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

Kate VanderKolk
Interim Director

Kate serves as the Interim Director for the Office of Integrative Learning and Advising.  She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Hope College and her Master’s Degree in College Student Affairs Leadership from GVSU, go Lakers! She enjoys being able to work with students to help them meet their goals.  When she’s not at work you can find her spending time with her husband and their two dogs.  They enjoy camping and spending time at their cottage up north, trying new restaurants in the area, and taking walks in the amazing parks all over West Michigan.

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!

Lauren Presutti
Graduate Assistant
Lauren serves as the Graduate Assistant for the Office of Integrative Learning and Advising.  She received her Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from Central Michigan University and is currently earning her Master’s degree at GVSU in Adult and Higher Education. Her undergraduate experiences include studying abroad on summer programs in Australia, Ireland and Japan, as well as completing a full semester study in Cape Town, South Africa. Her life experiences using a wheelchair as a person with a physical disability have given her a unique perspective of the world and openness to diversity. Lauren values student development both in and out of the classroom and views learning to be a lifelong process. She enjoys adaptive recreation, connecting with others, and completing projects. Originally from the Metro Detroit area, Lauren is excited to be a part of the GVSU community and to spend time in Grand Rapids.

 

Kate VanderKolk

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Anita Benes

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Lauren Presutti

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