GRCC trustee Kathy Crosby stepping down to focus on health and family

Kathy Crosby

Kathy Crosby is stepping down from the Grand Rapids Community College board of trustees, saying she needs to focus on health challenges.

The resignation is effective May 21, and the trustees will have 30 days to fill the seat.

“My decision to serve was not lightly made, and it is therefore hard to step away from,” Crosby wrote in a letter to board chairperson David Koetje, shared at Monday’s meeting. “However, life and health situations change. Often, they can be unpredictable. In this case, those changes have pushed me to reprioritize time. Going forward, it must belong to my family.”

Crosby has been the board’s vice chair, and was elected in 2018. Trustee Kenyatta Brame will serve as the board’s vice chair, and trustee Sheryl Siegel was tapped to replace Brame as treasurer.

“For decades this board has had seven individuals sitting around its table. Very few of those trustees have matched the richness of your experience, the depth of your perspective, and the personal charm that you have blessed us with in these few years that you have been with us,” Koetje said of Crosby.

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Highlighting staff who help our students

Jennifer Kowalski smiling.

Always remember, at GRCC, you are surrounded by people who want you to be successful and are ready to walk with you on your educational pathway. We are here to help!

Meet Jennifer Kowalski. Jennifer is director of Student Financial Services, which used to be called the Cashier’s Office.

Jennifer is a GRCC graduate and remembers the challenges students face and is ready to help.

She has worked in the department for almost nine years, and worked there as a student employee while she attended GRCC.

Jennifer received her MBA from Davenport University in 2018 after earning a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Grand Valley State University in 2012.

As a first-generation college student, she knows the importance of financial literacy and uses her experience to assist students at GRCC.

“Starting college at any age can be overwhelming.  What students should know is everyone at GRCC is rooting for them. We want to support them in any way we can to ensure they are successful. There is nothing better than seeing all that hard work pay off and the look of pride on their faces when they walk across the stage at commencement. It is my favorite time of year!”

You can contact Jennifer or members of her team at or by calling (616) 234-4020. The office is temporarily located in the Student Center in room 347 during the renovations at Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall.

Discover a new employee benefit

GRCC is happy to announce a new financial education program offered through our partnership with Lake Michigan Credit Union. The Financial Education program, Wallet Wisdom, provides a series of interactive digital lessons and covers topics such as budgeting, understanding credit scores and tips on obtaining mortgages. In all, 50+ topics will be available to you at no cost with the goal of expanding your financial knowledge.

Highlights include:
• Bite-sized, highly focused lessons that run 3-6 minutes and cover an array of financial topics
• Lessons are mobile and tablet enabled so you learn anytime, anywhere

Go to Bringing our MaxAdvantage to You and get started on a course of learning that will help you make informed decisions about your money!

Learn what other exclusive benefits you can enjoy. Visit our MaxAdvantage page and learn why nearly a half a million members already trust us for their financial needs!

Courageous Conversation to look at community policing

Join us for a Courageous Conversation on the topic of Community Policing: Bridging the Gap, provided by CAP 3.2. 

As our community discusses how to begin taking action to bridge the gap between police officers and marginalized communities, this Courageous Conversation will provide a space to ask questions and discuss how community policing can assist in these efforts. We look forward to you being courageous and joining this conversation. 

The discussion will be led by Grand Rapids Police Chief Eric Payne, GRCC Police Chief Rebecca Whitman and Jermaine Reese, director of GRCC’s Police and Corrections academies.

Date: May 25, 2021

Time: Noon

Zoom Meeting ID: 939 4274 4715

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