School of Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration
Haris Alibasic teaches classes in sustainability, local government, and public policy.
- Haris manages the City of Grand Rapids Office of Energy and Sustainability, State and Federal Legislative affairs, Renewable Energy projects, Community Oriented Government (COG), and Neighborhood Enterprise Zones (NEZ).
- He previously worked at the United Nations Protection Forces in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (N.A.T.O.), the Office of the High Representative, and other international organizations as a business and economic sdevelopment pecialist.
- He is a former president of the Board of Directors of the Congress of North American Bosniaks.
- Haris is a Ph.D. candidate in public policy and administration at Walden University. He earned an MPA and BBA in international business and marketing from Grand Valley State University.
Mary Dailey Brown
Mary Daley Brown teaches international NGO management.
- Mary is founder, president and chief executive officer of SowHope. SowHope provides struggling women around the globe with health, education, and economic opportunities.
- She has extensive volunteer and vocational experience having led over 100 volunteer work teams to over 30 counties.
- She has an MPA from Grand Valley and a BA in photography and psychology from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. .
- She served as a White House photographer for both Presidents Carter and Reagan.
J. Devereaux Butler
Dr. Dev Butler teaches organization theory and conflict management.
- Dev has clocked over 3000 hours of teaching experience in classroom and workshop settings, including: a visiting professor at Chicago State University (4 years), a corporate trainer at Motorola (5 years), and managed the training and development team at Spectrum Health (6 years).
- He most recently has been an organizational development consultant for Midwest businesses where he and his partners provide human resources support.
- He is certified as a facilitator in the following: Managing Personal Growth (Blessing/White); DiSC (Inscape); 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (Franklin Covey); Career & Choices Architect (Lominger); Impact Mapping (Advantage Performance Group); and Dispute Mediation in State of Michigan.
- Dev earned a Ph.D and MA. in psychology from Emory University and a MS in biology from Rhodes College.
Victor Cardenas facilitates workshops related to preparing for careers in local government.
- Mr. Cardenas has been a local government official since 2004. He is currently the assistant city manager at the City of Novi.
- He is chair of the MLGMA Community Education Committee.
- He currently serves as first vice president of the Grand Valley Alumni Association Board of Directors.
- He has a Masters in public affairs from Indiana University and a BA in political Science from Grand Valley.
Ryan Cotton teaches organization theory and public management courses.
- Ryan has been a city or village manager for over twenty years in Vermont and Michigan and he is currently serving as city manager of Holland.
- He is a Michigan Certified Assessing Officer and a Credentialed Manager from the International City Managers Association.
- He authored several professional articles, including one in the Michigan Municipal League's The Review (2008)
- He earned an MPA from the University of Kansas, an MA in political science from Western Michigan University, and a BA in public administration from Miami University (Ohio),
Erica Curry Van Ee
Erica Curry Van Ee teaches Strategic Management and Planning.
Erica Curry VanEe joined the College of Community and Public Service at Grand Valley State University as part time faculty in Fall 2013. VanEe has spent the past two decades improving the effectiveness of leaders, organizations and communities. She provides executive coaching on vision casting, systems thinking, stakeholder engagement, organizational strategy, program development, talent alignment and impact evaluation. VanEe has served as a facilitator for the National Youth Policy Institute and the Michigan Drop-Out Prevention Summit, and leads workshops on a variety of management topics including strategic doing, adaptive leadership, multigenerational differences in the workplace, assessing organizational lifecycles, improving program effectiveness, and evaluating for impact.
Van Ee’s professional experience has included the following roles with the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University:
- Research and project manager for the Community Research Institute
- National programs manager for the Grantmaking School
- Training and technical assistance provider with Philanthropic and Nonprofit Services.
Prior to GVSU, VanEe served as the senior manager for national advancement with the Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality, a division of the Forum for Youth Investment in Washington DC; vice president for national advancement with KIDS HOPE USA; director of extended learning with The Grand Rapids Public Schools; program effectiveness senior associate with Heart of West Michigan United Way; and teen and adult program director with Girl Scouts, where she worked in Grand Rapids, Detroit, San Francisco and Germany.
Publications include Fellowship to Advance Racial Equity (REI: FARE) Final Evaluation (2013); Challenge Scholars: Stakeholder Feedback Report (2012); Check and Connect Outcome Evaluation: Analysis of Paid Work Experience (2011); Believe to Become: Summer Learning Academy Evaluation Team Report (2011); Chronic Early Absenteeism: Analysis of Kent ISD Public School District Attendance Policies (2010).
VanEe’s local volunteer service includes the program planning committee of the Center for Community Leadership with the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce; the education advisory team with ArtPrize; the leadership council, executive committee, and the evaluation committee for the Expanded Learning Opportunities Network, an initiative of Our Communities Children with the City of Grand Rapids.
VanEe holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and theatre from Eastern Michigan University, and graduated magna cum laude with a master's degree in public and nonprofit administration from Grand Valley State University. She is married to Brian, with four grown children and two grandsons.
Jennifer DeHaan teaches local government.
- Jennifer DeHaan has over 10-years of experience working with local units of government to ensure the delivery of efficient and effective services. Currently, she serves as an independent consultant with Municipal Solutions, LLC and previously served as a Management Analyst for the Kent County Administrator's Office.
- Jen has also worked for the cities of Kalamazoo and Wyoming and now works with local units of governments across the United States. She has extensive experience assessing the political, economic, and social impacts of a variety of legislative and budgetary issues. Her experience has led to service improvements, streamlining of policies and procedures, cost savings and cost avoidance, and revenue enhancements.
- She has an MPA and a BA (graduating cum laude) from Grand Valley.
Alejandra Garcia Diaz Villamil
Alejandra Garcia Diaz Villamil teaches nonprofit management
- Alejandra is research manager with Grand Valley's Community Research Institute
- Previously, she worked at the Center for the Study of Women in Society at the University of Oregon as an event, planning and development associate.
- She has designed and conducted effective client assessments, midterm, final and impact evaluations for Pro Mujer, Inc., Maple MicroDevelopment, Huerto de la Familia, and Opportunity Fund (CDFI).
- She has an MPA from the University of Oregon, am MA in gender and women studies and BA in political science from Armstrong Atlantic State University.
Linda Falstad teaches grant writing.
- Linda is founder and principal of Falstad Initiatives, LLC.
- For eight years she served as Councilmember At-Large in the City of Holland
- She previously served as director of Kids Hope USA and the Volunteer Center of the Greater Holland United Way.
- She earned an MPA from Grand Valley and a BS in Microbiology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Lori Gibson teaches human resource management.
- Lori is chief operating officer of Smith, Haughey, Rice & Roegge
- She was formerly chief hman resource officer at Spectrum Health Continuing Care.
- She is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources
- She is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, Society for Human Resource Management, and American Society for Healthcare Human Resource Administration
- She has a JD. from the University of Minnesota and an MS in industrial and operations engineering from the University of Michigan.
Dwight Hamilton teaches human resource management.
- Dwight is assistant vice president for Affirmative Action at Grand Valley
- He established his own law firm in 2008 after working for two Grand Rapids firms: Miller Johnson; and Smith, Haughey, Rice and Roegge.
- He also served as corporate counsel for Steelcase Inc. from 1998-2002. While at Steelcase, Hamilton was instrumental in filing a corporate brief in 2006 in the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of many Fortune 500 companies in support of the University of Michigan’s admissions policies.
- He earned a law degree from Wayne State University and a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Michigan State University.
Terry Horton teaches strategic planning.
- Terry is technical assistance consultant with Grand Valley's Johnson Center for Philanthropy
- She has twelve years experience in nonprofit consulting, management, grants management, fundraising, advocacy, program design, evaluation, and accountability.
- She has conducted professional training seminars, including: “Board Roles and Responsibilities,” “High Performing Boards,” “Achieving Healthy Partnerships,” “Business Planning for Nonprofits,” “Outcome Based Performance Evaluation,” and “Planned Giving.”
- She has worked on projects building civil society in Russia and Kyrgyzstan
- She has a JD from Lewis and Clark Law School and a BA in humanities from the University of Texas at Austin.
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 has over 15 years of nonprofit executive experience, including CEO of Every Woman's Place and executive director of Volunteer Muskegon.
- She is a contract monitor / site review analyst for the Michigan Department of Human Services.
- She has consulting experience with nonprofit organizations, including strategic planning, evaluation, and board development activities.
- She has served on many public service committees and board, including: Muskegon County Community Coordinating Council; United Way of Muskegon County Director's Advisory Board; Muskegon County Continuum of Care Homelessness Coalition; Muskegon County Emergency Needs Committee; and Muskegon County Multi-Cultural Committee.
- Susan holds a Ph.D. in child and family ecology from Michigan State university and an MPA from Western Michigan University. In addition, she has earned certificates for Grants Specialist and for Nonprofit Leadership.
Dr. Eric Klingensmith teaches emergency management.
- Eric is a counselor at Grand Valley's Counseling Center, and the Crisis Coordinator in a joint position with the Counseling Center and Residence Life Office.
- He is actively involved with several volunteer crisis and disaster response organizations including the American Red Cross and the Michigan-1 Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT).
- He has a Psy. D. from Antioch University and a BS from the University of Central Florida.
Jennifer Lattin teaches grantwriting and nonprofit management.
- Jennifer previously served as director of human resources and grantwriting with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Holland and as Program Director for the Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area.
- She has an MPA from Grand Valley and a BA in psychology from the College of St. Elizabeth
Sarah Lewakowski teaches Grant Writing.
- Sara is executive director Tri-Cities Ministries Counseling and is a Limited License Psychologist.
- She has served as the United Way of Greater Ottawa County’s nonprofit campaign chair, on the United Way’s Community Impact Cabinet, and on the Board of Directors for CALL 2-1-1 (Community Access Line of the Lakeshore)
- She received the United Way’s “Pinnacle of Partnership Award” in 2009 and and the “Out of the Box” Award in 2007
- She has a Masters in psychology and a BS in psychology & women’s’ studies (graduating cum laude) from Western Michigan University.
Allison Lugo Knapp
Allison Lugo Knapp teaches grant writing
- Allison is associate dDirector of The Grantmaking School (TGS) at Grand Valley's Johnson Center for Philanthropy.
- She was formerly a program officer for the Battle Creek Community Foundation.
- She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts; as Program Chair for the National Board of Advisors, Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy; and as a member of the Council on Foundations Next Generation Task Force.
- Allison has a MPA from Grand Valley and and a BA in international relations from Michigan State University.
Jill May teaches Grant Writing.
- Jill is director of fund development at The Right Place, Inc.
- Previously, she was the development director for the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art and community development director for the American Cancer Society
- She has an MPA from Grand Valley and a BA in journalism/communication from Olivet College
Tera Qualls teaches nonprofit management.
- Tera is a project manager for the Community Research Institute and Director of Communications and Advancement for the College of Community and Public Service at Grand Valley state University.
- She is a co-facilitator of the Encore: Coming of Age Learning Lab, and facilitates other courses for nonprofit technical assistance and capacity building.
- She founded the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Greater Grand Rapids (YNPN.GR) in 2007, and spent four years as co-chair of the board. She also served as a member of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network national board, on the NGen Committee for Independent Sector, the Steering Committee for The Rapidian, and as Vice President of the League of Women Voters Grand Rapids.
- Tera has an MPA and BS in public and nonprofit administration from Grand Valley.
Mr. Michael Reagan teaches Human Resource Management.
- Mike Reagan is president/CEO of Proaction Behavioral Health Alliance, a statewide non-profit health care organization based in Grand Rapids that provides substance abuse and mental health treatment and prevention services. Reagan, who has a master’s degree in counseling psychology, was inducted into the Pi Alpha Alpha Honors Society in 2006.
- Before Proaction, his nonprofit management / human resource management experience included being vice president of Project Rehab, director of Employee Assistance Center, and pecrsonnel and ommunity relations director for Kent CAP.
- He is active in three state and national health care associations: Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards (Provider Alliance Executive Committee); State Associations of Addiction Services (Executive Committee, Treasurer, and Chair of the Practice Committee and member of Moving Forward Alliance); and the International Community Corrections Association (Executive Committee)
- He has a MA in Counseling Psychology from Western Michigan University and a BA in philosophy from Athenaeum of Ohio.
Dr. Josef Soper teaches organization theory and public management courses.
- Joe retired in 2007 as court administrator from the 61st District Court (Grand Rapids), where he managed a $12 million budget and 120 employees.
- His public management experience consists of thirty-five years in progressively more responsible government management positions, Prior to the 61st District Court, he was Director of the Center for Criminal Justice Research (State of Wyoming Attorney General's Office).
- His nonprofit management experience includes service as member and chair of three local nonprofit boards: Dispute Resolution Center, Salvation Army Advisory Board, and Children's Assessment Center.
- He has a Doctorate in Public Administration from Western Michigan University, an MA in administration of criminal justice.from the State University of New York, and a BS in psychology and sociology from Eastern Michigan University.
Erin Skene-Pratt teaches nonprofit policy and advocacy.
- Erin Skene-Pratt is founder and principal of Skene-Pratt Consulting, LLC, an independent consulting firm working with nonprofits in Michigan and nationally on public policy, communications, research and capacity-building efforts.
- Previously, Erin served as the Michigan Nonprofit Association senior director of public affairs, where she advocated on behalf of the Michigan nonprofit sector with state and federal policymakers, trained nonprofit leaders on best practices for advocacy, represented MNA with the media, and promoted research to create a better understanding of the scope and operation of Michigan nonprofits.
- Erin has an MPA from Western Michigan University and a BA in English and journalism from Michigan State University.
Nathan Steed teaches health care law.
- Nathan is an associate in the Health Law Practice Group at Warner Norcross & Judd LLP
He has worked in a variety of areas within the health law field, counseling clients in matters related to: patient privacy and information security under HIPAA; compliance with Stark and Federal Anti-Kickback Statutes,; the laws and regulations related to emergency treatment under EMTALA; procurement of equipment and technology at the hospital and physician practice level.
He belongs to the American Bar Association, Health Law Section, the American Bar Association Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) Taskforce, the American Health Lawyers Association and the State Bar of Michigan, Health Care and Technology Law Section.
He received a JD from Indiana University School of Law -- Bloomington, (graduating cum laude) and a BA in English from Brigham Young University (also graduating cum laude).
Gleaves Whitney teaches leadership dynamics.
- Gleaves Whitney is the director of Grand Valley's Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies.
- He has authored or edited 14 books, including Religion and the American Presidency and Testing the Limits: George W. Bush and the Imperial Presidency.
- He is a senior scholar at the Center for the American Idea in Houston, Texas, and he is the first senior fellow at the Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal.
- Previously, he was was senior writer, chief speechwriter, and historian for Michigan Governor John Engler,
- He has an MA in history from the University of Michigan and a BA in history and geography from Colorado State University.
Andy Wolber teaches courses related to information technology.
- Andy is an independent technology consultant who has led technology strategy and planning workshops for hundreds of nonprofit organizations throughout the Midwest.
- He is the forner executive director of Highway T (formerly NPower Michigan). He wrote the Information Technology section of the Michigan Nonprofit Management Manual published in 2010.
- He previously served as executive director of the Dallas Historical Society for four years, and board chairman of the Dallas Arts District Friends. Andy spent three years in fundraising staff roles for nonprofit cultural organizations, including Dallas Black Dance Theatre.
- Andy holds an MBA/MA in arts administration from Southern Methodist University, and a BA in music theory and composition from Spring Arbor University.
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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: "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."
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."
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."
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."
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