Meet the Team
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 is the Associate Director for Campus Recreation. Prior to his time as Associate Director, Eric spent two years as the Assistant Director overseeing Competitive Sports and three years serving as the Club Sports Coordinator prior to that. Eric received his bachelor's and master’s degree from GVSU, where he majored in sport leadership during undergrad and later graduated from the M. Ed - CSAL program. During his undergrad, Eric was an intramural sports participant and official. He also served as a student-assistant on the men's basketball team at GVSU for two years and now stays actively engaged by being a part of the GVSU Men’s Basketball Alumni Board. Eric enjoys working out, golf, traveling and enjoying Michigan’s Great Lakes during his free time.
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.
Kayla Cupples was named the Assistant Director of Campus Recreation in 2017, overseeing marketing and special events. Kayla received her bachelor’s degree from GVSU, where she majored in both Marketing and Human Resources Management. During her undergrad, Kayla worked as a student catering manager for GVSU Campus Dining, as well as participated on the Campus Dining Marketing Street Team. She also worked as both Event and Office Staff for Campus Recreation, participated in intramural sports, and completed three marketing internships. Kayla has served on the GVSU Young Alumni Council since 2012 and is currently co-chair of the Activities Committee. As a member of the YAC, she engages with alumni through event planning and volunteer work, building and encouraging strong, continued relationships with GVSU. Kayla loves traveling, playing volleyball, running, and spending time with friends and family.
Mitch Eastlick oversees the intramural sports and club sports programs. He began working with GVSU Campus Recreation in 2015 as the Competitive Sports Coordinator. Mitch received his bachelor's degree in Communication Studies from San Jose State University in 2012. While at SJSU, he skipped a night class his second week as a freshman to attend an intramural sports flag football training and worked with intramural sports until he graduated. Mitch was a GA for Ohio University Campus Recreation, where he received his master’s degree in Recreation & Sports Sciences in 2015. Born and raised in rural Northern California, Mitch began officiating when he was 14 years old as a little league and softball umpire. As his senior project in high school, Mitch officiated high school football. The first game he worked, he was on the sideline of his high school. Mitch roots for Bay Area sports teams, which means since 2010, he has rooted for champions.
Jody was named Office Coordinator of Campus Recreation Department in 2017. In 2010, she began working at GVSU within the Business and Finance Division. Jody enjoys the high level of student engagement, as well as assisting staff members with their many faceted programs. She is a graduate of Davenport College. In her free time, Jody enjoys working in her perennial gardens, walking along beautiful Lake Michigan and spending time with family.
Adjunct Administrator for Outdoor Adventures
Kevin has been working within the outdoor recreation field since 2012. While completing his undergraduate degree in Marketing at Oregon State University, Kevin worked as an instructor, climbing wall supervisor, and field guide for the university's rec program. Kevin is always striving to get people outdoors and introduce them to the lessons that nature has to teach. When not in the office, Kevin is likely wandering the woods, floating the river, or climbing a rock.
Sports Programs Adjunct Coordinator
Brianna graduated from Ferris State University in 2016 with a B.S. in Marketing and an A.A.S. in Graphic Design. In her time at Ferris State, Brianna was a student leader on campus and worked within the Campus Recreation Department in multiple positions. She has a background in photography, horseback riding, public speaking, and coaching. Brianna spends her time away from campus with her corgi, Colby Cheese, at the horse barn or walking trails on the lakeshore.
Fitness & Wellness Professional Intern
D'Mya received her B.S. in Clinical Exercise Science with a minor in Psychology from Grand Valley State University. Throughout her undergrad her motto was "Take advantage of every opportunity". D'Mya was a student- athlete on the Track & Field team and when she was not in the classroom or practice she enjoyed volunteering and held multiple jobs. Some opportunities landed her with ATI Physical Therapy and assisting with the Detroit Red Wings camps. On campus, she held two positions one of which was with Campus Recreation as an Exercise Technician and a Strength & Conditioning Instructor. Post graduation, D'Mya was offered an opportunity to stay with Campus Recreation as the Fitness & Wellness Professional Intern. When she is not in the office, D'Mya enjoys staying busy with volunteer work, weightlifting, and trying new recipes!
Health Promotion and Wellness Graduate Assistant
Allison earned her B.S. in Kinesiology-Exercise Science and a minor in Health Promotion from Iowa State University. During her undergraduate career, she gained a variety of experiences as a Personal Trainer, Group Exercise Instructor, Facilities Supervisor, and Exercise Research Assistant. Allison is certified through ACE-CPT and YogaFit I. She is currently a student in the CSAL program at GVSU, working on her M.Ed. Allison enjoys traveling the world, being active, and witty banter.
Fitness and Wellness Graduate Assistant
Ben graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a B.S. in Exercise Science and a minor in Biology. At Loyola University, Ben spent most of his time personal training, teaching small group training, competing in powerlifting and olympic lifting, and working as a research assistant/manager in the Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Lab. Ben is certified through ACE-CPT and M|Wod Mobility and Movement Coach. Ben enjoys coaching strength and conditioning classes, bouldering, jiu-jitsu, and keeping up with the latest research on nutrition and training.