The Staff of the Broooks College Office of Integrative Learning and Advising
Brian Jbara
Director of Integrative Learning and Advising
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
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. Anita 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 participates in races each year. Anita 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!

Lauren Presutti
Graduate Assistant
Lauren serves as the Graduate Assistant for the Office of Integrative Learning and Advising.  She received her Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from Central Michigan University and is currently earning her Master’s degree at GVSU in Adult and Higher Education. Her undergraduate experiences include studying abroad on summer programs in Australia, Ireland and Japan, as well as completing a full semester study in Cape Town, South Africa. Her life experiences using a wheelchair as a person with a physical disability have given her a unique perspective of the world and openness to diversity. Lauren values student development both in and out of the classroom and views learning to be a lifelong process. She enjoys adaptive recreation, connecting with others, and completing projects. Originally from the Metro Detroit area, Lauren is excited to be a part of the GVSU community and to spend time in Grand Rapids.

 

Brian Jbara

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Anita Benes

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Lauren Presutti

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