Meet our Staff

Joy Gianakura

Joy Gianakura, Ed.D.

Office Address: 1041 L. William Seidman Center
Phone: (616) 331-7500
Email: [email protected]

Joy is the Associate Dean of the Seidman Student Academic Services office in the Seidman College of Business. In this role she oversees the operations and staff at the Seidman Center and Allendale offices. Joy has a BS in Education from CMU, and earned her MS in Higher Education from GVSU! In 2013 she earned her doctorate in higher education leadership from CMU. Dr. Gianakura has spent over 25 years in higher education and enjoys collaborating with faculty and assisting students in achieving success. She has worked at institutions such as Oakland University, James Madison University, Davenport University and GVSU (1995-2000) and returned in July, 2014. In her spare time she teaches higher education courses, is a Spinning instructor, and enjoys music, running and swimming.

Tami DeFouw

Tami Defouw

Office Address: 1041 L. William Seidman Center
Phone: (616) 331-7500
Email: [email protected]

Tami earned a B.A. in Advertising and Public Relations and a M.Ed. in College Student Affairs Leadership both from Grand Valley State University. Before joining the Seidman College of Business, Tami served as an adjunct advisor in the Student Academic Success Center where she supported the Freshman Academy Program and international students.  Tami has been a Michigander all her life but enjoys any and all opportunities to travel and explore the United States and beyond. As a pastime, she paints acrylics on canvas ever since she took an introductory art course. Baking is another of her hobbies, and her cake ball creation has won awards.

Travis Love

Travis Love

Office Address: 1041 L. William Seidman Center
Phone: (616) 331-7500
Email: [email protected]

Travis received his B.A. in Secondary Education from Grand Valley in 2016 and recently completed his M.Ed in the College Student Affairs Leadership program. After undergrad, Travis spent a year serving with AmeriCorps through the Michigan College Access Network as a high school college advisor. This opportunity fueled his passion to serve college students. Travis enjoys watching sports, running, and exploring the great state of Michigan with his family. 

Shannon Davis

Shannon Zakalik

Office Address: 1041 L. William Seidman Center
Phone: (616) 331-7500
Email: [email protected]

Shannon earned her B.S. in Secondary Education with a focus in Mathematics from Saginaw Valley State University in 2013. After finishing her undergrad, Shannon began working in SVSU’s Office of Admissions while completing her M.A. in Public Administration with an emphasis in Student Affairs. Prior to joining the Seidman team, she worked as an Academic Advisor at Michigan State University. In her free  time, Shannon enjoys camping, running, and enjoying all things Michigan.

Amy Schuster

Amy Schuster

Office Address: 1041 L. William Seidman Center
Phone: (616) 331-7500
Email: [email protected]

Amy earned her B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from Calvin University in 2009 and her M.Ed. in College Student Affairs Leadership from Grand Valley State University in 2012. Starting in her undergrad experience until now, Amy has worked in both career advising and academic advising roles. After graduating from GVSU, she spent quite a few years in Colorado working for various higher education institutions. After returning to her home state of Michigan, Amy joined the Seidman Undergraduate Programs team in early 2021. In her free time, Amy loves spending time with friends and family, being outdoors, and anything that involves being near a lake.

Jacki Jenkins

Jacki Jenkins

Office Address: 1041 L. William Seidman Center
Phone: (616) 331-7500
Email: [email protected]

Jacki earned her B.A. in Social Studies Secondary Education with an emphasis in History from Grand Valley State University in 2009. After finishing her undergrad, Jacki also completed a post-bachelor’s certificate in Paralegal Studies from Lansing Community College. After getting back into Secondary Education, Jacki went back to school for her M.Ed. in Higher Education Student Affairs from Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina. Prior to joining the Seidman team, Jacki worked as an Academic Advisor and Instructor at Siena Heights University. In her spare time, Jacki enjoys playing softball, watching sports, traveling, singing, coaching tumbling and cheerleading, and enjoying the outdoors with her pups, friends, and family.

Molly Duimstra

Molly Duimstra

Office Address: 1041 L. William Seidman Center
Phone: (616) 331-7500
Email: [email protected]

Molly earned her B.S. in Resource Development and Environmental Policy at Michigan State University.  After graduating from MSU, Molly worked for the Bureau of Land Management in New Mexico as a Park Ranger.  After returning to her home state of Michigan, Molly began her career at GVSU in the School of Engineering in 2013 and has since joined the staff of Seidman Undergraduate Programs.  In her free time, Molly enjoys traveling, spending time with her family in northern Michigan, and walking her German Shepherd and Black Lab on the White Pine Trail.

Johanna Hossink

Johanna Hossink

Office Address: 1041 L. William Seidman Center
Phone: (616) 331-7500
Email: [email protected]

Johanna is a Graduate Assistant for Seidman Undergraduate Programs. She is currently working toward a Master of Education in the College Student Affairs Leadership Program. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from the University of Michigan in 2018. In her free time, she enjoys going on bike rides, playing board games, and spending time with her two cats, Sophie and Simon!

Jenna Weatherwax

Jenna Weatherwax

Office Address: 1041 L. William Seidman Center
Phone: (616) 331-7500
Email: [email protected]

Jenna is a Graduate Assistant for Seidman Undergraduate Programs. She is currently working toward her M.Ed in the College Student Affairs Leadership (CSAL) Program at GVSU. Jenna earned a Bachelor of Arts in Classics from Grand Valley State University in 2020. She loves to spend time in coffee shops, writing novels and studying anything from Ancient Greek poetry to food science. 



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