Central Housing Office Staff

If you need assistance or have a housing related question pertaining to your living center community, please contact your RA, GA, or community desk. Should they be unable to assist you, the central housing office can be reached at (616) 331-2120.

Andy Beachnau

Andrew "Andy" Beachnau, Ph.D.

Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs 

B.A., Alma College; M.Ed., Grand Valley State University; Ph.D., Michigan State University

In his current role, Andy is responsible for overall leadership for Housing & Residence Life, Recreation & Wellness, & The Children’s Enrichment Center. Andy has been at Grand Valley State University for 37 years in a number of positions. He began his professional career at GVSU as a Hall Director in 1982 & became a Residence Life Coordinator in 1984. In 1986, he became Assistant Director of Housing & was later promoted to Associate Director of Housing in 1990. After serving one year as Acting Director of Housing & Health services, he was hired as the Director of Housing & Health services in 1995. Andy received his Bachelor of Arts from Alma College in 1982 in Political Science & Physical Education, his M.Ed. in Education Administration from GVSU in 1985, & his Ph.D. in 1995 from Michigan State University in College & University Administration. He has taught graduate courses in the College of Education since 1995. Andy's wife Jacqueline (GVSU, 1987) is an RN at Spectrum Health. They live in Walker & have two adult children; Alexandra & Sean (GVSU, 2018). Favorite Quote: “Every student matters, & what we do matters to students.”



Colleen Lindsay-Bailey

Associate Director of Housing & Residence Life

B.S. Child Development; M.A. Student Affairs Administration

Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

I'm starting my 16th year here at GVSU & 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

lindsayc@gvsu.edu LinkedIn



Brenda Mitchner

Associate Director of Housing & Residence Life - Operations



Kristen Evans, M.Ed. '11 

Assistant Director of Recruitment & Training

Masters in Adult & Higher Education, 2011

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.

evanskr@gvsu.edu  Twitter 616-331-2824


Melanie Grover, M.Ed. '14

Assistant Director of Housing Systems

Bachelor of Science, 2002; Masters in Educational Leadership 2014

Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

In September of 2019, I begin my 20th year at GVSU, having worked in HRL since 2009. I have worked as an Assignment Coordinator, Housing Assistant, & now am the Assistant Director of Systems. 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.



Brandie Tenney

Assistant Director of Housing & Residence Life

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 Masters of Education from North Carolina State University & my Bachelors 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!

tenneyb@gvsu.edu 616-331-5014


Beth Thimmesch-Harphold, M.Ed. '09

Assistant Director of Housing & Residence Life

Bachelor of Science 2007; Masters in Education 2009

Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

I received both my undergraduate & graduate degree from Grand Valley State University. Right after undergrad, I started working for the Office of Housing & Residence life in 2007. Over the last 12 years, I have worked as an Assignments Coordinator, Living Center Director, & currently serve as one of the Assistant Directors in the office. My husband & 3 kids live in the Grand Rapids area & are Lakers for a Lifetime!


Suzy Herman

Suzy Herman, M.Ed. '12

Residence Life Coordinator

Masters in College Student Affairs Leadership, 2012

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.

hermasuz@gvsu.edu 616-331-2389

Adam Tate

Adam Tate

Facilities Manager

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!



Mason Bench, BS '14

Assignment Coordinator

Bachelor of Science, 2014

I have been at GVSU since 2010, when I first started out as an undergraduate student. As a student, I spent three years working for the Auditing Office on campus. In 2016 I came back to GVSU as a temporary employee in the Housing & Residence Life office. I was eventually hired in as a full time employee & have spent the last three years as an Assignment Coordinator. I was born and raised in West Michigan & continue to enjoy the Lake Michigan sunsets.

benchma@gvsu.edu 616-331-2373


Amanda Brower

Assignment Coordinator

I started my journey at GVSU in 1992 as a transfer student majoring in International Relations & I have been employed with GVSU since 2006. I started my employment in the Kirkhof College of Nursing & moved to my current role in Housing in 2009. The most rewarding part of my job is knowing that I have an opportunity every day to make a positive impact on the lives of our students.


Lisa Garringer

Lisa Garringer, BS '18

Assignment Coordinator

Bachelor of Science, 2018

Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

I have been with GVSU since 2003, when I started with Public Safety. I am originally from Detroit & moved to Boyne City, while still in high school. I am proud to be a graduate of the Accelerated Leadership Program here at GVSU. I am passionate about community & social justice. I am a Laker 4 a Lifetime!

garringl@gvsu.edu 616-331-2941


Susan Brunell

Residence Life Assistant

2019 marks my 20th year at GVSU having started my career in the Registrar's Office. I'm a Wisconsin native but moved to Lansing at a young age. My husband & I moved to Allendale in the mid-90's. Prior to moving to West Michigan, I spent 15 years working for National Bank of Detroit & earned an Associates Degree in Business/Bank Management from Lansing Community College. I came to GVSU in 1999 & have enjoyed my time at here. I love connecting with students, families, co-workers & community members in my role as Residence Life Assistant.

brunells@gvsu.edu 616-331-2823

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Becky Thompson, M.Ed. '13

Housing Assistant

Bachelor of Arts in Spanish 2010; Bachelor of Science in Psychology 2010; Masters in Adult & Higher Education 2013; Education Specialist in Leadership 2019

Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

I began my Laker adventure as an undergraduate student in 2005. Since then, I have earned four degrees while serving students in multiple capacities as a professional & volunteer. I strive to foster a welcoming, accessible, sustainable, & equitable environment for our students, faculty, & staff to thrive. I work best while caffeinated; I take my coffee with a dash of cream.

thompsre@gvsu.edu (616) 331-2918

Audra Courtade

Audra Courtade, MBA '16

Business Manager - Auxiliaries

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!

courtada@gvsu.edu (616) 331-2430

Mike Ashcraft

Mike Ashcraft

Client Services Manager for Residential Camps & Conferences


Jennifer Abbott

Jennifer Abbott, BFA '17

Housing & Residence Life Services Coordinator

Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in Illustration, 2017

Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

My time as a Laker began in 2012 as an undergraduate student. In 2018, I began working full time in HRL & taking classes in the pursuit of a graduate degree in Adult & Higher Education.

abbotjen@gvsu.edu 616-331-9428

Camille Curtis

Camille Curtis, BBA '17

Marketing & Communications Manager

In addition to my role in HRL, I serve on the Seidman College of Business Alumni Association Board, Young Alumni Council, & am a GVSU YoungLife leader. I have a side hustle photography business, enjoy being on the water; boating, wake boarding, paddle boarding, reading, & I'm obsessed with coffee & Australian Shephards.

curtcami@gvsu.edu LinkedIn 616-331-9432

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