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Brandi has worked in the field of Child Welfare for over 20 years. She is currently employed as a Permanency Resource Monitor with MDHHS as well as an Adjunct Professor with the GVSU School of SW. Brandi has a fervent love of education and recently completed her studies with the Michigan Leadership in Neurodevelopmental Education Michigan Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (MI-LEND) is an interdisciplinary leadership training program, funded under the Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education, and Support (CARES) Act, and administered by the Health Resources and Service's Administration's (HRSA) Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB). Brandi is married with three children and are foster parents of another.
Joshua has worked in human services for nearly 20 years. His clinical experience is in trauma treatment, congregational social work, and youthwork. He is trained in three evidence-based practices for trauma treatment: CPT for PTSD, Accelerated Resolution Therapy, and Trauma-Focused CBT. His quantitative research interests are generosity, volunteerism, adverse childhood experiences, trauma education, and trauma treatment.
MSW Michigan State University (2013)
PhD Michigan State University (2019)
Jessica R. Campbell, LMSW developed and implemented Grand Valley’s Fostering Laker Success Program (FLS). FLS is a campus-based support program for youth who have experienced foster care and/or homelessness. She received her bachelors in Nonprofit Management and Public Administration from Grand Valley State University and a Master in Social Work at Eastern Michigan University.
|Audrey Carlstrom||Audrey Carlstrom joined MIOSHA’s Consultation Education and Training (CET)
Division in April 2019. She serves as an Industrial Hygienist in the Training and
Consultation Program for the Western Counties in Lower Michigan.
Prior to joining MIOSHA’s CET Division, Audrey worked as a Wastewater Laboratory
Technician. As a lab tech, Audrey performed analysis on water samples throughout
the treatment process to ensure compliance with the required National Pollutant
Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit. Additionally, Audrey served over
eight years as a Bioenvironmental Engineering Technician in the Air Force, both in
Active Duty and in the Michigan Air National Guard. Her duties and responsibilities
primarily included occupational health surveys for over 24,000 personnel in
industrial work centers. Audrey also performed environmental sampling and
monitoring and was a member of the base HAZMAT emergency response team.
Audrey has a Bachelor of Science degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
from the University of Michigan.
|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.|
>Lisa Dykstra holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Grand Valley State University. She is a Certified NHA Trainer and uses the approach to support children with intense behaviors in her role as a School Social Worker where she has served students in her community for 15 years. In 2017, Lisa expanded her opportunity to combine clinical skills and NHA as she started her own private practice to support children and families as a Therapist. A strong believer in the power of relationship when working through behavioral challenges, Lisa consistently and successfully uses the Nurtured Heart Approach in both professional settings. The most meaningful application of the approach happens in her own home with her husband and their 4 children. In her free time, Lisa enjoys reading, crafting, spending time outside, and playing games with her kids.
Philip M. Fennema is the Director of Operations for TANDEM365. TANDEM365 is an innovative organization designed to provide better care, better health, at lower cost. TANDEM365’s primary purpose is to allow older adults to age in place and safely remain in their homes while avoiding unnecessary hospitalizations. TANDEM365 operates in the space where a medical case management program intersects with a community paramedic program. Philip’s 17 years’ experience in emergency medicine provides a unique insight into the challenges an organization like TANDEM365 faces. Philip recognizes the challenges older adults with complex medical conditions face and firmly believes TANDEM365 can provide innovative solutions. Through engagement with local, regional, and state level emergency medical service agencies, Philip serves this integrated care model by ensuring non-traditional utilization of EMS services is effective.
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.
Randy Flood, MA LLP is the co-founder and director of the Men’s Resource Center of West Michigan where he is the principal therapist in providing individual and group psychotherapy. He also provides evaluations to assess risk and counseling needs relative to sexual misconduct, domestic violence and generalized violence. He has spent his career creating and developing specialized clinical services and programs to address men’s issues—helping men develop wholehearted and healthy masculinities to include emotional and relational intelligences. Recently, Randy has been integral in helping create the Youthful Sex Offender Treatment Program here in Kent County.
In addition to his clinical practice, Randy provides trainings on revisioning and reinventing masculinities, as well as on domestic violence, sexual misconduct and addiction, and specialized counseling for boys and men. He recently developed Altogether Boys, a comprehensive educational program that teaches middle school-aged boys about developing robust, whole-hearted masculinities. He also recently launched a new Podcast—Revealing Men—conversations that pull back the curtain, revealing the inner life of men. With Charlie Donaldson, Randy wrote Mascupathy: Understanding and Healing the Malaise of American Manhood (IPTM, 2014) and Stop Hurting the Woman You Love: Breaking the Cycle of Abusive Behavior (Hazelden, 2006), one of the field’s leading books for men who are emotionally or physically abusive of women. Randy is often sought out by media as a resource on current events and issues related to men and masculinities.
|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.|
Lauren Guttersen is the Clinical Manager of Social Work services at Tandem365, a community paramedicine and complex medical case management program that currently serves over 1000 older adults in Kent, Ottawa, Allegan, and Kalamazoo counties. She obtained her Masters of Social Work (MSW) at Western Michigan University in 2011. She is currently a Licensed Clinical MSW in the state of Michigan. Lauren has over 10 years of experience working in Community Case Management, Psychotherapy and Residential Behavioral Health roles, most often focusing on the aging population. Prior to her current role with Tandem365, Lauren has gained advanced training in Trauma Informed Care, Substance Use Disorders, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Advocating for and empowering the underserved is her true passion. Lauren has received additional training in Polarity Thinking through the Interprofessional Institute for Polarity ThinkingTM in Healthcare which has given her the skills to see dilemmas that are prevalent in healthcare with a new "lens", allowing for a more balanced approach to service delivery.
Aaron Hovanec has assumed the role as the Director of Functional Medicine at Age Management of West Michigan for the last 10 years. He utilizes a functional medicine approach of treatment with patients that addresses the underlying physiological and lifestyle factors that are the root cause of disease and imbalance in the body. Aaron started The Functional Brain Performance Center at Age Management around 5 years ago to offer people a functional medicine treatment approach that addresses and treats the underlying physiological imbalances in the body that contribute to mood disorders and cognitive decline. Aaron received his training in the field of functional medicine though conferences and coursework with the Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M), the Institute of Functional Medicine (IFM), and the Age Management Medicine Group (AMMG). Aaron has advanced training as a certified LENS Neurofeedback practitioner and is an AACN certified nutritional consultant. Aaron obtained his bachelor’s degree at MSU and his master’s degree at GVSU. Aaron has also worked as a certified personal trainer for over 20 years and is the owner of Fit Mitt Training Company in Grand Rapids and Muskegon.
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, 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.
|Chris Johnson||Chris Johnson is an Occupational Safety Consultant with the Consultation Education and Training Division of MIOSHA. Chris currently provides consultation and training services for Southwest Michigan counties.
Before working with the State of Michigan, Chris was a Safety Chair at a MVPP STAR manufacturing facility in West Michigan. His responsibilities included incident investigation, safety training, employee engagement, and developing and working with different employee lead safety teams in order to enhance the safety culture. Chris also has previous experience in the insurance industry, working with accident and liability investigations.
Chris is a graduate of Lake Superior State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Fire Science and is a licensed fire fighter and emergency medical technician in the State of Michigan.
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 had 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. He currently works with the Veterans Administration.
Marlene Kowalski-Braun serves as Associate Vice President in the Division of Inclusion and Equity at Grand Valley State University. She is passionate about the role of education in developing equity leaders and organizations and has been in the training and development arena for 25 years.
Marlene strives to create opportunities for shared visioning and collaboration in order to maximize collective impact. She worked alongside others to create the Center for Women and Gender Equity, the LGBT Resource Center, Campus Interfaith Resources, K-12 Pathways initiatives and the Division of Inclusion and Equity at GVSU. She helped create the Campus Climate Concern Reporting Process as well as the active bystander campaign called “Speak Up.”
Community and civic engagement are major priorities in the work that Marlene does. Her personal service to community is built around creating more socially just spaces. She served as a loaned executive for the Heart of West Michigan United Way and is honored to serve on the boards of the Grandville Avenue Arts Academy, BLEND, and Inforum. She also spends time supporting the Seidman Boys and Girls Club where her family has been enriched by this connection to community.
Marlene earned her bachelor’s degree at Central Michigan University, her master’s degree from Ball State University, and her Ph.D. from Western Michigan University.
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.
Diana Osipsov is founder and owner of Roots Therapeutic Specialty Services. Diana is passionate about helping patients find hope and healing by addressing issues related to trauma, anxiety, attachment disorders, emotional and behavioral dysregulation, and other psychological disorders. Diana specializes in pediatric care and early childhood development, and provides treatment services to children and their families; she also provides treatment to adults with various trauma and attachment disorders.
Diana completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees in clinical social work at Grand Valley State University, and is presently pursuing her PhD in Infant and Early Childhood Development through the School of Psychology at Fielding Graduate University. Diana has developed her skillset working in a community mental health setting, a pediatric residential treatment facility, and a neuropsychological treatment clinic before opening her own practice – Roots. Over the past decade, Diana has partnered with school districts, legal systems, community groups, and nonprofit organizations to offer comprehensive support and services to individuals and families, and now offers specialized consultation and training services in ongoing efforts to collaborate and serve families most effectively.
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.
Lisa M. Perhamus is a Faculty Associate for Grand Valley State University’s Division of Inclusion and Equity, the Director of the Padnos/Sarosik Civil Discourse Program at the university, and an Associate Professor in the university’s College of Education. Originally from upstate New York, Lisa has been an anti-oppression educator for 28 years, with the last 23 years spent in higher education. As a sociologist of education, her equity work focuses on ways that students, teachers, schools, and community organizations can collaborate to interrupt oppressive systems of power. In particular, Lisa partners with youth and novice teachers to create equitable, transformative learning spaces that honor the personhood of each student.
Beyond the walls of the classroom, Lisa commits her energies to grassroots, community-led initiatives which invest in the cultural, social, and ecological sustainability of schools and neighborhoods. She is currently involved with the Detroit-based James and Grace Lee Boggs Center for Nurturing Community Leadership; serves as the faculty advisor for the student-led organization, Neighbors for Justice; and co- facilitates Anti-Racism, White Consciousness learning cohorts for the campus community. Her New York-based community involvement included serving on the Board of Directors for the local YMCA chapter; serving as Co-President of the local chapter of the National Associate for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC); and working on a number of initiatives which focused on deepening the relationship between local schools and neighborhoods.
Lisa earned her bachelor’s degree at William Smith College; her master’s degree at The New School for Social Research; and her Ph.D. from the University of Rochester.
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.
Susie Rigas-Morozowich, LMSW, LCSW is the CEO and founder of Telebehavioral Health.US. She was the first clinician to adopt the American Telemedicine Association and American Psychological Association Direct-to-Consumer services model of care to deliver services online in the State of Michigan and one of the first in the United States. Susie has been providing behavioral health services for over 15 years and has been practicing telehealth since 2014. Her experience in the field of behavioral health has been an eclectic mix of direct practice, clinical supervision and program development.
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.
Elisa Salazar graduated from GVSU with her Master's degree in 2010. Her background is in diverse settings including juvenile justice, special education, and substance abuse; however, she has spent most of her career as a therapist working with children, families, and individual from mild to severe mental illness. She received extensive training as a Dialectical Behavioral therapist. Elisa spent some time in California where she was able to work with gang entrenched inner city youth as well as manage group homes for teenagers with substance abuse issues. Throughout her career she has always felt it was important to care for fellow coworkers. Elisa has been at GVSU for 3 years as the Work Life Consultant where she helps faculty and staff get connected to resources and address work life balance issues. In this work she has learned the importance of self-care and resiliency for working professionals.
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.
Tara Wilcox is the Director of Clinical Services at Tandem365, a community paramedicine and complex medical case management program that currently serves over 1000 older adults in Kent, Ottawa, Allegan, and Kalamazoo counties. She obtained her BS in Nursing from Grand Valley State University in 2004. Tara has spent most of her career serving the aging population in various roles, but post-acute care in the home setting is her true passion. Prior to her current role with Tandem365, Tara worked to obtain several advanced certifications in wound management, treatments, and debridement so that patients could have access to advanced wound care options in the comfort of their own home. Tara’s current role fits her true passion for the elderly population due to her main interests in: bettering the quality and access to care options available to seniors, assisting the at-risk elderly to age in place, and robust advocacy for improvements in navigating older adults through the complex healthcare system.
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.
Holly Wixon MA, LMSW, CAADC, CCS is the Director of Substance Use Disorder Services for Samaritas. She graduated with her Masters in Social Work from Western Michigan University in 2013. Holly assists in planning, developing, and implementing SUD programs across the State of Michigan and has a passion for equipping and training staff. 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, 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.
Dr. Youker has roughly 25 years of experience practicing social work both domestically and internationally. Following his M.S.S.W. from Columbia University, he worked in international development as a program manager in Denmark and Zambia and then as a medical social worker in rural Michigan. He also was a clinical social worker and research assistant through a fellowship at Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Youker received his Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Evaluation from Western Michigan University and subsequently conducted numerous program evaluations for West Michigan area non-profits in education and health, human, and social services primarily as an independent evaluation consultant. Dr. Youker joined GVSU in 2012 where he teaches macro social work courses such as program evaluation, qualitative and quantitative research methods, and grant writing. Dr. Youker is considered the world’s foremost scholar on an evaluation approach called goal-free evaluation; secondarily, he researches community-based learning and teaching pedagogy.
|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.