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Meet the Team

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Katy Hepner
DIRECTOR OF SPECIAL EVENTS
Kaprina Root
SPECIAL EVENTS COORDINATOR
Katy
Katy Hepner
Director of Special Events
Contact Information:
(734) 647-1261 | katjacks@umich.edu

Katy Hepner has worked for the University of Michigan Athletic Department since 2007. She began as an Assistant Director of Marketing & Promotions focusing on volleyball, men’s & women’s basketball, and baseball. In 2011 she was name the Special Events Coordinator and tasked with creating and successively implementing a new Premium Rental Program. Katy enjoys working with each and every client to help plan an unforgettable event!

Katy is a 2007 (BA, Sport Management & BS, Physical Education) and 2010 (MA, Sport Management) graduate of the University of Michigan School of Kinesiology.

Outside of Michigan Athletics, Katy is a certified Jazzercise Instructor and has taught youth & competitive dance for 15+ years. Katy, her husband (a baseball coach at Wayne State University), and son Jackson and daughter Lily reside in Dexter, MI.

Contact Information:
(734) 647-1261 | katjacks@umich.edu
Kaprina
Kaprina Root
Special Events Coordinator
Contact Information:
(734) 764-4599 | asnogel@umich.edu

Kaprina Root has worked for the University of Michigan Athletic Department since 2018. She began as an Athletic Facilities Assistant at The Big House and Crisler Arena. She assisted in supporting the facility managers with schedules, set up and tear down, and equipment storage. In 2021, Kaprina then became a Facility and Special Event Assistant. Her focus and responsibility changed to managing events and ensuring an exceptional experience and level of service to all clients. Now Kaprina is a Special Events Coordinator. She loves working with diverse groups of people and creating a memorable experience for everyone.

Kaprina is a 2019 (BS, Sport Management, Minor in Communications) graduate of Eastern Michigan University, College of Health & Human Services.

Outside of Michigan Athletics, Kaprina loves hanging out with her friends and family and going on adventures. Kaprina, her husband and golden doodle, Bentley reside in Canton, MI.

Contact Information:
hawkinka@umich.edu

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