PCEC Advising Staff

Charles Standridge, Ph.D.

Charles R. Standridge, Ph.D.

Professor, Associate Dean, Padnos College of Engineering and Computing

Office Address: 332 Kennedy Hall of Engineering
Phone: (616) 331-6260
Email: standric@gvsu.edu

Dr. Charles Standridge joined the faculty in January 1999. His primary interests are in energy systems design as well as production operations and supply chain logistics with the application discrete event simulation methods. He teaches courses in energy systems, production operations and material handling, as well as engineering data analysis and computer programming. He has grants having to do with the gathering and modeling of wind resource data in Lake Michigan; the remanufacturing, repurposing and recycling of lithium-ion batteries used to power vehicles, and energy system curriculum development. 

Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science from Washington University in St. Louis, 1974.

Master of Science and Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering / Operations Research from Purdue University, 1977 and 1978. 

Sara Wheeler

Sara Wheeler, M.Ed.

Director, PCEC Advising Center

Office Address: 101 Eberhard Center & C-2-212 Mackinac Hall
Phone: (616) 331-6025
Email: wheelesa@gvsu.edu

Sara is proud alumnus of Grand Valley and brings a decade of student services experience to the Padnos College of Engineering and Computing Undergraduate Advising Center.  Having lived and worked in various regions of the United States, Sara is a strong advocate for student and academic development.  Sara believes that building connections to campus – through academics, through student organizations, through community – is a key factor to student success. 

Sara is happily and proudly married to a US Marine.  She has two very active children and two sneaky but brilliant pups, Max and Lady.  She cherishes family time, reading, and traveling.  Sara is addicted to chocolate and Star Burst Jelly Beans, and come August, may display a borderline obsession with Fantasy Football.

photo of Jessica Noble

Jessica Noble, M.Ed.

Academic Advisor, PCEC Advising Center

Office Address: 101 Eberhard Center & C-2-210 Mackinac Hall
Phone: (616) 331-6025
Email: noblejes@gvsu.edu

Jessica became a part of the Grand Valley State University family over 13 years ago.  She has held various advising and outreach roles throughout her time with the Padnos College of Engineering and Computing (PCEC). She enjoys being able to combine her BSE in Industrial Engineering from Kettering University with her M. Ed. in Adult and Higher Education from Grand Valley to advise and connect students within PCEC.  As she has pursued a non-traditional career pathway for herself, she appreciates and encourages students to find the educational path that best integrates their lives inside and outside the classroom.


Most of her time is dedicated to raising three future engineers with her engineering husband, Ryan. Her interests include cooking new foods, scrapbooking and traveling.

Mary Nuznov

Mary Louise Nuznov, M.A.

Academic Advisor, PCEC Advising Center

Office Address:  C-2-208 Mackinac Hall & 101 Eberhard Center
Phone: (616) 331-6025
Email: nuznovma@gvsu.edu

Mary is excited to be working as an academic advisor with Padnos College of Engineering and Computing. She received her B.A. in Communication Studies from Grand Valley State University in 2009 and her M.A. in Communication Studies from Ball State University in 2011. In 2017 she completed a graduate certificate in Academic Advising from Kansas State University. She previously worked at Indiana University where she received a departmental distinguishment for her service in academic advising. Outside working at universities, Mary has worked at several museums including; The Henry Ford – Greenfield Village, Minnetrista and the Dearborn Historical Museum. Her projects often included fundraising, collections management, presenting, museum blogging and conducting educational tours.

When she isn’t working she enjoys reading mystery novels, camping, writing, seeing plays and knitting. Mary is an avid Harry Potter fan and a proud Hufflepuff.

Elizabeth Brand

Elizabeth Brand, M.Ed.

Academic Advisor, PCEC Advising Center

Office Address: 101 Eberhard Center & C-2-210 Mackinac Hall
Phone: (616) 331-6025
Email: brandeli@gvsu.edu

Elizabeth is a proud Laker for a Lifetime! She graduated from Hope College with a B.A. in Communications and earned her Master’s degree from Grand Valley in College Student Affairs Leadership in 2015. During graduate school, Elizabeth worked as a Graduate Assistant in the Career Center and completed a graduate internship in the CLAS Advising Center. Elizabeth returned to GVSU after advising First Year Engineering students at Michigan State University. She is passionate about student success and wants to be a resource for students to help them be successful inside and outside of the classroom. 

In her spare time, Elizabeth enjoys volunteering at an animal shelter, working out, and spending time with her husband and their two cats, Jax and Opie. 

Audra Pretty-Smith

Audra Pretty-Smith, M.A.

Academic Advisor, PCEC Advising Center

Office Address:
C-2-212 Mackinac Hall & EC 101
Phone: 616-331-6025
Email: prettyau@gvsu.edu

Audra is thrilled to be working as an academic advisor with the Padnos College of Engineering and Computing. Audra first joined the GVSU community in 2016 while working as a Counselor in the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships.  She received her B.A. in Social Work and Psychology from Hope College in 2013, and her M.A. in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education from Ball State University in 2015. She previously worked as an Assistant Residence Hall Director while at Ball State, and with the Academic Advising and Support Office at Elon University in North Carolina.  In her variety of roles, Audra has found a passion for advocating for her student’s success.


Outside of work, Audra enjoys traveling ‘up north’ as often as possible, yoga, spending time with her husband and family, watching a variety of sports, and all things Disney-related.

Rebecca Kolodge

Rebecca Kolodge

Graduate Assistant, PCEC Advising Center

Email: kolodgre@gvsu.edu

Rebecca is currently pursuing her M.Ed. in the College Student Affairs Leadership program. She earned her B.S. in Allied Health Science with a minor in Biology from GVSU in 2012. During this time she was a student worker for the PCEC Dean’s Office and Student Services Center. She has spent the past few years working in pharmacies. 

Rebecca has two beautiful fur babies that she adores, Buttercup and Gatsby. In her free time she enjoys going to Twenty One Pilots concerts, reading, taking pictures of her cats, and exploring new places.  

Hannah Vermeer

Graduate Assistant , PCEC Advising Center

Email: brummeha@gvsu.edu

Hannah is currently pursuing her M.H.S. in Biomedical Sciences. She earned her B.S. in Food Science and Technology from The University of Tennessee in 2015. During her time at Tennessee, Hannah was very involved with RecSports on campus. Before coming to Grand Valley, she worked as a food scientist for Tyson Foods.


In her spare time, Hannah enjoys camping, cooking, traveling to new places, and exploring different cultures. Hannah especially loves road tripping with her husband back to east Tennessee to spend time in the Smoky Mountains. 

Lora Moomey

Lora Moomey

Secretary, PCEC Advising Center & Outreach

Office Address: 101 Eberhard Center
Phone: (616) 331-6025
Email: moomeyl@gvsu.edu

Lora joined the Seymour and Esther Padnos College of Engineering and Computing to support Advising and Outreach activities as Secretary for Student Services. Prior to this she was a manufacturing Administrative Assistant for a local manufacturer of automotive dies, molds and automation systems. Her focus is to assist the PCEC Student Services staff as they expand their programs and activities to accomplish their goals.

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