Course Listing - by Instructor

Name Biography
Beth Cooley

Beth L. Cooley, LMSW, was born and raised in Jackson, Michigan. She grew up in the Jackson Public School system. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Indiana University before going on to New York City’s Fordham University for her Master’s in Social Work. Realizing that things like money are useful for adult life, Beth switched gears and spent five years at a successful Tech Industry startup in New York City. The siren song of the “greater good” called Beth back to her home state, and she returned to Michigan, attempting to apply her social work skills for the betterment of all.

Currently, Beth works as a licensed Macro social worker focusing on Child Welfare, IT, and Advocacy. Beth has worked at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services since 2011 and presently oversees the Michigan Child Welfare IT portfolio. Beth created a MSW field placement in her administration and serves as a field instructor for Eastern Michigan University, Wayne State University, Ferris University and Grand Valley State University MSW interns.

Beth’s experiences, along with her engagement and interest in national events, drives her active involvement in the local community, specifically in local politics and community organizing. Beth is the Chief Facilitator, Liaison, and Advocate for Lean In Michigan, planning and presenting at their annual conference. In her copious amounts of spare time, she also is trying to raise a future generation of leaders, maintain a healthy marriage and keep her household on an even keel.

Rebecca Davilla
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.
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.
Mark Ginter
Tom Hansen
Teresa Hutlink
Teresa Hultink, MA LLPC, is a Mental Health Clinician working for Bloom Behavioral Health Partners in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Teresa received her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Cornerstone University in 2021. She earned her Bachelors of Science in Psychology for Addictions and Recovery at Liberty University in 2016. Teresa is EMDR certified and treats clients with various degrees of trauma. Teresa is also certified in treating Eating Disorders with EMDR.
Rukshana Ilahi
Sommer Jabbar
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.
Alan Kort
Jamie Langlois

Jamie Langlois, DSW, LMSW, is an Assistant Professor for Grand Valley State University (GVSU) School of Social Work (SSW). Jamie has taught at GVSU for 18 years.  She teaches social work ethical decision-making at the undergraduate and graduate level and conducts continuing education courses on the topic.  Jamie enjoys the complex problem-solving nature of ethical dilemma trainings that engages participants in deep thinking about topics relevant to daily practice.

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
Noelle Lynn
Noelle Lynn, LMSW, ADHD-CCSP, is a therapist and ADHD specialist at the ADHD Center of West Michigan. Noelle earned her Master's in Social Work at Grand Valley State University, where she published her Master's Thesis "Women and ADHD Functional Impairments: Beyond the Obvious". She has presented her thesis findings as well as on ADHD and co-occurring disorders at conferences throughout the world. She has also published on Additude Magazine and provides training and consultations on ADHD and mental health diagnostics for other providers. Noelle is passionate about training other professionals to be competent and confident in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD. Currently, Noelle is working to pioneer the use of EMDR in the treatment of ADHD. Noelle lives in Grand Rapids, MI with her husband and baby son.
Maria Louise Merkx-Quinn Maria-Louise graduated with her Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2019 from The College of St Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota. She has over 35 years of experience in the field of medicine. She is a specialist in the assessment and treatment of all musculoskeletal impairments using the MDT/McKenzie approach.
Tiffany Munzer
Dr. Munzer is a Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician with the University of Michigan - Michigan Medicine whose clinical focus includes providing care for children with autism, ADHD, learning disabilities, and other developmental concerns. Her research focuses on how different forms of media (books, digital devices) might affect how young children and parents engage.
Kathleen Papke

Katie Papke, LMSW, CAADC, CCTP, 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.
Sally Pelon


Sally Pelon holds a Master of Social Work from Western Michigan University and a PhD in Social Work from Michigan State University. She worked for 17 years in hospice and end-of-life care settings in a variety of capacities including social work, bereavement, and administration. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at Grand Valley State University.

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

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.
Betsie Schoedel

Betsie Schoedel, LMSW (they/them), is a queer-identified survivor of sexual abuse and domestic violence and has supported survivors of abuse and trauma in various roles since 2012. Betsie Schoedel graduated from Grand Valley State University with their MSW in 2018. In 2019, Betsie Schoedel began their clinical work at EVE, Inc a dual domestic and sexual assault non-profit in Lansing, MI, providing counseling services to sexual assault survivors ages five and up.

In 2021, Betsie Schoedel completed the EMDR training through Trauma Recovery, EMDR Humanitarian and Assistance Programs (HAP), and pursued EMDR certification, to be completed in 2023. Betsie's current role at EVE, Inc is the Director of Survivors Healing and Empowerment Services, overseeing a clinical team of six full-time staff members and additional MSW/BSW interns. Betsie Schoedel is committed to growing their clinical skills to provide accessible and trauma-informed care to all survivors who utilize EVE's services and has training in TF-CBT, CPT, Brainspotting, and EMDR. Betsie is a current student at MSU pursuing their Ph.D. in Social Work and enjoys spending time with their partner and fur babies in their free time.

Augustine Syrovy Augustine Syrovy joined MIOSHA in 2018. He serves in the Consultation Education and Training Division as an occupational safety advisor and consultant to businesses, industry, unions, employee groups, schools, colleges, municipalities, counties, and other state agencies. He assists these groups in collecting, organizing and reviewing information in workplaces to determine what types of occupational hazards may be present and likely to affect workers. He works with management and employees alike to prevent, control and eliminate known or potential hazards. In addition, Augustine develops and delivers occupational safety training seminars to his constituents. He covers Washtenaw, Jackson, Eaton, Ingham, Livingston and Southwest Oakland Counties.

Prior to joining MIOSHA, Augustine was a fire service Captain and member of a county technical rescue team which responded to high angle rope, confined space, trench and structural collapse rescues. He has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Fire Technology from Siena Heights University.

Elizabeth Tompkins

Elizabeth Tompkins LMSW, MPA has over 12 years of social work experience combining hand-on clinical skills with public administration and advocacy specialties. She currently serves as the National Capacity Director of Refugee and Immigrant Programs at Bethany Christian Services and oversees the capacity of 34 programs in 9 states across the United States, serving upwards of 550 refugee and immigrant youth. Ms. Tompkins has an extensive background in refugee and immigrant issues including a recent emergency humanitarian deployment with Operation Allies Welcome serving Afghan individuals in the resettlement process.

Ms. Tompkins is a practiced public speaker through events such as participating and leading advocacy events on Capitol Hill, presenting at numerous conferences on topics ranging from improving the efficacy of referrals to jail diversion efforts, and acting as a guest lecturer for topics such as realities of the southern border and human rights and refugees at Grand Valley State University, Hope College, and Western Michigan University on numerous occasions. Ms. Tompkins also has experience in residential care, youth development programing, and medical social work.
Glenn Valdez
Glenn Valdez is a Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience in the Psychology Department at GVSU, having earned his Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Valdez's overall research interest is in the long-term neurobiological and behavioral changes associated with withdrawal from alcohol, and how these changes may lead to relapse. Dr. Valdez has been teaching at GVSU since 2006.
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.
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.

Sarah Zuidema

Sarah is the Clinical Services Manager at the Children's Assessment Center in Kent County. She has a Master's degree in Social Work from Grand Valley State University and has worked in the Social Work field for 18 years. Sarah's has worked extensively in the field of child welfare with a focus on de-institutionalization of orphanages overseas, advocacy for children with special needs that need permanent families, HIV education and stigma reduction, child sexual abuse and trauma focused care. Sarah is also an adjunct social work professor at Grand Valley State University.