Seidman College of Business Alumni Association Board

Alumni Board

Alumni Board Members

President: Bill Smith
Co-Vice Presidents: Mark Redfield, Joel Schick, and Ryan Slusarzyk
Secretary: Nelson Van Elderen

Jad Abou-Maarouf is the Head of Specialty, Non-Standard Auto, and IA Ops Business Intelligence and IA Operation Applications for Farmers Insurance Group. Prior to this position, he was the Head of Distribution Business Intelligence /CRM Business Integration at Farmers.

Claudia Bajema is Director of Graduate Business Programs for the Seidman College of Business, Grand Valley State University.  Prior to assuming her position with Seidman, she worked for Quiring's Statistical Consultations (QST).  She earned her B.S. and MBA from Grand Valley State University.

Chris Barbee has been director of Alumni Relations at Grand Valley since August 2002.  He received a BS in broadcasting from Grand Valley State University in 1988.  Following graduation he worked at West Michigan Public Broadcasting where he served as a news and sports reporter for WGVU-AM/FM and as a producer-host of "GV Sports" for WGVU-WGVK-TV. From January 1994 until August 2002 he served as press secretary to Congressman Vern Ehlers of Grand Rapids.

Mark Coaster is the Senior Energy Consultant at Executive Energy Services, LLC. He holds degrees from Michigan State University (Engineering) and Grand Valley State University (MBA) and his career also includes services with Michigan Consolidated Gas Company, CoEnergy Trading Company, and DTE Energy Trading.

Brandon Finnie is a Business Valuation Specialist at Hungerford Valuation. Prior to this position, he was a Manager at Adamy Valuation Advisors. He earned his BBA concentrating in Finance and Accounting from the Seidman College of Business in 2006.

John Grahs is the IT Manager of Kent Power, Inc.  Prior to his current position, he served as the IT and Operations Manager at Spartan Distributors, and Systems Engineer for Star Cutter Company.  He holds a degree in electrical engineering from Michigan Tech, and earned his MBA from the Seidman College of Business in 2013.

Taylor Groenhout is serving as the undergraduate representative on the board.  She is a sophomore in the Honors College and is pursuing a degree in Management.  She is a member of both the Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization and the Seidman Student Leadership Development Program.  She also was accepted into Calvin College’s Young Women’s Business Institute.

Vonnie Herrera serves as the Executive Director of the Seidman College of Business Alumni Association.  She also serves as the Director of External Relations and Communications for the Seidman College of Business, Grand Valley State University, where she earned a BA degree.

Rabih Jamal joined DWH following completion of his MBA from Grand Valley State University and his B. S. from The University of Michigan with a degree in engineering. Mr. Jamal's business experience includes purchasing a distressed business and successfully returning it to profitability. He brings his expertise in both engineering and business to provide support to clients, and serves as a Managing Director of DWH.

Ken Kolbe is the Assistant General Manager WGVU AM/FM/TV where has has worked for 14 years.  He was formerly News Director at WZZM-TV in Grand Rapids.  He holds a BAA degree from Central Michigan University and a MBA from Grand Valley State University.  In 2007 Ken was inducted into the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences' Silver Circle which honors broadcasting's most distinguished professionals.

Mark Kubik is the Managing Director at Aurelius Solutions Group in Grand Rapids.  Mark has worked on business projects in the United States, India, Ireland and France.  He has an MBA from the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, and a BBA from the Seidman College of Business,  Grand Valley State University.  He serves as an Adjunct Instructor of Marketing in the Seidman College of Business.

Eric Larson is a Partner at Beene Garter LLP. Mr. Larson’s practice is focused on business valuation and litigation support. He has worked with hundreds of closely-held companies and their representatives in numbers areas such as succession planning, gift and estate tax, ESOPS, mergers and acquisitions, and commercial and civil litigation.  He has earned BS and MBA degrees from Grand Valley State University.

Amy Lodenstein is the Director of Operations at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital. Amy is also an Adjunct Professor for the Department of Allied Health Sciences at GVSU. She holds a BSN degree from Hope College and an MSN/MBA from Grand Valley State University. Amy volunteers with the Special Olympics.  

Mark Redfield is the principal of Redfield Financial Group.  He is also the Vice President and partner of the Wealth Advisory Group and serves on the INVEST Advisory Council.  Mark holds a Chartered Financial Consultant designation and is a Registered Investment Advisor.   Mark currently serves on the Seidman Alumni Board and Finance Advisory Board.  He earned a BBA from the Seidman College of Business.

Jacqueline Schafer is the Senior Wealth Strategist for Mirador Family Wealth Advisors which is a division of Fifth Third Bank. She earned her BBA with an emphasis in Accounting from the Seidman College of Business in 2000. She also earned her Masters degree in Taxation from Seidman in 2005.

Joel Schick is a Sales Forecast & Demand Planning Analyst with X-Rite Inc. in Grand Rapids, a $200 million global color technology company.  Prior to his current role, he worked at Mercantile Bank as a Senior Credit Analyst after graduating from Hope College with his undergraduate degree.  He earned his MBA from the Seidman College of Business.

Scott Setlock (BBA in Finance & Business Economics ’04, MBA ‘10) is a Vice President, Mortgage Market Leader at Mercantile Bank of Michigan.  Scott maintains an active role in the community, serving on the board of In The Image, a Grand Rapids based non-profit organization supporting families in need, volunteering through Schools of Hope and Junior Achievement, and serving on committees to facilitate the West Michigan ACG Cup and Banking Challenge competitions.  Scott is also an active GVSU contributor, maintaining roles with the Seidman Alumni Board and the Finance Department Advisory Board, while teaching an undergraduate Bank Management class as an adjunct professor. 

Ryan Slusarzyk (BBA in Marketing and Management, ‘08) is the Global Project Manager for Amway Corporation. Ryan continues to be very active in the community, and is involved with many organizations, including: the American Cancer Society Young Leaders Council, Habitat 4 Humanity, and Grand Rapids Young Professionals.

William Smith is the Owner of CompuCraft, Inc, GoWest Properties, and AAA Flow Inc. His degrees include a BBA in Marketing, and a MBA in Finance, and he has been a regular Adjunct Instructor for GVSU for over 20 years. He was honored as an Outstanding Entrepreneur by the Seidman College of Business.

Paul Spindler CPA, CMA, CFE, is Vice President/Treasurer and part owner of Baker Spindler Holtz, P.C. a local CPA Firm in Grand Rapids.  Paul has a BBA from GVSU.  Prior to working with Baker Spindler Holtz he worked with a National CPA Firm.

Susan Stoddard is the Vice-President of Finance and Operations for the Heart of West Michigan United Way.  She earned her BA at Hope College, her MBA at Grand Valley and is a CPA.  She also has extensive experience in healthcare and the tax/business advisory side of public accounting.

Michael Stornant is CFO of Corporate Finance at Wolverine World Wide.  He has been with the company 16 years serving in various operations and financial positions throughout his tenure.  Before Wolverine World Wide, Stornant served on the Audit and Compliance team at Ernst and Young LLP.  He graduated from GVSU in 1988 with a BS in Accounting.

Nelson Van Elderen is currently a visiting instructor of Marketing in the Seidman College of Business.  Previously he worked in the lumber and building materials industry for 31 years in various capacities and retired as Director of Marketing for The Standard Companies in 2008.  Nelson has been involved with the Seidman Alumni Board since its inception and received his BBA(1976) and MBA(1994) from Seidman.

Ashley VanRoekel (BBA in International Business and Marketing and B.A. in Spanish ’09) is a Senior Product Marketing Specialist at Steelcase Inc., which she has worked since 2007.  Ashley won first place in the West Michigan Regional idea Pitch Competition while a student in 2009. 

Carol Vriend Petter (MBA ’00) is a Vice President at Huntington Bank responsible for risk, compliance and training in Retirement Plan Services.  She graduated from Calvin College and subsequently earned designations both as a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Financial Planner.  Throughout her career, she has served in many capacities in the retirement plan arena.

Joe Walker is the graduate student representative for the board.   He will be graduating in August of 2014, with an MBA, emphasis in innovation and technology. He currently works as a business intake consultant at the Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center, where he oversees business training workshops in six different counties in West Michigan.

Steve Zlotnicki, CTP, is the Corporate Treasury Manager for Spectrum Health System. He received his bachelor’s degree from the Seidman College of Business in 1993. Steve is a military veteran, having served 8 years in the United States Air Force.  While in the service, Steve obtained his Avionic Engineering degree from the University of Maryland (European Division) in 1984.

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