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Meet Our Staff:




Carl J. Brown, Ph.D: Director

Most days you can find Director Carl Brown in the Speech Lab. If he is not doing paperwork, crunching numbers, or digging through research, he is likely chatting it up with the consultants. Carl earned his PhD from the University of Southern Mississippi and has been interested in the power of words for most of his life. He has been a competitive speaker, a debate coach, and a professor, but his favorite thing to do is, without question, lead the GV Speech Lab!




Kelsey Hines: Graduate Assistant

Lou Holtz said that, “Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it,” which is what Kelsey, a GV graduate, focuses on when faced with a challenge. Kelsey is currently in her fifth year at the Lab and in her first year of her Masters program. When she isn’t studying or watching Netflix, Kelsey enjoys rock climbing and partaking in GV’s Loud & Queer group on campus, but no matter where she is going, you can bet she has a cup of coffee in hand.




Samantha Radecki: Graduate Consultant

Samantha is a graduate student studying public health and health promotion at GVSU. She graduated from Michigan State University in 2014 with a B.A. in Journalism. Since graduation, Samantha has worked as a newspaper reporter, a TV news anchor and reporter, and as a yoga and meditation instructor. She has experienced public speaking, and all that comes with it, (i.e. anxiety, missteps, and feeling a strong sense of self-empowerment after success) on many levels -- such as in the classroom and on live television. While not teaching yoga, working at the Speech Lab, or exploring and learning more about the vast world of public health, Samantha enjoys traveling, hiking, camping, spending time with family and friends, reading, and playing music. 




Ashley Rapp: Consultant

Ashley is majoring in Psychology with a minor in Women and Gender Studies. Her interest in public speaking began in the third grade when she began to recite poems for family, teachers, and friends. When she's not in the Lab, you can find her volunteering with her sorority, thinking about Chipotle, or listening to Taylor Swift. She would love to work with you on any speech or presentation, so be sure to stop in and say hello! 




Skye Gregory-Hatch: Consultant

Skye spends her days playing the ukulele, reading funny comics, exploring nature, petting dogs, and eating ice cream. Growing up in Colorado and studying abroad in Italy have given Skye an itch for travel. She has a passion for adventure and trying new things which is apparent in her love of hiking and rollercoasters. Her double major in Communication Studies and Psychology reflects her love of meeting new people of all ages and from all backgrounds.




Shaunna Maxwell: Consultant

Shaunna is a third year student majoring in Communications with a minor is Hospitality and Tourism Management. She began working at the Speech Lab during the Winter of 2016.  If you are looking for Shaunna, you can usually find her watching "A Cinderalla Story," or dancing the night away to the famous boy band of the minute. Although there is no ring on her finger, there is a Fitbit on her wrist because she takes her steps seriously. #MarriedToTheSteps





Jane Ulrey: Consultant

Jane is a Communications major with a minor in Hospitality and Tourism Management. A native of Dearborn, MI, she hopes to one day be a children's program director for a library or museum. She loves the color pink so, naturally, pigs and flamingos are her two favorite things. Overall, Jane wants to add the one thing to life that the world needs more of--kindness. 


Elizabeth Konen Takes First Prize


Elizabeth Konen: Consultant

Elizabeth is one of those few people in this world that actually loves public speaking and nerds out about getting to do research. She is studying Health Communications with a minor in Marketing. Her addictions are to coffee and cute dogs. She spends her free time dancing, running, and watching TED Talks. 




Justin Sims: Consultant

Justin is a double major in Marketing and Sports Leadership from Dearborn Heights, MI. Justin is on the GVSU Roller Hockey team, on the club sports e-board, and an all-star campus tour guide. He enjoys golfing, bowling, watching Grey's Anatomy and New Girl. Come see him!




Jeannine Lane: Consultant

In the Fall of 2016, Jeannine marched up to Carl and told him he should give her a job and the Lab hasn't been able to get rid of her since. A Communication Studies major and Advertising/Public Relations minor, Jeannine has been a "talker" from a young age and working at the Lab has helped her discover her true passions for leadership and speaking empowerment. When Jeannine isn't at the Lab working with a client or forcing her coworkers to take BuzzFeed quizzes, she can usually be found taking pictures with a stranger's dog, memorizing Kanye West's entire discography, or thinking about sushi. Jeannine's goal for every session is for the student to walk out feeling better about their speech than they did when they walked in, so come on in and work with her (especially if your speech is about how Kanye is one of the most influential artists in modern hip-hop).




Rachel Niedzwiecki: Executive Assistant

Rachel is majoring in Exercise Science and hopes to pursue a future in Occupational Therapy. Have a question about the Speech Lab? Call our office, she totally knows how to answer the phone. Her experience stems from three years as the phone operator at Vito and Nicks pizza in Chicago. In her free time, she loves to cook and if you're in the Lab on the right days, you may be able to snatch up a baked good!