Director, Campus Recreation
Kate Harmon became Director of Campus Recreation in 2014 after working for twelve years overseeing day to day operations of the GVSU Recreation Center. Her work experience prior to GVSU included fitness and wellness promotion, personal training, group fitness instruction, and coaching soccer at youth and collegiate levels.
Kate is a strong advocate for creating opportunities for students to engage in active learning. Kate sees the role of Campus Recreation at GVSU as an essential component of student success. By providing a variety of programs and services to satisfy the diverse needs of students, Campus Recreation assists students in developing and maintaining a positive self-image, improved health and well-being, and stronger social connections on campus. Campus Recreation also provides participation, employment, and leadership opportunities that are designed to enhance learning, growth, and development.
Kate earned her M.A. in Sports Administration from Central Michigan University in 2000 after completing a B.S. in Sports Science from Northern Michigan University in 1998. Kate was also a standout on the soccer field for NMU. Kate is a certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist by the National Strength & Conditioning Association, and holds a United States Soccer Federation “D” Coaching License. When she is not at work, you will find her either spending time with her family enjoying the outdoors or coaching youth soccer.
Amy has worked as a professional with Campus Recreation since 2003. She earned her B.S. degree from Hillsdale college in Health and Physical Education, and her M.Ed. from GVSU in College Student Affairs Leadership. Her responsibilities are to oversee all operations of Fitness and Wellness programs and services, including the Group Exercise program. She is also the site coordinator for the Injury Care Clinic. Amy also serves on a number of campus committees, to support efforts in improving the health and well being in and around the GV community. Amy is certified through NSCA-CPT, SPINNING®, TRX credentialing, Yogafit I, and an Instructor for CPR and First Aid through the American Red Cross.
Amy enjoys spending time with her family, running, cooking, and spending time outdoors (especially the beach!)
Eric Garvelink was named the Assistant Director overseeing Competitive Sports in 2015 after previously serving as Club Sports Coordinator. Eric received his bachelor's degree from GVSU, where he majored in sport leadership and enrolled in the CSAL graduate program. During his undergrad, Eric participated as a student-assistant on the men's basketball team at GVSU for two years. He was also an active member of the student fan club for Grand Valley athletics, LAKER NATION. In addition to these activities, Eric also participated in and officiated with the intramural program. Coaching, officiating, and administrative duties have molded Eric's background in sport management. He has been active and working in different levels of athletics ranging from college to township and high school. During the summer of 2011, Eric traveled to Los Angeles, CA to take part in an internship at UCLA working with the Club Sports program and helping with special events on campus.
Karen Helm was named the Assistant Director overseeing Marketing and Special Events in 2015 after previously serving as the Special Events Manager for the Department of Recreational Sports at University of California, Berkeley. Karen received her bachelor's degree from the University of Dayton, where she majored in Communication Management, with a minor in Marketing. Karen received her Master of Science degree in Sport Management from Northern Illinois University where she was Recreation Services Graduate Assistant.
Joe Bitely was named the Assistant Director of Campus Recreation overseeing Outdoor Adventures and the Climbing Center in 2016 after previously serving as the GVSU Climbing and OAC Manager since 2007. Joe received his bachelor's degree from Western Michigan University, where he majored in Recreation Management. Joe's efforts empower and inspire the GVSU community through outdoor and adventure based opportunities. Joe is avid rock climber and climbing instructor.
Competitive Sports Coordinator
Mitch was named the Competitive Sports Coordinator in 2015. Mitch received his bachelor's degree from San Jose State University where he was a student supervisor for Intramural Sports. Following undergraduate school, Mitch received his Master of Science in Recreation & Sports Science from Ohio University where he also served as a Graduate Assistant overseeing Intramurals and Club Sports.
Originally from Evansville, IN and Novi, MI, Jasmine graduated from Grand Valley with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Women and Gender Studies in April 2015. Through involvement with on-campus clubs, Jasmine spent most of her undergrad time working as an advocate for social justice. Jasmine is currently working on a Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy and Science, hoping to extend her previous advocacy to those with physical and intellectual disabilities. In her spare time, Jasmine enjoys reading, finding (and attempting to cook) vegan recipes, and traveling.
Ben completed his undergrad at Loyola University with a B.S. in Exercise Science. He will be working on attaining his Master's degree in Public Health here at Grand Valley.
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Competitive Sports Intern
"Hello all! My name is Brianna Slager (I also go by Bri) and I am from Holland, MI and I recently graduated from Ferris State University with two degrees in Marketing and Graphic Design. At Ferris, I was the Club Sport Student Coordinator and Club Sport Council President. I have also supervised Intramural Sports, coached a club sport, and executed marketing plans for a University Recreation Department. I stay busy with photography and my corgi Colby Cheese outside of working. I look forward to meeting you all and seeing first-hand the Grand Valley winning tradition!"