Associate Athletic Director
Jon Coles continuously strives for excellence in his pursuit for efficient communication,
organization and high energy, while serving in a demanding position that affects not
only internal constituents such as coaches and colleagues, but also the Ferris community,
alumni and donors.
In addition to his hectic athletic schedule, Coles serves on committees across campus
to help enrich the lives of all FSU students and student-athletes. His presence in
the Big Rapids area is just as remarkable as he serves on numerous task forces and
finds time to volunteer as a coach for youth soccer, basketball and baseball.
Manager, Staff Center for Training and Development
Jody Gardei, with nearly two decades of service to Ferris, excels through her numerous
opportunities to collaborate with the many different departments on campus. She carries
a strong personal belief that actions should be aligned with personal values, and
remains a steadfast advocate for civility in the workplace. Gardei also supports the
belief that professional development is the key to personal and professional growth,
and she continuously works to bring new and enriching programs to her colleagues.
Gardei devotes a good portion of her free time to serving as a mentor for the Ferris
Youth Initiative, as a faith formation teacher at St. Mary and St. Paul Parish, as
well as sitting on the Manna Food Pantry Board of Directors.
News Services and Social Media Manager
Since Sandy Gholston began attending FSU as a freshman in 1993, he has achieved great
success as a student, alumnus and professional. He is a talented and respected "storyteller"
and has the gift of sharing the amazing stories that surround the people of this great
Gholston's love for Ferris shines through in his quest to lead the first social media
efforts on campus, starting from the ground level and working up to managing several
social media outlets on a daily basis, ensuring that the FSU community is actively
engaged and up-to-date on all university news.
In addition, Gholston's passion for Bulldog athletics is apparent in his volunteer
role as one of the radio and television voices of Bulldog football, men's basketball
and women's basketball for many years. Sandy also finds the time to advise two student
organizations while serving as a role model for all students he comes into contact
Registrar, Associate Dean of Enrollment Services
Elise Gramza has proven instrumental at turning academic requests into working solutions
and always seeks to find the best resolutions with a focus on students. She is friendly
and positive in her approach to every situation, never avoiding problems, but instead
"digging in" to fix them. Gramza displays grace under pressure and see challenges
as opportunities to fulfill the student-centered mission of Ferris. She finds personal
rewards in her dedicated service to the students, staff and faculty of Ferris State
Gramza exhibits selfless acts while volunteering for events across campus, as well
as with organizations such as the Susan G. Komen Foundation and The American Cancer
Assistant Director, Office of International Education
Lisa vonReichbauer strives for excellence in all her services to international students.
In only four short weeks, she stepped up to the challenge of creating a curriculum
for the Intensive English Program. She met that goal and has been going strong ever
With great passion for her work, vonReichbauer helps students from 40 different countries
integrate successfully into the Ferris community. On a daily basis, she remains busy
overseeing immigration and orientation, as well as student advising and services in
the Office of International Education. She is also the Primary Designated School Official
with the Department of Homeland Security and the Responsible Officer with the Department
of State – both roles that carry the weight of great responsibility.
In addition to serving on many FSU committees and advising two student organizations,
vonReichbauer oversees the annual International Festival of Cultures, which attracts
1,500 visitors to campus each spring.