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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Patti Rowe

Patti Rowe

In the early 1960s when she was in high school, Patti Rowe was told that she did not belong in a chemistry class. She was also informed she could not take the drafting class she wanted.

Joan Boand

Joan Boand

Joan Boand took advantage of an opportunity at a new college in West Michigan and, over a 30-year period, created countless opportunities for women to try, play and excel in sports.

Faith Heikkila

Faith Heikkila

Faith Heikkila played three varsity sports  basketball, softball and field hockey  at Grand Valley in the late 1970s.

Griffin, Guevara and Witucki

Griffin, Guevara and Witucki

Since the passage of Title IX, the number of high school girls who participate in sports has risen to 3.2 million, 10 times higher than it was in 1972. The number of college women who play sports is six times higher than the 1972 level.

Dana Munk

Dana Munk

Although she now wears the hats of an administrator and faculty member, Dana Munk said she will forever turn her head when someone yells, Coach!

Melissa Stob

Melissa Stob

Melissa (Sneller) Stob literally grew up on a golf course.I was strapped to a golf cart while I was in my car seat, she said. In my family we say, If you dont play golf, youll be left behind.

Carmen Strazisar

Carmen Strazisar

When your father is a police officer who leaves for work wearing a uniform and a gun, you tend to mind what he says. But when it came to high school sports, Carmen Strazisar followed her heart and not her fathers wishes.

Elizabeth Van Tiflin

Elizabeth Van Tiflin

While shes a lifetime basketball player, Elizabeth Biz Van Tiflin, 12, greatly admired Mia Hamm and the way she led the U.S. womens soccer team to the World Cup championship in 1999.

Sarah Zelenka

Sarah Zelenka

Sarah Zelenka turned the Laker nation into rowing enthusiasts when she and her partner competed in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

Shari Bartz-Smith

Shari Bartz-Smith

There are two significant photos of Shari Bartz-Smith from early in her career as an athletic trainer. In one, she is pictured with the volleyball team at Northwood University, the other with the football team at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.