Course Listing - by Instructor

Name Biography
Scott Berlin
Scott Berlin received his PhD from Michigan State University. He is an accociate professor at Grand Valley State University School of Social Work since 2005. He has community involvement with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Scott Berlin received his PhD from Michigan State University. He is an assistant professor at Grand Valley State University School of Social Work since 2005. He has community involvement with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community for the past fifteen years in Detroit and Chicago. He has experience with grant funding for individuals living with HIV/AIDS, including mental health services, food voucher programs, as well as, the first comprehensive program for HIV positive adolescents.
Joan Borst

Dr. Joan Borst is currently a faculty member in the School of Social Work at Grand Valley State University. She recently published a text book titled, Social work and health care: Policy, practice, and professionalism, and was awarded the John Harford Foundation: Gerontology Education Grant 2008 to 2011 by the Council of Social Education.
Audrey Carlstrom
Gregg Dimkoff Dr. Dimkoff is a professor of finance and Director of the Certified Financial Planning program at GVSU. He has a Ph.D. in finance and a BS degree in chemical engineering from Michigan State University, an MBA degree from Saint Louis University, and a Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) degree from the American College. Professor Dimkoff has over 30 years of teaching experience with particular expertise in business finance, personal finance, insurance, and economics.
Laurie Eldred
Laurie Eldred graduated with a Masters of Social Work from Grand Valley in 2009. She has over 10 years experience in the social work field covering the systems of Community Mental Health in Ionia, Child Protective Services in both Kent and Ionia County, Private Practice, Medical Social Work, Inpatient Substance Abuse treatment, and Corrections Mental Health. Each of these systems come with their own share of secondary trauma and building her own self care habits has been an in-depth process. Laurie is married with two children, practices mindfulness daily, enjoys yoga, being outside, or reading a good book at home.
Marcia Ferstenfeld

Marcia Ferstenfeld, M.A., CIRT, CI is in private practice working with couples, individuals and families. She is certified in Imago Relationship Therapy and a member of the Imago Faculty as a Certified Clinical Instructor. Her work focuses on training therapists, supporting couples and individuals in achieving personal growth, and developing loving relationships in regular and extended, intensive sessions.

Marcia is assisted by her husband, Larry, in her Getting The Love You Want, Keeping the Love You Find, and Connected Parents, Thriving Kids Workshops and classes and in her Clinical Training Courses. Married 55 years, they have three grown daughters, 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. They bring a wealth of insight and experience, gleaned from their personal devotion to their own evolving relationship.

Devi Fongers
Devi earned her Master’s degree in Social Work in 1997 through Western Michigan University and her Master’s degree in Art Therapy from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2015. She describes Art Therapy as “a powerful force that breaks through barriers and reaches those who struggle to express themselves or their memories through words.” She has used Art Therapy extensively with children, teens, families, and adults in groups and individual therapy.
Jim Getting, PhD Jim Getting was appointed to MIOSHA's Consultation Education and Training (CET) Division in 2007 and provides construction safety services for the Southwest counties of Michigan. Jim has over 16 years of experience as a construction safety professional. Prior to joining CET, Jim worked as Safety Director for several companies, encountering a multitude of construction safety hazards. Jim learned first-hand the challenges of training workers, developing safety plans, inspecting worksites, and developing written programs to ensure worker safety and complying with MIOSHA standards. Jim has a Doctoral degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Auburn University. His primary specialty is the managing of safety and motivation of workers through behavioral safety methods. By utilizing these straight-forward and effective techniques and his field experience, Jim provides training and consultation to assist companies in developing positive and proactive safety programs.
Thavonne Huinill
Thavone Huinil, MSW, LMSW has a full time private practice in Grand Rapids, MI. She has a passion and gift for working with individuals, couples, and families, helping them to create safety and connection. She is an Adjunct Professor at Grand Valley State University in the School of Social Work, as well as provides supervision for limited license Social Workers.
Deborah Jandle
Deborah Jandle, LMSW, began her practice called Holistic Counseling Services in 2002. The “Holistic” aspect means treating the whole person, mind, body and spirit. Deb has worked in the field of Social Work with families and individuals for over 20 years. She believes in social justice and self determination. Helping individuals and families find solutions that make theirs lives stronger is her passion.
Patrick Kiely
Patrick Kiely graduated from Michigan State University School of Social Work in 2013 and began working as a Therapist in Muskegon County, focusing on youth identified with complex developmental trauma. During this time he also completed licensure requirements for Marriage and Family Therapy, with coursework completed through Michigan State’s Human Development and Family Studies Department. Over the three years Patrick implemented a variety of evidence based trauma interventions, particularly Trauma Focused CBT ( National Certification Completed in 2015). In 2015 he also began certification for EMDR, and completed international certification in May of 2019. From 2015 to 2019 Patrick has been supervising Family Based Services at Muskegon’s Community Mental Health (HealthWest), working with a team of clinicians to provide evidence based interventions for individual and family therapy to youth with a severe to moderate mental health diagnosis.
Alan Kort
Robert Lathers

Robert Lathers, LMSW has over 45 years experience in social work with 35 of those years in clinical supervision and administration. He recently retired as CEO of a leading-edge rural community mental health center. He has been a live-in residential house parent for adolescents, a case-manager, a clinical supervisor and a program director for several agencies both rural and urban.

He has presented at over 200 State and National professional conferences during his career on issues related mostly to child welfare, family therapy, jail diversion, and serving veterans and their families. He is a long-time Adjunct Professor for the GVSU Graduate School of Social Work teaching courses in Public Policy and Human Service Administration.

Mr. Lathers is the recipient of numerous awards including his community's Citizen of the Year and a local Child Abuse and Neglect Council's Person of the Year. He is the 2018 Recipient of the prestigious Hal Madden Award for Distinguished Service in the field of Mental Health presented by the Community Mental Health of Association of Michigan. He is also the recipient of the 2019 Distinguished BSW Alumnus Award from the GVSU School of Social Work. He earned his MSW from Western Michigan University.

David Ledbetter
Ann McKnight
Ann McKnight PLLC, LMSW, ACSW graduated from the University of Chicago with a Master's in Clinical Social Work. Before starting her private practice in 2002, Ann worked in an inpatient hospital setting for 10 years. In her current practice Ann sees individuals, couples, families and groups and specializes in depression, anxiety, grief and loss, post-traumatic stress, and relationship challenges. Ann has certification in Brainspotting, EMDR, and Trauma Studies and is a Restorative Circles trainer.
Lois Owens
Lois Smith-Owens has been at Grand Valley State University since 1998. Amongst her roles within higher education, she has been director of educational opportunity, director of cultural diversity, and adjunct professor of African American Studies. She is the recipient of the Martin Luther King Award, United Black Fund Community Service Award and NBPA Woman of the Year.
Kathleen Papke
Katie Papke, LMSW, CAADC is an adjunct professor at GVSU. She works for the Department of Veteran Affairs specializing in homeless, trauma, and addiction. Katie has her own private practice specializing as a life coach and counselor for those working in the sex industry.
Molly Perez

Molly I. Perez is a LMSW who has a variety of experiences serving families in the child welfare and mental health systems, as both a direct provider as well as a supervisor to those in the field. Her background includes working as a Child Protective Services worker in an urban setting. She has also conducted Outpatient therapy in a rural community. She has provided Homebased Clinical Services to families in both contexts.

She currently supervises community-based child and family services within a community mental health agency. Programs under her leadership include Infant Mental Health, Wraparound, Parent Support Partner and Foster Care. Ms. Perez is also a foster parent, in addition to the biological parent of two adult children and a granddaughter who reside in her home. She is committed to social justice and passionate about developing social service professionals who are clinically skilled, self- compassionate, empathic and excited in their roles.

Susan Richards
Susan Richards is the Quality Improvement and Compliance Officer for The Right Door for Hope, Recovery and Wellness in Ionia County, MI. Susan is a licensed macro social worker with experience in directing a small non-profit organization as the sole employee and in working for a governmental non-profit. Her passion for ethics comes from her strong desire to follow the rules as a compliance officer paired with her desire to do what's best for the person affected by the decision. Susan is also a surveyor for the Commission on Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities.
Nancy Roberts
Nancy Roberts is an Obstetrical Registered Nurse, Certified Breastfeeding Counselor, and Certified Childbirth Educator at Spectrum Health Hospital in Grand Rapids. For the past 28 years, she has been instrumental in the growth and development of the Postpartum Emotional Support Program, facilitating the Postpartum Depression Support Group and coordinating the inpatient screening program. She authored “Supporting the Breastfeeding Mother through Postpartum Depression” and is the Michigan Coordinator for Postpartum Support International.

Nancy was also employed for 6 years at the Pine Rest Mother and Baby Day Program, teaching psycho educational classes to the pregnant and postpartum women who attend.
Tammi Ryan
Tammi Ryan, OTRL earned her Occupational Therapy Degree in 2001 from Western Michigan University. She has worked in a variety of settings with pediatric and adult clients; including in-home care, outpatient, and inpatient services. Her passion is working with children and she is trained in DIRfloortime, Therapeutic Listening, and Neuro-Developmental Treatment. Tammi enjoys working together with families to increase their child's independence.
Terri Sprader

Terri Sprader MA, LPC, SPADA, CAADC, CSS, ADS Clinical Supervisor for Community Based Recovery Services at Arbor Circle in Grand Rapids. Graduated from Western Michigan University with a Master’s degree in Community Counseling. Terri is a licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Certified Advanced Addictions Counselor (CAADC), Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS), and a Certified Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist (ADS). Terri has been at Arbor Circle since 2001. She worked at the Bridge Adolescent Residential Program, in Early Childhood in the Mission Inn program, Outpatient Services, and in the Family Engagement Therapy program as Therapist. In 2010 she began supervising several Community Based Recovery programs and Women’s Specialty programs including: Enhanced Women’s Services, Family Engagement Services, Women’s Project Access, and the Recovery Management Program. In addition to supervising Masters Level Therapists, Bachelors Level Case Managers, Recovery Coaches, and Interns, she has provided trainings on Motivational Interviewing, Seeking Safety, Women’s Issues, Treatment Planning, FASD, Substance Use Disorders and Program Development.
Patty Stow-Bolea
Patricia Stow Bolea, Ph.D., M.S,W, is a Professor in the Grand Valley State University School of Social Work. She also serves as a Faculty Fellow in the Grand Valley State University Pew Faculty Teaching and Learning Center. Her teaching and research interests include social work clinical practice, cultural service learning, and civic engagement.
Michael Tamminga
Michael Tamminga is a detective with the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office in Ottawa County, MI and has over 18 years of Law Enforcement experience. Since 2009 Michael has been assigned to the Multidisciplinary team at the Children’s Advocacy Center and a majority of his cases deal with sexual assault and interpersonal violence. He is also one of the major case detectives within the investigative unit at the Sheriff’s Office. Michael has training in the neurobiology of trauma and has years of experience applying the understanding of how the brain responds during traumatic events into investigations in order to provide the best results for survivors of trauma.
Jenelle Thelen Jenelle Thelen is an Industrial Hygienist with MIOSHA Consultation Education and Training serving the lower central. Michigan region. She rejoined MIOSHA in June, 2012 adding to her previous service with MIOSHA CET from 2000-2005. Jenelle has over 25 years of experience in industrial hygiene, occupational safety and environmental regulatory compliance. Her work experience includes: laboratory and regulatory compliance within industrial manufacturing; Training Manager and Associate Director of Safety for the University of Kansas Medical Center; Nursing Home Consultant/Trainer for the Lansing Area Safety Council; and Safety & Health Coordinator for the Michigan Department of Community Health. Jenelle has a Master of Science in Industrial Hygiene from the University of Central Missouri and a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education – Science.
Alicia Wilder

Alicia earned her Master's Degree in Social Work from Grand Valley State University in 2012. Her earlier experiences include medical social work providing and coordinating care in sub acute rehabilitation, acute care, emergency room, and ambulatory settings. She also has clinical experience as an outpatient therapist working in a rural community mental health agency and integrated in primary care. She now practices independently in the Grand Rapids community as a psychotherapist at Allow Therapy Partners, a group she created out of her passion to provide evidence based and trauma informed care. Alicia is also dedicated to empowering others in the behavioral health community through education and collaboration to feel competent in their ability to provide effective treatments and team based care to the vulnerable populations they serve.
Shyra Williams
Shyra Williams is a Michigan native. She began her career as an MSW Intern for the Children's Advocacy Center and knew immediately this was what she wanted to do with her life work. She has been with the Children's Advocacy Center for 14 years and is currently serving as the Program Director. Shyra graduated with her MSW from Grand Valley State University in 2004. Since that time Shyra has received extensive training focused on the impacts of trauma on the brain and body. Her passion is transforming traumatic experiences through use of the expressive arts. Shyra is trained in TF-CBT, SITCAP, SMART, and regularly utilizes play, expressive arts, and sand tray. Shyra enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. Outdoors is where she recharges and you can find her with her family running, kayaking, hiking, skiing, and enjoying time on the lakeshore.
Holly Wixon
Holly Wixon MA, LMSW, CAADC, is the Associate Director of Substance Abuse Services for Wedgwood Christian Services. She graduated with her Masters in Social Work from Western Michigan University in 2013. Holly helps to equip and manage over 45 staff members. She engages in continual education in evidence-based practices as part of her commitment to providing useful and best practices to her staff and clients.
Cathy Worthem

Cathy Worthem, MSW, LMSW, CCS, is the Program Manager for Community-Based Recovery Services at Arbor Circle in Grand Rapids Michigan. She manages six programs providing addiction treatment and support for individuals and families with co-occurring disorders in community-based settings. Three of these programs are designated women’s specialty services for the State of Michigan. She has worked in the field of social work supporting diverse populations for more than 20 years. Working as a clinician and supervisor for the last 15 years, she has specialized in treating women and families impacted by substance abuse. She is a passionate advocate for women involved in the child welfare system, gender-specific treatment, the addition of peer recovery coaches to addiction services, and the development of trauma informed care in her agency. She has presented at the state substance use disorders conference on women’s services for three years, as well as other conferences. She was selected to participate in the Women’s Addiction Services Leadership Institute and is a current alumnus. She is also currently an active member of the Recovery-Oriented System of Care (ROSC) Transformation Steering Committee for the State of Michigan.
Brandon Yuenger
In 2012 Dr. Yuenger graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Shortly thereafter while working with Mary Free Bed to rehabilitate pediatric chronic pain and head injuries, he developed a taste for neurologically based manual therapies and found excellent results with both children and adults alike. From there, Dr. Yuenger entered the complicated world of chronic pain. Using a combination of mentoring, intuition and dumb luck he has developed a system of rehabilitation that is based in the understanding that we as people are not a collection of individual parts but one integrated unit of being. He is excited to share his passion through both practice and education.
Deborah Ziel Deborah Ziel is a Senior Occupational Safety Consultant who joined the Consultation Education and Training Division of MIOSHA in 2006. Before that, she had over a decade of safety and health experience in private industry. Deborah currently provides consultation and training services for mid-west Michigan. Before working for the State of Michigan, Deborah was an EHS Specialist in a private manufacturing facility performing safety and health functions in two Michigan Voluntary Protection Program (MVPP) STAR sites. This included, but was not limited to, injury management and record keeping, program development and implementation, regulatory and best practice training, chemical management program, industrial hygiene coordination, hazard recognition program, and safety team development and facilitation. Deborah is a graduate of Grand Valley State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Safety & Health.