Alumni in 10
I learned a lot about SAP software in my core business classes at Grand Valley. I even got a knowledge certificate by taking a few additional classes. That background helped me tremendously to be qualified for my current role.
After leaving the Marines, the last thing I wanted to do was go to school, but I knew I needed that education to unlock the doors of my future. It took me three years to earn my degree, all while working close to full time.
I know that anywhere I go I can find a connection with another Laker - the spirit is palpable! The experience that I had at GVSU both inside and outside of the classroom is something I tell the students I work with to this day.
After graduate school I worked in higher education and served as a Career Counselor for 3 years. I left higher education for a while and worked in the nonprofit sector, but I missed it a lot! I just returned back to higher education at Michigan State.
I knew I wanted to work at Mercy Health as a student, so I have Grand Valley to thank for helping to make it a reality!
Earning my MPA at GVSU put me on a fast track in my career. Upon graduating, I immediately transitioned out of a development assistant position and into a development director position.
I am a member of the Kirkhof College of Nursing's Alumni group and serve on the Young Alumni Council's Engagement Committee. It is my way of giving back to the university and community.
I was lucky enough to have the ability to stay in Grand Rapids securing a job out of college through my internship. I moved to nonprofit after working in sports, technology, health care, and automotive fields.
My journey has had some unexpected twists and turns as I'm sure is common. I worked with some amazing students at Oakland University after graduation. Then I was a training facilitator at PNC Bank, a company I have now been with for 11 years.
I am still on my journey, but it has taken me to different parts of the country, the world. It has driven my passion for higher education and supporting students in their dreams and aspirations.