Meet The Staff

Dr. Nykia Gaines

Dr. Nykia Gaines

Director 

Office Address: 200 STU
Phone: (616) 331-5430
Email: gainesn@gvsu.edu

B.S., Grand Valley State University

M.Ed., Grand Valley State University 

Ph.D., Bowling Green State University

Hi, I'm Nykia D. Gaines, also known as Dr. G. Welcome to TRIO STEM! I started my journey at Grand Valley in the fall of 1994. As a freshman from Detroit, I was enthusiastic about my new life as a Laker. After earning my B.S. in Criminal Justice in 1998, I pursued an M.Ed. with a specialization in College Student Affairs and Leadership. During my master's program, I worked as a Graduate Assistant in Health and Wellness and in the Office of Housing and Residence Life. I also interned at the University of Detroit-Mercy in the office of International Services. After I graduated with my M.Ed. in 2001, I 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, I decided to depart from my beloved Grand Valley to pursue my doctorate full-time at Bowling Green State University (BGSU) in Bowling Green, OH. As a doctoral fellow, I worked in the College of Education and Human Development as an academic advisor. In May 2012, I graduated from BGSU with a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration. Less than one-year post-doctorate, I graciously accepted this position at my alma mater. I am excited to be able to once again give back to a school that has continued to give to me, a Laker for a Lifetime. In my free time, I enjoy caring for and playing with my rescue dog, Karma. I also take pleasure in traveling abroad, attending church, Skyping with distant friends, and spending time with my family.


L Rettig

Linda Rettig

Program Advisor

Office Address: 200 STU
Phone: (616) 331-5430
Email: rettigl@gvsu.edu

B.A., Aquinas College

M.Ed., Grand Valley State University

I am so excited to be a program advisor for the TRIO STEM program and look forward to working with students. I have been with Grand Valley State University since 2007. I began in the Curriculum Materials Library with education students helping with lesson plans and other classroom needs. I left there to join the Office of Multicultural Affairs and follow my passion for working with underrepresented students. While at this position I was able to travel to Ghana, Africa, and experience being in a culture completely different than my own. One of my duties was to work with the Freshman Academy Program, which later was renamed the Oliver Wilson Freshman Academy after our dean of OMA, Oliver Wilson. In 2011, I joined the Student Academic Success Center and began working with the Oliver Wilson Freshman Academy, Pre-Majors and Learning Skills as the Office Coordinator. There have been many great opportunities that have prepared me for this new position including the Academic Success Institute and teaching both the Laker Strategies for Success (LSS 180 and EDH 182 Strategies for Success courses. Prior to GVSU, I was a K-12 educator. I am married with four children, 3 dogs, and a cat. Being a first generation student myself I know the importance of having support and resources and that is exactly what I am here to offer. 


Khalaya Daniels

Khalaya Daniels

Graduate Advisor


Katie S

Katie Schroff

Student Assistant

  • Hometown: Rochester Hills, MI
  • Major: Advertising and Public Relations
  • Expected Graduation: April 2022

 

Mattie B

Mattie Burda

Student Assistant

  • Hometown: Leland, MI
  • Major: Spanish, Pre-Optometry
  • Expected Graduation: April 2023

Sydney Fisher

Student Assistant

  • Hometown: Byron Center, MI
  • Major: Comprehensive Science and Art for Teaching (special education)
  • Expected Graduation: April 2023

Devin DeCaire

Student Assistant

  • Hometown: Hudson, MI
  • Major: English Secondary Education - to teach around the world
  • Expected Graduation: April 2023

Daimion Banks

Student Assistant

  • Hometown: Battle Creek, MI
  • Major: Nursing and Psychology
  • Expected Graduation: April 2024