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Dr. Nykia D. Gaines, Assistant Vice President for Federal TRIO Programs

Nykia D. Gaines

Assistant Vice President for Federal TRIO Programs, Division of Enrollment Development and Educational Outreach

Nykia D. Gaines, also known as Dr. G., started her journey at Grand Valley in the fall of 1994. As a freshman from Detroit, she was enthusiastic about her new life as a Laker. After earning her B.S. in Criminal Justice in 1998 from Grand Valley, Nykia pursued an M.Ed. with a specialization in College Student Affairs and Leadership in Grand Valley's Higher Education Master's Program. During her master's program, Nykia worked as a Graduate Assistant in Health and Wellness and in the Office of Housing and Residence Life. She also interned at the University of Detroit-Mercy in the office of International Services. After graduating with an M.Ed. in 2001, Nykia accepted a full-time position at GVSU as a Living Center Director in the Office of Housing and Residence Life. In the summer of 2008,she pursued a doctorate full-time at Bowling Green State University (BGSU) in Bowling Green, OH. As a doctoral fellow, Nykia worked in the College of Education and Human Development as an academic advisor. In May 2012, she graduated from BGSU with a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration. Less than one-year post-doctorate, Dr. G. accepted her a position at GVSU. She is excited to be able to once again give back to a school that has continued to give to her, a Laker for a Lifetime. In her free time, Dr. G. enjoys caring for and playing with her rescue dog, Karma. She also enjoys traveling abroad, attending church, Skyping with distant friends, and spending time with her family.

You can email Dr. G. at [email protected]

Hannah Scholten

Hannah Scholten

Program Advisor 

Hannah graduated from the Grand Valley College of Education in 2009. She then went on to work in the education field for over ten years. She began running an after school enrichment program for a high school in the Detroit area. She then moved to the east coast and taught high school and middle school English and History in both the Baltimore and Washington, DC areas. Additionally, she worked as a Senior Program Instructor for the Close-Up Foundation. After having her son, she and her husband moved back to Grand Rapids and she continued her career in education by providing middle school reading intervention and extension services to 5th-8th grade students. She is now back at Grand Valley as the Program Advisor for TRIO TPSSS and is thrilled to be a Laker again!


You can email Hannah at [email protected] 

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Jasmine Wilson

Graduate Student Assistant

Jasmine Wilson was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, and is a current Graduate student obtaining her Masters of Education with an emphasis on College Student Affairs Leadership. Jasmine recently received her undergraduate degree in English and Secondary Education at Grand Valley State University and minored in History. Jasmine has been in the TRIO TPSSS program since her first year at Grand Valley, so she is excited to have a position here where she can pour into First-Gen students the same way she has been! As an undergraduate Jasmine was involved in many organizations including Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated where she served as president.  Jasmine’s career goals include creating inclusive, anti-racist, and safe learning environments for marginalized groups.

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