Student Leadership

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 Student Ambassadors Assists the Multicultural & Community Outreach Department by providing leadership at multicultural events, conferences and activities.
Alex Piedras
Peer Counseling

Provides direct support to students through peer counseling, referrals to campus services and campus-wide education about responsible and healthy choices.

 Kenlyn Gordon
Resident Life Assistants (RA) 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.
Adam Demers
Residential Experience Counsel 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. 
 Robby Patterson
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. Jason Bauer
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.
Kent Schornack and Kenlyn Gordon
Student Ministry 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.
Alex Krumm
Team GV

Assists in recruiting students by providing campus tours to prospective students and their families and speaking at campus visit events about their own GV experiences and answering questions regarding the campus and student life.

Autumn Luce and Jas Whitinger
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. Jay Prescott

To learn more, contact Kent Schornack, director of leadership and counseling, at (515) 263-2986 or kschornack @