Organizing Committee

  • Mary Barr, RN, MSN, NP-C, Nurse Practitioner, Spectrum Health Medical Group
  • Jeff Byrnes, PhD, Professor of Philosophy, Grand Valley State University
  • James Bonner, LMSW, MBA, Senior Director of Patient Experience, Spectrum Health
  • Matthew Denenberg, MD, FAAP, FACEP, Chief Medical Director, Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital
  • Paul Farr, MD, (retired), former Chair, Mercy Health Saint Mary's; Past President, Kent County Medical Society and Michigan State Medical Society
  • P. Douglas Kindschi, Ph.D., Professor of Mathematics and Philosophy and Director of the Kaufman Interfaith Institute, Grand Valley State University
  • Aly Mageed, MD, Division Chief, Pediatric Blood & Marrow Transplant, Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital; Associate Professor of Pediatrics, MSU College of Medicine
  • Khan Nedd, MD, Vice Chair, Grand Rapids African American Health Institute
  • Scott Opperman, Director of Mission Integration, Mercy Health Saint Mary’s
  • Markay Riippa, MA, BSN, RN, CNML, HEC-C, Clinical Services Manager, Mercy Health Saint Mary’s, The Lacks Cancer Center
  • Simin Beg, MD, Spectrum Health
  • Jayne Courts MD, Mercy Health


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