Faculty and staff sketches

January 11, 2022 (Volume 45, Number 9)

In the News

Health care association honors GVSU faculty, graduates, students

Grand Valley faculty, graduates and students were honored during the American College of Healthcare Executives Great Lakes chapter’s annual meeting on November 19. The Great Lakes chapter is the regional chapter for the American College of Healthcare Executives and represents 48,000 members.

Raymond Higbea, director of the School of Public, Nonprofit, Health, Hospitality and Tourism Management and associate professor of health administration, received the Outstanding Service Award. Higbea is an ACHE fellow, a former treasurer of the GLACHE and serves on the GLACHE’s Board of Directors.

Barbara Goodspeed, a 2014 graduate of the Master’s of Health Administration program, also received the Outstanding Service Award. Goodspeed is manager of quality improvement at Spectrum Health and president of GLACHE.

Larry Warkoczeski, executive-in-residence in the department’s Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration program, was honored with the Regent’s Faculty Award.

Kris Drake, executive director/CEO of Ingham Community Health Centers and a 2007 MHA graduate, received the Senior Careerist Award. Drake sits on the GLACHE Board of Directors and is a former president and treasurer of the association.

Jeff Skinner, director of operations of HealthBar and a 2015 MHA graduate, was honored with the Young Careerist Award. 

Zoe Fry, an MHA student who graduated in December, received the Student Award for her work with the Health Professional Graduate Student Organization and as a student member of the GLACHE Board of Directors. 



Faculty and staff members who have given presentations or had their research published are detailed below. The campus community can self-submit a sketch online for future publication. 

Eric Kunnen, senior director for IT Innovation and Research, contributed to an article, "The Sport behind Esports | FLEXspace," highlighting Grand Valley's emerging Esports program in HigherEdAV Media Magazine.

Kyle Brink, associate professor of management, had an article he wrote, “Oral-communication Skills: Are the Priorities of the Workplace and AACSB-accredited Business Programs Sligned?” cited in a Harvard Business Review article. Brink also wrote an article, "The Variable Effects of Goal-Performance Discrepancies on Future Goal Setting: A Test of Four Moderators," published in the Business Education Innovation Journal.

Sean Woznicki, assistant professor of water resources, gave a presentation, “Projecting the Impacts of Landcover Change on Drinking Water treatment,” for the EPA Region 5 Source Water Protection group.

Jennifer Fortuna, assistant professor of occupational science and therapy, gave presentations at the Southeastern Museums Conference, Association of Midwest Museums and the Michigan Occupational Therapy Association annual conference. Fortuna was a co-author of an article, "Health Literacy in Occupational Therapy Research: A Scoping Review," and an author of an article, "Adapting the Ceramics Process with Creative Problem Solving," published in the Open Journal of Occupational Therapy.

Abdullah Alrebh, associate professor of sociology, wrote an article, "Will Sistani be the Last Legend? The Challenge of Succession and the Future of the Marj'aiyyah," published by the Middle East Institute.

Kathryn Remlinger, professor of English, gave presentations, “'Yah for Yes is OK’: Ideological Functions and Meanings of Yah in Two Heritage Language communities,” at the Workshop on Immigrant Languages in the Americas in Helsinki, Finland; and “Yooper Talk: The History and Development of a Dialect,” at the Milford Public Library.

Carol Glanville, program manager for the Johnson Center for Philanthropy, gave a presentation, "What's My Job? A Program Officer Competency Model," at the Council of Michigan Foundation annual conference.

John Weber, professor of geology, gave two presentations at the Geological Society of America meeting in Portland, Oregon; and another, "Can Slow-slip Strike-slip Explain Geodetic-paleoseismic Mismatch in the Trinidad-Tobago Transform Plate Boundary?" at the virtual International Joint Workshop on Slow Earthquakes.

Laurence José, associate professor of writing and director of the Digital Studies minor, gave a presentation, "Data Design and Workplace Preparation: Promoting Data Humanism in Technical Communication," at the CPTSC conference.


Faculty & Staff Sketches

This article was last edited on January 10, 2022 at 3:3 p.m.

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