Meet our Staff

Joy Gianakura

Joy Gianakura, Ed.D.

Office Address: 1041 L. William Seidman Center
Phone: (616) 331-7500
Email: gianakuj@gvsu.edu

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.

Marianne Fischer

Marianne Fischer

Office Address: 1041 L. William Seidman Center
Phone: (616) 331-7500
Email: fischema@gvsu.edu

Marianne is the transfer specialist in the Undergraduate Program Office. Marianne earned a B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Sociology at GVSU and a Graduate Certificate in Academic Advising from Kansas State University. She has been with GVSU since 2003 and values the knowledge and experience she gained working in the Registrar’s Office and the Student Academic Success Center. She has been a part of the Seidman Undergraduate Student Services team since 2008. Born and raised on Michigan’s east side, she moved to West Michigan for school and loved it so much she stayed. Marianne loves to road trip to new places, which can include a four-hour weekend drive to nowhere in particular. She also enjoys sharing her love of live music with friends and family.

Tami Defouw

Tami Defouw

Office Address: 1041 L. William Seidman Center
Phone: (616) 331-7500
Email: defouwt@gvsu.edu

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: lovetrav@gvsu.edu

Travis received his B.A. in Secondary Education from Grand Valley in 2016 and is currently working on 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: zakaliks@gvsu.edu

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 down time, Shannon enjoys camping, running, and enjoying all things Michigan.

Barb Hackley

Barb Hackley

Office Address: 1041 L. William Seidman Center
Phone: (616) 331-7500
Email: hackleyb@gvsu.edu

Barb earned a B.A. in Recreation Administration at Bethany College in Kansas. Barb has been at Grand Valley for 24 years and has been in the Seidman Undergraduate Advising Office for the past 11 years.  Prior to working in Seidman, she worked in the Student Academic Success Center and the Registrar’s Office. In her free time, she enjoys jogging and reading a good book.  Growing up with five brothers and having three sons I have always been an avid sports fan.  Go GVSU Lakers!

Molly Duimstra

Molly Duimstra

Office Address: 1041 L. William Seidman Center
Phone: (616) 331-7500
Email: duimstmo@gvsu.edu

Molly earned a B.S. in Resource Development and Environmental Policy at Michigan State University.   Prior to working in Seidman, she worked in the School of Engineering at GVSU. In her free time, Molly enjoys hiking, biking, and anything that's outdoors!

Delaney Deisig

Delaney Deisig

Office Address: 1041 L. William Seidman Center
Phone: (616) 331-7500
Email: go2gvbiz@gvsu.edu

Delaney is a graduate assistant for Seidman Undergraduate Programs and is currently working on her M.Ed in the College Student Affairs Leadership program at GVSU. Delaney earned her B.S. in Communication Studies with a minor in Hospitality Tourism Management from GVSU in 2016. Delaney is a strong advocate for supporting local businesses. In her free time, she enjoys exploring new restaurants in Grand Rapids and taking Barre classes at a local studio.

 

Abbey Jerome

Abbey Jerome

Office Address: 1041 L. William Seidman Center
Phone: (616) 331-7500
Email: go2gvbiz@gvsu.edu

Abbey 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. Abbey earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Central Michigan University in 2020. Abbey enjoys cooking, baking and taking classes on the Peloton/or outdoor cycling. Her other hobbies include watching and playing sports.