Contact & Hours



TRiO Educational Talent Search

Grand Valley State University
510 West Fulton St Grand Rapids, MI 49504-6495
Hours Monday - Friday 9 AM to 4 PM
Phone (616) 331-7110 Fax (616) 331-7115


Sarah Keranen-Lopez

Sarah Keranen-Lopez


Target Schools: Wyoming Jr HS, East Kentwood HS

Sarah has been the director of TRiO Educational Talent Search for 13 years. She has received an M.P.A as well as an M.Ed. Sarah lives in Allendale with her husband, Salvador, and her two children, Amadeo and Celeste.

Tim Marroquin

Tim Marroquin

Assistant Director

Target SchoolsUnion HS, Wyoming HS, Westwood MS, and Riverside MS

Tim joined TRiO Educational Talent Search in 2013 as a program advisor and was named Assistant Director in 2014. He has 15 years of experience in secondary education prior to working at GVSU. Tim attended Valparaiso University, has a B.S. from Grand Valley State University, and an M.A. from Central Michigan University. He currently resides in Holland, MI with his wife, Cynthia, and their two children, Mia and Enzo.

Chad Patton

Chad Patton

Program Advisor

Target SchoolsInnovation Central HS, Godwin Heights HS, Burton MS, Ottawa Hills HS, and University Prep Academy

Chad began working for TRiO Educational Talent Search in 2013 and has worked for various TRiO programs since 2011. He has his B.A. with an emphasis in Secondary Education from Grand Valley State University, and is currently working on his M.Ed in Adult and Higher Education at Grand Valley as well. He lives in Grand Rapids with his wife, Tessa, and his two dogs, Anne and Sophie. He speaks English and Spanish.

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April Holder

Program Advisor

April started working for TRiO ETS in 2013 as a student worker at Union High School and as a camp counselor. She has been a program advisor since 2014. With a B.S. from Grand Valley State University, April’s interests include vegan cooking and skating for the Grand Raggidy Roller Girls team. She lives in Grand Rapids.

Tanya McDonald

Tanya McDonald

Professional Support Staff


510 West Fulton Street, Grand Rapids, MI 49504-6495

Phone (616) 331-7110; Fax (616) 331-7115