We are the Office of Student Life


The GVSU Office of Student Life empowers students to effectively engage with their communities through intentionally designed and inclusive programs, services and environments. Student Life fosters learning, development, wellness, and success for students at Grand Valley State University.

A group photo of the Office of Student Life staff.


The OSL strives to engage students in a variety of experiences that will offer opportunities for personal growth and development, balanced with academics. Through the many programs, services and leadership opportunities offered, students are provided with a collaborative environment to gain skills that will shape their lives, their professions and their societies.

Our Values

INCLUSIVENESS | Providing environments where the unique voices of all are included, engaged, and supported.

PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY | Expecting integrity, honesty, and accountability at all times.

COMMUNITY | Engaging students in active leadership and service; celebrating campus rituals and traditions; preparing students to contribute their talents within a global society.

SUSTAINABILITY | Modeling responsible use of human, fiscal, and natural resources.

COLLABORATION | Partnering with students, faculty, staff, and external constituents in order to realize shared goals.

INNOVATION | Fostering critical and creative thought to continually strengthen our programs, services, and environments.

Staff Directory

First Name Last Name Email Title
Melissa Baker-Boosamra bakerbme@gvsu.edu Associate Director of Student Life for Civic Engagement & Assessment View
Justin Brown s_brownju5@gvsu.edu Graduate Assistant for Fraternity & Sorority Life View
Cindy Driesenga drieseci@gvsu.edu Secretary View
Valerie Guzman guzmanv@gvsu.edu Director of Student Life View
Shelby Hanselman s_hanselsh@gvsu.edu Graduate Assistant for Fraternity & Sorority Life View
Tami John johnt@gvsu.edu Event Services Assistant View
Chris McQueen mcqueech@gvsu.edu Associate Director of Fraternity & Sorority Life View
Bobby Nielsen nielsebo@gvsu.edu Marketing & Promotions Office Video Manager View
Chad Novak s_novakcha@gvsu.edu Graduate Assistant for Programming View
Valerie Palmer palmerv@gvsu.edu Student Life Assistant View
Kellie Pnacek-Carter pnacek-k@gvsu.edu Assistant Director of Event Services View
Bri Slager slagerbr@gvsu.edu Assistant Director of Student Organizations View
Giavonna Ward s_wardgia@gvsu.edu Graduate Assistant for Civic Engagement View
Olivia Witsaman s_witsamol@gvsu.edu Graduate Assistant of Student Organizations and Leadership Development View
Mary Wright s_wrigmary@gvsu.edu Graduate Assistant for Programming View