Student Affairs Graduate Association (SAGA)

The Student Affairs Graduate Association (SAGA) is a registered student organization exclusive to GVSU graduate students pursuing a Master's in Education.

SAGA strives to empower graduate students to contribute to the enrichment of their education and program through active scholarship, community building, and professional networking, and to uphold the mission and values of GVSU and the College of Education in all its functions and programming.

Some of the opportunities open to members of SAGA include social events, professional development opportunities, CSAL orientation events, and community outreach opportunities in the greater Grand Rapids and Grand Valley communities.
In addition to these internal opportunities, SAGA--through the Graduate Student Association (GSA)--provides its members with financial assistance when attending conferences having to do with higher students in the CSAL program. Guidelines for funding are determined by SAGA and the Graduate Student Association (GSA).

2020-2021 SAGA E-Board Members


Kayla Bucci- SAGA President

Executive Vice President

Executive Vice President

Kayla Bucci


Kayla is from the suburbs of Chicago. She completed her undergraduate degree here at Grand Valley State University in Communication Studies with a minor in Advertising and Public Relations. After graduating in the spring of 2018 she worked as a leadership consultant for Sigma Sigma Sigma National Sorority where she traveled to 22 different college campuses. This job lead her to pursue her Masters in College Student Affairs Leadership and continue working with Fraternity and Sorority life in her graduate assistantship. In her free time she enjoys going to the movies with her friends and family!

Andrea Johnson


Andrea is from the small city of Allegan, Michigan. She graduated from Grand Valley State University in 2018 with a degree in English: Language & Literature. While at Grand Valley, Andrea was a resident assistant for two years. This position greatly influenced her desire to further her studies in higher education and student affairs. After working in a professional setting for about a year, she decided to enroll in the CSAL master's program offered at GVSU. Andrea currently works as a graduate assistant in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Academic Advising office where she advises first and second year students in pre-professional majors. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, hiking, camping, running, and other outdoor activities with her husband, reading any and all literary genres, and exploring local coffee shops. 


Vice President of Finance

Abri Burrill

Vice President of Programming

Vice President of Programming

Emily Thimmesch


Emily is a first-year College Student Affairs Leadership graduate student from Grand Rapids, Michigan. She graduated from Grand Valley State University with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies and a minor in Advertising and Public Relations in April 2019. During her undergrad, Emily worked in the Admissions Office, Career Center, and Facilities Services departments on campus. Through these experiences, she discovered her passion for working with students and staff in higher education and loves helping students to achieve their own successes! Currently, Emily is an Assistant Living Center Director for Housing and Residence Life at GVSU. During her free time, Emily enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, and attending concerts!

Kelly Patmore


Kelly Patmore is currently a first year in the College Student Affairs Leadership program and graduated from Olivet College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Anthropology. During his undergraduate studies he served in AmeriCorps as a member of the Michigan Campaign to End Homelessness.  Following his graduation he worked with at risk and underserved youths in the Lansing area, serving as a advocate and family educator for Wellspring Lutheran Services’ Families First program and a case manager at Angel House, a residential facility for teen mothers in foster care. Most recent Kelly returned to his alma mater to work as a Residence Hall Director and Intramural Sports Coordinator, and later had the opportunity to serve as the Interim Director of Greek Life, Student Clubs and Organizations, and Student Government.

SAGA Faculty Adviser


Reggie Blockett

Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership & Counseling

B.A., Saginaw Valley State University; M.Ed., Iowa State University; Ph.D., Indiana University Bloomington

Dr. Blockett joined the CSAL faculty in August 2018. He earned a B.A. in Sociology from Saginaw Valley State University, a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (emphasis in Student Affairs) from Iowa State University, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Indiana University Bloomington. His scholarly interests center on the sociocultural experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, and queer collegians of color, doctoral students’ socialization, and social justice practice and pedagogies across educational contexts. Dr. Blockett’s current research agenda mobilizes intersectionality and queer of color critique to understand the worldmaking practices employed by Black queer graduate and undergraduate men at predominantly White and (hetero)cisnormative institutions in the Midwest. He is a proud native of Detroit, Michigan, where he first learned the value of family, community, and education. Prior to joining the GVSU faculty, Dr. Blockett worked as a visiting assistant professor in the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut. He has worked professionally in higher education and student affairs at Rutgers University as a residence life coordinator and as an instructor to first-year women students at Douglass Residential College.