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  2017-2018 GVSU Alternative Breaks Executive Board!

  • Olivia BrownVice President of Public Relations and Recruitment
  • Amber GerritsExecutive Vice President
  • Lauren HarveyVice President of Site Development and Assessment
  • Mike MichalskiVice President of Finance
  • Paul MuellerPresident
  • Tyler NortonVice President of Fundraising
  • Caitlin RechsteinerVice President of Member Engagement
  • Haley SchanerVice President of Site Development and Assessment
  • Emma SteeleVice President of Community Impact

2016-2017 Executive Board

2016-2017 Executive Board

6April Urbanowski

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Major: International Relations and Geography
Past AB Trips: Hunger and Homelessness, Water Restoration [Site Leader], Ten Years Later: A Neighbor-Driven Recommitment [ABCs]
Other campus involvement: Former President and Founder GVSU Book Club, Transitions Leader, Former Service and Leadership Intern in the Office of Student life, Student Worker at Facilities Services

Bio: April is a fan of the triangle of quality community service. Her favorite component is Reorientation. She believes the best way to come into an unknown situation is with cultural humility. She believes people have an incredible power to help the world. Her grandfather is the wisest person she knows. She is a big enthusiast of dogs, books, bees, The Head and The Heart, quotes, and grilled cheese. Her friends say she is basically Leslie Knope.

7Robyn Hankiewicz
Executive Vice President

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Major: Public and Nonprofit Administration
Minor: Sociology
Past AB Trips: Equine Assisted Therapy, Urban Gardening, Refugee Awareness [Site Leader], Sexual Violence Prevention and Response [ABCs]
Other Campus Involvement: Students for Haiti, Former Transitions Leader for New Student Orientation

Bio: Robyn is a first year executive board member whose passion for volunteering and traveling inspired her to apply for her first Alternative Break trip back in 2013. Since then she has changed her major to Public and Nonprofit Administration in hope of (eventually) becoming a CEO of a nonprofit organization. In her spare time, she works at the John Ball Zoo, loves reading, exploring coffee shops in GR, and traveling to Chicago to visit her family. She believes that the best aspect of being a leader is to create more leaders, and that is exactly her goal when she is training our future site leaders.

8Sarah Lelli
Vice President of Finance

Preferred pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Majors: Biomedical Sciences and Biochemistry
Past AB Trips: Affordable Housing, Animal Rescue [Site Leader]
Other Campus Involvement: Transitions Leader, Chemistry Tutor at the Science Success Center

Bio: Sarah is a passionate executive board member who hopes to combine her love of science and environmental conservation by working in the environmental chemistry field after she graduates this upcoming April. She loves nothing more than lazy summer days spent reading a book by the lake or going camping and exploring the beautiful state of Michigan. Her interests include running 5Ks, reading a good science fiction or action/adventure novel, baking delicious brownies and then eating them, going to loud rock concerts and music shows, binge watching Criminal Minds or Parks and Recreation on a rainy day, drinking lots of coffee or tea and, of course, volunteering!

2Brianna Miranda
Vice President of Site Development and Assessment

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Major/Minor: Public and Nonprofit Administration and Human Rights
Past AB Trips: Native American Cultural Awareness, Path Creations, Relief Efforts [Site Leader], LGBTQ, Refugee Awareness [Site Leader], and Biodiversity (Flight Trip)
Other Campus Involvement: International Justice Mission, Students Leaving A Mark (S.L.A.M), Community Service Learning Center Desk Consultant, and Research Assistant at the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy

Bio: Bree is executive board member who is very interested in the nonprofit world and wants to pursue it as a career. She is very passionate about volunteerism and service-learning. She hopes to join AmeriCorps after graduation and eventually travel around the world. She enjoys reading, Marvel movies, Chinese and Thai food, board games, Pokémon Go, anything to do with Batman, hanging out with friends, watching hockey, and anything that involves an adventure.

5Andrew Carter
Vice President of Site Development and Assessment

Preferred Pronouns: He/Him/His
Major: Public and Nonprofit Administration
Minor: Psychology
Past AB trips: Relief Efforts, Path Creations, Human Trafficking Awareness [Site Leader]
Other Campus Involvement: GV Super Smash Bros. Club member, International Justice Mission member, Leadership Intern for the Office of Student Life, former trombonist for the Laker Marching Band, and former member of the GV Ultimate Frisbee Club.

Bio: As part of the dynamic duo that is Site Development and Assessment, Andrew dedicates his position to bringing strong direct service and immersive education to all of the upcoming AB experiences this school year. Andrew also has passions for communicating with others, volunteering his heart out, and being the life of the crowd. His other hobbies include bike riding, Frisbee throwing, discovering new music, and attending as many concerts as his wallet will allow!

1Hannah Roberts
Vice President of Fundraising

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Major: Exercise Science, HFI emphasis
Past AB Trips: Relief Efforts, Biodiversity (Flight Trip) [Site Leader]

 Bio: Hannah is a fifth year senior here at GVSU. This is her third year with Alternative Breaks, but first year on executive board. She is very passionate about helping others around her, especially in her community. Alternative Breaks has changed her life in many different ways. She strives to learn something from everyone she meets. When she is not in school or working on AB things, Hannah enjoys running, writing, cleaning, and going on adventures with friends. She is known as the “mom” of the executive board. She also holds a great love for pizza, popcorn, and any kind of music you can think of.

4Katie Henderson
Vice President of Member Engagement

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Major/Minor: Elementary Education, Integrated Science and a French minor
Past AB Trips: Community Cooperation, Native American Cultural Awareness [Site Leader], Wildlife Refuge, Equine Assisted Therapy [Site Leader], and Biodiversity (Flight Trip)
Other Campus Involvement: Transitions Leader and former French tutor

Bio: Katie is a second-term executive board member who loves spreading her passion for service-learning to participants of AB!  She loves capybaras, Taco Bell,  traveling, and the color blue. Outside of AB, Katie works at the John Ball Zoo at the zip line, ropes course, and camel rides. One day, she hopes to work in administration at an elementary school.

3Alex Christofis
Vice President of Community Impact

Preferred Pronouns: He/Him/His
Major: Biomedical Sciences
Past AB Trips: Park Preservation, Relief Efforts [Site Leader]
Other Campus Involvement: Pre-SOMA E-Board Volunteer Coordinator, Pre-Med Club Member, GVSU Strength Club Competitor

Bio: Alex is a first-term executive board member who has found passion in giving back to the communities surrounding him. He has gained much from Alternative Breaks; new perspectives on the world near and far, valuable friendships, and education on key issues in society. In his free time, he enjoys the outdoors, hunting, fishing, and CrossFit.

9Ryker Huizinga
Vice President of Public Relations and Recruitment

Preferred Pronouns: He/Him/His
Major/Minor: Communications Studies and Public Relations
Past AB Trips: Community Cooperation, Relief Efforts [Site Leader], Homelessness and Unemployment, Ten Years Later: A Neighbor-Driven Recommitment [ABCs]
Other Campus Involvement: Writing Consultant at the GVSU Writing Center, Former Service and Leadership Intern at the Office of Student Life,       Former Trombonist in the Laker Marching Band

Bio: Ryker is a second-term executive board member who strives to combine his passions for service-learning and creative multimedia storytelling. He loves traveling, camping, and hiking, and amongst many other destinations on his bucket list, he hopes to one day visit every national park in the United States. He enjoys the following (some would argue) a little too much: running, reading, playing guitar and ukulele, the musical Hamilton, The Accidentals, House, M.D., The Crane Wives, Marvel movies, deep fried cookie dough, tennis, and Arthur the Aardvark.