Be an Alumni Champion

Grand Valley State University’s Alumni Champions initiative is an effort to increase alumni engagement with the university. This is critical to our future success as an institution. Our Alumni Champions are committed to supporting the university themselves and to sharing the excitement and momentum of Grand Valley with their fellow alumni, encouraging them to play a more active role in the support of our students.

Thank you to all of our Alumni Champions who are helping to increase alumni participation and ownership of Grand Valley State University. We are so grateful to you for your dedication to Grand Valley.

Chairs
Tim Bulson, MS ’09
Steve Carlson ’78
Jennifer Deamud ’95, ’10, ’15
Shannan Denison ’99
Matthew J. Dhaseleer ’01
Justin F. Gray ’12
Jonathan T. Heyboer ’95
Benjamin Rapin ’00
Ryan T. Slusarzyk ’08
Branden C. Stewart ’10
Michael Stoll ’10, ’12

Carolyn Clayton, Ex Officio
Mary Lang McDade, Ex Officio
Katelyn Semelbauer, MPA ’14, Ex Officio

Alumni Champions
Sandra (Mackus) Allen ’68
Terry Allen ’70
Dixie Anderson ’72, ’78
Brandy D. Arnold ’09
Claudia Bajema ’78, ’90
Andy Beachnau, MED ’85
Jackie Beachnau ’87
Ellyse Birch ’13, ’17 
George Bosnjak ’04, ’06
Jill Bosnjak ’03
Robert J. Boss ’76
Julie Bulson ’99, ’07, ’16
Brooke Byrne ’03
Matthew Byrne, MSA ’04
Rafael Castanon ’10
James C. Cisler ’95
Costas Ciungan ’15
James Corby ’87
Kevin Cusack ’80
Meg Cusack ’81, ’83
Frederick Davison ’69
Derek DeVries ’00, ’05
Robin Dhaseleer
Elizabeth Doyle ’07
Timothy B. Duthler ’73
Mindy Kalinowski Earley ’01, ’08
Travis Earley ’01
Lea Ebels ’69, ’95
Tom Ebels ’67
Michael Eichberger ’02, ’07
Brian Eltringham ’01
Eric Garvelink ’10, ’12
Chad Ghastin ’98
Samarhia (Bush) Giffel ’02
Christian Gordon ’95
Autumn Goulet ’10
Eric Hartman ’98
Kimberly Hartman, MSN ’07
Adam Henige ’00
Sarah (Cadwell) Henige ’02, ’10
Andrew T. Heuerman ’16
Joseph Heyne ’73
Christy Holt ’85  
Curtis Holt ’85, ’88
Barbara Hoogenboom, MHS ’97
Dan Hosford ’02
Thomas Hosford ’03, ’06 & Lauren Hosford
Tracy Hosford ’02
Bill Hudson ’78
Annie Jacobs ’67
Cynthia P. Janes ’82
Rachel Jonaitis ’08
Catherine G. Jones-Rikkers ’85, ’97
Michael Judd ’99
Cathleen Nolen Knauf ’75
Blaine Koops ’76
Denise Koops, MED ’03
Asa J. Lakeman ’02
Michael Lamfers ’88
Krashawn Martin ’12, ’16
Linda Masselink ’68
Michael D. Mast ’91
Todd W. McGuire ’16
Greg Morris ’71
Noreen Myers ’72
Daniel Newton ’88
Corey Nickels ’96
Keith Nickels ’95
Anthony Nicolette ’94
Rebecca Nicolette ’95, ’03
David Olson ’04
Jennifer R. Palm ’04, ’17
Diane Paton ’67
Don Paton ’67
Kevin Patterson ’04, ’05
Kellie Pnacek-Carter ’13
Claudia Pohlen, MPA ’14
Joseph Pohlen ’12
David Radel ’02 & Kiley Radel
Holly Rapin ’01
Amanda Reed, MHA ’11
Adam Rhodes, MED ’08
Michelle Rhodes, MBA ’07
Daniel D. Rikkers ’88
Leslie Riley, MED ’88
Lindsey Rodarmer ’03, ’06
Ryan Rodarmer ’03
Amanda Rogalski ’04, ’12 & Adam Rogalski
Geoffrey Sadek ’09
Nichole Sadek ’12
Karen Scarpino ’89
Louis Scarpino ’88
Jacque Schafer ’00, ’05
Kevin Schafer ’98
Ashley Schulte ’08, ’12
Virginia M. Seyferth ’80
Jenna Stoll ’11, ’16
Rebecca Sypniewski ’03, ’12 & John-Paul Sypniewski
Shane Szalai ’95
Selma L. Tucker ’09, ’11
Gary L. Van Harn ’05
Christine A. VanBergen ’03
Eric M. VanBergen ’03
Doug VanderJagt ’92
Ann Villemure, MED ’78
Kara Vogel ’06
Kathleen Vogelsang ’95, ’99
Alan Walczak ’77, ’83
Adrienne Wallace ’01, ’05, ’08
Justin E. Wegner ’14
Kelly M. Weir ’07, ’12
Kevin Wierenga ’02
Meghan Wieten-Scott ’06
Scott Woodfill ’11  
Nicole Woody ’05
Adrienne Yoches ’03, ’07
Matt Yoches ’05, ’14
Michael Youngdahl ’71
Milinda Ysasi-Castanon ’03
Alena Zachery-Ross ’95
Mitri Zainea ’74
Rose Zainea-Wieten ’78
Timothy R. Zeeb ’02
Nicholaas W. Zomer ’17

The purpose of the Champions Program is to leverage existing and new relationships of Grand Valley State University Alumni in order to grow the University’s giving community and significantly increase Grand Valley’s alumni participation rate.  

What is a Champion of Grand Valley?

Champions are Grand Valley alumni who volunteer to call on friends and fellow alumni in order to obtain gifts for the University. Champions also advocate for Grand Valley as volunteers and alumni organizers.

Annual Champion Campaign

Throughout the year, Champions will meet with existing and potential donors to solicit gifts to Grand Valley. The Champion volunteers will be assisted by the Annual Giving Development staff.

Responsibility of a Grand Valley Champion

While each volunteer is unique in his or her abilities and contacts, the minimum anticipated number of calls is three, during the course of a year. In order for the Program to achieve success, it is recommended that Champions meet with each potential donor face-to-face whenever possible.  Volunteers of the Champions program will agree to confidentiality regarding Grand Valley State University Development information. As a representative of Grand Valley State University, a Champion is expected to act in accordance with the guidelines for Development Staff as well as avoiding conflicts of interest.


CONTACTS

Katelyn Hanley Semelbauer, MPA ’14
Associate Director of Annual Giving
(616) 331-6606
semelbka@gvsu.edu

Mary Lang McDade
Annual Giving Officer
(616) 331-5620
mcdadem@gvsu.edu



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