Undergraduate Programs Staff

Troy Bouman is a Graduate Assistant in the Undergraduate Programs Office. Troy earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with minors in Electrical Engineering and General Music from Michigan Technological University. Troy is currently working on his MBA at the Seidman College of Business. During his time at Michigan Tech, he interned at Magna Donnelly, Boston Scientific, and Caterpillar. He also conducted undergraduate research on combustion engine efficiency, ligament reattachment in the human knee, and violin vibration modeling.  His current hobbies are relaxing with his wife, playing sand volleyball, and working with technology.





Laura Gentry is a Graduate Assistant in the Undergraduate Program Office. Laura earned a B.A. in English from Michigan Technological University and is currently pursuing an MBA. During her undergraduate years in the Upper Peninsula, Laura enjoyed camping, hiking to waterfalls, and basking in the U.P. snowstorms.  She currently lives in Zeeland with her husband, two children, and a dog.  When she isn’t traveling all over the world, Laura enjoys downhill skiing, baking and decorating cakes, speaking German, and moonlighting as Supermom!



Marianne Fischer is the Interim Director in the Seidman College of Business Undergraduate Program Office. Marianne earned a B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Sociology at GVSU and a Graduate Certificate in Academic Advising from Kansas State University. She has been with GVSU since 2003 and values the knowledge and experience she gained working in the Registrar’s Office and the Student Academic Success Center. She has been a part of the Seidman Undergraduate Student Services team since 2008. Born and raised on Michigan’s east side, she moved to West Michigan for school and loved it so much she stayed. Marianne loves to road trip to new places, which can include a four hour weekend drive to nowhere in particular. She also enjoys sharing her love of live music with friends and family.


Barb Hackley is the Advising Program Assistant in the Undergraduate Program Office.  Barb earned a B.A. in Recreation Administration at Bethany College in Kansas. Barb has been at Grand Valley for 24 years and has been in the Seidman Undergraduate Advising Office for the past 11 years.  Prior to working in Seidman, she worked in the Student Academic Success Center and the Registrar’s Office. In her free time, she enjoys jogging and reading a good book.  Growing up with five brothers and having three sons I have always been an avid sports fan.  Go Lakers!


Claire Harrison is the Office Coordinator for Seidman Undergraduate Programs. Claire earned a B.A. in Liberal Studies and M.P.A. in Urban Planning from GVSU. As part of her undergraduate studies she lived in Florence, Italy for one year and has traveled to many other countries. In her free time Claire knits, enjoys the outdoors up north, and is an active member of the Grand Rapids community in many facets. Originally from the suburbs of Detroit, she now calls Grand Rapids home.






Tami Kraker is an Academic Advisor/Internship Coordinator in the Undergraduate Program Office. Tami earned a B.A. in Advertising and Public Relations and a M.Ed. in College Student Affairs Leadership both from Grand Valley State University. Before joining the Seidman College of Business, Tami served as an adjunct advisor in the Student Academic Success Center where she supported the Freshman Academy Program and international students.  Tami has been a Michigander all her life but enjoys any and all opportunities to travel and explore the United States and beyond. As a pastime, she paints acrylics on canvas ever since she took an introductory art course. Baking is another of her hobbies, and her cake ball creation has won awards.

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