Housing & Residence Life Staff


Who's Who in the Living Centers?

Living Center Staff Members

Every GVSU Living Center is staffed with a variety of Housing and Residence Life student-level (RAs), graduate-level (HGAs), and professional-level employees (LCDs). The name and contact information of each LCD is posted in every lobby. RAs will introduce themselves at move-in and will be present throughout the academic year. Every GVSU Living Center has a staff member available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you need assistance or have a housing-related question pertaining to your Living Center community, please contact your RA, LCD, or Residential Desk. Should they be unable to assist you, the central housing office can be reached at (616) 331-2120.

STUDENT STAFF

Resident Assistants (RAs) are sophomore-level or higher, undergraduate and graduate students who live on-campus. There is at least one RA on every floor of each living center. They contribute to a positive community living experience by serving as a campus resource for first-year students, and by coordinating social and academic activities for residents. RA staff members serve in the HRL duty rotation and are extensively trained in crisis management, facilities management, campus policies/student code of conduct, and student development.

RA INFORMATION & COMMUNITY DESKS

GRADUATE STAFF

Housing Graduate Assistants (HGAs) are current GVSU graduate-level students who are pursuing a Master of Education with an emphasis in College Student Affairs Leadership. HGA's are live-in staff members and they assist Living Center Directors and the HRL leadership team with student engagement and residential conduct. HGA staff members serve in the HRL duty rotation and are extensively trained in crisis management, facilities management, campus policies/student code of conduct, and student development.

PROFESSIONAL STAFF

Living Center Directors (LCDs) are professional staff members who have a Master's degree in student affairs. LCDs are live-in staff members and they assist in the daily operations of residential communities housing 200-700 residents. These operations include administrative duties, managing conduct, supervising an RA staff, and providing support to residential students. LCD staff members serve in the HRL duty rotation and have extensive experience in crisis management, facilities management, campus policies/student code of conduct, and student development.


Living Center Director Staff

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Kirkpatrick, Swanson, Stafford, & Seidman

MICHELE RENAUD, M.A.

Living Center Director

M.A. – Educational Leadership & Higher Education Administration; University of Nevada

Phone: (616) 331-2155

Office: Kirkpatrick 102

Pronouns: She/They

[email protected]

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Holton-Hooker

TAYLOR GUSS, M.S.

Living Center Director

M.S. – Mississippi State University

Phone: (616) 331-9416

Office: HHLC 119A

Pronouns: He/Him/His

[email protected]


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Weed, Hoobler, Ott, & Johnson

ZACH JACOBS, M.ED.

Living Center Director

M.Ed. – Higher Education & College Student Affairs Leadership; GVSU

Phone: (616) 331-0650

Office: Johnson 103

Pronouns: He/Him/His

[email protected]

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North C., Hills, & Frey

SHANIKWA CRUICKSHANK

Living Center Director

B.S. – Clayton State University

Phone: (616) 331-4054

Office: North C. 103

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

[email protected]


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Copeland, Pew, Pickard, & DeVos

SUZY HERMAN, M,Ed.

Living Center Director

M.Ed. – Higher Education & College Student Affairs Leadership; GVSU

Phone:  (616) 331-2389

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

I have been at GVSU since 2010 & got my start right here in Housing & Residence Life as a graduate assistant. Since then, I served as a Living Center Director for four years, spent some time in the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships, & am now back as Residence Life Coordinator. I am so excited to be working with our on-campus students again! Though I was born & raised in the Chicago area, I have now spent almost a decade in Grand Rapids & call it home. My husband & I love exploring the growing city together.

[email protected]

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Robinson, Maple, Oak, & Pine

JASMINE DIXON, M.B.A.

Living Center Director

M.B.A. – Lewis University

Phone: (616) 331-1310

Office: Kistler 109

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

[email protected]


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Niemeyer Apartments & Calder Art Housing

CATERA GREER, M.A.

Living Center Director

M.A. – Clinical Mental Health Counselling; Oakland University

Phone: (616) 331-4503

Office: Niemeyer West 102

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

[email protected]

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Murray, VanSteeland, & Grand Valley Apartments

JASMINE PADIN, M.ED.

Living Center Director

M.Ed. – Higher Education & College Student Affairs Leadership; GVSU

Phone: (616) 331-4297

Office: VanSteeland 104

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

[email protected]


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Laker Village Apartments

JUSTIN BEAN, M.ED.

Living Center Director

M.Ed. – Higher Education & College Student Affairs Leadership; GVSU

Phone: (616) 331-0501

Office: Laker Village North 103

Pronouns: He/Him/His

I moved to Western Michigan and joined the fabulous team here at GVSU in the summer of 2017, and I traveled all the way from the state of Maine! I take pride in helping students be successful in college and to provide them with a memorable on-campus experience! By building relationships and connecting students to peers, faculty, and staff I hope to enrich the Grand Valley community and make everyone truly feel that they are a Laker for a Lifetime!

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South Apartments

ALLIE BROWN, M.U.ED.

Living Center Director

M.U.Ed. – Urban Education; Memphis & Teacher Residency; Union University

Phone: (616) 331-0171

Office: South E 101

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

I am a West Michigan native, born and raised! After traveling and teaching in different parts of the US, I am happy to be back home. I have been married to my wonderful husband for 5 years now, and we welcomed our first baby girl into this world back in April. I joined this wonderful team at GVSU back in the fall of 2021, and have really enjoyed my experience thus far. I love being able to help students become well-rounded and independent individuals who are equipped and knowledgeable to be successful in the real world post-college. College is a special time, and I love being able to be a part of students' experiences. 

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Winter & Secchia Hall

SOHELI FARZANA JONY

Living Center Director

M.Ed. – Higher Education & College Student Affairs Leadership; GVSU 2023 (in progress)
M.A. – English Literature & Linguistics; Freie University, Berlin
B.A. – English Literature & Linguistics; Stamford University, Bangladesh

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

I started working with the PIE Intl Education Department of Higher Education (Student recruitment for USA/Canada) in 2013. I also served as an International Student Recruitment Manager for Apply Board, Head of Operations in British Educare, and a Press release officer for BBC Bangla. Recently I have started my Graduate program at GVSU in the CSAL Program.

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Central Housing Office Staff

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KYLE BOONE, Ph.D.

Director of Housing & Residence Life

Ph.D. – Higher Education Administration; Louisiana State University
M.A. – Education Administration and Leadership, specialization in Student Affairs; University of the Pacific
B.A. – Communication; University of Louisville

Pronouns: He/Him/His

I joined the Grand Valley team in the summer of 2020 as the new Director of Housing and Residence Life. As a scholar-practitioner, I have prided myself on remaining student-centered and allowing my enthusiasm for student development to shine through my work!  To me, students are both scholars and teachers and engaging both is vital to my call to service and is crucial for the advancement of the students I serve!

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COLLEEN BAILEY, M.A.

Associate Director of Housing & Residence Life

M.A. – Student Affairs Administration; Michigan State University
B.S. – Child Development; Michigan State University

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

I joined the GVSU team in July of 2003 & love getting to work with so many fantastic students! Although I've worked in several offices across campus, Housing & Residence Life is my favorite because of the excitement & energy that students get to experience in learning to live independently. Just a little about me, I live in a small lakeshore community northwest of Allendale with my husband & our three boys. I love all things sports & outdoors & am always up for an adventure. StrengthsQuest * Individualization * Maximizer *Arranger * Input * Learner

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MELANIE GROVER, M.A.

Associate Director of Housing & Residence Life

M.A. – Educational Leadership; GVSU
B.S. 

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

In September of 2021, I begin my 22nd year at GVSU, having worked in HRL since 2009. I have worked as an Assignment Coordinator, Housing Assistant, and Assistant Director of Systems. Currently, I am an Associate Director. My favorite part of my role in Housing is the ability to enhance processes, systems & services that our residents utilize to improve their experience on campus. My husband & I have 2 children & a poorly-behaved but very sweet yellow labrador.

[email protected]

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BRANDIE TENNEY, M.Ed.

Assistant Director of Housing & Residence Life

M.Ed. – Higher Education Administration; North Carolina State

Phone: (616) 331-5014

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

This will be my 15th year here at GVSU, specifically in Housing. Prior to this position, I worked in Residence Life at the University of Missouri in Columbia. I received my Master of Education from North Carolina State University & my bachelor's from Western Michigan University. I am originally from the Lansing area but now live in Allendale with my husband & three kids. We love attending sporting events and cheering on our LAKERS!

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KRISTEN EVANS, M.Ed.

Assistant Director of Housing & Residence Life

M.Ed. – Adult & Higher Education; GVSU

Phone: (616) 331-2824

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Originally from the metro Detroit area, I now call West Michigan my second home. I have three children, all who have attended Grand Valley's Children's Enrichment Center. Our family enjoys Laker football Saturdays, summertime in Charlevoix, & spending time in downtown Grand Rapids. Prior to my current role, I served as a Living Center Director at GVSU for four years & the Occupancy Manager for three years. I have also served as the Chair & Co-Chair of the GVSU Women's Commission. Prior to Grand Valley I spent one year working at the University of Delaware & three years at Baker College of Owosso.

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SUZY HERMAN, M,Ed.

Assistant Director of Housing & Residence Life

M.Ed. – Higher Education & College Student Affairs Leadership; GVSU

Phone:  (616) 331-2389

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

I have been at GVSU since 2010 & got my start right here in Housing & Residence Life as a graduate assistant. Since then, I served as a Living Center Director for four years, spent some time in the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships, & am now back as Residence Life Coordinator. I am so excited to be working with our on-campus students again! Though I was born & raised in the Chicago area, I have now spent almost a decade in Grand Rapids & call it home. My husband & I love exploring the growing city together.

[email protected]


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AUDRA COURTADE, M.B.A.

Housing & Residence Life Business Manager

M.B.A.

Phone: (616) 331-2430

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

I have been working at GVSU since 2010 but only started in the Division of Student Affairs in March 2019. Previously I was an Accountant in the Business & Finance office for the university. I received my undergraduate degree in Accounting from Hope College & spent a few years working in public accounting where I received my CPA license. I have loved my time working at GVSU & while working here received my MBA. I am a proud Laker for Lifetime! I enjoy spending time with my husband & two young children, they keep me on my toes!

[email protected]

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ADAM TATE, M.B.A.

Housing & Residence Life Facilities Manager

M.B.A.

Phone: (616) 331-2586

Pronouns: He/Him/His

I have worked at GVSU since January of 2016. I previously worked in the healthcare industry for nearly 10 years providing support services to long term care facilities. I received my undergraduate degree in 2001 from Western Michigan University & am currently pursuing an MBA here at Grand Valley. I enjoy being able to walk this beautiful campus everyday as part of my job!

[email protected]


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MIKE ASHCRAFT, C.M.P., C.T.A.

Housing & Residence Life Client Services Manager/Camps & Conferences Manager

B.B.A.

Phone: (616) 331-5828

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Mike began his career at GVSU in the Conference & Event Planning Department where he handled events and groups at the L.V. Eberhard Center.  Mike successfully led the coordination of wide-range conference and event services for multi-site conference facilities on the Pew Grand Rapids campus.  Later in his time at GVSU, Mike moved to the Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences and managed sales and day-to-day event activities focusing on the medical industry.  It was through these positions he demonstrated the ability to develop good working relationships with the many departments required to complete a successful event.

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DEXTER EARNEY, M.Ed.

Housing & Residence Life Operations Coordinator

M.Ed.

Phone: (616) 331-2120

Pronouns: He/Him/His

I first joined GVSU and Housing and Residence Life as a Graduate Assistant in 2011. Then, I served as a Living Center Director from 2013-2018 in various communities on campus. After that, I was the Assistant Director for Housing and Student Activities at the Kansas City Art Institute in Kansas City, Missouri until December of 2020. Now I'm back as the new Operations Coordinator for Housing and Residence Life. They couldn't keep me away! I truly love being a Laker for a Lifetime!

[email protected]


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AMANDA BROWER

Housing & Residence Life Occupancy Coordinator

Phone: (616) 331-2120

Pronouns: She/Her

[email protected]

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MASON BENCH

Housing & Residence Life Occupancy Coordinator

B.S.

Phone: (616) 331-2120

Pronouns: He/Him

[email protected]


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HUNTER NEMMERS

Housing & Residence Life Sales & Marketing Manager

B.B.A. – Advertising and Marketing; Northwood University

Phone: (616) 331-9427

Pronouns: He/Him

[email protected]

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HANNAH FARRELL

Housing & Residence Life COVID-19 Response Coordinator

B.B.A. – GVSU

Phone: (616) 331-2941

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

My time at GVSU started when I was an incoming first-year student in 2016. I have worked in the Housing and Residence Life department as a student employee throughout my 4.5 years of undergrad. After I graduated in December of 2020, I joined the HRL team as a temporary employee, serving as Covid Operation Coordinator. I have transitioned into a full-time position as Covid Response Coordinator. I am excited to continue my journey here at GV, and fully live the #LakerForALifetime experience. Although I am from the east side of the state, Grand Rapids definitely stole my heart & it feels like home! My fiance, myself, and our pup Daisy love exploring the city!

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Housing Graduate Assistant Staff

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SOHELI FARZANA JONY

Housing Graduate Assistant for Student Engagement

M.Ed. – Higher Education & College Student Affairs Leadership; GVSU 2023 (in progress)
M.A. – English Literature & Linguistics; Freie University, Berlin
B.A. – English Literature & Linguistics; Stamford University, Bangladesh

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

I started working with the PIE Intl Education Department of Higher Education (Student recruitment for USA/Canada) in 2013. I also served as an International Student Recruitment Manager for Apply Board, Head of Operations in British Educare, and a Press release officer for BBC Bangla. Recently I have started my Graduate program at GVSU in the CSAL Program.

[email protected]

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SHANTIERA CARPRUE

Housing Graduate Assistant for Student Conduct & CARE

 

M.Ed. – Higher Education & College Student Affairs Leadership; GVSU 2023 (in progress)
B.S. – Sports Management, GVSU 2021

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Originally from Chicago, IL. I found my way to GVSU in 2017 as an incoming freshman. Being involved heavily on-campus throughout my undergraduate experience pushed me into the light of Higher Education. I value the voice of GVSU's student body and I thrive in environments that implement change for the better. I value the voice of others while embedding their truth in my heart and never overstepping the “small” things other people tend to miss. #YourVoiceMatters "Be Courageous, it's the only place left uncrowded" - Anita Roddick

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CHELSEA FARLEY

Housing Graduate Assistant for Student Engagement

M.Ed. – Higher Education & College Student Affairs Leadership; GVSU 2023 (in progress)
B.S. – Criminal Justice; GVSU 2021 

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

I started at GVSU in 2017 as a freshman and I instantly fell so in love with the campus, that I had to stay here and continue on with my master's degree. During my undergrad, I was involved in Greek life, I was a transitions leader, I worked at the Laker Store, and I was a campus tour guide. After being so involved, I realized I loved working with students and decided that working at a University is what I wanted to do. Now, I am working in Housing and Residence Life and I am just starting my degree and will graduate in 2023.

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