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Grand River Academy’s Boarding School for Boys Leadership Team is devoted to transforming the lives of young men through individualized education, an engaging environment, and empowering mentorship. Get to know the team that is championing the next generation of independent, resourceful leaders.

TimViandsImage Tim Viands - Headmaster

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Education: Wesleyan University, MALS 
Towson University, B.S. Finance
At GRA since: 2012
Why GRA?:

There is not another school in the country that does the work GRA does. Watching the growth and transformation of the boys is remarkable. Miracles happen every day at GRA and that is why I work here.

Bill-Thomas William Thomas - Dean of Faculty & Students

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Education: Youngstown State University, M. Ed.
MVNU, B.A.
At GRA since: 1990
Why GRA?: It is a great opportunity to help change lives and shape young people.
 

MelissaNipperImage Melissa Nipper - Dean of Academics, Guidance Counselor, Dir. of College Placement

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Education: Indiana University of Pennsylvania, M. Ed.
Penn State University, B.A. in Psychology
At GRA since: 1999
Why GRA?: I am fully committed to GRA because we are able to truly help a young man develop not only academically, but emotionally and socially as well. We are able to have a positive impact on the student and their family. There are very few occupations and locations that can be as rewarding as working at GRA and being able to effect positive change in a young man's life.

Wickman-2This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - Director of Admission and Financial Aid 
Education: Villanova University, M.A.
Gettysburg College, B.S.
At GRA since: 2015
Why GRA?: There are boys around the country and the world that need Grand River Academy. Its programs are empowering and engaging. I chose GRA because of the amazing things that happen here.
 

Shreve Frank This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - Director of Athletics

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Education:
Kent State University, M. Ed. 
Virginia Tech, B.S.Ed.
At GRA since:  2014
Why GRA?:  

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Education: Baldwin-Wallace College, B.A.
At GRA since: 2013
Why GRA?:

I work at Grand River Academy because I believe in the potential of our students. Each young man who attends GRA has the opportunity to truly be himself, often discovering who that person is while he is here on campus. Students have the opportunity for an individualized education, while also experiencing the sense of community that only GRA can provide. I am here to foster these opportunities for our students.

KelliJonesImage This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - Marketing and Communications Coordinator

Education:
Kent State University - MPA
Heidelberg College - B.A. in Political Science/International Studies
At GRA since: 2014
Why GRA?: GRA helps provide boys with tools needed for success, both inside and outside of the classroom. The dedication of the faculty/staff and how we truly care about the students makes me love coming to work everyday.  Grand River Academy is truly a place where boys can learn, grow and be themselves.  

DavidThomasImage This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. '11 - Alumni Relations and Admissions Associate

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Education:

Washington and Lee University, B.A.

Grand River Academy 2011

At GRA since: 2015
Why GRA?: I graduated from the Academy in 2011 and have always been grateful for all for opportunities our faculty, staff, and students have given me. When the opportunity arose  to give back, I couldn't say no. It’s been a real pleasure being able to see how much the campus has improved and what positives changes have occurred since my time as a student.