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Elizabeth Lambert Ph.D., Director


Marina Okopnaia

The Frederik Meijer Office of Fellowships is located in
230 Mary Idema Pew Library 1 Campus Dr. Allendale, MI 49401

Office: (616) 331-2699

Marina Okopnaia

Graduate Assistant, Frederik Meijer Office of Fellowships 

Marina serves as the graduate assistant in the Frederik Meijer Office of Fellowships. She is pursuing her master’s degree in College Student Affairs Leadership at GVSU. Her scholarly interests relate to student identity development, Appreciative Advising, and multicultural competence. Earning her bachelor degree in cross-cultural communication from a pedagogical university in St. Petersburg, Russia, she is internationally-oriented, communicative, and responsible. Her second bachelor’s degree is in translations. She speaks English and Russian, and studies Serbian and Spanish. Marina likes networking and communicating with GVSU students, and her greatest joy is to watch students succeed.

Prior to coming to Grand Valley, she was an assistant director at a language center, working on strategic development, marketing campaigns, implementing new services, hiring, and training. Marina believes that an exemplary leader does not have to run a business, nor do they have to manage a hundred employees; a leader is not a profession - it is a way of life. By building trustworthy relationships, clarifying visions, and identifying values, everyone has the potential to become a credible leader, not just in the office, but most importantly, in life.