"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style." - Maya Angelou

Stephanie Van

Associate | Executive Assistant and Front Desk Concierge

Meet Stephanie

What I Do at Southwest Michigan First

Here at Southwest Michigan First, I support office operations and act as the first point of contact among executives, employees, clients and other external partners. I also support our CEO as an executive assistant by managing calendars, meeting coordination and other special projects. As a member of the operations team, I strive to uphold our brand and culture throughout the office and with everyone who comes through our doors.

Why I Love Working Here

I love the team’s genuine passion to create positive change for our community and the positive impact that Southwest Michigan First has made through following its mission and core values.

My Favorite Thing(s) About Living in Southwest Michigan

Close access to Lake Michigan, trails and great food and entertainment are what I love about living here. It’s everything I would want from a big city, but without the traffic and long commutes.

When I’m Not at Work, You’ll Find Me…

You’ll find me at game nights with friends and or making my own candles in my home candle studio.

My Alma Mater

Grand Valley State University, B.A. in Advertising and Public Relations

A Few Things About Me

  • As a child, I wanted to Be: A Doctor
  • My Superhero Power Would Be: Flying
  • Favorite Beverage: Milk Tea
  • My Best Halloween Costume Ever: A Hershey Kiss
  • Dream Vacation: Tokyo, Japan