The administrative team at ASGA is ready to help you.

The ASGA Team members are specialists in SG issues, problems, and trends.

  • They spend 20,000 hours each year maintaining the SG Database of contacts for Student Governments nationwide
  • They assist in ASGA’s research projects for our members
  • They are totally focused on Student Government every day

Click on each team member’s profile to see contact information and a detailed bio.

Detailed Team Member Bios

Val Grodewald

Val has worked for Oxendine Publishing (now ASGA), a small family owned company in business since the late 80’s, since the spring of 1997. Her days are spent processing payments, memberships, and conference registrations, along with managing accounts payable, human resources, and purchasing. She wears a lot of hats, but loves her job and is sort of partial to people with whom she works…most of the time.

Val enjoys time spent with family and friends just hanging out and being silly. She says she is learning to not take herself or others too seriously. She has a little Suzuki 650 that she enjoys riding when the weather is good. And loves technology and tends to spend the bulk of her allowance on upgrading her cell phone. When Val’s not working, she can be found at the local bowling alley working on her pitiful score, sweating to some hip hop tunes in Zumba class, or taking photographs and working on digital scrapbook pages.

Butch Oxendine

Butch is founder and executive director of ASGA. He was SGA vice president and editor-in-chief of the college newspaper (serving at the same time) at Lake City Community College, then served as SG press secretary and editor of The Campus Leader at the University of Florida.

Named in 1992 as one of the nation’s top 100 entrepreneurs under age 30 by the Association for Collegiate Entrepreneurs, Butch has been publishing student-oriented magazines, books, and web sites for nearly 30 years. He studied journalism at the University of Florida, but left school in 1984 to work full-time on his first magazine, Florida Leader.

He later launched four other publications, including the national magazine Student Leader. He travels frequently to speak and present leadership seminars and has written three books on student-leadership issues, including So You Want to Be President…How to Get Elected on Your Campus, Poster Secrets: How & Where to Hang Flyers on Your Campus, and Inspiration for Student Leaders.

Butch is married to Kathy, and they have five children: Leah, Will, twins Adam and Andrew, and Luke. Butch enjoys being a Trekker, loves Firefly, working outdoors, serving his God and church, wrestling with the young-‘uns, coaching baseball, and cheering (occasionally) for the Tampa Bay Rays.

Jeff Riemersma

Jeff Riemersma is responsible for the design and upkeep of ASGA’s many web resources, as well as the design and preparation of marketing and conference materials. A graduate of Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan, Jeff received his BFA in Art and Design and has been involved with ASGA (formerly Oxendine Publishing) since 1988.

What began as a job dedicated solely to the design and production of magazines has evolved to include such responsibilities as Web design and updates, conference materials preparation, marketing materials design and preparation, overseeing all company computer and networking needs, acting as liaison for ASGA’s dedicated hosting and content management software providers, and data entry.

Jeff enjoys dedicated music listening, following the Tampa Bay Lightning, and dabbling in creative food preparation. Jeff also enjoys food consumption, but wouldn’t use the term “dabble” to describe the extent of his participation in this activity.