Associate Director of Student Life
Valerie Guzman oversees the Student Organization, Greek Life, and Leadership Development team within the Office of Student Life. Additionally, she works with the Transitions New Student Orientation Program, leads the staff development efforts in Student Life, oversees the Student Senate Appropriations Committee, and advises Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honorary. Valerie spent nearly 10 years working with civic engagement and leadership development in prior positions including at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL and GVSU. Valerie earned her undergraduate degree from Central Michigan University, M.Ed in College Student Affairs Leadership from GVSU, and Ed.S in Leadership from GVSU. She has a passion for and background in several instruments including certification as a True Colors(R) Facilitator, Myers Briggs Type Indicator(R) Practitioner, and is currently completing the Gallup Certified Strengths Coach training (for StrengthsFinder(R)/StrengthsQuest(R)).
StrengthsQuest Signature Themes: Responsibility * Relator * Discipline * Achiever * Harmony
Graduate Assistant for Leadership Development
Chase is working on his M.Ed in College Student Affairs and Leadership here at Grand Valley State University, with a plan to graduate in 2018. He will be serving as the Graduate Assistant for Leadership Development in the Office of Student Life where his responsibilities will be to oversee the First Year Leadership Experience, Strengths Leadership Series, Leadership Summit, and overseeing the Leadership Intern team throughout the year. Chase received his B.B.A in Finance, with a minor in International Business, from Boise State University in 2016. Outside of work Chase loves to explore the outdoors, particularly kayaking and hiking, and cannot wait to see what Michigan has to offer.
StrengthsQuest Signature Themes: Relator * Restorative * Command * Significance * Individualization
Leadership Staff Assistant
Amber joined the Leadership team in the fall of 2015 as a Leadership and Service Intern. This will be her second year in the role of the Leadership Staff Assistant. Amber works with the various leadership opportunities in the Office of Student Life, and facilitates the annual "I am Grand Valley" nomination process and reception. In the Office of Student Life, Amber also serves as the Finance Staff Assistant and works closely with the Appropriations Committee's funding process. Amber is a senior 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 afterwards pursuing a degree in higher education and student affairs. On campus, Amber is a member of the Frederik Meijer Honors College, she serves as Executive Vice President for Alternative Breaks, and Pen Pal coordinator chair for the Council for Exceptional Children. She is also involved in Student Senate, the Cook Leadership Academy, PALs Student Mentors, and ODK. Amber is so excited to be returning to team GOLD this year. She is very passionate about leadership development and service-learning, and loves working with her fellow students and staff in the OSL!
StrengthsQuest Signature Themes: *Communication * Woo * Consistency * Input * Positivity
Leadership Internship Team
Student Life Leadership Programs would like to announce and welcome aboard our 2017-2018 Leadership Intern Team. This group of talented individuals will be an integral part of leadership initiatives that occur throughout the year!
Our interns are equipped to provide the campus community with presentations, workshops, or general information about leadership to your class, group, or student organization. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information.
Patty is currently a junior studying Political Science, with minors in French and Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies. Her favorite part of leadership is the inclusive environment it can create when presented with passion, authenticity, and modesty.
Marisa is currently a junior studying Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Leadership with minors in Human Rights and Psychology. To her, leadership means rising by lifting others. Leadership matters because each of us has a ripple effect that will better ourselves and our communities.
Mikaela is currently a sophomore studying Psychology with a minor in Juvenile Justice. She believes leadership is the ability of a person to use their strengths to empower others to act by showing them their own individual potential and purpose.