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Amanda Cuevas, Ph.D.

Director, Frederik Meijer Office of Fellowships

In December 2009, Amanda began working as director of the Frederik Meijer Office of Fellowships and enjoys enthusiastically advising GVSU students and alumni who aspire to compete for nationally prestigious scholarships and fellowships. She is committed to helping students discover, dream and pursue their destinies. Prior to becoming director, Amanda served as the Pre-Professional Advisor in the CLAS Academic Advising Center at GVSU and as Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and the Medical Scholars Program (MSP) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), one of the nations largest MD/PhD Programs. She worked with over 150 MSP students pursuing PhDs in over 30 academic disciplines including the traditional biomedical sciences, engineering, the social sciences & humanities, as well as business administration (MBA) and law (JD). Amanda received her B.A. in Communication-Speech with Honors from the University of Texas-Pan American, M.A. in Speech Communication with a minor in Student Affairs from Texas State University. She completed her PhD in Higher Education-Student Success at Azusa Pacific University.

Marina Okopnaia

The Frederik Meijer Office of Fellowships is located in
230 Mary Idema Pew Library 1 Campus Dr. Allendale, MI 49401

Office: (616) 331-2699

Marina Okopnaia

Graduate Assistant, Frederik Meijer Office of Fellowships 

Marina serves as the graduate assistant in the Frederik Meijer Office of Fellowships. She is pursuing her master’s degree in College Student Affairs Leadership at GVSU. Her scholarly interests relate to student identity development, Appreciative Advising, and multicultural competence. Earning her bachelor degree in cross-cultural communication from a pedagogical university in St. Petersburg, Russia, she is internationally-oriented, communicative, and responsible. Her second bachelor’s degree is in translations. She speaks English and Russian, and studies Serbian and Spanish. Marina likes networking and communicating with GVSU students, and her greatest joy is to watch students succeed.

Prior to coming to Grand Valley, she was an assistant director at a language center, working on strategic development, marketing campaigns, implementing new services, hiring, and training. Marina believes that an exemplary leader does not have to run a business, nor do they have to manage a hundred employees; a leader is not a profession - it is a way of life. By building trustworthy relationships, clarifying visions, and identifying values, everyone has the potential to become a credible leader, not just in the office, but most importantly, in life.