Director, Campus Recreation
Kate Harmon became Director of Campus Recreation in 2014 after working for twelve years overseeing day to day operations of the GVSU Recreation Center. Her work experience prior to GVSU included fitness and wellness promotion, personal training, group fitness instruction, and coaching soccer at youth and collegiate levels.
Kate is a strong advocate for creating opportunities for students to engage in active learning. Kate sees the role of Campus Recreation at GVSU as an essential component of student success. By providing a variety of programs and services to satisfy the diverse needs of students, Campus Recreation assists students in developing and maintaining a positive self-image, improved health and well-being, and stronger social connections on campus. Campus Recreation also provides participation, employment, and leadership opportunities that are designed to enhance learning, growth, and development.
Kate earned her M.A. in Sports Administration from Central Michigan University in 2000 after completing a B.S. in Sports Science from Northern Michigan University in 1998. Kate was also a standout on the soccer field for NMU. Kate is a certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist by the National Strength & Conditioning Association, and holds a United States Soccer Federation “D” Coaching License. When she is not at work, you will find her either spending time with her family enjoying the outdoors or coaching youth soccer.
Assistant Director of Intramural Sports
John is originally from Larksville, PA This will be his 11th year with Campus Recreation. He graduated in 2003 with a Bachelor in Recreation and Park Management, from Penn State University, and in 2005 with a Master's in Public Administration from Grand Valley State University. John is currently seeking his second Master's in Business Administration from GVSU. His current certifications are the following: Registered Certified Recreational Sports Professional (RCRSP); First Aid/CPR; Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) certified sports official – Basketball, Baseball. His hobbies other than work are spending time with his wife Carly and two dogs, Leo and Sam.
Assistant Director of Wellness
Amy is a full-time professional staff member in the Campus Recreation Dept. She is a certified personal trainer and SPINNING instructor.
Graduate Assistant, Staff Development & Programming
Mackenzie is originally from Flushing, MI. He graduated from GVSU in 2012 with a Bachelor in Social Studies with a minor in Secondary Education and is currently working toward his Master of Education degree with a College Student Affairs Leadership emphasis. Lucius enjoys playing basketball, reading, and Detroit sports. He is also involved with the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association & the Michigan Intramural Recreational Sports Association.
Amanda is from Grand Rapids, Michigan. She is a licensed massage therapist, and began working with Campus Recreation in fall of 2013. She will be graduating in 2014 with a major in Psychology.
Amanda is originally from Macomb MI. Amanda is currently a clerical supervisor with Campus Rec, and has worked with us for three years. She is currently majoring in psychology. Her planned graduating date is December of 2014. She is currently certified in CPR, AED, and First Aid. Amanda enjoys horseback riding and soccer.
Claire is from Lowell, Michigan and is a clerical staff member for Campus Recreation who started working for us this semester. She is planning on graduating with a psychology degree in 2015. She's currently CPR and AED certified. Claire enjoys swimming, all water sports, snowboarding, soccer, volleyball, and spending time with her family and friends.
Deb is from Martin, MI and started spinning six years ago. She has been an instructor for three years. She is a passionate Spinning instructor and enjoys teaching intro and interval formats. She has served as a mentor instructor to new SPINNING instructors on our staff. Deb is also the Marketing Director for GVSU Campus Dining.
Gabi is originally from St. Clair Shores, Michigan. This is her first semester with Campus Recreation. She is currently pursuing her degree in Biology and plans on graduating in 2015 before going on to medical school. Gabi enjoys riding horses and studying.
Hillary grew up in Saint Joseph, Michigan. She is a junior at GVSU, majoring in Elementary Education with an emphasis in English/ Language Arts. She started working for Campus Rec her first semester of junior year as a Zumba mentee of the Mentorship Program. She had obtained her Zumba certification in February 2012, and has been involved with Zumba for the past three years. She hopes to engage students into loving Zumba as much as she does and provide them with an exciting experience to help shape their lifestyles. Not only did Zumba become a part of her life, but it can become a part of yours as well!
Hillary is from Albion, MI and currently works for Ottawa County. She has numerous fitness certifications including Group Exercise Instructor, Zumba, and Turbokick. She enjoys teaching because she likes to get the participants hyped about exercise!
Jordyn is from Owosso Michigan. She is planning to graduate in 2015. She is an exercise technician and has worked with Campus Recreation for three years. She is earning her degree in clinical exercise science. She is currently certified in CPR/AED and First Aid. She enjoys baking, reading, and spending time with her friends and family.
Ouen’s name is pronounced ‘Wen’. She is originally from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and is currently living in Jenison, MI. She is the current Campus Recreation Fitness G.A. and is pursuing a Master of Science degree in biostatistics at GVSU. She started working for Campus Recreation in winter 2010. She enrolled in a one credit Kickboxing class when she was an undergraduate, since then she has been actively involved in various fitness classes. She loves to Spin and enjoys teaching Spin classes.
Rachel is originally from North Muskegon, MI. She and her husband lived in North Carolina and Pennsylvania during his enlistment with the United States Marine Corps before moving back to West Michigan where they now reside. Rachel is a graduate of Hope College, where she majored in Special Education – Learning Disabilities. She is certified as a group exercise instructor and PiYo instructor and hoping to gain YogaFit and Piyolet certifications this year. Rachel strives to make her classes challenging, engaging and restorative for participants of all ages and fitness levels.
Shannon E-RYT, became certified to teach yoga in 2001 at Kripalu, the largest center for yoga and health in the country. She teaches safe and creative yoga classes that encourage and challenge a diverse population.
Wendi is a GVSU graduate and holds numerous fitness certifications including SPINNING, group exercise, and personal training. She has two daughters and teaches at multiple fitness facilities in and around Grand Rapids. She enjoys interacting with people and introducing them to fitness classes. Something interesting about Wendi.....she is an identical twin!