to help student members continue to grow and learn personally and as an organization.  

2019 Spartan Global Board of Directors


Nikolai Wasielewski

  • Chairman | Board of Directors

  • Former President of the SGDF Student Team

  • Graduated from Michigan State University in 2013 with BA in Political Science-Pre Law

  • Nikolai has led projects spanning the industries of App Development, Design, Marketing, and International Trade.

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Professor Paulette L. Stenzel

  • Advisor to the SGDF Registered Student organization since its founding in 2009

  • Professor of International Business Law and Sustainability | Eli Broad College of Business

  • Learn more about Professor Stenzel’s research by visiting her website here.


Scott Lyman

  • President of the SGDF Student Team from 2016-18.

  • Graduated from Michigan State with a BA in Finance and a BA in Social Relations & Policy in 2018.

  • Under Scott's leadership, Spartan Global was awarded the 2017 Lewis Quality of Excellence Award from the Eli Broad College of Business.

  • Scott currently works in the banking industry as a commercial lending credit analyst.


Morgan burns

  • Former Member & Community Outreach Team Leader on the SGDF Student Team from 2017-18.

  • Graduated from Michigan State University in 2018 with a BA in Accounting and a minor in International Business.

  • Morgan is currently based in Seattle, Washington where she works as a risk consultant.


Kathryn smith

  • Vice President of the SGDF Student Team from 2017-2018.

  • Graduated from Michigan State in 2018 with three BA’s in Finance, Economics, and Political Theory & Constitutional Democracy.

  • Kathryn currently works in the legal and regulatory compliance field within the economic development sector in Michigan.