Executive Board 2021-2022


Tom Worm

Tom was raised on the West Side of Grand Rapids and completed his undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology at GVSU. After graduating, he worked along the East Coast of the United Stated with children with severe social, emotional, and behavioral challenges. Noting a disconnect between administration and clinical employees, Tom decided to return to school and is pursuing Masters' Degrees in Social Work and Public Administration. Tom is currently completing an internship with the Network 180 Crisis Response Team and working as a program administrator for psychiatry fellowships.  When he isn't working or studying, he can be found trying new recipes, spending time with people he cares about, and trying to maintain some semblance of fitness.

Vice President

Shelinda Knight Davenport

I am a proud non-traditional student. At the age of 49 in 2012, I enrolled full-time at Muskegon Community College. In 2013, I was inducted into the Beta Xi Xi chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. I became the Executive Vice-President of 2014-2015, attended our international, leadership, and regional conferences. I graduated in May 2015 from Muskegon Community College with a major in Communications Multi-Media/Technical. I transferred to Grand Valley State University (GVSU) with a major in Liberal Studies and emphasis in Leadership of Human Rights and Oppression. I graduated in May of 2020 with an overall 3.9 G.P.A. At GVSU, I was inducted into the National Society of Leadership and Success and Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society and participated in the Ghana Study Abroad program. I am now a graduate student majoring in Liberal Studies' Social Innovation program. Social innovation has the definition of making things the better good for everyone. I plan on making this country and world a little better when I leave it than when I came into it.

Finance Officer

Pavan Kalyan Pallapu

Being from India, I had overcome all the struggles of poverty by accomplishing my undergraduate in mechanical engineering from a highly established state university in our region. During my time as an undergrad, I served as brand ambassador for the American Society of Mechanical Engineering and took our university vision to the next level of innovation and research. I enjoy collaborating and learning innovative research developments. My passion has always been towards public relations and leadership affairs.

Administration Officer

Jazmine Marsh

Jazmine, originally from Flint, Michigan, completed her bachelor's degree at Western Michigan University in 2019. She now resides in Grand Rapids, where she is completing her Masters of Social Work at Grand Valley State University. Jazmine was very active on campus in her undergrad as she participated in many student organizations and held positions such as resident assistant and teacher assistant. Jazmine would describe herself as a leader and is dedicated to her education and extracurriculars. She is currently working in the Social Work field as a Family Coach where she enjoys providing resources and support to parents with young children. Jazmine's career goals include opening her own private practice and providing therapy services to our community. Jazmine Marsh is an active advocate for mental health and equality. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, and catching up on the latest Netflix series.

Communication Officer

Mae Rickey

Mae, from Colorado Springs, CO, completed her bachelor's degree at GVSU in 2020. She now lives in Allendale where she is completing her Master's of Higher Education in the CSAL program. Mae participated in many organizations and clubs throughout her undergraduate career such as Asian Student Union, Vietnamese Cultural Association (VCA), and the Esports Club. Mae currently works as the graduate assistant for the Charter Schools Office and the Office of Multicultural Affairs working specifically with the Asian student Achievement Program. Mae is also a part of the Laker Academic Advising Network and is the chair for the 2022 AAPI Heritage Celebration. Mae hopes to work as an activist and advisor for students, faculty, and staff of color. In her spare time she enjoys listening to music, learning Kpop dances, playing video games, and cooking! 

Other Information


GSA Faculty Advisors

Dr. Jennifer Pope
Seidman Department of Marketing
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Valerie Guzman
Office of Student Life
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The GSA Executive Board meets monthly to discuss issues and events relevant to all GVSU graduate students.

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