Kathleen VanderVeen


A colleague and very close friend of the GGRWHC’s Mary Seeger, Kathleen VanderVeen joined Grand Valley State University in 1991 and is currently an associate vice president in the Division of Inclusion and Equity. Not only does Kathleen oversee compliance issues as a university officer for the Americans with Disabilities Act, she has already helped us to see how we need to make a few changes ourselves! Also an adjunct faculty member in the School of Communications, VanderVeen holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from WMU and a master’s degree in College Student Affairs Leadership from GVSU. We met Kathleen first when, as a representative of GVSU’s Women’s Resource Center during the 1990s, she coordinated university programming with GGRWHC’s splashy, community-wide Women’s History Month programs called Legacy. (This was such a big effort that Legacy occurred only every three years.) Recently, Kathleen served for over ten years on the board of the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Kent County.