Meet the Team

Recreation Center Front Desk: 616-331-3313
Kelly Family Sports Center Front Desk: 616-331-8940

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Brad Wallace

Associate Athletic Director, Athletic & Rec Facilities

Brad joined the Athletic and Recreation Facilities Management Department in August 2005. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science from Grand Valley State University while working within the Athletics department. After graduation he secured a Recreation Center Facilities Graduate Assistantship position at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. At SIU Brad received his Masters of Science degree in Sports Administration. Brad has worked a variety of event and facility management jobs to include positions with the West Michigan Whitecaps, Berlin Raceway, Van Andel Arena and DeVos Place. Along with normal daily work duties, he stays active through on campus committee work and involvement within professional organizations. Brad is married with two children and enjoys spending time with his family. Other interests include camping, hiking, cars, reading and traveling.

Email: wallaceb@gvsu.edu

Phone: 616-331-8728

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           


Whitney Marsh

Whitney Marsh

Assistant Athletic Director, Athletic & Rec Facilities - Recreation Center/Pool

Whitney joined the Athletic and Recreation Facilities Department at Grand Valley in 2008 as the Graduate Assistant for the Laker Turf Building, now named the Kelly Family Sports Center. She graduated with a Master’s Degree in Education with an emphasis in Adult and Higher Education in May 2010. Since October of 2010, she has held positions as an Assistant Manager, Facility Manager, Assistant Director, and now the Assistant Athletic Director for the Athletic and Recreation Facilities Department at GVSU. Her main responsibilities are overseeing the Recreation Center and the Aquatics Facility. Previously, Whitney received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and Sport Management from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. During her four years at Aquinas, Whitney played on the Women’s Basketball Team. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, exercising, and being outdoors.

Email: marshwh@gvsu.edu

Phone: 616-331-8894


Brent Tavis

Brent Tavis

Assistant Athletic Director, Athletic & Rec Facilities - Kelly Family Sports Center and Outdoor Fields

Brent joined the Athletic and Recreation Facilities Management team in May 2017. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Sport Management from Davenport University in 2009, and went on to get his Master’s degree in Public Administration in 2012 from Grand Valley State. During his time in grad school he worked as the Graduate Assistant for the Kelly Family Sports Center. After grad school, Brent went to the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. There he held the role of Assistant Athletic Director for Events and Facilities from 2012-2016. In May of 2016, he took over the role of Assistant Athletic Director for Business and Finance to oversee the business operations. Outside of work, Brent enjoys spending time in the outdoors and with his family. 

Email: tavisbre@gvsu.edu

Phone: 616-331-8730


Dionte

Dionte McBride

Facility Operations Coordinator, Athletic & Rec Facilities

Dionte joined the Athletic and Recreation Facilities Management team in January 2018. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Sports Management from Grand Valley State University in 2015, and got his Master’s degree in Higher Education from Grand Valley State University in 2017. During his time as a graduate student he served as the Graduate Assistant for Athletic and Recreation Facilities for the Recreation Center and Fieldhouse. Currently, he serves as a Facility Operations Coordinator responsible for student staffing and events. During his spare time, Dionte enjoys spending time with his dog, going to the movies, playing/watching sports, and being outdoors.

Email:  mcbriddi@gvsu.edu

Phone: 616-331-3223


John Offerman

John Offerman

Facility Operations Coordinator, Athletic & Rec Facilities

John joined the Athletic and Recreation Facilities Management team in August 2018.  He earned his bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and Health from Eastern Illinois University, and got his Master’s degree in Sport and Athletic Administration from Gonzaga University.  Prior to joining the Athletic and Recreation Facilities staff, John spent 8 years in the United States Marine Corps.  After the Marine Corps, he served as the Assistant Fitness Facility Director for Semper Fit on Camp Pendleton, California.  During his spare time, John enjoys spending time with his family, exercising, traveling, and being outdoors.

Email: offermaj@gvsu.edu

Phone: 616-331-2686


Meghan Pynnonen

Meghan Pynnonen

Athletic & Rec Facilities Office Assistant

Meghan began working at GVSU in the Housing and Residence Life Department in 2012 and transferred to her current role, Athletic and Recreation Facilities Management Assistant, in 2015.  Prior to GVSU, Meghan spent seven years working in ticket operations for the West Michigan Whitecaps.  She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sport Management from Bowling Green State University in 2005 and his currently working towards a Master’s Degree in Education with an emphasis in Adult and Higher Education from GVSU.  In her spare time, she enjoys staying active, running with her beagle, and spending time with family and friends.   

Email: pynnonem@gvsu.edu

Phone: 616-331-2716


Kate Carlson

Kate Carlson

Athletic & Rec Facilities Office Assistant - Scheduling

Kate joined the Athletic and Recreation Facilities Management team in September 2017.

She earned her bachelor’s degree at Western Michigan University (WMU). Shortly after graduating college Kate moved to Chicago, where she worked at Columbia College Chicago and served as a board member for a non-profit organization. She moved back to West Michigan where she worked for Kendall College of Art & Design Facilities and then WMU Conferencing Services before joining the Lakers. Kate spends her free time with friends and family and loves time on the lake shore, exploring the area and traveling as much as possible. 

Email: carlska1@gvsu.edu

Phone: 616-331-2685


Jennifer Maki

Jenn Maki

Graduate Assistant - Kelly Family Sports Center and Outdoor Fields

Jenn joined the team in July 2018. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications in May 2018. Throughout her four years at Green Bay she had the opportunity to work in collegiate athletics along with semi-professional and professional sports. Jenn was heavily involved with the Athletics Department and Recreation Center at UW- Green Bay, serving as an Intramural Supervisor for three years. Over the last year Jenn was fortunate enough to work for Green Bay Packers in the Brand and Marketing Department. Go Pack Go!

Email: makijenn@gvsu.edu

Phone: 616-331-8948


Courtney Carlson

Courtney Carlson

Graduate Assistant - Fieldhouse/Recreation Center

Courtney joined the Athletic and Recreation Facilities Management team as a Graduate Assistant in May 2017. She earned her bachelor’s in Exercise Science from Grand Valley and is pursuing her Master’s degree in Public Health, with an emphasis in Health Promotion. During her undergrad, Courtney worked various positions within Grand Valley’s Athletic Department, such as Athletic Productions Student Assistant, Kelly Family Sports Center Student Manager, and Student Building Supervisor. Outside of GVSU, she completed her internships at Grand Rapids Natural Health and with Penrose-St. Francis Hospital in Colorado Springs, CO, in the Wellness Center. In her free time Courtney enjoys hiking, playing competitive sports, volunteering at her church and spending time with her family and friends.

Email: carlscou@gvsu.edu

Phone: 616-331-8601


We are also assisted by many wonderful student workers who work day in and day out to keep our facilities up and running.

Student Team



Page last modified August 8, 2018