Professional Staff

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Jessica Jennrich, Ph.D., Director

Jessica Jennrich works at Grand Valley State University as the Director of the Center for Women and Gender Equity and as an adjunct faculty member in Education.  Previously Jessica worked at Dartmouth College Directing the Center for Gender and Student Engagement and before that at the University of Missouri where she directed the Undergraduate Program in the Women’s Gender Studies Department as well as taught Women’s and Gender Studies courses.  She is currently involved in a number of higher education and feminist organizations and is a reviewer for The Diversity and Higher Education Journal.  Jessica is a former grant partner and guest writer for the American Association for University Women policy magazine.  Jessica’s writing has been published in the Journal Progressive Policy and Practice, The National Women's Studies Journal, the Journal of the Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement, Paradigm Magazine, and most recently she has a chapter in an anthology by Demeter Press. Jessica earned her bachelor’s degree at Bowling Green State University in English, her master’s degree from Eastern Michigan University in Women’s and Gender Studies, and her doctorate at the University of Missouri in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. 


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Sharalle Arnold, M.Ed, Associate Director

Sharalle Arnold received her B.A. from California State University, Chico in Liberal Studies and her M.Ed from Washington State University. She is a California native, who has been in Michigan for the past 11 years. Sharalle has been working at Grand Valley since she arrived, first as the assistant director then as the director of the Children's Enrichment Center. On campus, Sharalle has served as the chair for the Women's Commission, acts as an Inclusion Advocate, is a member of Positive Black Women, a NIARA mentor and currently is the co- chair of the newly formed Student Parent Success Committee with the Division of Inclusion and Equity. Sharalle is excited about the opportunity to help write the next chapter of GVSU Center for Women and Gender Equity history.

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Allison C. Roman, MSW, Assistant Director

Allison "Alli" Roman is the Assistant Director of the GVSU Center for Women and Gender Equity. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of California, Berkeley in social welfare and her masters in social work at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Alli coordinates the Center for Women and Gender Equity's Ambassador program,  partners with the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies on the South Africa Study Abroad trip and oversees outreach and communication at the Women's Center. Alli coordinates the Niara Mentor Program for women of color. Alli also directs the Gender Justice House, a social justice living-learning community located in VanSteeland Living Center. Alli believes in the importance of storytelling and founded Dear Sis, a community that collects and shares letters of radical self-love for women of color by women of color and is currently working on a collection of poems and stories called Dear Sis: Notes of Resilience, Authenticity, Healing, Vulnerability, and Love.

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Darrhonda Scott-Jones, Office Coordinator

Darrhonda received her B.S. in Business Administration from Ferris State University and has worked in the Women's Center since 2004. In her role as the office coordinator, she oversees all the daily functions of the Center for Women and Gender Equity and supervises the student staff. She also serves as the assistant to the director of the Center for Women and Gender Equity and works closely with the Assistant Director on Replenish. One of the things that Darrhonda loves most about her job is working with such an amazing staff and experiencing the compassion that they have for the work they all do for the students.


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Graduate Assistants


Kristen Sarniak, CWGE Graduate Assistant

Kristen Sarniak is the Graduate Assistant in the Center for Women and Gender Equity. She has a bachelor's degree in advertising and is a second-year master's student in the College Student Affairs Leadership program at Grand Valley. In the CWGE, Kristen works primarily with the Ambassador's program but also does work with Replenish, programming, the Athena conference, and other aspects of the center. This year, Kristen is most excited about the opportunity to work with and help build strong leaders on campus. In her free time, Kristen enjoys doing yoga, drinking coffee, and petting dogs. 

Kandace Williams

Kandace Williams, Graduate Assistant

Bio coming soon!

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