Course Listing - by Instructor

Name Biography
Michelle Anguiano


Michelle Anguiano, LMSW, CAADC, CFTP, is the treatment supervisor of the Lighthouse Girls Program located in the Ottawa County 20th Circuit Court Juvenile Detention Center. Lighthouse is a short term residential program designed to work with female adolescents dealing with trauma, substance abuse, anger and impulse control, self-injurious behaviors, mental health disorders, attachment, parenting conflict and delinquency struggles. Michelle has 22 years of experience working with adolescents in the juvenile justice system. Her expertise includes working with mental health, trauma and substance abuse with adolescents and their families.
Glenda Bailey Hayden

Dr. Glenda Bailey Hayden is a graduate of Dillard University, Michigan State University, and Grand Valley State University. She is a School Social Worker with Grand Rapids Public Schools. Currently, she serves as the Lead School Social Worker in which she coordinates professional development training for her colleagues and as one of several Nonviolent Crisis Prevention Intervention Trainers. Her degrees include a Master’s Degree in Clinical Child and Family Counseling, a Master of Social Work, and a Doctorate of Ministry in Christian Counseling. She has served as Adjunct Professor for Grand Valley State University and served on the committee for revising the School Social Work Curriculum.
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.

Education:
MSW Michigan State University (2013)
PhD Michigan State University (2019)

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.
Leonica Erwin


Leonica Erwin, LLMSW is the Program Manager/Project Coordinator in the Family Services Division of Wellspring Lutheran Services.
Randy Flood


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.

Takeelia Garrett


Takeelia L. Garrett, Med, Educational Leadership. Takeelia is a Grand Valley State University alum twice over and a Laker for a Lifetime. She is currently the Student Ombuds at GVSU and is a mother to one dynamic son who keeps her busy. Takeelia enjoys working with students at GV and doing Inclusion and Equity work whenever possible. As an Ombuds, she recognizes that her work is social justice work. As a role that advocates for fairness and promotes transparency, the position aligns well with making sure that social justice issues are brought to the forefront of organizations.
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.
Gail Hall

Gail L. Hall, LMSW, DCSW, CEDS-S, is the Executive Director of Eating Disorder Services at Sanford Comprehensive Treatment for Eating Disorders. Gail has been a therapist treating eating disorders since 1986: first in a large outpatient clinic; then as the Director of the Eating Disorders Program at Forest View Hospital. In 1998 she founded Comprehensive Treatment for Eating Disorders, a group of therapists and dietitians providing high quality treatment in an intimate, personalized setting. On March 1, 2021, the assets of CTED were assumed by Sanford Addiction Treatment Centers, and we are working together to establish a full continuum of care in Michigan. Sanford CTED is now offering individual and group therapy, family support, and an Intensive Outpatient Program.
Gail has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Western Michigan University; and is a Licensed Master Social Worker in the State of Michigan. She is also a Diplomate in Clinical Social Work via NASW; and is a Certified Eating Disorders Specialist and Approved Supervisor through the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals.
Tashuna Hunt

Tashuna is a Licensed Social Worker. She is the Owner and Lead Therapist at Space for Change Therapeutic Services, LLC. Tashuna is passionate about creating space for individuals and/or families to evolve and be empowered to reach their desired goals. Partnering with teens and parents, strengthening communication, connection, and developing their mental wellness tool kit is at the heart of her work.

Tashuna obtained her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Michigan State University. She obtained her Masters in Social Work from Grand Valley State University. In addition to her educational accomplishments, she has 16 years of experience working within the Child Welfare and school systems, holding various leadership positions and advocating for children and families. Tashuna is trained in Brief Strategic Family Therapy (BSFT), which focuses on strengthening the family system. She has training and experience with treating children and teens in navigating various mental health challenges.

Tashuna is passionate about her work with teens and families. She hopes that her humble beginnings will serve as an inspiration to others as they strive for professional growth and mental wellness.
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.
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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.

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Mirta (Paola) Leon Dr. Paola León developed the online content for this social work continuing education course at Grand Valley State University. Paola is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at GVSU and has been on the faculty since 2012. She received her MSW degree from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2001 and her PhD in social work from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2016. Her research presentations, publications and interests primarily focus on issues of human rights particularly those that deal with social justice, women’s rights and indigenous peoples. Her teaching is primarily in the BSW program in the Macro content area. Some of her service on campus and in the community, include mentoring through the NIARA program, involvement in the Latin American faculty association and co-chairing the Lansing Latino Health Alliance. She has a history of professional practice in the area of violence against women. We thank her for her hard work and time in developing this course.
Amy Matthews


Amy Matthews is a Professor of Psychology at Grand Valley State University (GVSU) and has served as the director of the Statewide Autism Resources and Training Project (START), funded by the Michigan Department of Education, Office of Special Education, for 20 years. The START Project is focused on a statewide collaborative effort to make systems level changes to improve the educational programming and quality of life for students with autism and their families. Dr. Matthews is involved in various state projects to increase integrated opportunities and improve post school outcomes for individuals with ASD, including serving as vice chair of the Michigan Autism Council. Dr. Matthews is a licensed psychologist and a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She teaches courses in the GVSU School Psychology Graduate Program and the Applied Behavior Analysis Graduate Certificate program.
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.
Alyssa Parz


Dr. Parz received her Bachelor’s of Science degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She then graduated from the Illinois College of Optometry Summa Cum Laude in 2015. She is a partner at Wow Vision Therapy in Grand Rapids, MI, supervisor of The Wow Vision Therapy Extern Program affiliated with Illinois College of Optometry and supervisor of The Wow Vision Therapy Residency in Vision Rehabilitation, with Emphasis in Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation, and Pediatric Optometry affiliated with Southern College of Optometry.
Christina Pavlak

Christina Pavlak, LMSW is the Client Services Director at Health Net of West Michigan. In this role, Christina builds effective teams and designs and implements client-level services to bridge healthcare and social services systems to improve community health. Christina’s professional interests include supervision, leadership, and program development and management.
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 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.

Amber Ravikumar

Amber Ravikumar, LMSW, is a clinical supervisor and therapist working with children and families in the Children's Behavioral Health Home program at Arbor Circle. She has years of therapeutic experience and specializes in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Amber is an advocate for not only children and their families but also the community. She is an Adjunct Professor at GVSU and is also committed to giving back to the community through volunteering at local organizations.
Jacqueline Scherer


Jacqueline has devoted her life to being an advocate for children. She is a licensed social worker specializing in grief and trauma who has worked with children for 18 years as well as a foster parent for the past 8 years. She has also founded Stand Up For Kids Olympia Chapter. She is the co-founder of the Playground GR and hosts a local podcast, The Playground Chat, centering around children and play. Jacqueline is a leader in her community, sitting on several boards and giving back through teaching and mentoring.
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.
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Michaela Svoboda


Michaela (Kella) Svoboda LMSW, CAADC, CCS is a licensed social worker serving women with substance use and co-occurring disorders. She has over 10 years of experience providing individual and group therapy as well as supervision to staff and student interns. She is currently a therapist and the program supervisor at Harbor House, a level 3.5 women’s residential substance abuse treatment program that is a part of Ottagan Addictions Recovery (OAR). Kella obtained her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Hope College and master’s degree in social work from the University of Michigan. Kella’s professional interests include women’s health, trauma informed treatment approaches and supervision.
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.
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.