Geography and Planning

Student Success Stories

List of graduates since 2000 and current activities of some graduates who have contacted us about what they are doing today

  • Emily Bantel (2011). School Aged Site Supervisor/BASC Site Director, David D. Hunting YMCA. Formerly Program Development and Outreach, Kent District Library, Grand Rapids.
  • Kyle Barnhart (2014) Research Intern, Center for City Park Excellence, Trust for Public Land, Washington, D.C. Kyle will be conducting research on parks while on this competitive, paid, six-month internship.
  • Richard Beaudin (2006). Cartographer, Map Supply, Lexington, North Carolina.
  • Neil Besteman (2004). Application Development Coordinator, Allegan County Land Information Services. Formerly, Senior GIS Analyst, Allegan County Land Information Services, Allegan, Michigan.
  • Paul Bussey (2013). Business Development Manager, Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, Traverse City, Michigan. Formerly, Regional Planner, Northwest Michigan Council of Governments, Traverse City, Michigan.
  • Christopher Carleson (2012). Coder, Pitney Bowes Management Services, Grand Rapids, Michigan.
  • Stephen Carlson (2005). Senior Planner, West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission, Muskegon, Michigan. Stephen is currently responsible for the Commission's Geographic Information System (GIS), community development, and local government services. Formerly Associate Planner and, while a student at GVSU, an intern at WMSRDC.
  • Matt Catanzarite (2005). Research Associate, Center for Geographic Information Science, University of North Carolina at Greensboro. After GVSU, Matt got an M.A. in Geography (2012), University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
  • Catrina Chambers (2013). Accounting Assistant, Anderson Technologies, Grand Haven, Michigan.
  • Keith Chapman (2013). Assistant Planner, MainStreet Planning Company, Grand Rapids, Michigan.
  • Zach Christian-Rotramel (2011). DJ's Landscape Management, Grand Rapids.
  • Elisabeth Cole (2014). M.A. program in Geography, Missouri State University, Columbia, Missouri.
  • Richard Cole (2009) Community Planner, Randolph Airforce Base, San Antonio, Texas. After GVSU, Richard earned his M.A. in Urban Planning, Design, and Development from Cleveland State University in 2011. Before GVSU Rich was in the U.S. Navy.
  • Ian Clowes (2006). Senior Planner, City of Pearland, Texas. Formerly, City Planner Level II, City of Pearland, Houston Texas. After graduation Ian worked for Consumers' Energy and Grand Valley Metro Council.
  • Latisha Cooley (2005). U.S. Navy.
  • Enzo Crescentini (2009). Senior Business Strategist, Service First Logistics, Rochester, Michigan. After working for a while, Enzo earned his M.A. in Geography, Western Michigan University, 2011. Thesis title: "Foreign direct investment in Italy, 2000-2010: spatial patterns and implications."
  • Donald Curry (2011). Planning Assistant, Economic Development Office, City of Grand Rapids, Michigan.
  • Lauren Daniels (2014). Planner, Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation, Youngstown, Ohio. Formerly, Planning Intern, LINC Community Revitalization, Grand Rapids, Michigan.
  • Maxwell Dillivan (2010). Assistant Planner at LSL Planning, Grand Rapids. After GVSU, Max took his M.A. in Urban and Regional Planning, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana.
  • Tim DeYoung (2004). Director, Medical Ministries International, Haiti.
  • Matthew Dondanville (2012). LIDAR Specialist and GIS Team Leader, Cloudpoint Geographics, Roanoke, Illinois. After GVSU, Matt earned his Masters Certificate in Geospatial Intelligence (2012), Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pennsylvania and a Masters Advanced Certificate in Mobile GIS Applications Development (2012), Long Island University, New York.
  • Mike Dow (2010). Independent Product Manager and Consultant.
  • Joel Dye (2000). Community Development Coordinator, City of Holland.
  • Damon Fortney (2013) Planner I, Genesee County Metropolitan Planning Commission, Flint, Michigan.
  • Ian Fox (2009). Lead Digital Mapper/Database Analyst, Professional Media Management, Grand Rapids.
  • Cait Fritz (2013). Assistant Facilities Manager, Grand Rapids Downtown Market, 435 Ionia Avenue, SW Grand Rapids, Michigan.
  • Kendall Gilbert (2012). Urban and Regional Planner, Williams and Works, Engineers, Planners, Surveyors. Grand Rapids.
  • Aynsley Gilmour (2014). Planning intern, American Planning Association, Chicago, Illinois. Previously, Water Fellow, West Michigan Environmental Action Council, Grand Rapids, Michigan.
  • Eric Guikema (2008). Architectural Consultant, PM Environmental, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Previously, Energy and Sustainability Consultant, Energy Finance Analytics, Grand Rapids, Michigan.
  • Chris Hagan (2012). Client Services Manager, Presort Services, Grand Rapids.
  • Maciej Halaczkiewicz (2013). Owner, Arktos Meadery, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Before GVSU Maciej was in the U.S. Navy.
  • Ian Hanes (2012) Assessment Administrator, Muskegon County Equalization Department. Previously, GIS Technician, Muskegon County Equalization Department, Muskegon, Michigan.
  • Lindsey Harris (2013) Data Team Fellow. Greenpeace, Washington, D.C.
  • Jim Hauter (2003). GIS Technician II, TechniGraphics CACI, Fort Collins, Colorado.
  • Kristin Heisner (2014). Assistant Regional Planner, Northwest Michigan Council of Governments, Traverse City, Michigan.
  • Brodey Hill (2000). Geospatial Analyst, Kent County Information Technology Department, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Brodey previously worked as Senior GIS Analyst for Northrop Grumman, LSL Planning, and at Grand Valley Metro Council (REGIS).
  • Laura Herbert (Hite) (2006). Lead Mitigation Planner, Florida Division of Emergency Management,Bureau of Recovery and Mitigation, Tallahassee Florida. She uses GIS and FEMA's HAZUS risk assessment program.
  • Emily Hodel (2014) United Parcel Service. Emily has worked at UPS throughout her GVSU years but may move to the geographic analysis section.
  • Tyler Homrich (2009). GIS Analyst II at Williams Energy, Denver, Colorado. Formerly at Williams Midstream, Pittsburgh, PA, and Western Land Services, Ludington, Michigan.
  • Michael Horsting (2001). Principal Transportation Analyst at Regional Transportation Authority, Chicago, Illinois (Greater Chicago Area). Previously Principal Planner at Lee County.
  • Miles Hunsinger (2011). GIS Analyst, REGIS, Grand Rapids, Michigan.
  • Carissa Jackson (2005). MA program, Department of Geography, Western Michigan University.
  • Brandon Jongkind (2013) Environmental Health researcher. Ottawa County Environmental Health Department, Michigan.
  • Patrick Jurgens (2008). Geographer, U.S. Census Bureau, Woodbridge, Virginia.
  • Joseph Kalee (2006). GIS Mapping Specialist, Imagine Photographics, New Zealand. Formerly Information and Product Production Quality Expert, Turner's Auctions, Canterbury, New Zealand. Previously Joe worked for Canterbury University Press, NZ.
  • Aaron Kates (2011). Transitional Assessment Center Clinician, Bethany Christian Services, Grand Rapids. After earning his B.S. in GPY, Aaron earned a Masters in Social Work from GVSU in 2014. He currently works with refugees.
  • Tammy Keck (2006). Data Analyst, SGS, Tulsa Oklahoma.
  • April Kibby (2013) GIS Technician, Department of Public Services, City of Three Rivers, Michigan.
  • Stephanie Kozlowicz (2010) Graduate Transportation Planner/GIS Specialist. URS Engineering, Grand Rapids.
  • Nathan Krings (2012). Translation Project Manager, China Specialist, ClinicaLingua Translation Services, Grand Rapids, Michigan.
  • Steve Kushion (2003). Zoning Administrator, Saugatuck Township, Michigan. Formerly Zoning Administrator for Ada Township, Michigan.
  • Nick Langeland (2008). System Support Analyst, Spectrum Health, Grand Rapids.
  • Matt Lashell (2007). GIS Analyst at SAIC, McLean, Virginia.
  • Greg Lowman (2009). Technical Specialist I, GIS Department, Consumers Power. Previously Greg worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
  • Rachael Luce (2013). Geographic Analyst, Nokia Corporation, Sydney, Australia.
  • Bryan May (2013). Ionia County Abstractor, Department of Mapping and Description, Ionia, Michigan.
  • Craig McDade (2005). GIS Programmer Analyst, Marion County Board of Commissioners, Florida.
  • Dan Meengs (2010). Section Analyst, Driver and Vehicle Records Division, Michigan Department of State. Dan developed skills in GIS and in working with very large datasets while in the department. In his current job he is the subject matter expert on relational databases, data integration, and data integrity for the State.
  • Nathan Mehmed (2012). Planner, Williams and Works Engineering, Grand Rapids. He is also in the Masters program in Public Administration at GVSU; expected date of graduation is 2015.
  • Diane Miller (2010). Regional Math and Science Center, GVSU. After her B.S. in Geography at GVSU, Diane earned a Masters degree in Public Administration (2012), GVSU, Grand Rapids.
  • Andrew Million (2007). Geospatial Analyst for Wiser Company, Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
  • Trent Mills (2007). Compass Environmental, Arizona. Previously Andy worked for Western Land Services in Ludington, Michigan.
  • Amanda Moore (2012). Community Engagement Facilitator, City of Grand Rapids. Formerly, Administrative Aide, Planning Department, City of Grand Rapids. Amanda also works as an Adjunct GIS Lab Assistant for PA 644 GIS in the Public Sector, GVSU, Grand Rapids. Previously, GIS and Data Management Intern, Development Center, City of Grand Rapids, Michigan.
  • Andrew Moore (2004). Project Planner/GIS Specialist, Williams and Works, Grand Rapids, Michigan. AICP certified in 2009.
  • Ben O'Connor (2004). Owner, O'Connor's Homebrew Supply, 619 Lyon NE, Grand Rapids. After having been GIS Specialist II at The Wooten Company in Raleigh, North Carolina Ben had a thirst for a change.
  • Nathaniel Oosterhouse (2013). Marketing Automation Specialist, Oil and Gas Division, HexArmor, Grand Rapids, Michigan.
  • Leon Palmer (2006). IT Manager and Network Administrator, Maple Hill Golf Course, Wyoming, Michigan. Previously, GIS Specialist, City of Tavares, Florida.
  • Pangiotes "Pete" Papadokos (2008). GIS Analyst, Western Land Services, Ludington, Michigan. Before GVSU Pete was in the U.S. Army.
  • Jeremy Pyne (2003). GIS Specialist, Community Research Institute (CRI), GVSU, Grand Rapids, Michigan, where his specialty is demographic mapping and community based research.
  • Cody Rose (2012). Software developer, BizStream, Allendale.
  • Matthew Rowbotham (2004). GIS Coordinator, North Country Trail Association, Lowell, Michigan.
  • Robert Royce (2000). GIS Technician, Ottawa County GIS, West Olive, Michigan.
  • Tara Russell-Weir (1999). GIS Analyst, City of Troy, Michigan. Responsibilities range from data editing to GIS system management and asset management for all levels of government.
  • Ben Sanborn (2008). GIS Analyst, URS Corporation, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Previously Ben was a Cartographic Technician, U.S. Census Bureau, Jeffersonville, Indiana.
  • Jeremiah Saier (2005). GIS Specialist, Valpak Corporation, Largo, Florida.
  • Anne Santa Maria (2011). Master's program, Department of Geography, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo. Anne is a Teaching Assistant in the Graduate Program in Geography at Western. Previously she was an Assistant Researcher, Michigan Technological University Research Institute (MTRI), Ann Arbor.
  • Luke Savage (2001). Client Services Consultant, Lucity Inc., Eugene Oregon. Formerly Chief Technology Officer for Global Spatial Intelligence; GIS Program Manager, 3DI West, Eugene, Oregon.
  • Kirk Scarbrough (2009). Assistant Researcher-Remote Sensing Analyst, Michigan Technological University Research Institute (MTRI), Ann Arbor.
  • Pete Schneider (2007). GIS Systems Analyst, Ottawa County, West Olive, Michigan. Previously, GIS/CAD Specialist with the Holland Board of Public Works, Holland, Michigan.
  • John Scott (2014) Planning Intern, City of Grand Haven, Grand Haven, Michigan.
  • Rebecca Seelbach (2010). Marketing Support Advisor, General Motors Corporation, Detroit, Michigan. Previously, Client Services Coordinator and Sustainability Activist, Applied Ecological Services, Brodhead, Wisconsin.
  • Joe Shafer (2007). Community Planner, Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania.
  • David Shriver (2007). U.S. Census Bureau.
  • Sunalath Siakhsone (2007). Labor Market Research Economist, Labor Force and Occupational Analysis Bureau, State of Iowa, Des Moines.
  • Andrew Smith (2011). U.S. Coast Guard.
  • Jessica Stempky (2004). Owner of The Winchester restaurant and pub, 648 Wealthy, SE Grand Rapids.
  • Steve Stepek (2002). Senior Transportation Planner, Kalamazoo Area Transportation Authority AND Instructor of Community and Regional Planning, Western Michigan University.
  • Blake Terhune (2006). GIS Systems Analyst, City of Chandler, Arizona. Previously, Senior GIS Technician, City of Phoenix Aviation Department, Sky Harbor Airport, Phoenix, Arizona.
  • Brent Thelen (2008). Masters program in GIS, Western Michigan University.
  • Eduardo Thomas Diaz (2010). SAP Functional System Specialist, Accenture. In addition to a B.S. in Geography and Planning, Eduardo majored in Business Administration and Management Information Systems.
  • Ted Titus (2011). Project Manager, Wolverine Building Group, Grand Rapids, Michigan.
  • Bill Treat (2011) North Country Trail Association, Lowell, Michigan. Before GVSU Bill was in the U.S. Army.
  • Carolyn Ulstad (2011) Assistant Program Manager, Macatawa Area Coordinating Council, Holland, Michigan.
  • Karen  Vaughn (Cooper) (2005). Planning and Preservation Manager, City of Lake Worth, Florida. Previously, Senior Planner, LaFourche Parish, Louisiana.
  • Brian VandenBrand (2006). Deputy Planner, Garfield Charter Township, Grand Traverse County, Michigan.
  • Malinda VanSledright (2005). Analyst, U.S. Department of State, Washington, D.C.
  • Andrew, "Nate," VanderMeer (2008). Agricultural Statistician, National Agricultural Statistics Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Springfield, Illinois.
  • David Welch. (2007). Planner, City of El Cajon, California. After GVSU David earned his MA (2012)in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Colorado at Denver.
  • Heather Winter (Haskell) (2003). GIS Consultant at EMA, Inc, Grand Rapids.
  • Andrew Wisniewski (2011). Masters program in Security Policy Studies, The George Washington University, Washington, D.C. Previous employment: Promotional Media Management, Grand Rapids; U.S. Marine Corps.
  • Jon Witmer (2003). Real Estate Development Associate, Inner City Christian Federation, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Previously, Urban Development Grants Manager, Capital Access, Hamtramck, Michigan. Previously Jon was Contract Administrator, City of Muskegon Heights.
  • Corey Yunke (2011). Community Relations Coordinator/Crime Analyst for the Roseville Police Department in Minnesota.

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