Hauenstein Center Staff

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Brent Holmes 

Acting Director

Brent Holmes joined the Hauenstein Center in February 2018. He was named the acting director in September 2020. Prior to joining the Hauenstein Center, he worked as a Student Support Specialist with Gaylord Community Schools.

Brent is a 2007 graduate of Davenport University with a bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management. He is a U.S. Army veteran with 20+ years of leadership instruction and training, as well as recruitment experience with young adults. Brent is passionate about all the things that Ralph Hauenstein saw were necessary in the presidential studies center – most of all, the development of the leadership, talent, and capacity for service in the rising generation.

In his free time, Brent enjoys spending time with his family, watching college sports, and traveling with his wife, Julie.

Contact:  [email protected] 


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Abby Sachs

Program Manager, Peter C. Cook Leadership Academy

Abby Sachs joined the Hauenstein Center in May 2021. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from the University of Dayton, and a Master of Education in Higher Education Leadership from Oakland University.

Abby is passionate about supporting individuals as they develop into independent and empowered community members, with professional experience in both social work and higher education. Her goal in her work with the Peter C. Cook Leadership Academy is to provide the best space possible for student learning, reflection, and development.

In her free time, Abby enjoys exploring Michigan's parks and forests (she's currently on a mission to visit every Michigan State Park), learning bird calls, and dancing.


Contact: [email protected] 


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Maddy Miller

Media Specialist 

Maddy Miller joined the Hauenstein Center in June 2022 as the Media Specialist. Maddy earned a bachelor of arts degree in Strategic Communications from Taylor University in 2021.

Maddy previously worked for the Padnos/Sarosik Center for Civil Discourse at Grand Valley State University as their first-ever graduate assistant. During her time there, she helped prepare presentation materials for workshops on civil discourse, helped her team present at the 2021 GVSU Teach-In, redesigned the website, created content for social media and helped coordinate the 2022 Winter Symposium (this event was actually where she learned about the job she now holds, because the Hauenstein Center co-sponsored the event). She has also completed 18 credits towards a Master's in Higher Education, in GVSU's CSAL program. 

Outside of work, Maddy loves exercising, reading fantasy book series, playing spikeball or a board game with friends and family and working on her podcast, The Maddy Miller Show.

Contact: [email protected] 


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Allie Goeddeke

Office Assistant

Allie Goeddeke joined the Hauenstein Center in June 2018 as the Office Assistant. She is a graduate of Grand Valley State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science with a minor in Biology. She supports the Hauenstein Center staff by working to ensure the office operates smoothly on a daily basis.

In her spare time, Allie enjoys laughing with her family and friends, floating around Hubbard Lake, hiking Michigan trails, testing new recipes, finding new books to read, and cheering on the Laker football team.

Contact: [email protected]



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