Course Listing - by Instructor

Name Biography
Joshua Bishop

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)

Rebeca Davila

As the owner and lead practitioner of Vida Acupuncture & Wellness, Rebeca integrates two distinct disciplines, Psychotherapy and Acupuncture, within her sessions to address mental health issues. Her unique treatment model is the only one of its kind in the State of Michigan. Combining talk therapy with body-centered therapies such as full-body acupuncture, acupressure, along with guided meditations has shown significant results in mental wellness. The body keeps memories of past traumas even if the mind blocks them. Thus, an integrated approach heals the mind, body, and spirit to address the root cause of an ailment so that persons can live their fullest Vida.

Rebeca Davila is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Michigan and Illinois, and a Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac) in Michigan where she currently resides. She enjoys urban farming with her husband and son and believes in the importance of having a personal connection to food as part of a healthy lifestyle. She also loves to travel nationally and internationally and has visited over a dozen different countries.

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.
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.

Marlise Gilliam

Marlise Gilliam is from the metro Detroit area, born and raised in Farmington Hills, Michigan. She recently graduated from Michigan State University, earning her Bachelor's degree in Special Education with a concentration in Language Arts for Elementary Education. At MSU, she was involved with the Urban Education Cohort Program, which prepares future educators with the resources and skills to work in urban communities. Ms. Gilliam’s passion for social justice and equity work earned her a role as an intercultural aide and peer educator in the residence hall. After she graduated from MSU, she started working as a paraprofessional at Red Cedar Elementary for East Lansing Public Schools. During her time at Red Cedar, she had the opportunity to build meaningful relationships along with providing academic and emotional support for students with learning disabilities. In her free time, she loves to spend time outside, reading, crafting, and exploring hidden gems around the city such as coffee shops and local restaurants, and spending time with family and friends.

Thavone Huinil

Thavone Huinil is an experienced, warm, and inclusive therapist based in Grand Rapids, MI. With 20 years of experience, she provides compassionate support to individuals, couples, and families seeking healing and growth. As a certified Imago Relationship Therapist, she specializes in strengthening connections and fostering healthier communication patterns. Thavone's therapy approach acknowledges the impact of systemic racism on relationships and emphasizes the healing power of relationships. She supports clients through trauma-informed, culturally responsive lens. Additional trainings in Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples, Internal Family Systems (IFS), and Brainspotting, allow Thavone to offer a diverse range of therapeutic modalities to meet individual needs.

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.
Diana Lamphiere

Professor Lamphiere's undergraduate degree is in Interdisciplinary Studies in Public Policy from Michigan State University, and her law degree is from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. She externed at the Cook County State's Attorney's office while in law school, and clerked with a judge in the Chancery Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County upon graduation from law school. She then practiced law in a large firm for a short time, then a small firm for many years, where she practiced in the area of business transactions and business litigation, advising businesses, individuals, and non-profits. She has also worked in-house as a Contracts Associate for Brilliance Publishing (an Amazon company), and for LexisNexis as an Attorney Advisor in the Commercial Transactions area of Lexis Practice Advisor.

Professor Lamphiere has taught at Grand Valley State University, where she began teaching in the Integrative, Religious, and Intercultural Studies Department, Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies, in Spring 2019. Courses she’s taught include Diversity in the United States, Human Traffic and Trafficking, Leadership for Social Change, Life Journeys, and Reflect, Connect, Engage, as needed. She began teaching in the GVSU School of Criminal Justice in Winter 2016, where she served as the Legal Studies Internship Coordinator and taught the Legal Studies Internship course, and also taught the Property and Probate Law course and Constitutional Rights and Civil Liberties course, as needed. Professor Lamphiere started her teaching career at Davenport University in the Legal Studies department in 2010, where courses she has taught include Advanced Litigation, Business Law, Business Organizations, Constitutional Law/Civil Liberties, Employment and Labor Law, Human Resource Management, Intellectual Property, Legal Aspects of Sport Management, Legal Ethics and Certificate Review, Litigation, and Real Estate Law, as needed. She also serves as Board Vice President for Migrant Legal Aid (, as Board Secretary for the Grand Rapids Film Festival (, and as a Board Vice President for The Diatribe (

Keith Langworthy

Keith Started his career with MIOSHA's Asbestos Program May 1, 2000. Prior stints as a Dow Chemical Intern and Industrial Hygiene Technician at DeLisle Associates in Kalamazoo offered Keith a good look at IH work in large industrial facilities in Michigan. Since 2008, he's been a MIOSHA Senior Industrial Hygienist. While in the Asbestos Program, he conducted enforcement inspections throughout the state for the first 10 years of his career. In 2011, Keith took on expanded responsibilities with a transfer to MIOSHA's Construction Safety and Health Division and continued conducting enforcement inspections of all health hazards in a position covering the West side of the State. Keith's most memorable worksites include the World Trade Center Clean-up operation in Jan-Feb 2002, working alongside OSHA Industrial Hygienists as a part of the Hurricane Katrina response efforts in November 2005, and covering SW Michigan's employees responding to the Enbridge Oil Spill cleanup in 2010. Keith is currently the Co-Chair of MIOSHA's Disaster Response Team(DRT). He encountered his most unusual worksite while initiating a MIOSHA inspection during a brief interruption in a deposition.

In October 2022, Keith came to MIOSHA CET's Training & Consulting Section as a Senior Industrial Hygienist covering the Western and Southwestern counties of the state.

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
Dan Lorenz

Dan Lorenz, DPT, PT, ATC, LAT, CSCS is the Director of Sports Medicine at Lawrence Memorial Hospital/OrthoKS in Lawrence, KS. Previously, he was an owner and Director of Physical Therapy for Specialists in Sports and Orthopedic Rehabilitation (SSOR), an outpatient physical therapy practice based in Overland Park, KS with three locations. He has a B.S. in Health Sciences with an emphasis in Athletic Training from Grand Valley State University in 1999 and a M.S in Physical Therapy from Grand Valley State in 2001. In 1997, he was an athletic training intern for the Chicago White Sox Major League Baseball team. From 2004-2005, he completed the Duke University Sports Physical Therapy Fellowship. Formerly, he was an assistant athletic trainer and physical therapist for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2005-2007. In 2009, he earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine in St. Augustine, FL. He was the founder and Chair of the Sports Performance Enhancement Special Interest Group for the American Academy of Sports Physical Therapy for 6 years. Dr. Lorenz has been published several times in peer-reviewed journals and has been an invited speaker numerous times at local, state, and national conferences in sports medicine. In 2018, Dan was recognized by the NSCA as the Sports Medicine/Rehabilitation Professional of the Year and in 2014, he was awarded the inaugural Distinguished Physical Therapy Alumni Award from Grand Valley State University.

Susie Marsh

Susie Marsh, LBSW is the owner of Susie's Organization Solutions LLC and former co-owner of Moxie Life Organizing, LLC. She is a 16+ year veteran of the organizing & productivity industry as well as a licensed social worker for 35+ years. Susie is an active member of NAPO National as well as a residential specialist and Golden Circle Member for 15 years. On the local level, Susie is an active member of NAPO Michigan where she served 4 years as Vice President, volunteer coordinator, West MI liaison and the current incoming secretary for 2023-24. Susie is also a member of the Caregiver Resource Network since 2003 & the Institute for Challenging Disorganization for the past 10 years where she holds Level 1 certificates in ADD and Hoarding. She specializes in working with those who struggle with chronic & challenging disorganization. She is also a trustee for the Gun Lake Business Association. She has been featured in Senior Perspective magazine, GR Business Journal, Fox17 and on the team of two episodes of season 7 of A&E's Hoarders: Family Secrets. She has been a frequent speaker for the GR Savvy Senior series as well. Susie has helped many clients over the years to find peace with their stuff and make their spaces functional and inviting spaces again!

Lois S. Owens

Lois Smith-Owens served as Director of Admissions and Assistant Professor at the School of Social Work at Grand Valley State University from 1998 to 2015. Past positions have been: Director of the Moratorium on Prison Construction, Washington, D. C: Director of Educational Opportunity Program and as faculty at State University of New York at Cobleskill. Director of the William Monroe Trotter House at University of Michigan, Director of Luther Jackson Black Student Center at the University of Virginia. Additionally Smith-Owens has been certified as a Diversity and Cultural Competency/Awareness Trainer since 1991. She has trained at Cornell University, The National Black Police Association (NBPA), American Association Of Higher Education Conference (AAHE) The Lilly Conferences, The National Association of Black Professional Women (NABP) Recent training in the state of Michigan are: Kentwood Public Schools, Grand Rapids, Michigan, Kent County Juvenile Detentions Center; GVSU Police Academy, World Visions, United Way and Arbor Circle Corporation.

Publications: THINK ABOUT PRISONS, Walker Press, (1994) CONTRIBUTIONS, Madhubuti, (1994) Third World Press and BLACK WOMEN WHICH WAY (1989) Third World Press. Contributing Author to FUNDAMENTALS OF SUBSTANCE ABUSE (2003) Wadsworth Publishing.

Katie Papke

Katie Papke, LMSW, CAADC, CCHTVSP, is a human trafficking survivor. She is a Licensed Master Social Worker, Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor and a Clinically Certified Human Trafficking Victims Services Provider. She is a School of Social Work Program Adjunct Professor at Grand Valley State University teaching classes on human trafficking. Katie has her own therapy private practice with Life Support Counseling and Coaching, LLC in Grand Rapids, MI. She has a passion working with victims and survivors of human trafficking, intimate partner violence and other forms of abuse. Her specialty is working with teens and adults who have a history of trauma, eating disorders, substance abuse, sexual exploitation, and human trafficking. She serves as the Vice President of the board of Sacred Beginnings in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Sacred Beginnings is a safe haven for victims of human trafficking. Katie is highly involved with her local Human Trafficking Task Force in Kent County, Michigan. She contracts with Kent Intermediate School Districtýs to provide education to students about human trafficking as part of the Human Trafficking Youth Prevention Education grant. Katie graduated from Florida State University with her Bachelors and Masters of Social Work in 2006.

Molly Perez

Molly I. Perez is a LMSW who has a variety of experiences serving families in child welfare, mental health and public health systems, as both a direct provider, and as a supervisor to those in the field. For the past 18 years, she has supported families in their home and community settings. Ms. Perez has practiced in both rural and urban environments. She was a teenage mother who went on to become a foster parent. These life experiences add to her drive to support clinically skilled, compassionate social service professionals.

Jonathan Rinehart

Jonathan Rinehart LMSW, CTRP-C, ADS is a citizen of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians. He has completed his graduate work at Grand Valley State University. He currently practices at Indian Health Services, serving urban Native Americans. His treatment modality combines Native American cultural lifeways with western methods.

Katie Scheuerle
Katie Scheuerle received her B.A. in Social Work from Hope College and her MSW degree from GVSU. Katie has worked for the GVSU School of Social Work since 2007 in various capacities. For the past 7 years, she has held the role of BSW Field Education Coordinator and more recently, she also serves as the Social Work Continuing Education Coordinator for GVSU. Katie enjoys mentoring and educating future social workers as well as staying current on important issues in the social work field.

Prior to coming to GVSU, Katie worked at the Children's Advocacy Center in Holland as a forensic interviewer for 7 years and supervised student interns.

Katie is active on the Kent County Pathways to Permanence Committee and the Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative for the State of Michigan.
Terry Stockton

Terry J. Stockton is an award winning instructor and educational scholar whose work focuses on anti-bias program development. He has spent the last 30 years building more inclusive environments within classrooms, communities, non-profit organizations, and business. His work aims to reduce opportunity gaps by teaching culturally responsive and sustaining practices helping groups engage in growth mindsets and racial identity development to dismantle the mechanisms that perpetuate implicit bias and discrimination.

A teacher, public speaker/lecturer, published scholar, panel discussion expert, professional development advisor and diversity, equity, and inclusion consultant for conferences, professional environments, classrooms, and communities. His Ph.D. is in Educational Studies with an emphasis in Urban Education. Terry lives in Grand Rapids with his wife, Rebecca. They have three children, Anthony, Gavin and Greyson.

Liz Tompkins

Liz Tompkins is a macro-level social worker with more than a decade of domestic and international experience. Learning about people and the systems that impact them led Liz to advocate for change in policies that affect refugee and immigrant families. Currently, Liz serves as the Senior Program Officer of Strategy with Switchboard at the International Rescue Committee – helping coordinate training and technical assistance for the resettlement network. Prior to joining Switchboard, Liz worked for over six years at Bethany Christian Services, most recently as the National Capacity Director for Refugee and Immigrant Programs funded by the Office of Refugee Resettlement. There she developed referral and placement systems that resulted in over 3,000 unaccompanied children being welcomed into short-term foster care before ultimately reuniting with their families. Liz is also an experienced facilitator, having presented at organizations and conferences on topics ranging from humanitarian concerns at the Southern Border to jail diversion. Liz is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Michigan and received both an MSW and MPA from Grand Valley State University. She is also a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV), having served in Peru from 2012 to 2016.

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.

Prior to working for the State of Michigan, Deborah was an EHS Specialist in aeronautics manufacturing facilities performing safety and health functions in two Michigan Voluntary Protection Program (MVPP) STAR sites. Deborah is a graduate of Grand Valley State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Safety & Health. Deb has a Certified Occupational Safety Specialist (C.O.S.S) designation.