Who we are

Our Partners

Great lakes Fisheries Trust


The Great Lakes Fishery Trust (GLFT) provides funding to nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and government agencies to enhance, protect, and rehabilitate Great Lakes fishery resources. The GLFT manages its resources to compensate for the lost use and enjoyment of the Lake Michigan fishery resulting from the operation of the Ludington Pumped Storage Plant. The settlement agreement that created the GLFT in 1996 was the result of years of litigation involving the utilities that operated the plant and numerous private organizations, government entities, and Indian tribes. The GLFT is governed by a board of trustees and by a scientific advisory team. The GLFT pursues its mission and vision through investments in three broad categories: Access to the Great Lakes Fishery, Ecosystem Health and Sustainable Fish Populations, and Great Lakes Stewardship.




Grand Valley State University’s College of Education (COE) has become an ideal choice for undergraduate and graduate studies related to education. Its high-quality programs, small class size, and commitment to educational principles such as active learning, interaction of theory and practice, and learning relevancy offer students the kind of personalized attention they need to become leaders in their fields.  The College of Education believes in giving back to society. The COE mission is to develop quality educators to teach, lead and serve in local and world communities. It underscores the COE’s commitment to educating students to be increasingly responsible citizens in their home neighborhoods and in the world.


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Groundswell, a coalition of community partners, creates opportunities for hands-on environmental learning for students throughout Kent County, MI.  Groundswell’s work in the community falls into three categories – Engage, Partner, and Develop.  This is achieved through: engaging students in place-based environmental stewardship throughout students’ communities by encouraging and funding service projects; empowering community partners to collaboratively enhance educational opportunities for schools, students, and their communities; and providing sustained professional development for teachers in place-based service learning and environmental education in the Great Lakes Watershed. Groundswell provides professional development for partnering teachers from 22 local schools focusing on service learning, stewardship, building partnerships, and implementing projects with students. Grand Valley State University’s College of Education is the fiscal agent for the grant-funded program.


Our Team

Susan Loughrin
Program Coordinator, Center for Educational Partnerships, GVSU
Forrest Clift
Associate Director, Center for Educational Partnerships, GVSU
Joanna Allerhand
Project Coordinator - LGREI (Groundswell), GVSU
Clayton Pelon
Associate Director, Center for Educational Partnerships, GVSU