Success Stories

Do you know a GVSU faculty or staff member who serves as a role model for others living a healthy lifestyle? Nominate your co worker for our next newsletter!

November 2015: Daniel Matthews

At 50, Daniel Matthews, a classroom behavioral specialists in the Charter Schools Office, ran his fifth, and last, marathon. Now 62, though he stayed active his whole life, he says he never really enjoyed the process. Last year, however, something changed. Read more

October 2015: Mary Eilleen Lyon

Committing to daily or weekly exercise can be challenging, but Mary Eilleen Lyon, associate vice president for University Communications, makes it work. Read more

September 2015: Steven de Polo

Steven de Polo is a family man with three daughters. Two, Qiqi and Lourdie, still live with him and his wife, Caroline. Steven strives to spend as much time with his family being as active as he can because he wants to teach his daughters to be strong and tough. Read more

August 2015: Kay Klosowski

Kay Klosowski, Budget and Finance Assistant has been working at Grand Valley State University for eight years though she wishes she had found this job 25 years ago. Kay's enthusiasm is contagious as she stays active to serve as a positive influence for her husband, two sons, one (soon to be two) grandchildren, her friends and co-workers. Read more

July 2015: Joshua Church

Joshua Church has worked as the web developer at the Johnson Center for Philanthropy in Grand Rapids for 10 years. In those years, he’s learned that staying healthy is most effective when done as a group. Read more

June 2015: Kay Hart

Though to many of us, the Farmers Market is just beginning, Kay Hart has been busy working all year to prepare. Before day one, Kay is busy soliciting new vendors, connecting with facilities about signage, and printing vouchers. She does all of this so the Farmers Market runs smoothly each week. Read more

May 2015: Sharalle Arnold

Director of Children’s Enrichment Center (CEC), Sharalle Arnold has made a commitment to herself and the children she works with to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Once a week during the summer, this year starting June 3, Health and Wellness gives the CEC ten dollars to spend at the Farmers Market. With this money, the CEC is able to give children an education about healthy foods. Read more

April 2015: Steven Nizielski

As an Associate Professor of Nutrition in Biomedical Sciences, Steven Nizielski makes it a priority to stay healthy, fit and happy. Over the course of his life, he has found that what works for him, is a balanced diet, exercise and an activity he loves. Steven is an avid cyclist and his passion for cycling stemmed from his childhood. At a young age, he would rather hop on his bike to go... Read more

March 2015: Casey Moomey

Casey Moomey, Facilities Services Custodian, made the decision to change his lifestyle in 2006. The journey began while he was working for an installation company. He was traveling a lot so he started watching what he ate and made the switch from pop to water. Within three months he had lost 80 pounds! Read more

February 2015: Heather Wallace

Heather Wallace, Assistant Professor in the Kirkhof College of Nursing, has been working at Grand Valley since Fall of 2011. Her work focus is with the longitudinal elderly initiative. As a mother of a 16-month old daughter, her personal and work lives keep her busy. She enjoys... Read more

January 2015: Sherry Barricklow

Dealing with the daily hardships of physical ailments, including plantar fasciitis and knee pain, Sherry Barricklow was led into an undesired sedentary lifestyle. She struggled with everyday tasks like walking or standing for long periods of time. However, Sherry was determined to get back to a healthier routine. Read more



To view past success stories, click on one of the links below:

2014 Success Stories

2013 Success Stories

2012 Success Stories

2011 Success Stories

2010 Success Stories