Visual and Media Arts Department Secretary
Alicia DeLaCruz joined Grand Valley in 2021 and serves as Department Secretary in the Visual and Media Arts Department. Alicia comes to the VMA Department with a background in Art Education and Management of School-age Childcare Programming throughout the state of Michigan. Alicia is a strong advocate for lifelong learning through Art Experiences and Art Education, and is very happy to be actively working to assist students and faculty at the collegiate level of education.
In her free time Alicia enjoys being a member of the Grand Rapids Moms of Multiples, painting, and boating with her family.
Sculpture Lab, Metal Lab and Woodshop Technician
Office: 1824 Alexander Calder Fine Arts Center
Phone: (616) 331-3615
Visual Resources Library Curator
1409 Calder Arts Center
As Curator of the Visual Resources Library, Yin-Fen Pao has joined the Department of Visual and Media Arts since 2009. Her responsibilities consist of library operations, digital imaging system management and collection development. To provide students and faculty with the best possible library service is Yin-Fen’s goal. She has more than twenty years of experience within academic and corporate libraries, which include Gateway Community and Technical College in Kentucky, Madonna University and Ford Motor Company in Detroit. Yin-Fen’s educational background comprises a bachelor’s degree of literature from Tamkang University in Taiwan, master’s degrees of art history as well as library science from Ohio State University and Wayne State University, and doctoral study in art history at University of Michigan. Buddhist Art and Contemporary Chinese Art History are her research areas.
Jim is a Systems Technician for Production Support Resources serving the Dept. of Visual and Media Arts and the School of Communications. He also teaches courses in special effects and editing for the Film and Video Production major, specializing in Adobe After Effects, Photoshop, and Premiere Pro.
Jim has been producing films since the early 1990s. One of his first films, An Interview with Lou Raynor, resides in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Jim works in a variety of genres from non-profit and corporate to documentary and narrative features and shorts. His 2009 documentary Up From the Bottoms: The Search for the American Dream won five festival awards in 22 festivals and aired on PBS nationally from 2011 to 2014. The documentary also aired on television in the UK and South Africa and is in every major university library in the United States.
Jim is currently in production on Buster Keaton: Home, a documentary about the film legend's early years as a child star in vaudeville and his time at an Actors' Colony in the town he called home - Muskegon, Michigan. In recent years, Jim has also produced and edited six projects for Nutrilite, a division of Amway Inc., countless projects for the Richard M. DeVos Foundation and co-produced the narrative short Moths, a graduate thesis project from Columbia University MFA student, Andy Fortenbacher, which was a semi-finalist for an Academy Award in the Short category.
Jim was a presenter at the 2013 Postapalooza Editing Conference where he taught several sessions on Adobe After Effects. Jim spends his free time volunteering in the community, taking photographs, golfing, and playing with his two adorable granddaughters.
Visual and Media Arts Academic Department Coordinator
Office: 1105 Alexander Calder Fine Arts Center
Phone: (616) 331-2566
Jenna serves as Academic Department Coordinator for the Visual and Media Arts Department. She served as Department Secretary in the VMA for two years before becoming the Academic Department Coordinator and comes to Grand Valley with years of experience teaching in Early Childhood Education as well as administrative assisting work in the West Michigan medical industry. Her experiences have afforded her the opportunity to teach and work in culturally-diverse environments while serving the communities around her. Some of her passions include student success, advocacy, helping people in the community, and the arts, all of which she experiences daily at GVSU.
Jenna spends her free time enjoying the outdoors along the shores of Lake Michigan, going to concerts and music festivals, frequently vacationing to Disney World and is Mom to three wonderful daughters.