Alumni Relations Staff

The Grand Valley State University Alumni Relations team is an on-campus department located inside the Alumni House & Visitor Center

We empower Grand Valley alumni to achieve their lifelong learning and professional development goals. We connect, engage, and support alumni throughout every stage of their life and career.

Susan Proctor '98 & '20

Susan Proctor '98 & '20
Email Susan
(616) 331-3595

Kyle Barnhart '14

Kyle Barnhart '14
Assistant Director, Alumni Engagement
Email Kyle
(616) 331-3589

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Ashlyn Leavitt '20
Assistant Director, Event Planning and Volunteer Management
Email Ashlyn
(616) 331-3593

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Alex Priebe
Assistant Director, Digital Engagement and Communications
Email Alex
(616) 331-3591

Student Employees

Alumni House Student Assistant

Working as an Alumni Student Assistant, my job is to help out in all aspects of Alumni Relations. Here at the Alumni House I help staff members with any projects, work alumni related events, and help with entering data into our databases. I also answer emails and phone calls, send out membership cards, and assist any visitors who come by the house. I am a Political Science major along with a minor in English. One day I am hoping to be a political speech writer for a politician. I started working at GVSU Alumni Relations in August of 2021. Working here has been a joy so far and it has given me the opportunity to network, develop new skills, and further my knowledge and understanding of computer programs. By working here, I am able to be a part of the heart of GVSU and it allows me to expand my Laker Pride!

Student Graphic Designer

As the student designer, I create almost all of the graphics and designs put out by Grand Valley’s Alumni Relations! While working, I may produce a logo for an event, a t-shirt design, or any graphics needed for our website and social media pages! I major in graphic design with a minor in advertising and public relations. I started working with the GVSU Alumni Relations team in December of 2020. I am determined and incredibly eager to use my design skills to the best of my abilities for our university while gaining knowledgeable experience in the design field!

Alumni House Student Assistant

As a student assistant, my job includes entering updated information into our databases, mailing alumni membership cards, responding to emails, assisting visitors, and working alumni events. I am a Speech-Language Pathology major and my goal is to work in pediatrics at a hospital one day. I started working with the GVSU Alumni Relations team in September of 2021. Assisting GVSU alumni has helped me to gain experience with interpersonal skills and it has been extremely rewarding.

Alumni House Student Assistant

As a student assistant in the Alumni House, my job consists of responding to emails, updating alumni information in our databases, mailing membership cards, answering phone calls and assisting visitors. I am a Behavioral Neuroscience major with a minor in French and I hope to one day do research in sports psychology. Along with my schooling and job, I am a member of the women's golf team here. One of the biggest reasons I originally chose to come to Grand Valley was because of how it felt like one big family since the first time I stepped on campus. In working in the Alumni House I’m excited to help facilitate the connections between Lakers while also learning a lot of skills that will help me grow along the way!

Alumni House Student Assistant

As an Alumni House Student Assistant, I answer the Alumni Relations email as well as manage the alumni database. I complete office tasks such as mailing, stocking, assisting with various projects, and anything else that is needed. I am an Economics major with hopes of continuing the graduate school at GVSU after I complete my undergrad. I am also on the Track and Field team at GVSU where I spend much of my time outside of my studies. I enjoy communicating with the vast alumni network we have here at GV, and I continue to learn valuable skills on functioning in a workplace in my time as a Student Assistant.

Alumni House Student Assistant

As an Alumni House Student Assistant, my job consists of mailing alumni membership cards, updating our databases, and helping visitors. I am a Sport Management major with a minor in General Business. When I am not working at the Alumni House or studying, I am running for Grand Valley's Cross Country/Track & Field team. It is my dream to one day be a collegiate cross country/track & field coach, and this position here in Alumni Relations will be a solid step to reaching that dream.

Alumni House Student Assistant

As a student assistant at the Alumni House, I do a lot of tasks. I check and answer emails, I update alumni information, I answer calls, I assist visitors and much more! Since the Alumni House is the first building you see when you enter Grand Valley, we are sometimes the first impression that potential students or parents get when figuring out where to go for a tour, or just asking a question about the campus in general. It is fulfilling to relate to others my experience at Grand Valley so far and be able to help them out, as I remember what it was like choosing a college and figuring out what to do after the decision. I am a double major in statistics and psychology with a minor in mathematics, so it is nice to work in a space that is both inviting and productive. Specifically, I enjoy working here to see how the data for alumni is stored and to learn more about working on a computer. I am excited to see how this job will build on my skills and help me in my future career!" 

Student Communications Assistant

As the Student Communications Assistant, I help alumni stay connected and informed about events happening at or associated with GVSU. I spend my day managing and editing communication materials such as e-newsletters, promotional emails, alumni webpages, and other alumni office publications. I am a sophomore at Grand Valley, and I am majoring in Marketing with a minor in Advertising and Public Relations. I have worked with the GVSU Alumni Relations team since August of 2022. While working here, I have gained valuable experience in a professional setting, and completing stimulating job tasks that I can utilize in my future career!

Student Social Media Assistant

As the Alumni House Social Media Student Assistant, I oversee the GVSU Alumni Relations social media accounts, assist in creating social media content, and engage with Laker alumni over social media. I love interacting with alumni and seeing all of the unique stories and great accomplishments. I am currently a sophomore majoring in Advertising and Public Relations with a minor in Studio Art. I started working with the GVSU Alumni Relations team in September of 2022. I love being able to communicate and interact with alumni through social media. Highlighting alumni successes, businesses, and life updates are extremely rewarding. While working with GVSU Alumni Relations, I have gained valuable experience in a professional setting which has been especially rewarding.

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