2015 – 2016 Officers

Scott Thorbjornsen – President

Scott Thorbjornsen is entering his Senior year. He is studying Allied Health Sciences with a minor in Psychology with the hopes of moving onto grad school following his four years. Scott has been involved in sports his whole life. He can remember being down on the sidelines as the water boy when he was younger. As Scott became an athlete himself he wanted to try as many sports as he could. In Middle School Scott played basketball, football, baseball and he also ran track and cross country as well as being a wrestler. In High School Scott was a three sport athlete participating in football, wrestling and baseball. During High School he wasn’t sure what he wanted to go to college for but he knew Grand Valley had many opportunities so he applied. As a college freshman Scott knew he wanted to stay active as an athlete so when he was stopped by a few varsity crew members in his first few days on Campus he jumped at the opportunity to try a new sport. Now entering his fourth year at Grand Valley Scott hopes to do as much as he can to help the Laker Navy achieve its goals this upcoming season.

Christina Pavano – Vice President

Christina is entering her senior year and fourth year on the team. She is from Rockford, MI where she graduated in 2012 and previously rowed for 2 years. At GVSU, she is majoring in Psychology and minoring in Sociology with hopes to attend graduate school for school counseling after she graduates. In her time spent on the rowing team, Christina has rowed in many different races. Her freshman/novice year, the women’s novice 8+ went undefeated and even took first place at the Dad Vail Regatta. Sophomore year, she stroked the division 2 varsity 8+ and placed third and also stroked the women’s varsity 4+ at ACRA and placed first. Her Junior year, she rowed in the varsity 8+ where she got to row in San Diego for the San Diego Crew Classic. Another great race was at ACRA, where the boat placed first by only 0.1 seconds. In her final year of rowing, Christina is looking forward to this year and hopes to have a great season!

Zack Peters – Treasurer

Zack Peters is currently the treasurer of Grand Valley’s Rowing Club. In addition to his board position on the team, Zack is also an active member of Delta Sigma Pi Professional Business Fraternity where he holds a seat on the fundraising committee. Zack spends most of his weekdays at Seidman College of Business where he studys finance and marketing. Outside of his collegic life, Zack enjoys playing soccer whenever he gets the chance. Zack is also an avid drummer, but he admits his skills have rusted since his last show. Zack loves his family, friends, and pulling for the Laker Navy.

Faith Platz – Secretary

Faith graduated from Grand Haven High School in 2014, and is beginning her second year at Grand Valley State University. She is an Honors student pursuing a double major in Statistics and Economics with a minor in Spanish, and plans to graduate in 2018. As a lifelong athlete, Faith was hoping to find something new and challenging to participate in when she got to college. Intrigued by the idea of rowing, she joined the team as a Freshman without any prior rowing knowledge or experience. In a few months’ time, she sat in the Stroke seat of the Novice 8+, which took first at the Lubbers Cup and at MACRA, fifth at Dad Vail, and second at ACRA. She is looking forward to joining the Varsity squad this season with high hopes that GVSU’s Rowing program will continue to excel both on and off the water.

Logan Conner – Co-Trustee

Logan was a coxswain for four years at Rockford High School and a Captain of the team his senior year before coming to Grand Valley. He was hesitant at first but then decided to join the rowing team his freshman year. He was able to race on the varsity team as one of the top coxswains early on in his freshman year. He raced in the Men’s Club 4+ at The Head Of The Charles for GVSU. He also was the coxswain for the Men’s Varsity 8+ at The Dad Vail Regatta as they took a 5th place Grand Final finish, He made it to the Grand Final of the Men’s 2V 8+ at the ACRA Regatta. He is Majoring in Bio-Medical Sciences with a Pre-Medical track and he has a minor in Chemistry. He hopes to some day become a Pediatrician.

Emily Koons – Co-Trustee

Emily Koons graduated from Okemos High School in 2014 and is currently a Sophomore at GV seeking a degree in Business, specifically in Finance and Management. Emily is also in a co-ed Professional Business Fraternity called Delta Sigma Pi. When she isn’t rowing or attending Fraternity meetings, she works as a MoneySmart Peer Mentor through GV’s Financial Aid Office. In high school, Emily played Basketball and Lacrosse, and she wanted to stay active in college, but didn’t necessarily want to continue with either of the sports she had previously participated in. When Emily started her freshman year at GV she had been struggling to find a nitch that suited her until one day when Christina Pavano approached her and said she should try rowing.  Emily decided to try it out and has fallen in love with the sport. Last year, Emily raced in the Women’s novice eight that took first at MARCA and second at ACRA nationals and the JV eight that took first place at Lubbers. Emily is excited for this year!

Grace VanderWeide – Risk Management Officer

Grace Vander Weide is going into her Junior year. She is studying Exercise Science with the goals of going to grad school for Occupational Therapy after the completion of her BA. Grace transferred to Grand Valley in her sophomore year and wanted to find a way to stay active. Throughout her whole life she has been involved in multiple sports and when she came to Grand Valley she decided to try out rowing. Grace’s Dad had rowed when he attended Grand Valley and encouraged her to try it out when she came. There is such a rich history of rowing here at Grand Valley and Grace is more than excited to be apart of it!

The Grand Valley State University Rowing Club challenges its student-athletes to reach the highest level to which they aspire both academically and athletically, while continuing to build and sustain a nationally competitive intercollegiate rowing program.

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