Laker Leadership Programs

Staff Directory

e Guzman 
Assistant Director of Student Life - Leadership & Service Initiatives

Valerie joined the GVSU Office of Student Life staff in August 2008 as one of several Assistant Directors. She directly oversees the Laker Leadership Programs and the Community Service Learning Center staff, programs, and resources. Additionally, Valerie serves as a resource for all Service & Advocacy groups on campus and is the direct advisor of several service organizations at GVSU, including Alternative Breaks and Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honorary. Prior to arriving at GVSU, Valerie spent several years working at the University of Miami (Coral Gables, FL) in the service and leadership office. Valerie earned her undergraduate degree from Central Michigan University and M.Ed in College Student Affairs Leadership at GVSU. She is originally from west Michigan and resides in northwest Grand Rapids. Outside of work Valerie is a dance instructor at a local dance studio, enjoys cooking, and is working toward her EdD.

Winter 2013 Open Office Hours: Valerie is available for walk-in appointments (no appointments necessary) on Tuesdays 4-5p (0008 KC), Wednesdays 12-1pm (0008 KC), and Fridays 9-10am (1110 KC).

StrengthsQuest Signature Themes: Discipline * Achiever * Responsibility * Harmony * Focus

Sarah Wojnicki
Graduate Assistant, Leadership and Service Initiatives (2012-2014)(Laker Leadership Programs)

Sarah Wojnicki is a recent alumna of Elmhurst College where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. Sarah is from a small town in Illinois and is excited to move to the Grand Rapids area. While completing her undergrad she was highly involved in new student Orientation, Greek Life, and Relay for Life. She is now pursuing her M.Ed in College Student Affairs Leadership at GVSU. Sarah is excited to be able to become a part of the Student Life team and can’t wait to plan and facilitate programs to help Grand Valley students become stronger leaders and thoughtful community members. 

StrengthsQuest Signature Themes: Harmony, Intellection, Connectedness, Consistency, Relator

Kate Thome 
Graduate Assistant - Leadership & Service Initiatives

Kate Thome joined the Office of Student Life staff in August 2013.  She earned her undergraduate degree in English with a minor in Elementary Education from GVSU and is excited to be a Laker for a second time!  Kate worked in K-12 education for several years, as a classroom teacher and youth program coordinator, before returning to Grand Valley to pursue her M.Ed in College Student Affairs Leadership.  In her free time, Kate enjoys spending time with family and friends, shopping, and being crafty!  Whether it is running, yoga, camping, or going to the beach, she loves to be outdoors in our beautiful mitten state.  Kate is looking forward to exploring new opportunities at Grand Valley and working with students to support service-learning and leadership programs!


Maria Beelen
Leadership Staff Assistant
*coming soon*

Laker Leadership Interns 2013-14

Sherri Anderson

Sherri is a senior majoring in hospitality and tourism management with an double         emphasis in planning and event management and travel and tourism. After graduation, she plans to move to New York and pursue a career planning marketing and promotional events for new products. Her dream is to plan New York Fashion Week and she wants to get involved with the fashion industry as well in New York. On campus, Sherri is the co-president of the Fashion Club and a member of Sigma Alpha Lambda, HTM Club, and PCMA. She enjoys hanging out with family and friends, trying out crafts she finds on     Pinterest, painting her nails, living in Grand Rapids, shopping at the Farmers Market, and volunteering! Sherri is jazzed to be a part of the Leadership and Service Team this year and cannot wait to meet you!

Sara Bartles

Sara is an International Relations major with a minor in Non-Profit Administration Management. She initially wanted to work over seas with the Red Cross, but has recently taken an interest in Student Life and Development. Sara hopes to eventually get a Masters in Higher Education, with a focus on Student Leadership and Development. She is very active on campus; Sara works as a resident assistant and is a manager at Kleiner. She is very excited to start this internship, since it will give her a glimpse into working in Student Life and Higher Education.

Ellyn Goncer

Ellyn is a junior majoring in Clinical Exercise Science and double minoring in Non-Profit Administration and Adventure Tourism. Ellyn is involved in Alternative Breaks, Grand Valley Dance Troupe, Movement Science House, and the American Sign Language Club. In her spare time she can be found volunteering, hanging with friends, or reading!   Ellyn is super stoked to be apart of the Laker Leadership and Service Team!

Shane O'Donohue

Shane is a senior majoring in both biomedical sciences and psychology.  He hopes to attend either medical school for endocrinology or graduate school for clinical psychology after graduating.  Shane is vice president of the American Red Cross Club, an Alternative Breaks site leader, and a DJ on Whale Radio.  He loves listening to music, hanging out with friends, and volunteering.  He is looking forward to being a CSLC intern.

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