Integrative Learning

IDS One Credit Courses

Congratulations to our office GA, Lauren Presutti

upon your Graduation from GVSU!


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!

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).

Kate VanderKolk


Anita Benes


Emily Smigiel