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.
Amy has worked as a professional with Campus Recreation since 2003. She earned her B.S. degree from Hillsdale college in Health and Physical Education, and her M.Ed. from GVSU in College Student Affairs Leadership. Her responsibilities are to oversee all operations of Fitness and Wellness programs and services, including the Group Exercise program. She is also the site coordinator for the Injury Care Clinic. Amy also serves on a number of campus committees, to support efforts in improving the health and well being in and around the GV community. Amy is certified through NSCA-CPT, SPINNING®, TRX credentialing, Yogafit I, and an Instructor for CPR and First Aid through the American Red Cross.
Amy enjoys spending time with her family, running, cooking, and spending time outdoors (especially the beach!)
Fitness & Wellness Coordinator
Lee is originally from Chelsea, MI. She recently graduated from GVSU in 2014 with her M.Ed. Higher Education with an emphasis in College Student Affairs Leadership and has also obtained her B.S. in Clinical Exercise Science from GVSU. She is currently a certified Maddog Spinning Instructor, TRX Instructor, and ACSM Group Exercise Instructor. Her favorite forms of exercising are cycling, high intensity interval training, and yoga.
"Life is like riding a bicycle, in order to keep balance, you must keep moving" -Albert Einstein
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.
Alyse is from Indianapolis, IN. Alyse is a fieldwork student this semester and works as an Exercise Technician at Campus Recreation. Her favorite memory at Grand Valley is playing for our D1 Women's Club Hockey team; freshman year she scored her first goal in her first game against Miami University.
Amanda is from Grand Rapids, Michigan. She is a Licensed Massage Therapist, CPR and AED certified, and began working with Campus Recreation in fall of 2013. She will be graduating in 2014 with a major in Psychology. One of Amanda's favorite memories about Grand Valley is her first GV Renascence Fair.
Amanda is originally from Macomb MI. Amanda is currently a clerical supervisor with Campus Rec, and has worked with us for three years. She will be graduating with a major in Psychology in December of 2014. She is currently certified in CPR, AED, and First Aid. Amanda enjoys horseback riding and soccer. One of Amanda's favorite things about GVSU is that most people are so willing to talk and connect with you both personally and professionally. She says it creates a great community feel in a place that is a rather large community.
Brian's hometown is Milford, MI. Brian began working with us as a clerical staff member, but he is now training to be an Exercise Technician for this upcoming Winter 15 semester! Brian's favorite thing about Grand Valley is the sense of community in the student body. He says that in classrooms and all areas around campus everybody is friendly and eager to learn.
Claire is from Lowell, Michigan and is a clerical staff member for Campus Recreation who has been with us for two years. She is planning on graduating with a psychology major and sociology minor in 2015. She is currently CPR and AED certified. Claire enjoys swimming, all water sports, snowboarding, soccer, volleyball, and spending time with her family and friends. One of Claire's favorite things about Grand Valley is that she can easily call GV her home. She is grateful for the all the friends and crazy, amazing, late night-stressful memories she has made that she will always be able to look back on and smile.
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.
Deon is from Battle Creek, MI. Deon is a Licensed Massage Therapist working for Campus Recreation. Deon's favorite thing about GVSU is the encouragement of the faculty members and the drive of the people that he has came across to make not only their lives better, but to make other peoples lives better as well.
Gabi is originally from St. Clair Shores, Michigan. Gabi works in Campus Recreation's Injury Care Clinic (ICC). 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. Her favorite thing about Grand Valley is the student body. She says that everyone has always been remarkably welcoming and friendly.
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.
Josh is from Kalamazoo, MI. He is an Intern this semester and works as an Exercise Technician as well as a HITT instructor. One of Josh's favorite things about Grand Valley is the people! He say it seems like everyone here is always looking to make new friends and it is easy to build strong relationships with the students at GV! Josh's motto is that hard work pays off!
Kayla is from Hartland, MI. Kayla works in the Injury Care Clinic (ICC) in Campus Recreation. As a freshman, Kayla has not yet had the opportunity to experience some of the best things about Grand Valley, so her favorite part is the relationships she has already formed with the people in her dorms and classes.
Lori is our Consulting Dietitian at Campus Recreation and is a Registered Dietitian. Lori is from Graceville, MN. Lori's favorite thing about Grand Valley is that she is grateful to work with energetic and inspired staff guiding students in their journey to personal wellness.
Matt is from Mount Pleasant, MI. He is a fieldwork student this semester and teaches HITT classes. Matt wants to make a difference in helping people achieve their health and fitness goals. His favorite thing about GV is the friendships he has made along with the great education!
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.
Seth is from Grand Rapids, MI. Seth started with us this year and is a Personal Trainer for Campus Recreation. He is certified in ACSM and CPT. Seth's favorite thing about Grand Valley is the atmosphere; every thing on this campus points to success.
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.
Staci is an intern this semester and works as an Exercise Technician. Staci's hometown is Saginaw, MI. Staci loves to be active, from running to playing tennis, and likes to think it gives her a good reason to always eat dessert. She hopes to share her enjoyment as an intern! The majority of Staci's favorite memories come from the time she's spent on the rowing club here for the past four years. One of her top memories was her boat winning her race at club national championships.
Tara is from L'Anse, MI. Tara is a fieldwork student working as an Exercise Technician and is a Yoga Instructor. She is certified in YogaFit Level 1 and YogaLean. Tara's favorite GVSU memories are Campus Ministry Praise Rallies, cold football games, breakfasts at Fresh, mud runs with GVSU Running Club, prank wars, and the Justin Moore concert. Her favorite thing about GVSU is the many opportunities to meet many diverse people in different communities.
Tess is a clerical staff member at Campus Recreation. This semester she has also been observing some of our Exercise Technicians as a mentee. Tess is from Royal Oak, MI. Her favorite memories have been all the friends she has made at GV and working on a research project.