Brooks College Integrative Learning and Advising

Office of Integrative Learning and Advising Staff

The Office of Integrative Learning and Advising is located in 200 The Connection. The staff includes:

Brian Jbara
of Integrative Learning and Advising
200 The Connection

Brian serves as the Director for the Office of Integrative Learning and Advising. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and English Literature from Illinois Wesleyan University, and his Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from UNLV. After graduating from IWU, he joined the Teach for America Program, and taught seventh grade English in the Las Vegas Valley. After teaching, he went on to serve as a program coordinator and Academic Advisor at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, where he was in charge of the probation and academic success initiatives. His wife finished her law degree at IUB, after which they decided to move closer to home here in Michigan. They enjoy traveling the world, being outdoors, and learning more about the community in Grand Rapids!


Anita Benes
Office Coordinator
200 The Connection

Anita serves as the Office Coordinator for the Office of Integrative Learning and Advising. She graduated from MCC with an Associate’s Degree and transferred to GVSU earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Education.  She lives in Grand Haven and is an amateur musician. She is a member of the West Michigan Concert Winds, the Holland American Legion Band and the Shoreline Symphony Orchestra.  She has been on four International tours with Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and attends the adult camp session.  She likes to run to stay healthy and has participated in four races this year. She has held a variety of jobs, working in senior centers, as a lab tech for a power company and in educational office settings before coming to GVSU. She enjoys working with GVSU students and her greatest joy is to encourage and watch students succeed!


Jeff Domagala
Graduate Assistant

200 The Connection

Jeff serves as the Graduate Assistant for the Office of Integrative Learning and Advising.  He is currently a graduate student studying Higher Education with an emphasis in College Student Affairs Leadership. He comes from Saginaw Valley State University where he received a B.A. in Secondary Education - Theatre/Communications and English and was involved in a variety of leadership activities holding many positions. In his spare time, he enjoys camping, biking, kayaking, and exploring downtown Grand Rapids. He is very passionate about helping students accomplish their goals and finding their potential. If you ever need help submitting a LIB 100/201 program proposal, do not hesitate to send him an email!


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