The most satisfying gifts come from thoughtful conversation between the donor and the university. To start your conversation, contact the individuals below or the University Development Office at (616)331-6000 or We look forward to speaking with you.

Laura Aikens

Laura Aikens
Vice President for University Development
Executive Director, GVU Foundation
(616) 331-6509

Dan Hurwitz

Dan Hurwitz
Associate Vice President for University Development
(616) 331-6531

Jennifer Wardrop

Jennifer Wardrop MPNL ’20
Assistant Vice President for University Development
(616) 331-6644

Andrew Bixel

Andrew Bixel
Director of Endowed and Planned Giving
(616) 331-5619

Cathy Blackburn

Cathy Blackburn
Major Gift Officer
(616) 331-6527

Shannon Dale

Shannon Dale
Senior Director of Annual Giving and Digital Strategy 
(616) 331-6606

Derek Johnson

Derek Johnson MBA ’20
Associate Director of Annual Giving 
(616) 331-5626

Briette Bryant

Briette Bryant Phillips '08
Development Director for Scholarship and Fellowship Giving
(616) 331-6529

Kim Schmidt

Kim Schmidt '88, '00
Director of Athletic Giving
(616) 331-3592

Katelyn Semelbauer

Katelyn Hanley Semelbaue​​​​​​r MPA '14
Director of Stewardship and Donor Relations
(616) 331-5703

Shannon Wilson

Shannon Small-Wilson '03, '05
Director of Corporate Giving
(616) 331-6539

Kenneth Zahrt

Ken Zahrt
Director of Foundations Relations
(616) 331-6801

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