Who are we?

Ruth Stegeman

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

Advisory Committee
The Advisory Committee for Community Engagement is charged to advise the work of the Office for Community Engagement and to be ambassadors of the office’s efforts to develop supportive infrastructure for community-based teaching, learning, and research.

David Bair, Director, Center for Educational Partnerships, College of Education
Maria Cimitile, Assistant Vice President, Academic Affairs
Erin Fisher, Library Program Manager, University Libraries
Shirley Fleischmann, Professor, Padnos College of Engineering and Computing
Cynthia Grapczynski, Professor, Occupational Therapy, College of Health Professions
Michelle Lindale, Director, Partnership Development and Communication, Padnos College of Engineering and Computing
Cynthia McCurren, Dean, Kirkhof College of Nursing
Shaily Menon, Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Bart Merkle, Vice Provost and Dean of Students, Student Affairs, Dean of Students Office
Jean Nagelkerk, Vice Provost for Health, Academic and Student Affairs
Jeff Potteiger, Dean, Graduate Studies
Robert Smart, Executive Director, Center for Scholarly and Creative Excellence
Ellen Schendel, Associate Dean, Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies
Paul Stansbie, Associate Dean, College of Community and Public Service
Sridhar Sundaram, Associate Dean, Seidman College of Business
Kevin Tutt, Interim Assistant Dean,College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Heather Wallace-Renter, Professor, Kirkhof College of Nursing
Pat Waring, Director, Community Relations, Office of the President 


Civic Engagement Task Force
The purpose of the Civic Engagement Taskforce is to increase the knowledge, skills, values and motivation of our students, faculty, and staff to act on issues of personal and public concern in ways that are both individually enriching and beneficial to the community. The engagement efforts we coordinate, facilitate, and support will be reciprocal, mutually beneficial, and asset-based, with the university and community working together to solve public problems.

Melissa Baker-Boosamra, Community Service Learning Center Coordinator, Office of Student Life
Andy Beachnau, Director, Housing and Health Services
Madelaine Cleghorn, President, Student Senate
Michele Coffill, Associate Director, Publications, University Communications
Liz Collver, Assistant Director, Annual Giving, Development
Jay Cooper, Interim Department Chair, Leadership and Learning, College of Education 
Nancy Giardina, Vice Provost, Academic and Student Affairs, Provost's Office
Carol Griffin, Director, General Education
Valerie Guzman, Assistant Director, Leadership and Service Initiatives, Student Life
Anne Hiskes, Dean, Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies
Marlene Kowalski-Braun, Assistant Vice Provost, Academic and Student Affairs, Provost Office
Deborah Lown, Associate Professor, Biomedical Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Rhonda Lubberts, Associate Vice President, Integrated Marketing Planning, Institutional Marketing
Julia Mason, Associate Professor, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies
Bart Merkle, Vice Provost and Dean of Students, Student Affairs, Dean of Students Office
Christine Rener, Vice Provost, Instructional Development and Innovation and Director, Pew Faculty Teaching and Learning Center
Robert Smart, Executive Director, Center for Scholarly and Creative Excellence
Patricia Stow Bolea, Associate Professor, College of Community and Public Service


Core Team
The Core Team brings systems thinking, strategic direction, and targeted communication to support and guide GVSU’s engagement with our communities.

David Bair, Director, Center for Educational Partnerships, College of Education
Matthew Bogden, External Relations, Student Senate
Simone Jonaitis, Executive Director, Continuing Education, Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies
Marlene Kowalski-Braun, Assistant Vice Provost, Student Affairs
Shaily Menon, Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Paul Stansbie, Associate Dean, College of Community and Public Service
Heather Wallace-Renter, Professor, Kirkhof College of Nursing Faculty
Pat Waring, Director, Community Relations, Office of the President 


Groundwork Team
The Groundwork team oversees and offers a variety of events and initiatives that increase connectivity and awareness, provides support, and builds momentum for community engaged teaching, learning, and research at GVSU.

Chasity Bailey-Fakhoury, Assistant Professor, College of Education
Melissa Baker-Boosamra, Community Service Learning Center Coordinator, Office of Student Life
Patricia Stow Bolea, Associate Professor, College of Community and Public Service
Erin Fisher, Library Program Manager, University Libraries
Yumiko Jakobcic, Campus Sustainability Coordinator, Office of Sustainability Practices
Danielle Lake, Professor, Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies

Impact Team
The Impact Team creates and tests survey templates to measure the impact of community-based teaching and research on students, faculty, and community partners. The team gathers baseline data on the effectiveness of our community engagement methods and identifies implications for action.

Philip Batty, Director, Institutional Analysis
Heather Carpenter, Assistant Professor, Nonprofit Management, College of Community and Public Service
Austin Dean, Director, Business Operations, GRCurrent
Elizabeth Delaney, Research Coordinator, Johnson Center for Philanthropy
Susan Harrington, Assistant Professor, Kirkhof College of Nursing
Michelle Miller-Adams, Professor, Political Science, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Melissa Peraino, Center for Adult and Continuing Studies, Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies
Andrew Sisson,Community Organizer, Gold Avenue CRC
Brandon Youker, Assistant Professor, Social Work, College of Community and Public Service