GRCC In the News, 9-8-22

Visually impaired GRCC student shines through music

9/7/22 FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A student in west Michigan is finding success without sight.

… Hailey (Cone) is a sophomore at Grand Rapids Community College, and she spends most of her days studying for her associate’s degree in Music.

Tickets on sale for 2022 Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame Induction celebration

9/7/22 MLive

Tickets are available for the 2022 Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame Induction and celebration on Tuesday, Oct. 4, at Van Andel Arena.

… The Class of 2022 includes:

… The late Fred Julian, who played football at the University of Michigan and over a 34-year span coached championship-winning programs at West Catholic High School and Grand Rapids Community College.

VanderLeest Working to Help Reeths-Puffer Make Most of Opportunities Ahead

9/7/22 Michigan High School Athletic Association

Tayte VanderLeest is a prototypical receiver and safety, with great size (6-foot-4, 200 pounds) and speed (4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash).

… “I would say he’s too nice,” said (Cody) Kater, a two-time all-stater at Montague who went on to play quarterback at Grand Rapids Community College and Central Michigan. “We’d like to see him a little grittier, but he’s a gamer and I have seen him flip that switch. I expect him to do that this Friday night.”

Founding GRCC trustee Janice Maggini remembered as a lifelong educator and an advocate for all students

Janice Maggini is being remembered as a passionate, lifelong educator who played a key role in Grand Rapids Community College’s leadership as a founding member of the board of trustees.

Maggini passed away on Tuesday after a long illness. She was 85.

“Jan was a wonderful person who for decades had a tremendous impact on GRCC and its students,” GRCC Interim President Juan Olivarez said. “She was a leader in policy governance to help the college run effectively. She always kept the focus on our students, tirelessly advocating for them, and making sure that all students, credit and non-credit, had access to the same support and benefits.”

Maggini graduated from what was then Grand Rapids Junior College in 1956 before earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Michigan State University.

She taught in the Wyoming Public Schools, earning honors as the 1990 Junior High School Teacher of the Year, and was named one of 10 Outstanding Women of Wyoming. She retired in 1997 as assistant principal at Jackson Park Middle School.

“My passion for education began here in the fall of 1954,” Maggini said about her time as a GRJC student. “GRCC has been a fortress in the face of adversity throughout its history, a haven for quality learning for me and countless students for generations.”

Throughout her education career, Maggini remained committed to GRCC. She was a founding member of the board of trustees, serving from 1991 to 2011, and was named board chair in 2003. She also served on the GRCC Foundation board of directors from 2011 to 2018. She was a trustee-director to the Michigan Community College Association and was elected chair of its executive council in 2003.

“Jan’s leadership was rooted in an understanding of the challenges faced by so many of our students, and what the college and the community could do to support them,” said Dr. Kathryn K. Mullins, vice president of College Advancement and executive director of the GRCC Foundation. “She continued to support them after her time with the trustees through the foundation and a scholarship her family established.

The scholarship fund established by Maggini, her husband, Frank, and their family is in memory of Erma Ostapowicz, “Grandma O.” It is awarded to women who have faced adversity and are enrolled at Grand Rapids Community College part time.

Parking deduction restarts soon

Here’s your next National Payroll Week tip! For those of us who park on campus, we can definitely tell that students are back as lots and ramps are full again. This is your reminder that your parking deduction will start back up again as of the 9/16/22 pay date. This deduction is pre-tax and is only deducted once per month from September-April on the second pay date (unless you’re adjunct faculty, then it’s on the first pay date starting in October). If you’d like to elect parking but haven’t (or you have it but no longer need it), you can make updates using the Parking Enrollment Form. Send any updated forms to and we’ll take it from there!

Employees on the Move, September 2022

GRCC Employees on the Move from August 1, 2022 – September 1, 2022

Please congratulate those who have moved and been promoted


New Hire
Kaitlyn Verhulst
Language & Thought & Visual Arts, Support Professional
Effective Date: September 6, 2022

Ignacia Calderon
Custodians, Custodian I
Effective date: September 12, 2022

Linzi Grover
Custodians, Custodian I
Effective date: August 29, 2022

Mackenzie Ondersma
Athletics, Head Athletic Trainer
Effective date: August 29, 2022

Ashleigh Laho

Grand Rapids Promise Zone, Success Coordinator

Effective date: August 29, 2022

Robert Schneider

Custodian, Custodian I

Effective date: August 29, 2022

Shawn White

Media Technologies, Classroom/Event Support Technician

Effective date: September 12, 2022

Leanne Challa

Instructional Support & Institutional Planning, Program Manager – Transfer Bridges

Effective date: September 6, 2022

Cole Szeszulski

Theater, Theater Technical Director

Effective date: August 29, 2022

Calandra Jones

Custodian, Custodian I

Effective date: August 15, 2022

Beth Martinez

Nursing Program, Support Professional

Effective date: August 22, 2022

Mario Nicholas Jimenez Jr.

Campus Police, Police Officer

Effective date: August 22, 2022



Juan Cisneros
Transfer to: Enrollment Center, Support Professional, 

Transfer from: Training Solutions, Support Professional
Effective date: September 5, 2022

Phoenix Noelle
Transfer to: Business and Industry, Associate Director of Technical Operations
Transfer from: Career Program Operations, Technical Operations Technician
Effective date: August 22, 2022

Kimberly Brems

Transfer to: Language & Thought, Temporary Assistant Professor

Transfer from: Language & Thought, Adjunct

Effective date: August 8, 2022

Justine Bryant

Transfer to: Language & Thought, Affiliate Assistant Professor

Transfer from: Language & Thought, Adjunct

Effective date: August 8, 2022

Leigh Kleinert

Transfer to: Biological Science, Professor

Transfer from: STEM, Interim Associate Dean

Effective date: August 8, 2022

William Faber 

Transfer to: Physical Science, Professor

Transfer from: STEM and Liberal Arts, Interim Dean

Effective date: August 8, 2022

Jonnathan Resendiz
Transfer to: STEM, Interim Associate Dean of STEM
Transfer from: Computer Information Systems, Assistant Professor

Effective date: August 8, 2022

Andrew Masters
Transfer to: Grand Rapids Promise Zone, Promise Zone Associate Director
Transfer from: Financial Aid, Associate Director Financial Aid Compliance 

Effective date: September 12, 2022

Juan E. Cisneros Fonseca

Transfer to: High School Partnerships (Academic Outreach), Support Professional

Transfer from: Job Training, Support Professional

Effective date: August 22, 2022

Joshua Thompson

Transfer to: Maintenance, Building Maintenance

Transfer from:  Custodian, Custodian II

Effective date: August 22, 2022

Eugene Nichols

Transfer to: Head Custodian I, 2nd shift, RJF/Cook

Transfer from:  Custodian II, 2nd Shift, ATC

Effective date: August 8, 2022



Cedrick Spearman

Custodians, Custodian I

Effective date: August 24, 2022

Jeni Gebhart

Early Childhood Learning Lab, Preschool Instructor 

Effective date:  August 13, 2022

Frederick Scott-Comer

Nursing, Assistant Professor

Effective date:  December 22, 2022

Rafael Pastrano-Espinoza

Instructional Support & Institutional Planning, Support Professional

Effective date: August 20, 2022

Lamont Vines

Training Solutions, Job Developer

Effective date: August 20, 2022

Leigh Jajuga

Web and Digital Strategy, Director of Web Content and Digital Strategy

Effective date: August 24, 2022


Kathleen Schoen

Library & Learning Commons, Support Professional

Effective date: February 1, 2023