Meet the Team

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


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 Assistant position at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale where he 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, and traveling.


Phone: (616) 331-8728



Meghan Pynnonen

Meghan Pynnonen

Assistant Athletic Director - Recreation Center & Pool

Meghan began working at Grand Valley State University in Housing and Residence Life in 2012.  She transferred to the Athletic and Recreation Facilities Management Department in in August of 2015 and was promoted to her current role in 2019.  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 earned a Master’s Degree in Education with an emphasis in Adult and Higher Education from GVSU. in 2019.  Meghan is married with two children and enjoys spending time with her family. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, staying active, running with her beagle, and spending time with family and friends.   


Phone: (616) 331-2716

Brent Tavis

Brent Tavis

Assistant Athletic Director - 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. 


Phone: (616) 331-8730

Alex Wise


Facility Operations Coordinator, Athletic & Rec Facilities

Alex joined the Athletic and Recreation Facility Management team in July of 2019. He earned his Bachelors of Arts in Communications from Saginaw Valley State University in 2015 and his Masters in Higher Education Leadership from Oakland University in 2018. While receiving his Masters Alex was the Graduate Assistant for the Athletic Facilities and Events department. Alex also worked at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in the Athletic Facilities and Events department before landing at Grand Valley. Alex enjoys outdoor activities (during the warmer months), sports, traveling, and spending time with his family on the east side and in Ohio.


Phone: (616) 331-2686

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Sydney Baker

Facility Operations Coordinator,  Athletic and Rec Facilities

Sydney will be joining our team starting late August 2021.

Phone: (616) 331-3223

Nicole Brower


Athletic & Rec Facilities Office Assistant - Finance & Memberships

Nicole joined Athletic and Recreation Facilities Management team in May 2019 following three years as an Office Assistant with the Brooks College Dean’s Office. Nicole worked as a realtor for 13 years prior to completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies in 2016. Nicole is actively pursuing a degree in Social Innovation at GVSU.  Nicole favorite activities include spending time with her family enjoying the highlights of each season across the beautiful state of Michigan.


Phone: (616) 331-8894

Kate Carlson

Kate Knopp

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. 


Phone: (616) 331-2685

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Isabell David

Graduate Assistant - Fieldhouse/Recreation Center

Isabell joined the Athletic and Recreation Facilities Management team in May 2021 following four years as a student staff worker in the Athletic and Recreation Facilities Department at Grand Valley. She earned her Bachelor's degree from Grand Valley in Sport Management in the spring of 2021 and is currently pursuing her Masters in Communications. During her time as an undergrad she worked at the Rec Center as a Student Building Supervisor and office assistant as well as an intern with the Grand Rapids Griffins Hockey Team. Isabell enjoys triathlons, coffee, traveling and hanging out with friends and family. 


Phone: (616) 331-8601


Mike Rascop

Graduate Assistant - Kelly Family Sports Center

Mike joined the Athletics and Recreation Facilities team in August 2020. Mike is currently pursuing his Masters of Education in Higher Education Student Affairs within the GVSU College of Ed. Mike graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Sports Management from Western Michigan University in the spring of 2020.  During his time as an undergrad student he worked with both the Athletic Facilities and Campus Recreation teams at Western. Mike was born and raised in Oak Lawn, Il and loves to return home to explore the city of Chicago.  Mike also enjoys cheering for his favorite sports teams (go Lakers!) and hanging out with friends.


Phone: (616) 331-8948

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 2020