"Before I came to Grand Valley, I ran various nonprofits for 10 years. I bring in real-life examples to the classes." - Heather Carpenter, School of Public, Nonprofit, and Health Administration
Haris Alibasic teaches classes in sustainability, local government, and public policy.
Mary Daley Brown teaches international NGO management.
Mary Daily Brown: "As the current president of an international NGO, I am able bring practical relevant applications from my experience in the field directly to the students. I believe this helps students to have a more real-world perspective of the topic I teach... An atmosphere of personal and diverse expression, while maintaining a deeply respectful attitude for everyone, is strongly fostered in my classroom. I believe heart-felt and thoughtful interaction in a classroom environment leads to a very profound and satisfying learning experience and valuable relationships for the future."
Dr. Dev Butler teaches organization theory and conflict management.
Dev Butler: "Over the years, I have seen my teaching philosophy grow and mature. It used to be that I'd lecture, impart great wisdom and leave it for the students to figure out. I received very high evaluations for this approach. I have a gift for speaking-yet this did not necessarily translate into learning. This became evident to me in the corporate world, where the organization was spending tens of thousands of dollars to have employees in my class. The expectation was that they would "be different" when they completed the workshop. As a corporate trainer, I had to make my classroom more interactive, more practice-based using the knowledge, experience, and wisdom of the group. I have moved more into the role of facilitator rather than "knowledge imparter." Giving up "total control" of the classroom has been a challenging but ultimately rewarding experience. The students learn more, I learn more and as a result we have all increased our effectiveness."
Victor Cardenas facilitates workshops related to preparing for careers in local government.
Shannon teaches the Introduction to Public and Nonprofit Administration course and designed the curriculum for the Community Coalition Building seminar, which she also teaches.
Shannon Cohen: "I am passionate about empowering emerging leaders to be transformative in the communities they serve. Teaching allows me an opportunity to invest into the lives of students. Each semester, I find great joy in fostering a human-centered design learning environment where students can explore their gifts, share collective wisdom, clarify purpose, and discover their leadership style. My classes create space for theory to meet practice; innovation to meet emerging trends, and course assignments that help students grow as thought leaders ready for service in a knowledge based economy."
Ryan Cotton teaches organization theory and public management courses.
Ryan Cotton: "I am a life-long learner, local government manager, and educator. I conducted shared learning experiences as part of strategic planning for the last two decades. The students consistently give my semesters high marks. Many of them request to have unpaid internships with my office. I mentored approximately ten GVSU students in such internships since 2005. I very much enjoy teaching one or two courses per year. It helps keep me current and is a joy to help others catch the love of public service. It also gives an opportunity to share a career of helpful tips to students that they seem to relish."
Erica Curry VanEe teaches Strategic Management and Planning.
VanEe holds a bachelors degree in psychology and theatre from Eastern Michigan University, and a master's degree in public and nonprofit administration from Grand Valley State University. VanEe has spent the past two decades improving the effectiveness of leaders, organizations and communities. She is currently providing executive coaching on vision casting, systems thinking, stakeholder engagement, organizational strategy, program development, talent alignment and impact evaluation. Past experience includes:
Jennifer DeHaan teaches local government.
Jennifer DeHaan: "For me, teaching is an opportunity to present students with a combination of real-life examples and academic literature that instills in students an understanding and appreciation for local government. By engaging students in policy research and discussion, they have an opportunity to explore the complicated dichotomy of Public Administration which requires an aptitude for learning to balance competing interests in the support of the greater good. The bottom line, the classroom is a great opportunity to review the old and explore the new, as students have fresh perspectives and fresh ideas that keeps me on my toes as both a practitioner and an instructor."
Linda Falstad teaches grant writing.
Lori Gibson teaches human resource management.
Dwight Hamilton teaches human resource management.
Terry Horton teaches strategic planning.
Dr. Susan Johnson teaches nonprofit management classes and research methods. She brings 25 years of nonprofit leadership and direct service experience to her work with students.
Susan Johnson:"When I left nursing years ago for a career change (first into special education and then into nonprofit leadership), nonprofit field-specific skill building was often a process of trial and error. There were few, if any programs designed to develop well-rounded and prepared nonprofit leaders. I was fortunate to have been mentored by a group of colleagues (and later professors) who enabled me to succeed, and in some cases when I was off track, allowed me to fail with dignity when it was safe to do so. Their contributions and value to me in my journey requires me to give back & to pay forward what others gifted to me. The exponential challenges and changes in the field of health, nonprofit and public administration requires leaders with a variety of cross-disciplinary skills and perceptions, innovative and critical thought processes, and collaborative strategies. I believe the creation of a supportive learning environment that allows exploration and synthesis through experiential activities is highly valuable to our students. Students act as both learners and teachers through the courses I teach, with the goal of introducing and creating self-directed learning perspectives in our undergrads. In my graduate courses, the utilization of the talents and variety of experiences students bring to the classroom setting facilitates a high-level platform for discussion, exploration and experimentation through diversity of perspectives, collaborative and cross-disciplinary approaches and innovative strategies."
Dr. Eric Klingensmith teaches emergency management.
Jennifer Lattin teaches grantwriting and nonprofit management.
Sarah Lewakowski teaches Grant Writing.
Sarah Lewakowski My father was a professor and department chair of the history department at Kalamazoo College for close to 40 years. My mother was also a teacher in the Kalamazoo public schools. I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching and being able to share with students what I have learned working in the nonprofit world. I personally feel that it has been a gift to have this opportunity to follow in my parents' footsteps.
Allison Lugo Knapp teaches grant writing
Allison Lugo Knapp: "While at the Battle Creek Community Foundation and the Johnson Center, I have also had the opportunity to present and teach at foundations, local & national conferences, and represent my respective organization on several boards and committees. I feel that this experience brings a unique perspective to your curriculum, and can provide knowledge and insights to those students that are interested in learning more about the field of philanthropy first-hand."
Jill May teaches Grant Writing.
Tera Qualls teaches nonprofit management.
Mr. Michael Reagan teaches Human Resource Management.
Michael Reagan: "My professional development has occurred primarily through my involvement as an active member in several national and state trade associations related to health care and the systems transformation of both behavioral health care as it is integrated into primary care and correctional related health care as it is integrated into continuing care in the community. This involvement has included attendance at regional and national conferences, presentation of workshops, development of policy papers, participating on panels etc. The work of these trade associations has focused significantly on workforce development, process and organizational change, public policy advocacy and development. All of this involvement was the application of best and promising practices at the systems and organizational levels."
Dr. Josef Soper teaches organization theory and public management courses.
Joe Soper: "One of the things I try to focus on in every course I teach is how to use published research and an understanding of performance evaluation in local government. As local governments - especially in Michigan - are caught in a world of rapidly diminishing revenues, determining exactly what works best for the lowest price is their highest priority. Not to unnecessarily exaggerate its importance but local government is where we all live right now and this focus will become even more critical in the future."
Erin Skene-Pratt teaches nonprofit policy and advocacy.
Nathan Steed teaches health care law.
Nathan Steed: "I enjoy the teaching environment and working with students from a wide variety of fields. They each bring their own perspectives and experiences to bear and often ask interesting questions and pose novel hypotheticals that get me to think about the law in ways I had not previously considered. It provides an opportunity for us to learn together. The health law field is an exciting one to be involved in, given the current political, economic and demographic landscape, and I actively search out ways to be more involved. Teaching PA634 is just one of those ways."
Gleaves Whitney teaches leadership dynamics.
Andy Wolber teaches courses related to information technology.