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The Staff of the Brooks College Office of Integrative Learning and Advising

Jennifer Getting Jameslyn

Jen serves as the Director for the Office of Integrative Learning and Advising. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Kalamazoo College and her MA in Interdisciplinary Women’s Studies from The University of Iowa. Jen enjoys building connections with students, supporting them in reaching their goals, and challenging them to make the most of their time as a Laker through all the opportunities GVSU offers to experience new places and perspectives.

Outside of work, Jen is a busy mom, a gardener, a reader, a hiker, a camper and a lover of all cheeses and desserts. She’s been known to binge watch Marvel: Agents of Shield on Netflix when her kids are asleep. She’s a Grand Rapids native who loves all that the city and West Michigan have to offer.

Anita Benes
Office Coordinator
Anita serves as the Office Coordinator for the Office of Integrative Learning and Advising. She graduated from MCC with an Associate's Degree and transferred to GVSU earning a Bachelor's Degree in Education. She lives in Grand Haven and is an amateur musician. Anita is a member of the West Michigan Concert Winds, the Holland American Legion Band and the Shoreline Symphony Orchestra. She has been on four International tours with Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and attends the adult camp session. She likes to run to stay healthy and participates in races each year. Anita has held a variety of jobs, working in senior centers, as a lab tech for a power company and in educational office settings before coming to GVSU. She enjoys working with GVSU students and her greatest joy is to encourage and watch students succeed!

Emily Smigiel
Graduate Assistant
I received my Bachelors of Science in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Healthcare Leadership from Grand Valley in 2015. I am currently pursuing my Masters of Education with an emphasis in College Student Affairs Leadership.

My undergraduate advisors at Grand Valley helped me identify my passion for working with students. I am excited to work with Brooks College and help students identify and achieve their personal and professional goals.

I am in love with anything related to Disney. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends back on the East side of Michigan, taking yoga classes and running! (I ran the 2015 Disney's Princess Half-Marathon).

Jennifer Getting Jameslyn

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Anita Benes


Emily Smigiel