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Distinguished Alumni

The Future Alumni Association is proud of all of its former members, and their commitment to being a Laker for a Lifetime.




DeMario Bell '16

DeMario Bell studied English Language and Literature at Grand Valley. In addition to being a member of the Future Alumni Association, he was also a Peter C. Cook Leadership Academy fellow and served on Student Senate. While in school, DeMario was awarded the Thomas M. Seykora Outstanding Contribution Award by the Dean of Student's office. Since graduation, DeMario has had interviews with a number of Big Ten universities for positions in their fundraising offices. He has also visited Washington D.C., where he and took an extensive M.B.A. course on leadership and public policy, and had the opportunity to meet with a number of political leaders.

Skylar Thompson '16

Skylar Thompson is the former Marketing and Communications Chair of the Future Alumni Association. She graduated from Grand Valley with a Bachelor's degree in Biology and a minor in Business. At Grand Valley, Skylar was also involved in the Campus Lions Club, the Pre-Veterinary Club, and played on the Women's Rugby team. Skylar is from Traverse City, Michigan, and is first runner-up for the 2016-2017 National Cherry Queen. She is currently attending Michigan State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, and hopes to ultimately open a veterinary practice in Northern Michigan. 

Sarah Young '16

Sarah Young is the former Vice President of the Future Alumni Association. She graduated in 2016 with a major in Allied Health Sciences with an emphasis in Speech-Language Pathology and a minor in Spanish. Sarah is currently attending Purdue University to pursue a Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology. At Purdue, she is conducting bilingual research, as well as teaching an Introduction to Public Speaking class to undergraduate students. Following completion of the Master's program, Sarah plans to work in a rehabilitation hospital with traumatic brain injury and stroke patients, as well as return to school for a doctoral program.