PCEC Outreach Staff

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Sara Maas

Outreach Coordinator

Office Address:164 Innovation & Design Center
Phone: (616) 331-6025
Email: [email protected]

Sara Maas joined the Seymour & Esther Padnos College as an adjunct engineering instructor.  She was then selected to serve as the Outreach Coordinator. 

Education:      M.S.E, Manufacturing Operations, Grand Valley State University
                         B.S., Plastics Engineering Technology, Ferris State University
                         A.S., Technical Drafting & Tool Design, Ferris State University

Experience:     Manufacturing Engineer, Leon Plastics Inc., 5 years
                         Industrial Internships, Leon Plastics Inc., 3 years  

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Shelby Harrison

Office Coordinator, PCEC Advising Center & Outreach

Office: 101 Eberhard Center
Phone: (616) 331-6025
Email: [email protected]

Shelby Harrison is happy to return to Padnos College Student Services as she worked as a Student Receptionist when she was in her undergraduate schooling here at GVSU. She previously served as the Secretary for the School of Computing at GVSU prior to this role. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics with an emphasis in math education and elementary education. Her passion for higher education has grown over the years as she knows the impact she makes now will influence the other levels of education and the people she interacts with. Shelby's role is to help with the administrative side of advising and outreach for PCEC.

Shelby loves to cook, bake, garden, travel, drink coffee, and spend intentional time with her family and friends. Shelby is an avid college football fan as fall is her favorite season of the year. Her favorite place to vacation is Bois Blanc Island in Northern Michigan. 

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Elizabeth Brand

Interim Director & Senior Academic Advisor, Padnos College of Engineering and Computing 

Office Address: 101 Eberhard Center 
Phone: (616) 331-6025
Email: [email protected]

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 both inside and outside of the classroom. She loves helping students navigate the ins and outs of college and also loves learning from them! 

In her pre-COVID spare time, you'd catch Elizabeth volunteering at an animal shelter and doing yoga. Right now she tries to make the most of the nice weather by getting outside whenever she can, having fun making memories with her husband and children, and cuddling with her two cats, Jax and Opie. Elizabeth enjoys trying new restaurants so let her know if you have any recommendations! She played Fantasy Football for the first time in 2022 and now has the title of Fantasy Football Champion! 

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Ryan Aldridge

Engineering Laboratories Supervisor

Office: 158 Innovation Design Center 

Phone(616) 331-6766

Email[email protected]

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Jenna Case

Outreach Graduate Assistant

Office: 164 IDC

Phone: (616) 331-6025

Email: [email protected]


Faith Knop Student Assistant

Faith Knop

Outreach Student Assistant 

Office: LV Eberhard Center 101 

Phone: (616) 331-6025

Email: [email protected]

Faith is excited to join us for her third year with PCEC Student Services. Faith is from Oxford, Michigan. She is studying Communication Sciences and Disorders with her goal to be a Speech Language Pathologist. Faith spends her day at work assisting with PCEC Outreach. This means she maintains a calendar with our events, tracks the number of people served, packs supplies for events, and finds ways to improve our approach. Faith's fun fact is that she does not like guacamole.

Page last modified September 28, 2022