Assistant Director of Student Life, Leadership and Service Initiatives
Valerie Jones 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.
Winter 2013 Open Office Hours: Valerie is available for walk-in appointments (no appointments necessary) on Tuesdays 4-5p (0008 KC), Wednesdays 12-1pm (0008 KC), and Fridays 9-10am (1110 KC).
Community Service Learning Center Coordinator
Jeff joined the GVSU Office of Student Life staff in August 2011. As the Coordinator of the CSLC, Jeff is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the CSLC and its staff, programs, and services, as well as maintaining and growing institutional and community partnerships and service/service-learning opportunities. Jeff earned his Bachelor of Science from GVSU and is currently pursuing his M.Ed. in College Student Affairs Leadership at GVSU. Prior to his role with the CSLC, Jeff was a graduate assistant for Integrative Learning under the Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies. 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. Jeff looks forward to working with students, staff, faculty, and community partners to support service and service-learning initiatives at GVSU!
Graduate Assistant, Service and Leadership Initiatives (CSLC)
Eric Stevens joined the GVSU Office of Student Life Staff in August 2011. He earned his undergraduate degree at Spring Arbor University in Youth and Family Ministry with a minor in Philosophy, and was involved on campus for three years as a Resident Assistant. He is now pursuing his M.Ed in College Student Affairs Leadership at GVSU. Currently, Eric plans and facilitates service projects for Grand Valley students. Some of his favorite projects include: Make a Difference Day, Overnight Service Trips, and the Non-Profit Volunteer and Internship Fair. Eric is also an advisor for Colleges Against Cancer and Aplha Phi Omega.
Congratulations to Eric for his graduation from the College Student Affairs Leadership Program (M.Ed) in April 2013! Eric has completed his graduate assistantship with the CSLC and Fall 2013 we will be welcoming a new GA to our team.
Alternative Breaks Graduate Advisor
Jennifer Jordan began co-advising the Alternative Breaks student leaders in August 2012. She earned her undergraduate degree at Central Michigan University in Anthropology and History with a minor in American Sign Language in May 2011. During her undergrad, she became involved with the Volunteer Center. One of the programs she participated in was Alternative Breaks, where her first AB taught her about disability awareness and education in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Jenny continued with AB throughout her undergrad, becoming chairperson her senior year. Jenny has been on five Alternative Breaks, three domestic and two international, site leading three. Jenny is now pursuing her Master of Public Administration with an emphasis in non-profit leadership and management with a Graduate Assistant position in the Sustainable Community Development Initiative department.
Congratulations to Jennifer for her graduation from the Master's in Public Administration program in April 2013! Jennifer has completed her graduate advising role with AB and Fall 2013 we will be welcoming a new graduate advisor tbd. Please contact Valerie Jones if interested in this opportunity.
Community Service Learning Center Consultants
Megan began working in the Office of Student life in August 2010 as a Service and Leadership intern. Through this internship, she became a Volunteer Consultant for the CSLC in August 2011. She is currently a Senior with a Special Education Major and a Dance Minor. In her free time, Megan is on the Executive Board for Alternative Breaks where she plans and runs the Service Saturdays for the year. She also works at a camp for at risk youth and for kids with disabilities in the summer located in Buffalo, NY, with coworker Caitlin Stoltman. She loves to help others and hopes to continue this love.
Irma is a new member of the CSLC team as a sophomore double majoring in Sociology and Public Administration. She is the president of the Multicultural Cohort Program, a member of Sabrosismo, Act on Racism, Dance Troupe, and Alternative Breaks. Although incredibly indecisive, she is a huge advocate for the performing arts, social justice, and education. She loves to eat, sleep, volunteer, travel, and perform. Irma's biggest weaknesses are people, puppies, chocolate chip cookies, and ice cream.
Kelsey is a Junior majoring in Secondary Education: Social Studies and Psychology, with a minor in Religious Studies. After graduating, Kelsey hopes to pursue a Masters in Higher Education: Student Affairs. She is an Alternative Breaks Site Leader, and on the Leadership Summit Planning Board. In her spare time, she thoroughly enjoys spending time with friends and family, watching Hulu Plus™, and the occasional zumba class! Kelsey is extremely enthused to be a part of the Community Service Learning Center team, and to help students get in touch with their community!
Caitlin is a senior studying her passion, Therapeutic Recreation. She is the President and an avid fan of Alternative Breaks. She also hosts a radio show with coworker Kristoffer on GVSU’s The Whale on Fridays (The Rural Jurors, 12-2 PM!). She is from Troy, Michigan, and is the youngest in a family of seven. She loves puppies and children and hopes to work with both of them for the rest of her life. Caitlin loves doing service in her spare time and connecting students with different volunteer opportunities.
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