About Our Worklife Program

GVSU recognizes that whether a person is experiencing a significant life event such as caregiving, relationship and parenting challenges, or grieving a major loss, the stress and anxiety from life can greatly impact a person's emotional and physical health. Amid all the talk about health care, the importance of good emotional health is often forgotten. The good news is that the GVSU Health and Wellness program offers help and support through its employee assistance service, Encompass, and through the support services offered through the Work Life Connections program, to provide hope for those who face challenges in their lives that result in poor emotional health. Given the connection between emotional and physical health, addressing and providing support for emotional health issues and life challenges with faculty and staff will have a positive impact on both their personal and professional life.

In order to provide the support that faculty and staff need to be healthy, both physically and emotionally, GVSU developed the Work Life Consultant position, currently held by Sue Sloop. Her experience and background include:

  • Bachelors of Science degree in Human Services from Ferris State University and an elementary teaching certificate from Grand Valley State University
  • Registered Social Worker with the state of Michigan
  • Medical Social Worker for Spectrum Health
  • Work and Family Services Department, Spectrum Health, as a Resource Specialist
  • Member of CUWFA - College and University Work Family Association
  • Certificate of Mediator Training; 40 hours of mediator training approved by the State Court Administrative Office for general civil mediation



Sue Sloop
Work Life Consultant
Human Resources
Grand Valley State University
Phone: (616) 331-2215
FAX: (616) 331-3216




Page last modified March 20, 2013