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Ruth Stegeman




Ruth Stegeman

Assistant Dean and Director for Community Engagement, College of Community and Public Service


Nic Scobey, GA




Nic Scobey

Graduate Assistant

Major: College Student Affairs Leadership






Megan Steenwyk

Communications Assistant

Major: Public and Nonprofit Administration (Community Health Emphasis)


Civic Engagement Collective

Members of the Civic Engagement Collective function as the communications link to their respective colleges and departments. Members advocate for engagement opportunities, implement communications mechanisms, and maintain awareness of big picture civic engagement initiatives and offer feedback and recommendations on the work.

Sharalle Arnold, Associate Director, Women's Center
Chasity Bailey-Fakhoury, Assistant Professor, College of Education
David Bair, Director, Center for Educational Partnerships, College of Education
Melissa Baker-Boosamra, Associate Director, Office of Student Life, Civic Engagement and Assessment
Andy Beachnau, Director, Housing and Health Services
Suzeanne Benet, Assistant Vice President, Academic Affairs
Scott Berlin, Director, BSW Program, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work 
Scott Blinkhorn, Associate Vice President DevelopmentServices, University Development
Patty Stow-Bolea, Faculty Fellow, Pew Faculty and Learning Center
Maria Cimitile, Assistant Vice President, Academic Affairs
Maddie Cleghorn, President, Grand Valley State University Student Senate
Michele Coffill, Associate Director of Publications, University Communications
Liz Collver, Coordinator of Student Philanthropy, University Development
Jay Cooper, Interim Department Chair, Leadership and Learning, College of Education
Erin Fisher, Library Program Manager, University Libraries
Ella Fritzemeier, Vice President for Public Relations Committee of Student Senate
Shirley Fleischmann, Professor, Padnos College of Engineering and Computing
Jason Franklin, W.K. Kellogg Chair for Community Philanthropy 
Brendan Gallagher, Graduate Assistant, Office of Student Life
Katie Gordon, Program Manager, Kaufman Interfaith Institute
Beverly Grant, Assistant Vice President, Division of Inclusion and Equity
Carol "Griff" Griffin, Director, General Education
Anne Hiskes, Dean, Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies
Marlene Kowalski-Braun, Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Inclusion
Michelle Lindale, Director, Partnership Development and Communication, Padnos College of Engineering and Computing
Deborah Lown, Associate Professor, Biomedical Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Rhonda Lubberts, Associate Vice President, Institutional Marketing
Julia Mason, Associate Professor, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies
Cynthia McCurren, Dean, Kirkhof College of Nursing
Shaily Menon,on leave for ACE Fellowship, 2015-2016
Bart Merkle, Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, Dean of Students Office
Jean Nagelkerk, Vice Provost for Health, Academic and Student Affairs
Chris Plouff, Interim Director, School of Engineering, Seymour & Esther Padnos College of Engineering & Computing
Jeff Potteiger, Dean, The Graduate School
Christine Rener, Director, Pew Faculty Teaching and Learning Center
Mark Schaub, Chief International Officer, Padnos International Center
Ellen Schendel, Associate Dean, Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies
Robert Smart, Vice Provost for Research Administration and Executive Director, Center for Scholarly and Creative Excellence
Paul Stansbie, Associate Dean, College of Community and Public Service
Ruth Stegeman, Director, Office for Community Engagement 
Sridhar Sundaram, Associate Dean, Seidman College of Business
Kevin Tutt, Interim Assistant Dean for Strategic Planning, Assessment, Outreach, and Community Engagement, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Heather Wallace-Renter, Assistant Professor, Kirkhof College of Nursing
Pat Waring, Director, Community Relations, Office of the President
Alaina Woloszyn, Student Life Promotions Coordinator, Office of Student Life