Supporting Future Leaders


Alumni leader understands importance of building community and giving back

As a first-generation American, Heather Ly Zak wanted to give back to the university and community that have given her so much.

Spring 2020|Supporting Future Leaders


Read article Jim '79 and Nancy Ayres

Jim '79 and Nancy Ayres

Jim and Nancy Ayres are strongly connected to Grand Valley and Laker athletics.

Winter 2020|Supporting Future Leaders

Read article Alumna overcomes odds to 'dream big'

Alumna overcomes odds to 'dream big'

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.

Fall 2019|Supporting Future Leaders

Read article Football alumnus, leader gives back to program

Football alumnus, leader gives back to program

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.

Summer 2019|Supporting Future Leaders

Read article Honoring the 'zeal' of the Haases

Honoring the 'zeal' of the Haases

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.

Spring 2019|Supporting Future Leaders

Read article Providing opportunities

Providing opportunities

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.

Winter 2019|Supporting Future Leaders

Read article Giving creates balance for alumna

Giving creates balance for alumna

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.

Fall 2018|Supporting Future Leaders

Read article Giving hearts

Giving hearts

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.

Summer 2018|Supporting Future Leaders

Read article The bottom line: great value

The bottom line: great value

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.

Spring 2018|Supporting Future Leaders

Read article Creating new pathways

Creating new pathways

Gerard Kwiatkowski graduated in 2008 and is now teaching and impacting students in Houston, Texas.

Winter 2018|Supporting Future Leaders