Our Staff

Dr. Washington

William Washington Ph.D., Program Director

Dr. William Washington, born and raised in Flint, is a Laker for a Lifetime. He returned to become the TRIO Student Support Services Director. Dr. Washington studied at Grand Valley State University for both his undergraduate and graduate degrees then went on to Eastern Michigan University for his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership. Previously he worked as a Graduate Assistant in housing and worked his way up to an Assistant Director of housing, so he knows his way around GVSU. He believes in the 5 F’s: faith, family, finances, friends, and fraternity which is a reflection of his life. He is married with 3 children (one currently a Laker) and a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity. Dr. Washington is a flourishing entrepreneur and co-owner of a local fitness center and has goals of owning his own restaurant. Everything in his life reflects his motto “I am not successful until I help the next person be successful.” His goals for TRIO SSS are to increase retention, persistence, and graduation by supporting all students, moreover, he has a special interest in African American male achievement.   

Tanisha Kuykendall

Tanisha Kuykendall, Student Engagement Specialist

Tanisha Kuykendall is what Grand Valley likes to call a TRUE Laker for a Lifetime. She graduated twice from GVSU in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcasting and in 2017, a Masters of Education with an emphasis in Student Affairs and Leadership. Starting her career as a financial aid Counselor, Tanisha led FAFSA workshops on GVSU’s campus and in the community to prepare high school students for college. This past April she transitioned to TRIO Student Support Services at GVSU, which focuses on supporting first generation college students.


”Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” -William James


Tanisha is committed to hosting events and programs designed to help SSS students  in building academic, financial and life skills as well as explore their desired career possibilities.

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Jessica Anderson, Office Coordinator

Jessica Anderson has been working as a Professional Support Staff at Grand Valley State University since 2017. Since she began her career, Jessica has worked in both administrative and academic departments at GVSU. Jessica is currently working on obtaining her Bachelor’s degree at Grand Valley State University. She is very excited about her new role with TRIO SSS Classic and believes that she can make a positive impact with students given her own experiences and background. In her free time, Jessica enjoys spending time with friends and family, sports, swimming, traveling, and is a lifelong learner.

Graduate Assistant

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Estefany Paniagua-Pardo, Graduate Assistant

Estefany Paniagua-Pardo is a current graduate student, obtaining her Masters of Education with an emphasis in College Student Affairs Leadership. Estefany was raised in Traverse City, Michigan. She received her Associate’s Degree from Northwestern Michigan College and then furthered her studies at Grand Valley State University where she completed her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with honors as a member of Phi Theta Kappa. Estefany’s career aspirations consist of providing services, support, and opportunities for all individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds within higher education, with a focus on supporting first-generation Latinx students. In Estefany’s free time, she enjoys spending time with family, running, hiking, reading, and baking.