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.
StrengthsQuest Signature Themes: Discipline * Achiever * Responsibility * Harmony * Focus
Graduate Assistant- Laker Leadership Programs
Nicole was thrilled to join the GVSU Office of Student Life in August 2014. Prior to Grand Valley, Nicole earned her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Calvin College. While in undergrad, she was involved in residence life, new student orientation, weekend programming, and admissions. Nicole is now pursuing her M.Ed in College Student Affairs Leadership at GVSU where she loves overseeing and coordinating the Laker Leadership Programs as well as advising Habitat for Humanity and Leadership Summit.
StrengthsQuest Signature Themes: Positivity * Relator * Developer * Achiever * Strategic
Graduate Assistant - Leadership Development
Brendan joined the GVSU Office of Student Life in July 2014. Prior to Grand Valley, Brendan earned his bachelors degree in Elementary Education from the University of Michigan-Dearborn. While in undergrad, he was involved with the Student Activities Board, Student Government, Amnesty International, Alternative Spring Break, as well as taught at the UM-Dearborn Early Childhood Education Center. Brendan will be pursuing his master's degree in College Student Affairs Leadership at GVSU. He is looking forward to working in the Office of Student Life at GVSU and making a positive difference in the campus community.