Takeelia is a true Laker for a Lifetime! She attended GVSU as an undergraduate student (’96) and a graduate student (’00) in the College Student Affairs Leadership (CSAL) program. She currently in the role of Student Ombuds and also the Assistant Director of Academic & Student Support in Housing and Residence Life. Takeelia serves as co-chair for NIARA, the mentoring program for women of color. She also a member of the Positive Black Women (PBW) group on campus as the Scholarship chair. Within the Division of Student Services she serves as a chair for the Intercultural Committee, the Housing and Residence Life Intercultural Committee, and the Emergency Committee. She is very passionate about her work with students and looks forward to working with the GVSU community to make positive changes on this campus for Faculty/Staff/Students. She has a 13 year old son who loves Pac Man video games and a 9 ½ year old Beagle named Spring, who is very active! She is currently a doctoral student at Eastern Michigan University in the Educational Leadership program. Her belief is that this is ALL of our work and we can make change happen!
Tara serves as the Benefits Manager for the Human Resources Office. She started at Grand Valley in January of 2003. She is a mentor for Niara and the Brooks College School of Interdisciplinary studies. She is a member of the Inclusion and Equity Committee for the Finance and Administration Division. Tara has also done community work. She has served as board member for the Visser YMCA, she is past Brownie/Girl Scout leader and youth leader. Tara volunteers regularly throughout the West Michigan area with Order of the Eastern Star.
Nykia Gaines, Ph.D.
Dr. Nykia Gaines
Dr. Gaines serves as the Director of TRIO Student Support Services, STEM-Health Sciences program. She is excited to be able to give back to her alma mater, a true Laker for a Lifetime. In her free time, She enjoys caring for and playing with her rescue dog, Karma. She also takes pleasure in traveling abroad, attending church, Skyping with distant friends, and spending time with her family.
Social Committee Chair
MarcQus Wright currently serves as the Director of TRiO Student Support Services. Before his current position MarcQus held a number of different positions at Grand Valley all centered on impacting student success. He began work with GVSU in 2005 in Housing and Residence Life working as a living center director. After this he also spent time working as the assistant director of camps and conferences and later the assistant director of academic student support.