Meet The Board! 2019-2020
President – Evan LaVigne
Evan is in his senior year at GVSU wrapping up an Ad/PR major and a writing minor. He has been a member of GVSU Ad Club since his freshman year and has served on the executive board for the past two years. With a penchant for strategy and digital marketing, he hopes to work in the intersection of brand and digital experience. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, camping, and trying new beers.
Vice President – Nikki Schroeder
Nikki is going into her senior year at GVSU, seeking a degree in Advertising & PR with a minor in Studio Art. This is Nikki’s second year on the board, and she is also involved with Grand Valley’s NSAC team. After graduation, Nikki hopes to work for a small ad agency working in a copywriting or media strategist role. In her free time, she enjoys running, crafting, and spending time outdoors!
Events Director & Treasurer- Chance Rusniak
Chance Rusniak is a Senior studying Advertising and Psychology at GV. He is interested in how people view advertisements and how advertisements affect the consumer. He enjoys having a good time in the wondrous world that is Advertising! In his free time, he likes to play video games, hang out with friends, and to eat some good food.
Co-Events Director- Jessica Prestigiacomo
Jessica Prestigiacomo is a junior at Grand Valley State University, studying Advertising and Public Relations with a minor in Business. She has a huge passion for the field of advertising and loves the freedom that advertising offers! She considers herself creative and innovative making advertising her favorite form of expression. Outside of Ad Club, Jessica spends her time going to the gym, hanging with friends, and visit downtown Grand Rapids!
Communications Director – Amanda Howard
Amanda Howard is a senior studying Advertising here at GV. She’s been with Ad Club for three years, and this is her second year on the e-board as Head of Communications. She is originally from the east side but plans on staying up in Grand Rapids after graduating. She hopes to end up at an Ad firm working with others in our field. She absolutely loves the world of advertising, and hopes you do too!
Co-Communications Director – Kelsie Schutz
Kelsie Schutz is a senior at Grand Valley State University. She is studying Advertising and Public Relations, as well as minoring in Hospitality. She loves to bounce ideas with her peers, in efforts of creating authentic designs. She hopes to use both areas of studies to advertise for a firm, while also planning their events. Outside of Ad Club, you can find Kelsie traveling with her family, and discovering new places in Grand Rapids with her friends!
Membership Director – Maggie McEvilly
Maggie McEvilly is a sophomore at GVSU. She is majoring in Advertising and Public Relations and minoring in Digital Studies. She loves the individuality and creativity that advertising has to offer as it balances her outgoing personality. This is Maggie’s first year on the executive board as Membership. When Maggie isn’t involved with Ad Club she is spending time with her friends and family and taking on other leadership roles in her sorority.
Graphic Design Director – Noah Correll
Copywriting Director – Griffin Platto
Griffin Platto is a senior at GVSU studying Communication Studies with a minor in Advertising. This is Griffin’s second year involved in Ad Club, but his first as an E-Board member. Much of what gravitates Griffin to advertising is the merging of the advertiser’s and brand’s voice. In a future profession, Griffin sees himself as a copywriter for an advertising agency. Three activities that make the highlights for his free-time: skateboarding, video games, and talking about movies.
Faculty Advisor – Robin Spring
Professor Spring’s professional work in radio, television, print, and agency provide her with multi-faceted experiences in advertising and public relations. Her professional work has taken her from Michigan, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Texas and back again. Practical knowledge of client relations, strategic planning, creative campaigns, copywriting, sponsorships, partnerships, special events, celebrity promotions, media relations, sales, fundraising, and integrated marketing communications in various cultures and professional teams translate well in the Ad/PR courses she teaches.