Assistant Director of Student Life - Leadership & Service Initiatives
Valerie joined the GVSU Office of Student Life staff in August 2008 as one of several Assistant Directors. She directly oversees the Laker Leadership Programs and the Community Service Learning Center staff, programs, and resources. Additionally, Valerie serves as a resource for all Service & Advocacy groups on campus and is the direct advisor of several service organizations at GVSU, including Alternative Breaks and Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honorary. Prior to arriving at GVSU, Valerie spent several years working at the University of Miami (Coral Gables, FL) in the service and leadership office. Valerie earned her undergraduate degree from Central Michigan University and M.Ed in College Student Affairs Leadership at GVSU. She is originally from west Michigan and resides in northwest Grand Rapids. Outside of work Valerie is a dance instructor at a local dance studio, enjoys cooking, and is working toward her EdD.
StrengthsQuest Signature Themes: Discipline * Achiever * Responsibility * Harmony * Focus
Graduate Assistant- Laker Leadership Programs
Nicole was thrilled to join the GVSU Office of Student Life in August 2014. Prior to Grand Valley, Nicole earned her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Calvin College. While in undergrad, she was involved in residence life, new student orientation, weekend programming, and admissions. Nicole is now pursuing her M.Ed in College Student Affairs Leadership at GVSU where she loves overseeing and coordinating the Laker Leadership Programs as well as advising Colleges Against Cancer.
StrengthsQuest Signature Themes: Positivity * Relator * Developer * Achiever * Strategic
Graduate Assistant - Leadership Development
Brendan joined the GVSU Office of Student Life in July 2014. Prior to Grand Valley, Brendan earned his bachelors degree in Elementary Education from the University of Michigan-Dearborn. While in undergrad, he was involved with the Student Activities Board, Student Government, Amnesty International, Alternative Spring Break, as well as taught at the UM-Dearborn Early Childhood Education Center. Brendan will be pursuing his master's degree in College Student Affairs Leadership at GVSU. He is looking forward to working in the Office of Student Life at GVSU and making a positive difference in the campus community.
The Community Service Learning Center and Laker Leadership Programs would like to announce and welcome aboard our 2015-2016 Leadership and Service Intern Team. This group of talented individuals will be an integral part of leadership and service initiatives that occur throughout the year!
Our interns are equipped to provide the campus community with presentations, workshops, or general information about leadership and service to your class, group, or student organization. Contact Nicole Wilson, firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information.
Christine Bell is a junior studying Hospitality and Tourism Management, with a minor in Business. She graduated from Cass Technical High School in Detroit and is a first generation college student. Christine is a member of Alpha Kappa Psi Co-Ed Business Fraternity at Grand Valley State. Her plans after college are to pursue a career within the Hospitality field and further her education and receive a Masters of Business Administration.
Emily is a sophomore at GVSU, studying Public and Nonprofit Administration with and emphasis on Budget and Financing. She has two minors in Spanish and Religious Studies. She is from Kalamazoo, Michigan. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors, skiing, and having quality conversations with her friends and family.
Amber is a sophomore at Grand Valley majoring in Group Social Studies and Education with minors in Elementary Certification and French. She plans on becoming an elementary teacher, and hopes to one day grow into an administration role. On campus, Amber is a member of the Frederik Meijer Honors College, Alternative Breaks, the Council for Exceptional Children, and the Grand Valley Swing Dance Club. She also plans on studying abroad in France this coming summer. In her free time Amber enjoys listening to music, playing card games with friends, exploring antique shops, and doing community service.
Ryker is a junior who is studying Communication, Public Relations and Nonprofit Administration. In addition to being a Leadership & Service Intern, he also works as a Writing Consultant for the Meijer Center for Writing and manages PR and recruitment for Alternative Breaks. In his spare time, he enjoys running, traveling and playing the ukulele.
April is a junior here at GVSU where she is majoring in International Relations and Geography. She is currently president of the Book Club on campus, and she is involved in Alternative Breaks and College against Cancer. One day April would love to work as a manager at a nonprofit.