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Allied Health Sciences

Alisha Davis, Ph.D

Alisha Davis, Ph.D., M.A.

Allied Health Sciences Program Director

Office Address: 420-Q RFH
Phone: (616) 331-5990
Email: [email protected]

Alisha's professional background is in health care management and community health education.  She has worked at both Spectrum Health and Priority Health and has been in health care for over a decade.  Her experiences have been in safety education, quality improvement, life skills management, and marketing.  Alisha has had a considerable amount of experience in healthcare diversity, health literacy, population health and disease management, and health care disparities.  Along with her health care background, Alisha has worked with the Grand Rapids Public School system's after-school programming and service learning projects in collaboration with various community organizations. She has also worked with transitional housing programs for homeless individuals and families through Dwelling Place, Inc.

Alisha earned a Bachelor's Degree in Community Health Education, a Master’s Degree in Family and Consumers Sciences (Family Life Education), and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership (Higher Education), all from Western Michigan University. Go Broncos!

She has taught several of the courses in Allied Health and regularly teaches Legal and Ethical Issues for Health Professionals, Global Health Care, Holistic Health Care, and Health Care Management. She also coordinates the internships for the AHS program. Currently,  Along with her teaching responsibilities, Alisha is the Inclusion Officer for the College of Health Professions and an Inclusion Advocate for the University.

Alisha’s research interests center on diversity in health care, health care disparities, health professions pipeline programs, microaggressions, global health, and recruitment and retention of underrepresented minority students.

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Jenny Baweja

Jenny Baweja, MS, CTRS, CIFT

Office Address: 420-B RFH
Phone: (616) 331-5856
Email: [email protected]

Jenny's professional experience is extensively within patient care settings as a recreation therapist. At the beginning of her career, she was employed as part of an operations management team in assisted living, specializing in dementia care and life enrichment for residents, families, and the community. Next, she worked at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital, focusing on patient care outcomes, quality improvement, standardized assessment processes for recreation therapy services, and wellness initiatives for patients and employees.

Jenny received her Bachelor of Science in Therapeutic Recreation at Grand Valley State University. Her Master's Degree from the California University of Pennsylvania is in Exercise Science with an emphasis in Rehabilitation Sciences. She has been a Certified Health Coach, Corrective Exercise Specialist, and Certified Inclusive Fitness Trainer. These educational tools have allowed her to operate in Mary Free Bed's John Butzer Center for Research & Innovation as a Research Recreation Therapist developing study protocols and implementing a grant-funded research project to identify both physical and socioeconomic outcomes relate to exercise strategies. She also used her education to become a small business owner in the health and wellness industry. Currently, Jenny is pursuing a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership at Indiana Wesleyan University and focused on teaching students majoring in health care fields.

Jenny has served on the Board of Directors for Michigan Therapeutic Recreation Association for over ten years. She was also Member-at-Large for the Recreation Therapy Foundation. This national organization supports research in the field of recreation therapy. Her interests include research, leadership, ethics, and mentoring students.

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Stephanie Knighton

Stephanie Knighton, MPA, CTRS

Office address: 420-J RFH
Phone: (616) 331-5509
Email address:  [email protected]

Stephanie’s professional background is in the field of recreation therapy, working in a variety of health care settings with a multitude of populations. Stephanie’s experience began working with children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses at a Serious Fun Network summer camp in upstate New York. After obtaining her Bachelor’s degree, she moved to Montana and spent time working with children in a psychiatric inpatient hospital, focusing on the utilization of recreational therapy services, quality improvement, and the development of protocols and standardized assessments. Stephanie’s professional background also includes working with Veterans and the aging population in a long-term care facility. This experience resulted in thorough research on the role of leisure for veterans through history and a professional presentation at the Art of Aging Conference.

Stephanie earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Therapeutic Recreation from Grand Valley State University. Her Master’s Degree, also from Grand Valley State University, is in Public Administration with an emphasis in Health Administration. Stephanie is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) and is a member of the Michigan Therapeutic Recreation Association (MTRA). Her interests include program development, quality improvement, and innovative learning solutions.

Kerry Mohney

Kerry Mohney, M.A., R.T. (R) (M)

Office Address: 420-N RFH
Phone: (616) 331-5527
Email: [email protected] 

Kerry Mohney joined GVSU in 2015 as a faculty member in the Allied Health Sciences (AHS) Program. She enjoys sharing applicable experiences with AHS students from her 14 years of medical imaging program leadership and 21 years of working with patients in radiography, mammography, bone densitometry, and computed tomography (CT).

Her career began with radiography program completion and national certification through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). She also earned additional ARRT certification in mammography. Kerry earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Sciences at Western Michigan University and continued at WMU in completing a Master of Arts in Education and Professional Development. She earned instructional design certification through the American Society for Training and Development (TD) and recognition in Quality Matters instruction through the Education Technology Organization of Michigan (ETOM). Kerry was awarded the Educator Award for the Michigan Occupational Dean’s Administrative Council (MODAC) for the co-leadership in the development and management of the Michigan Radiologic Imaging Sciences Consortium.

Her current research interest at GVSU is the assessment of mammography techniques used in obtaining quality images for patients with physical disabilities. She is also developing a curriculum related to the field of invasive cardiovascular science. Kerry is the AHS Interprofessional Education (IPE) advisor for students and serves on the Van Buren County Intermediate School District’s Advisory Team for Allied Health Education.

Her work as a radiography program director expanded into the development of 3 additional educational programs in medical imaging at a previous institution. During that time, she also supervised the building of an extensive medical imaging educational laboratory and has served in an advisory role at GVSU for new medical imaging laboratories related to the health science campus expansion.

Her activities in the Association of Educators in Radiologic and Imaging Sciences includes consultation with program directors and faculty on how to plan for the best educational value in new laboratories. She is a member of the Michigan Society of Radiologic Technologists (MSRT) and the Ohio Society of Radiologic Technologists (OSRT) and provides presentations for both organizations. She is also a member of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) and values the teaching insights gained through membership in the Educational Technology Organization of Michigan (ETOM).

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Chad Sutliffe

Chad Sutliffe, MHA, MED, NHA

Office Address: 420-O RFH
Phone: (616) 331-5526
Email: [email protected]

Chad’s professional background is in educational leadership, clinical research, and healthcare administration.  Before joining GVSU’s faculty, he began his career as an elementary teacher followed by seven years in school administration.  Chad transitioned into a healthcare career starting at Spectrum Health where he worked as a Clinical Research Coordinator facilitating all Emergency Medicine studies in coordination as an appointed faculty with Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.  This experience resulted in numerous research publications with a number of current studies underway for an upcoming publication.  Chad also served as an appointed member of the Spectrum Health Institutional Review Board (IRB).

He earned his Nursing Home Administrator’s license and spent his final years before joining GVSU in administration, consulting, and researching long-term care both in non-profit and for-profit environments.  Chad has also served on numerous local and state professional associations focused on long-term care leadership along with access and quality of care to seniors.

Chad earned a Bachelor of Arts (Elementary Education) at Cornerstone University, and both a Masters of Educational Leadership and Masters of Healthcare Administration from Grand Valley State University.  He is currently working on a Doctorate at Indiana Wesleyan University in Organizational Leadership.

Chad’s research interests are geriatric access and quality of care, clinical process improvement, and emergency management systems and education.

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Susan Wallsteadt

Susan Wallsteadt, MM, LRT, RRT

Office Address: 420-F RFH
Phone: (616) 331-5569
Email: [email protected]

Susan’s professional background is in healthcare management, respiratory care, and psychology.  Before teaching, she worked at Forest View Psychiatric Hospital and then Butterworth Hospital (now Spectrum Health).  During her time at Butterworth Hospital she held a variety of positions, first as a respiratory therapist and shift supervisor, then moved into a manager’s position, and eventually assumed the role of Director of Shared Services which she managed for more than a decade.  As Director of Shared Services, she coordinated and directed outreach patient care services for respiratory care and rehabilitation services in many areas including acute care, subacute care, long-term care, home health care, outpatient facilities, and foster care homes. 

Susan earned her  Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Florida State University, Master of Management Degree from Aquinas College, and her respiratory care education through the University of Chicago Hospitals and Clinics AMA accredited Education Program of Respiratory Therapy, along with her clinical training at Butterworth Hospital.  She has additional graduate credit in counseling and social work. 

Susan has 18 years teaching experience in the areas of psychology, respiratory care, and allied health sciences.  She has taught for Muskegon Community College, Grand Rapids Community College, Ferris State University, and GVSU.  Susan is a licensed respiratory therapist and a member of the Michigan Society for Respiratory Care, American Society for Respiratory Care, and Phi Beta Kappa.

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American Sign Language

Misti Ryefield

Misti Ryefield, MS; RID:CT, K-12 4.8 SEC

Office Address: 420-M RFH
Phone: (616) 331-5554
Email: [email protected] 

Misti’s professional background is in American Sign Language interpreting. She started her career as an interpreter in public schools, spending 10 years interpreting in high schools. She then transitioned to private practice community interpreting and has multiple areas of experience, including medical, mental health, legal, business, and performing arts settings.

Prior to establishing the American Sign Language course offerings at Grand Valley, she created a similar program at Muskegon Community College.

Misti earned an Associate’s degree in American Sign Language Interpreting from Lansing Community College, and a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts with an emphasis of American Sign Language Interpreting from Sienna Heights University. Her Master’s degree in Psychology is from Capella University. She has been a nationally certified American Sign Language Interpreter since 2001.

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Health Information Management

Julie Alles, DHA

Julie Alles, DHA, RHIA, FAHIMA

Health Information Management Program Director

Office Address: 420-K RFH
Phone: (616) 331-5607
Email: [email protected]

Julie's professional background is in Health Information Management. Prior to teaching, she worked in the acute care setting wearing many hats in the health information management profession. Before coming to Grand Valley State University Julie taught at Ferris State University in the Health Information Technology/Health Information Management Programs.

Julie earned her Associate's degree from Ferris State University in Health Information Technology. She also has two Bachelor's degrees from Ferris State University in Health Information Management and Health Care Systems Administration.  Julie obtained her Master's degree in one year also from Ferris State in Career and Technical Education with a concentration in Instructor.  Her Doctorate is in Health Administration with a concentration in Health Care Leadership from Capella University.

Julie's research interests are cancer registry, telehealth monitoring, rehospitalizations and cancer screening.

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Janna Pacey, DHA

Janna Pacey, DHA, RHIA

Office Address: 420-L RFH
Phone: (616) 331-5574
Email: [email protected]

Janna’s professional background is in the field of Health Information Management (HIM).  Prior to teaching, she worked for Spectrum Health United Memorial as both the HIM Supervisor and Coding Supervisor for seven years.  As an HIM Supervisor, she was responsible for multiple HIM technical areas such as the release of information, ICD, and CPT Coding, and record assembly and analysis.  Janna also has experience with human resource functions along with developing, implementing, and working with an electronic record platform and also with working with and educating physicians about chart documentation standards and coding updates. 

After working and managing in a healthcare setting, Janna transitioned into education as an Instructor at Ferris State University (FSU).  While at FSU she advised and instructed in the Health Information Management Program along with the Health Care Systems Administration Program.  She also has extensive experience developing HIM curriculums.  Janna also assisted with the development of the GVSU Scribe Academy where she continues to teach lessons in Medical Terminology along with Billing and Coding.  Along with Janna’s teaching responsibilities, she is also the Clinical Coordinator for the HIM program and extremely active in the Michigan Health Information Management Association (MHIMA).             

Janna earned an associate’s degree from Ferris State University in Health Information Technology, two bachelor’s degrees from Ferris State University in Health Information Management and Health Care Systems Administration.  Janna obtained her Masters of Science in Career and Technical Education with a concentration in Instruction.  She obtained her Doctorate from Capella University in Health Administration with a concentration in Health Care Leadership. 

Janna’s research interests are revenue cycle management in healthcare, organizational culture, interprofessional education (IPE), and online learning. 

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