Associate Director of Student Life
Valerie Guzman oversees the Student Organization, Greek Life, and Leadership Development team within the Office of Student Life. Additionally, she works with the Transitions New Student Orientation Program, leads the staff development efforts in Student Life, oversees the Student Senate Appropriations Committee, and advises Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honorary. Valerie spent nearly 10 years working with civic engagement and leadership development in prior positions including at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL and GVSU. Valerie earned her undergraduate degree from Central Michigan University, M.Ed in College Student Affairs Leadership from GVSU, and Ed.S in Leadership from GVSU. She has a passion for and background in several instruments including certification as a True Colors(R) Facilitator, Myers Briggs Type Indicator(R) Practitioner, and is currently completing the Gallup Certified Strengths Coach training (for Strengthfinder(R)/StrengthsQuest(R)).
StrengthsQuest Signature Themes: Responsibility * Relator * Discipline * Achiever * Harmony
Graduate Assistant for Leadership Development
Chase is working on his M.Ed in College Student Affairs and Leadership here at Grand Valley State University, with a plan to graduate in 2018. He will be serving as the Graduate Assistant for Leadership Development in the Office of Student Life where his responsibilities will be to oversee the First Year Leadership Experience, StrengthsQuest Series, Leadership Summit, and working with the Leadership Intern team throughout the year. Chase received his B.B.A in Finance from Boise State University in 2016. Outside of work Chase loves to explore the outdoors, particularly kayaking and hiking, and cannot wait to see what Michigan has to offer.
StrengthsQuest Signature Themes: Restorative * Relator * Command * Significance * Individualization
Leadership Staff Assistant
Amber joined the Leadership team in the fall of 2015 as a Leadership and Service Intern. This year, in her new role as the Leadership Staff Assistant, Amber works with the various leadership opportunities in the Office of Student Life, and facilitates the annual "I am Grand Valley" nomination process and reception. Amber is a junior at Grand Valley majoring in Group Social Studies and Education with minors in Elementary Certification and French. She plans on becoming an elementary teacher, and hopes to one day grow into an administration role. On campus, Amber is a member of the Frederik Meijer Honors College, Alternative Breaks, the Council for Exceptional Children, and the Grand Valley Swing Dance Club. In her free time Amber enjoys listening to music, playing card games with friends, exploring antique shops, and doing community service.
Leadership and Service Internship Team
The Laker Leadership Programs would like to announce and welcome aboard our 2016-2017 Leadership Intern Team. This group of talented individuals will be an integral part of leadership and service initiatives that occur throughout the year!
Our interns are equipped to provide the campus community with presentations, workshops, or general information about leadership and service to your class, group, or student organization. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information.