Wellness Navigators


What is a Wellness Navigator?

Wellness Navigators are GVSU students that can help you navigate wellness resources on campus to support you in reaching your wellness goals! This is a free service for GVSU students.

What scenarios can a Wellness Navigator help with?

  • You want to improve your wellness but don't know where to start
  • You don't know how to get in touch with campus resources
  • You'd like someone to actually go with you to a campus department
  • You just need a little encouragement as you start working towards your wellness goals

Some campus resources they'd love to help you navigate:

  • Career Center
  • Student Life
  • Academic Advising
  • Campus Dining
  • Housing and Residence Life
  • Replenish
  • Social Justice Centers (Center for Women and Gender Equity, LGBT Resource Center, Office of Multicultural Affairs)
  • Financial Aid or Money Smart Lakers
  • Recreation & Wellness
  • And more!

Our Wellness Navigators do not...

  • Offer counseling
  • Administer therapy
  • Prescribe exercise programs
  • Diagnosis illness
  • Offer long-term wellness coaching
  • Provide services offered by other departments

Refer a Student

Do you know someone who may benefit from working with a Wellness Navigator? Please use the "Refer a Student" button to refer them. RecWell will reach out to the student to give them more information about the service.


What to Expect

The Wellness Navigator program includes 3 meetings with your peer Wellness Navigator.

1. Consultation

You will:

  • Meet one-on-one with your Wellness Navigator
  • Talk about your wellness goals
  • Explore campus resources needed

Approximate appointment length: 30-45 minutes

2. Field Trip or Check-in

You will:

  • Discuss progress towards goals
  • Celebrate successes and plan to overcome barriers
  • Meet your Wellness Navigator at a campus resource (if you choose) or via phone/zoom/in-person

Approximate appointment length: 30-60 minutes

Approximately 2 weeks after consultation.

3. Final Follow-up

You will:

  • Evaluate your progress
  • Celebrate successes
  • Complete a satisfaction feedback survey

Approximate appointment length: 30 minutes

Approximately 2 weeks after Field Trip/Check-in.


Getting Started

To begin with a Wellness Navigator, choose a navigator from below who has navigation expertise in the area you are interested in. Click on the button under their photo that says "Schedule" to find an appointment time that works best for you!

Once you select a day and time that works for you, you will receive a confirmation email from your navigator with a form to complete prior to your consultation.


Meet the Navigators

Find a navigator who aligns with your wellness goals or which resources you may need help navigating. Our navigators can help with any on-campus resource but have areas of interest listed below. Click on the "Schedule" button below the navigator to see all Wellness Navigator availability on MindBody. You will need to select the navigator's name under "select instructor."

Eva VanWyck

Pronouns: she/her

A little about Eva: 

Eva is currently a junior at GVSU studying exercise science. She is a member of Vertical Earth, the Honor's College, and the Exercise Science Club.

Areas of interest: 

Career Center, Campus Dining (vegan/vegetarian/dairy-free), Tutoring Center, Physical Wellness.

Ryleigh Emelander

Pronouns: she/her

A little about Ryleigh:

Ryleigh is a second year MPH graduate student at GVSU with an interest in health promotion and environmental wellness. She is a GVSU alumni, too!

Areas of interest:

Social Justice Centers, Replenish and RecWell

Claire Latourell

Pronouns: she/her

A little about Claire:

Claire is a junior at GVSU studying pre-nursing.

Areas of interest:

Campus Dining, Academic Advising, RecWell

Josie Kasmauskis

Pronouns: she/her

A little about Josie:

Josie is a freshman at GVSU on her way to studying Applied Food and Nutrition.

Areas of interest:

Campus Dining, Student Life, Honors College, Off-campus Eating, Academic Advising

Don't have a preference on a navigator? Select the appointment that works best for your schedule here!

Full Wellness Navigator Staff Schedule

*If no appointments are available, you can contact our Fitness & Wellness office for scheduling assistance via rec@gvsu.edu or (616) 331-3659 or stop in to the office on the lower level of the Rec Center.


Disclaimer: Recreation & Wellness' Wellness Navigator program is not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any condition or disease, or offer personal medical advice. Wellness Navigators should NOT be substituted for the advice, diagnosis, and treatment of a licensed medical professional. You should seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding a specific medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it. As your wellness navigator we CANNOT make a medical diagnosis or treatment plan. It is our role to partner with you through ongoing support and accountability as you develop your vision, goals, and plan to improve your overall health and wellness by making lasting behavior changes that will help you achieve your personal goals to live your best possible life.



Page last modified March 21, 2022