Faculty and staff sketches

October 12, 2021 (Volume 45, Number 4)

headshots of, left, Paul Stansbie and John Lipford

Hospitality and tourism management faculty, from left, Paul Stansbie and John W. Lipford

Photo Credit: University Communications

In the News

Hospitality and tourism management faculty members Paul Stansbie and John W. Lipford were interviewed for stories about the hospitality industry and COVID-19 job loss in articles published by MoneyGeek.

A new website, In Memoriam, pays tribute to people who have helped shape Grand Valley.


PNHA alumni named to GRBJ list

Eight GVSU alumni from the Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration program were recently named to the Grand Rapids Business Journal’s Grand Rapids 200 list, recognizing the most powerful business leaders in West Michigan. The list recognizes the region’s top business leaders across diverse fields. Alumni are listed below. 

  • Jamon Alexander, president and CEO of the West Michigan Center for Arts + Technology.
  • Darwin “Dar” Baas, director of Kent County Department of Public Works
  • Shanon Cohen, founder and CEO of Shannon Cohen Inc.
  • Mike Goorhouse, president and CEO of The Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area
  • Holly Johnson, president of the Frey Foundation
  • Adam London, administrative health officer of the Kent County Health Department
  • Jon O’Connor, co-founder and co-owner of Long Road Distillers
  • Kyle VanStrien, co-founder and co-owner of Long Road Distillers



Faculty and staff members who have given presentations or had their research published are detailed below. The campus community can self-submit a sketch online for future publication. 

Paul Leidig, professor and director of the School of Computing, was recognized as a Fellow of CSAB, the lead society for accreditation of degree programs in computer science, information systems, software engineering, information technology, cybersecurity and data science. The CSAB Fellow Award is given in recognition of individuals who have given sustained, quality service to the computing profession and to computing education through the activities of CSAB.

Christina Catanese, education specialist at Annis Water Resources Institute, gave presentations, “Moving Field Guide: A Kinesthetic Approach to Environmental Education” and “Dancing Your Environment,” at the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station’s K-12 Partnership Summer Institute.

Jennifer Marson-Reed, assistant professor of criminal justice, was a co-author of an article, "The Rwandan Diaspora: Residual Politics and the Culture of Silence," published in the Journal of Sociology and Social Work.

Valerie Good, assistant professor of marketing, was co-author of an article, "More Than Money: Establishing the Importance of a Sense of Purpose for Salespeople," published in the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science.

Ronald Loeffler, associate professor of philosophy, was a co-organizer of a conference, "Ethics, Practical Reasoning, Agency: Wilfrid Sellars' Practical Philosophy," co-sponsored by Grand Valley and Georgetown University at Qatar and gave a presentation, "Moral We-Intentions as Individualistic We-Attitudes," at the event.

Movement science faculty Ingrid Johnson and Tess Armstrong had their work cited in an article, "Making Dance Fun in Physical Education," published in Kinesiology Today. Johnson was interviewed for an article, "Returning to Gym Class: Reasons to be Excited and Cautious," published by Planbook.

David Alvarez, professor of English, wrote a chapter, "Bridging Migratory Faultlines: Francis Alÿs's Performance at the Strait of Gibraltar," for a book, Figures of the Migrant: The Roles of Literature and the Arts in Representing Migration, published by Routledge; and gave a presentation, "Necro-Political Negotiations: Tanatorios, Funerals, and Borders in M.G. Sanchez's Past: A Memoir," at the Mediterranean Studies Association conference.

Jim McNair, associate professor of water resources, was a co-author of an article, "A Stochastic Model of Epilithic Algal Succession and Patch Dynamics in Streams," published in Ecosphere.



Faculty & Staff Sketches

This article was last edited on October 15, 2021 at 8:44 a.m.

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