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Sonja Forte '03

Sonja Forte '03

Baxter Community Center/ Executive Director

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1. Tell us about your journey since graduation.'s been an interesting time. I've worked both in and out of the hospitality industry....I've done a little bit of everything. Property Management, Event Management, Restaurant Management...but have most recently found my home here on the South East side of Grand Rapids as a member of the team at Baxter Community Center - where in 2020 I became the Executive Director. Over the years I have served on many boards and volunteered throughout the community.

2. Share a favorite Grand Valley memory.
It was college, my favorite memories are probably the ones I'll never document :) But one of my most unique memories was my freshman year, Takeelia Garrett (who is still part of the GV team) took me to Dean Merkles house to bake Christmas cookies. There were more cookies in that house than I'd ever seen and we had such a great time, just laughing and sharing holiday traditions, and of course EATING COOKIES

3. What's the best piece of advice you've ever received?
Try things out.

4. List three words you would use to describe your Grand Valley experience.
Challenging. Formative. Hilarious :)

5. What difference would you like to make in the world?
I would love to inspire those that I know and love to pursue and master what they are passionate about. There's just an amazing freedom and PEACE that comes with that.

October 2022

Interest Area(s)
Hospitality Tourism Mgt

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