Supporting Future Leaders
For Donald '84 and Kathleen '88, '97 VanderVeen, giving back to their alma mater is about doing what they can for the university they love.
The lead donors for the DCIH reflect on their family's partnership with Grand Valley and their inspiration to support health professions.
Tim '73 and Cherie Duthler are Alumni Champions and give back to GVSU to provide more opportunities for Lakers.
Shane Szalai '95 was a member of the Laker rowing team and said his teammates and experiences created great memories, which is why he decided to pay it forward,
"If something is important to you, whether you have $1 to give or $100,000, it makes a difference."
Brian '08, '14 & Olubunmi (Bunmi) Parks '08, '13 work in Detroit and maintain ties to Grand Valley through support of a scholarship.
Matt '01 and Robin Dhaseleer chose to help students through an economic pandemic by giving to the Student Support Fund.
As a first-generation American, Heather Ly Zak wanted to give back to the university and community that have given her so much.
Jim and Nancy Ayres are strongly connected to Grand Valley and Laker athletics.
Sarah Barnhard is the medical director of transfusion services at the University of California Davis. The 2005 graduate established a scholarship that honors her mother.
Former lineman Michael McFadden played professional football after graduating. Now a medical device sales representative, McFadden credits his GVSU experience for much of his success in life.
Michele Schallip is the executive officer on a U.S. Coast Guard cutter; she discusses how her master's degree helps her lead on the ship, and how the Haases welcomed her to the Coast Guard family.
Lauren Quiniff, '08, works as a behavioral health specialist for Spectrum Health; she provides therapy for patients and also links them to community resources to help them feel their best.
Leslie Riley is a teacher for Grand Rapids Public Schools and an Alumni Champion. Her family of active Lakers believes in giving back and supporting others.
Terry, '70, and Sandra, '68, Allen have a long history with Grand Valley and with each other. They married in 1969 after meeting as students on campus.
Layna, '13, and Andrew, '13, Buthker both earned master's degrees in taxation and work for Plante Moran. The public accounting firm is one of many corporations that match employee gifts.
Gerard Kwiatkowski graduated in 2008 and is now teaching and impacting students in Houston, Texas.