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 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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Sam Kolk

Secretary, PCEC Advising Center & Outreach

Office: 162 Innovation Design Center
Phone: (616) 331-6025
Email: [email protected]

Sam is happy to return to GVSU where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Multimedia Journalism. After graduating from GVSU, Sam lived in Madison, Wisconsin where she completed emergency medical technician training before returning to Michigan. Sam worked as an EMT in her role prior to joining the GVSU PCEC Student Services team. Sam looks forward to building connections and supporting PCEC Student Services.

You can usually find Sam with a cup of tea or coffee and a book. Sam enjoys spending time with friends and family, reading whenever she gets the chance, and playing games with friends. 

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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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Nick Woodward

Director of Undergraduate Advising, PCEC Advising Center

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

Nick is honored to be a part of the PCEC advising team. He earned his BAA in Interpersonal and Public Communication from Central Michigan University and his M.Ed from GVSU’s College Student Affairs Leadership program. During his graduate coursework, Nick worked in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) Academic Advising Center and completed an internship with Grand Rapids Community College’s Honors Program. He worked for two-plus years at Purdue University as a Student Success Coach for the Purdue Promise Scholarship program, before returning to the GVSU CLAS Advising Center in 2016. Academic advising is his professional calling and he’s thrilled to be able to support his fellow Lakers in the Padnos College of Engineering and Computing.

In his free time, you will often find Nick running, walking his dog, and supporting the Detroit sports teams. He completed his first marathon and ultramarathon in 2022 and is looking forward to adding more in the future. Let him know if you have any suggestions for fun races to consider!

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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

K-12 Outreach Graduate Assistant

Office: 164 Innovation Design Center

Phone: (616) 331-6025

Email: [email protected]


Kendra Herndon

Programming Outreach Graduate Assistant

Office: 162 Innovation Design Center

Phone: (616) 331-6025

Email: [email protected]

Quinn Threat

Outreach Student Assistant 

Office: 101 Eberhard Center

Phone: (616) 331-6025

Email: [email protected]


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