Executive Board

Joining the Executive Board

Executive Board elections take place every spring. If you are currently an AB site leader and are interested in running for a board position, please contact ab.gv.president@gmail.com.


Congratulations to the newly elected  2018-2019 GVSU Alternative Breaks Executive Board!

  • Quinn KendraVice President of Public Relations and Recruitment
  • Kaylee Grzywacz – Executive Vice President
  • Makayla McKellips – Vice President of Site Development and Assessment
  • Anna Szalay – Vice President of Finance
  • Madalyn Slubowski – President
  • Alyssa AlgerVice President of Fundraising
  • Conrad Frank – Vice President of Member Engagement
  • Stephanie Torres – Vice President of Site Development and Assessment
  • Emma SteeleVice President of Community Impact



2017-2018 Executive Board


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Paul Mueller

Preferred Pronouns: He/Him/His
Major: Finance
Past AB Trips: Affordable Housing, Park Preservation (Site Leader), Relief Efforts (Site Leader), Minimizing Human Impact in a Changing Climate (ABCs)
Other campus involvement: Former Resident Assistant (2 yrs), Mailroom Desk Assistant, Former Orientation Assistant

Bio: Paul focuses on community involvement, inclusion, and understanding others. These interests inspired him to apply for Alternative Breaks back in 2014. He is grateful everything AB has given to him including awareness and understanding of different topics involving communities, life changing experiences and lasting friendships. Paul loves to travel and go on adventures with friends, go for extensive bike rides, and listening to music.

20160710_104614Amber Gerrits

Executive Vice President

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Major: Education & Group Social Studies/Elementary Certification & French
Past AB Trips: Youth and Wishes, Urban Gardening, Path Creations [Site Leader]
Other Campus Involvement: Leadership and Finance Assistant in the OSL, PALs Student Mentors, Student Senate (DAC), Council for Exceptional Children, ODK, Cook Leadership Academy, & Transitions New Student Orientation

Bio:  Amber is a first year board member who is very passionate about leadership development, service-learning, and education! She loves being involved on campus, especially working in the Office of Student Life with Leadership Development. Each year Amber facilitates the annual “I Am Grand Valley” nomination process and reception. She also works as the Finance Assistant and helps the Student Senate Appropriations Committee allocate 1.2 million dollars to student organizations. Amber would like to teach upper elementary students, work with nonprofits, and one day study higher education and student affairs: anywhere where she can work to empower students and make a difference! In her free time, Amber enjoys listening to music, playing card games with friends, exploring antique shops, and watching Netflix.

MICHALSKI Bio Headshot 17-18Mike Michalski
Vice President of Finance

Preferred pronouns: He/Him/His
Majors: Cell and Molecular Biology. Minors: Chemistry and History
Past AB Trips: Water Restoration, and Biodiversity.
Other Campus Involvement: Biology tutor at the student academic success center. Freshmen orientation assistant.

Bio: Mike’s volunteer work focuses on bringing communities together to learn more about the intricacies of the natural world around them. Mike enjoys traveling, gardening, and talking about DNA. He plans to go on to study public health.

Lauren Harvey

Lauren Harvey
Vice President of Site Development and Assessment

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Major/Minor: Public and Nonprofit Administration
Past AB Trips: Water Restoration and Education (Site Leader)
Other Campus Involvement: Campus Ministries and Intramural Sports

Bio: Lauren is one half of the Site Development and Assessment team. She is a junior at GVSU. She joined AB as a participant freshmen year and this is her first year on the Executive Board. She has developed her passions for the environment, children, and social justice through AB and loves volunteering with these topics. She hopes to work for a nonprofit or in local government in the future. She loves spending her weekends doing outdoor activities including, rock climbing, kayaking and camping.

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Haley Schaner
Vice President of Site Development and Assessment

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Major: Biomedical Sciences, Nonprofit and Public Administration, and a Biology minor
Past AB trips: Children in Underserved Communities, Family Affairs, Neighborhood Revitalization, and Engaging the Aging [Site Leader]
Other Campus Involvement: Kids in Motion

Bio: Haley is one half of the Site Development and Assessment team! She loves the color purple, monkeys, yoga, and going on adventures. Outside of AB, she works at the CLAS Academic Advising Center.

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Vice President of Fundraising


Preferred Pronouns: He/Him/His
Major/Minor: Communication Studies, French Minor
Past AB Trips:   Biodiversity (Flight Trip), and Childhood Empowerment [Site Leader]
Other Campus Involvement: Telephone Outreach Program Student Manager, Transitions Leader, former Biology tutor

 Bio: Tyler loves plants and gardening. He also loves being able to work with many different types of people with the common ground being service-learning. Outside of AB, Tyler works with GVSU’s Telephone Outreach Program as the Student Manager. Tyler hopes to someday work in University Development and further stewardship opportunities with alumni.

Caitlin Rechsteiner
Vice President of Member Engagement

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Major/Minor: Psychology
Past AB Trips:  Individuals with disabilities, Wildlife Refuge, Affordable Housing, Childhood Empowerment
Other Campus Involvement: Transitions Leader

Bio: Caitlin is a senior.  She loves to go hiking, rock climbing, explore new places, and meet new people. Any kind of fried potato is her guilty pleasure.  She is studying abroad in London this summer and plans to travel to other countries while she is over there.  She was taught to be selfless and give to others when she was able to.  With the inspiration from her parents, she joined AB to learn about service learning and how there is much more to volunteering than most believe. Peace, Love, AB!

Emma Steele
Vice President of Community Impact

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Major: Wildlife Biology
Past AB Trips: Native American Cultural Awareness and Urban Gardening (Site Leader)
Other Campus Involvement:  Belly dancing club, Alpha Phi Omega, and Transitions Leader.

Bio: Emma is thrilled to be serving on AB’s E-board for the first time. She loves sea turtles, flowers, Lin Manuel Miranda, and anything that’s the color yellow. Emma loves to spend as much time as she can outside. She hopes to one day share her love for the environment and scientific knowledge by working with non profits to achieve environmental conservation and sustainability.

Olivia Brown
Vice President of Public Relations and Recruitment

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Major/Minor: Marketing, Writing Minor
Past AB Trips: Family Affairs, Wildlife Refuge (Site Leader)
Other Campus Involvement: Freshmen Resident Assistant (2 years), Student Assistant for the GV College of Engineering and Computing, Member of Laker Traditions Team, National Residence Hall Honorary Member

Bio: This is Olivia’s first time serving on the Alternative Breaks Executive board and she could not be more excited! The Volunteering and service learning spirit has been a driving force through out her time at Grand Valley. Going into her senior year, she hopes to make the most of every moment left on campus. She loves terribly punny jokes, singing, theatre, COFFEE, cheesecake and cooking shows. Olivia looks forward to helping AB grow even more in this upcoming year.  (And of course designing swag to help us continue to be the best looking organization on campus)