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Women in Sports - Profiles

Grand Valley celebrates the achievements of women who have played varsity sports, club sports or majored in Movement Science.

These profiles showcase alumni and faculty members who have been empowered through their connections to sports or to the Movement Science department.

Nominate someone you would like to see highlighted at a future Celebrate Women in Sport and Physical Activity event!

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Catherine Jones-Rikkers, '85 and '97 - 2017 Honoree

Catherine Jones-Rikkers, '85 and '97 - 2017 Honoree

Catherine Jones-Rikkers grew up in Allendale and on campus as her parents were Grand Valley faculty members.

Molly Mahoney, '09 - 2017 Honoree

Molly Mahoney, '09 - 2017 Honoree

Molly Mahoney has been ice skating since she was in elementary school. She first wore figure skates, but when her younger brother wanted to play hockey, Mahoney, then 11, wanted to try too.

Dr. Jaida Bourke Fitzgerald, '06 - 2017 Honoree

Dr. Jaida Bourke Fitzgerald, '06 - 2017 Honoree

As an anesthesiologist at one of the country's leading pediatric hospitals, Jaida Bourke Fitzgerald, 06, often needs to communicate well under pressure.

Kathleen Kinkema, '79 - 2017 Honoree

Kathleen Kinkema, '79 - 2017 Honoree

Kathleen Kinkema recalled a time when she and other girls at her high school were not allowed to run more than 800 yards during track events. When the state high school athletic association said it was OK to run one mile, Kinkema was among the first girls

Doug 'Doc' Woods - 2016 Honoree

Doug 'Doc' Woods - 2016 Honoree

Woods served as head athletic trainer for 22 years. In 2008 he was inducted into the Michigan Athletic Trainers' Society Hall of Fame for his dedication and passion for the field.

Courtney Jones, '14 - 2016 Honoree

Courtney Jones, '14 - 2016 Honoree

Jones competed at the Triathlon World Championships representing Team USA, and founded a race marketing business.

Kim Hansen, '80 - 2016 Honoree

Kim Hansen, '80 - 2016 Honoree

Hansen has coached college and high school basketball, and said that playing basketball is what got her to care about her education.

Anna Tollefson, '09 - 2015 Honoree

Anna Tollefson, '09 - 2015 Honoree

Tollefson played high school volleyball at Kalamazoo Central and Mattawan and said coming to campus for sports camps helped solidify her decision to attend Grand Valley.

Jill Meerman, '88 - 2015 Honoree

Jill Meerman, '88 - 2015 Honoree

Meerman graduated from Grand Valley in 1988 and played four years of varsity basketball and one year of softball for the Lakers.

Susan Korzinek, '83 - 2015 Honoree

Susan Korzinek, '83 - 2015 Honoree

While at Grand Valley, Korzinek played one year of softball and junior varsity basketball. She left varsity athletics for intramural sports to better concentrate on academics.