Staff Directory

Valerie Guzman

Assistant Director of Student Life, Leadership and 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.

Jeffrey Mutch
Community Service Learning Center 
1110 Kirkhof, #128

Jeff joined the GVSU Student Life staff in August 2011. As the Coordinator of the Community Service Learning Center, Jeff is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the CSLC and its staff, programs, and services, as well as growing and supporting institutional and community partnerships and service/service-learning opportunities. Among the programs and initiatives that Jeff is responsible for are; GVSU's Service Tracker online system, GVSU Campus Blood Drives, and the College Positive Volunteer training program. He also oversees the Service and Advocacy Registered Student Organization Council and Funding Board and serves the direct advisor for several student organizations.

Jeff earned his Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies from GVSU in 2007 and his M.Ed. in College Student Affairs Leadership from GVSU in 2014. Jeff grew up in Cadillac, Michigan and now lives on the northwest side of Grand Rapids with his partner, Lisa, and their cat, Liz Lemon. When they aren’t working at GVSU, Jeff and Lisa enjoy golfing, fly fishing, running, kayaking, cooking, visiting with family and friends, and traveling. Liz Lemon enjoys napping, chasing lasers and eating plastic bags.

Laura Murnen
Graduate Assistant, Service Initiatives

Laura joined the GVSU Office of Student Life in August 2013. Prior to Grand Valley, Laura earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Wittenberg University. While in undergrad, she was involved in Student Senate, Greek life, and new student orientation, as well as worked in the Offices of Admission and Alumni Relations. Laura will be pursuing her master’s degree in College Student Affairs Leadership at GVSU. She is looking forward to this new adventure and is excited to start working on Service Initiatives for the upcoming year! 


Community Service Learning Center Staff Assistant

Shannon Riffel 

Shannon is a senior majoring in Public and Nonprofit Administration with an emphasis on Community Development and Planning and a minor in Sociology.  She is the President of her sorority, Delta Zeta, and loves the sisterhood she found here at GVSU.  Shannon has a passion for serving all people, especially inner-city populations, and hopes to turn this love for people into a career some day.  During the summers, she spends her time coordinating short term mission trips for high school students in large urban cities such as Minneapolis and Chicago!

Community Service Learning Center Consultants

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Ryan Carrier
Ryan is from Holt, Michigan and is a senior studying Biomedical Sciences with minors in Spanish and Chemistry. He is the VP of Community Impact with Alternative Breaks, and highly suggests that you get involved with Service Saturdays at GV! Ryan’s favorite service involves providing medical care to underserved populations. His passion for extending health services to those in need led him to volunteer globally in free clinics in Costa Rica as well as locally at Catherine’s Health Center in Grand Rapids. Ryan hopes to further his passion by becoming a physician and serving the millions of individuals that lack sufficient healthcare.
Alex Case
Alex is a junior majoring in Product Design and Manufacturing with a minor in Art & Design.  After graduation, she plans to pursue a career in Human Factors Engineering.  Alex is the Academic Chairwoman for her sorority, Delta Zeta, and enjoys drawing, photography, and discovering new music.  She enjoys working on team projects and her favorite place to be is under a tree in her hammock.  Alex's favorite volunteering experience was her work with Applied Global Innovation Initiative in Nicaragua, teaching university students and professors the innovation process to help the development of their communities.   

Rosa Fleming
Rosa is a senior majoring in Biomedical Sciences with minors in Chemistry and Business.  She hopes to go to Graduate school for Genetic Counseling next year.  Rosa is President of her sorority Sigma Sigma Sigma, a member of Senior Citizens Club, a tutor in the Math Lab, and also a tutor for many local elementary school students. She loves hanging out with friends, volunteering and staying involved on campus. She also loves helping others and giving back to her community!

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Ellyn Goncer
Ellyn is a senior majoring in Clinical Exercise Science with a minor in Nonprofit Administration. Ellyn is involved all throughout campus including being the president for the American Sign Language and Culture Club, serving as a Site Leader for Alternative Breaks, planning the annual Leadership Summit conference, serving as a peer mentor for the Movement Science House, and more! She loves to volunteer through campus activities and has a passion for animal welfare and the homeless population. After graduation Ellyn plans on going to graduate school to pursue a degree in Higher Education - Student Affairs. 

Caitlin Wood

Caitlin is a 5th year senior majoring in Biomedical Sciences with a minor in Business. She is a founding member of the sorority Gamma Phi Beta here at GVSU, as well as the President of Alternative Breaks. She does most of her community service through GV events such as Make A Difference Day, and also goes on week-long service trips to other states through Alternative Breaks. Aside from volunteering, she loves to play all sports, spend time outside or at the lake, and take pictures.

Community Service Learning Center (and Laker Leadership Program Interns

Bios to come!

Page last modified September 17, 2014