Laker Academic Success Center

LAKER Academic Success Center Staff Profiles


Damon Arnold, PhD

Director, Student Services for Laker Academics


In addition to working full time as the Director for Academic Services in Grand Valley State's Athletic Department, Damon has taught numerous classes at the University.

He holds an A.A. in Behavior Science (Citrus Community College), a B.A. and M.A. in Sociology (Chico State University), as well as an M.S. in Sports Psychology (University of Idaho). Damon also received his Ph.D. in Education Administration (Washington State University).  As you can tell from his educational accomplishments, Damon truly believes in life-long learning.

It is his goal to inspire his student-athletes to confidence in all situations, by encouraging education to inspire a generation. He wants to help young men and women understand that correct decisions and choices are an important part of life.


Alicia Adell

Academic Advisor


Alicia works full-time as an academic adviser in the L.A.K.E.R. Academic Success Center. She also works on the Life Skills program for student-athletes. She received her B.S in 2005 from GVSU in Public Relations. She then went on to receive her M.Ed in 2007 in College Student Affairs Leadership. Alicia is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of the students she works with.


Laura Klinger

Graduate Assistant- Academic Advisor


Laura Klinger is a first year graduate student in the College Student Affairs Leadership Program.  She graduated from Michigan State University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Cultures and Politics and has spent the last two years working with high school students in St. Clair County, MI.  Laura coordinates the Athletes Who Care program, assists with the Life Skills presentation series, and serves as an advisor for the Swimming & Diving and Softball teams.  Laura is excited to get to know students and be a part of the LAKER team!

Joe Miller

Graduate Assistant- Academic Advisor


Joe is a second year graduate student in the College Student Affairs Leadership Program.  He graduated from Grand Valley with a Bachelor of Science in Sport Management and Business.  Joe coordinates the tutoring program, manages social media and web content, and serves as an academic advisor for the Track & Cross Country teams as well as volleyball. 

Meghan Huyghe

Career Developement Specialist


Meghan works as a career development specialist in the LAKER Academic Center. She earned her Bachelor of Science and Master of Education from Grand Valley. Meghan assists student athletes in their career planning and professional development.  This is Meghan's third year working with student athletes and is looking forward to the upcoming year.


Jasmine Padin

Graduate Intern - Academic Advisor


Jasmine is a full time Living Center Director in Housing and Residence Life. She oversees about 657 residents living in Murray Living Center, VanSteeland Living Center and Grand Valley Apartments. Within these living centers are two academic communities (International House and Woman’s Leadership House).  She graduated from Grand Valley State University with a Bachelor of Science in Sport Leadership with a minor in Business and a Master’s in Education. She is also the academic advisor for Women's Lacrosse and Men's and Women's Tennis.


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