Meet Your Professional Academic Advising Team!
Breeann Gorham, Director
Breeann Gorham has advised, coached, mentored and supported students at GVSU for over 10 years. She believes the college experience goes beyond the classroom and is committed to connecting students with faculty, peers and experiences on campus and in the community. Breeann is alumnus from Central Michigan University, where she earned a bachelor’s and a master’s degree, studied abroad, became an executive board member of her sorority and squeezed in multiple jobs in the hospitality industry to pay for it all! Her college experience introduced a passion for mentoring others on their career and educational journey.
When away from campus, Breeann spends time with her husband, son, daughter, friends and family. She loves to travel, read, exercise and enjoy West Michigan Beaches!
Strengths: Relator, Ideation, Self-assurance, Intellection, Strategic
Advising Areas: Social Work, Birth-K Education
Tom Fellows, Academic Advisor
Originally from the Lansing, MI area, Tom attended GVSU and graduated with a bachelor's degree in physical education-coaching and a master’s degree in adult and higher education. His experiences at GVSU as a student included working as an adjunct instructor for the Movement Science Department and as a tutor in the Laker Academic Center, where he also served as an intern for the Life Skills Program. He also spent time volunteering through the Athletes Who Care program and participating with the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Tom has been working in advising at GVSU since 2010. During this time, he has enjoyed volunteering with the GVSU Charter Schools Summer Enrichment Program College Prep Week and also as a reading tutor through the United Way Schools of Hope Program. He has previous work experience with the Upward Bound Program at Central Michigan University as well as the Upward Bound Program at Michigan State University, where he also worked in the Student-Athlete Support Services Office.
Strengths: Relator, Deliberative, Responsibilities, Developer, Analytic
Advising Areas: Criminology, Criminal Justice and Legal Studies
Trenton Beamon, Academic Advisor
Trenton is native to Kalamazoo and relocated to Grand Rapids in 2013 to attend GVSU. He earned a bachelor’s degree in sports management and a master’s in college student affairs leadership. As an undergrad at GVSU he participated in intramural sports, a brother of AKPsi business fraternity, served as a resident assistant and tutored for Grand Rapids Public Schools. He started his higher education professional career as a graduate assistant in the LAKER Academic Success Center advising students-athletes and coordinating freshman life skills programs. Since then, he has gained experience in mentoring student social justice groups, advising military students and facilitating study skills courses. He is passionate about helping students recognize their potential and discover their educational interests. In his free time, he loves to cycle, try new restaurants in GR and spend time with family/friends.
Strengths: Self-assurance, Analytical, Arranger, Individualization, Relator
Hospitality and Tourism Management
Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration
Maria Raab, Graduate Assistant
Maria earned her Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Spanish and International Studies from Saginaw Valley State University in August of 2020. She is currently pursing her M.Ed. in College Student Affairs Leadership. During her time at Saginaw Valley, she worked in the Office of Advanced Studies & International Student Services. She served as a study abroad advisor as well as a peer advisor during the summer for inbound study abroad programs. By those two experiences, she was able to determine that Grand Valley’s program was her next step.
In her free time, she enjoys cooking and traveling. She is excited to learn more about the Grand Rapids area during her time at Grand Valley.
Strengths: Relator, Individualization, Connectedness, Belief, Intellection
Advising Areas: Hospitality and Tourism Management & Social Work
Elizabeth Clark, Graduate Assistant
Elizabeth earned her Bachelor of Science in Music and Psychology from Central Michigan University in May of 2020 and is now pursing her M.Ed. in College Student Affairs Leadership here at Grand Valley. While at CMU, Elizabeth was a part of the Honors Program and worked as the Coordinator of Social Events on the Honors Program Board. After graduating, Elizabeth served as a college adviser at Coleman and Meridian High Schools through the Michigan College Access Network, affirming her goals to work in higher education.
Elizabeth enjoys reading, rock climbing, and spending time with her friends and her cat, Luna.
Strengths: Harmony, Empathy, Discipline, Individualization, Restorative
Advising Areas: Criminal Justice
Class of 2022, Social Work