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Greater West Michigan Region: New Structure and Roles

Building upon the successes and infrastructure from the past two years, the MiSTEM Network's Greater West Michigan Region is pleased to announce a new regional structure and transitions in regional roles, effective immediately. This isn’t indicative of a broad change of interaction within the Network but rather a change to the face of leadership and responsibility within our region.

Housed at the GVSU Regional Math and Science Center, the MiSTEM Network's Greater West Michigan Region includes three regional staff, supported by a dedicated administrative assistant. In order to leverage the unique positioning of the GWM Region within GVSU, new and improved connections within the RMSC will increase the impact of the GWM Region. This will allow for additional access to the expertise and resources within the RMSC and GVSU itself.

In order to streamline the work and better support the regional connections, MiSTEM Network's GWM Region STEM Education Coordinator Ginger Rohwer will assume the role of Regional Director, and will be the primary point of contact for the region. Ginger will also be primarily responsible for the planning and budget for the region, and will collaboratively coordinate MiSTEM activities within the region, the RMSC and GVSU.

Business, Community and Education Liaison Diane Miller will expand her locus of impact and lend her expertise and successful relationships to the broader RMSC and GVSU community. Diane's time will be split between the RMSC and MiSTEM Network's GWM Region equally, helping to support the programmatic impacts of the RMSC and GWM Region while also impacting regional and state level efforts. Diane will take point on much of the outreach for the RMSC's efforts related to business and community outreach.

Remaining involved in the MiSTEM Network at both the regional and state level, Kris Pachla will transition away from the day-to-day operational work of the region and will focus instead on supporting and advising the region and the state. He will remain supervisor and involved in state level committees and ensure coordination of all MiSTEM grants with GVSU as the fiscal agent.

After starting at the RMSC in November 2019, administrative assistant Olga Martinez-Capistran will continue to ramp up responsibilities for supporting the GWM Region. Her work will continue to ensure appropriate and timely processing of documents, support for the GWM website and newsletter, and maintenance of the regional contact database.

General regional inquiries can be directed to mistemgwm@gvsu.edu.


Ginger Rohwer

Ginger Rohwer

Regional Director

Grand Valley State University

185 North C Living Center

1 Campus Drive

Allendale, MI 49401


Phone: (616) 331-2272
Email: Ginger.Rohwer@gvsu.edu


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Diane Miller

Business, Community, & Education Liaison

Grand Valley State University

184 North C Living Center

1 Campus Drive

Allendale, MI 49401


Phone: (616) 331-2265
Email: Diane.Miller@gvsu.edu


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Olga Martinez-Capistran

Program Assistant

Grand Valley State University

183 North C Living Center

1 Campus Drive

Allendale, MI 49401


Phone: (616) 331-2534
Email: martiolg@gvsu.edu


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Kristofer Pachla

GVSU Liaison to the MiSTEM Network

Grand Valley State University

182 North C Living Center

1 Campus Drive

Allendale, MI 49401


Phone: (616) 331-2273
Email: pachlkri@gvsu.edu