Student Leadership

Viking Council

Grand View's student leadership program provides opportunities for students to gain valuable leadership experience that enhances critical thinking, decision making, interpersonal relationships, and networking skills.

Students apply for leadership positions in the spring semester, and upon being selected, participate in spring and fall leadership trainings. Throughout the academic year, student leaders work closely with their leadership team advisor and receive mentoring and constructive feedback to enhance their leadership development.

At Grand View, we believe learning to lead is part of your success. No matter what career path you choose – whether it’s in education, business, nursing, technology, communication or entrepreneurial endeavors – leadership skills can broaden your perspective and enhance your effectiveness.

Leadership Teams

Title Description Advisor
GV United Assists the Advancement Office by positively representing
Grand View and cultivating relationships with current students, faculty, staff, alumni and community leaders.
Carrie Sponheim
Multicultural Ambassadors Assists the Multicultural & Community Outreach Department by providing leadership at multicultural events, conferences and activities.
Alex Piedras
Peer Wellness Advocates Provide campus wide programming and education to support student mental health and well-being, and referral to campus support services. Heather Thomas
Resident Assistants Provide a safe and supportive environment within the residence halls conducive to academic achievement and personal growth through administrative tasks and educational programming, and serving as role models.

Robby Patterson

Jackie Alberto

Emma Swanson

Bryce Dean 

Residential Experience Council The governing body for the residence halls and campus houses offers an involvement opportunity for campus residents interested in influencing housing policy and/or planning social, cultural, athletic, and educational activities. 
Dr. John Howe
Student Activities Council (SAC) Develops and promotes campus programs and activities to facilitate student involvement and connection, including: Homecoming, movie and bowling nights, admittance to Des Moines sporting events, campus entertainment and dances. 
Dr. John Howe
Student Leadership Team Provides input and planning for leadership activities and promotes leadership development on campus. Team members help facilitate training and communication among student leaders, and strive to promote a healthy student leader community.
Heidi Pries
Campus Ministry Team Serves the spiritual needs of the GV community through worship, study, fellowship, and service. Welcoming to all faith traditions, the team strives to bear witness to God’s grace by creating opportunities to engage with the word of God, equip for spiritual growth, serve society and empower living faith in ways that are meaningful and life-giving.
Levi Faas
View Crew

Serve as GV representatives by developing and implementing orientation programs, as well as assisting new students with their transition to Grand View.

Heidi Pries
Viking Council The official Grand View student government provides a democratic procedure for serving students and promoting their general welfare and involvement inside and outside of the classroom.
Dr. John Howe

To learn more, contact Heidi Pries at hpries @ or stop by the Student Life Office in the Student Center.