Practitioner Faculty

2021-2022 Practitioner Faculty


Kristen Bosker

Lucinda Joswick

Tamela Spicer

James Crocker

Adam London

Leslie Starsoneck 

Erica Curry Vanee

Louanne McIntyre

Ronald Thompson 

Linda Falstad

Jennifer Meeks

Alan Vanderberg 

Brooke Finlan

Michael Reagan

William Washington

John Golaszewski 

Alexis Lea Reame

Steven Wilson

Jacobs, Jeffrey

Lauren Spangler


James D. Crocker

James Crocker

Email: [email protected]

James Crocker specializes in training, coaching, development, and implementation of systems that lead to increased value for his customers and believes the best improvement systems emphasize principles and human connection. James has over 25 years experience learning to develop and improve quality, continuous improvement, and agile systems from the board room to the front lines. His experience spans the automotive, office furniture, defense, RV, and health care industries.

Erica Curry VanEe

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Email: [email protected]

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:

  • 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.
  • research and project manager for the Community Research Institute and national program manager for the Grantmaking School, both part of the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University:
  • 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;
  • teen and adult program director with Girl Scouts, where she worked in Grand Rapids, Detroit, San Francisco and Germany.

Jennifer Meeks

Jennifer Meeks

Email: [email protected]

Adjunct Professor - Jennifer teaches Health Care Law and Ethics.

Jennifer Meeks is a highly engaged subject matter expert (SME) with 19+ years’ background in healthcare policy combined with 7 years’ large integrated healthcare system experience. She is a former Capitol Hill staffer and has conducted federal government advocacy work. She is considered by her peers as a "go-to" collaborative, synergistic resource and consensus-builder championing the efficacious activation of healthcare policy as applied to clinical and operational teams as well as the eradication of healthcare silos. She received her undergraduate degree in communications from The Pennsylvania State University and master's degree in government from Johns Hopkins University. 

Linda Falstad

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Linda Falstad teaches grant writing.

  • Linda is founder and president of Falstad Initiatives, LLC.
  • She is also a Farmland Preservation Analyst for Ottowa County where she works on fundraising, grant writing and reporting for federal and foundation grants. 
  • 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.

Michael Reagan

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Michael Reagan teaches Strategic Planning and Management, Public Policy Analysis, and Human Resource Management.

After a 40-year professional career in health care leadership and management, Reagan retired as Chief External Relations Officer at Cherry Health serving from 2011 to 2019. Cherry Health is a Federally Qualified Health Center in Michigan serving over 60,000 patients annually.

In October 2011, Proaction Behavioral Health and Touchstone Innovare merged into Cherry Health beginning the development of an integrated care model for persons with physical health as well as mental illness and substance use disorders.  Mike had served as CEO of Proaction Behavioral Health Alliance from 1989 to 2011.  Proaction was a statewide nonprofit health care organization which, for 50 years, provided a full range of treatment and prevention services for substance use and mental health disorders throughout the State of Michigan. Before Proaction, Mike's nonprofit management experience included being vice president of Project Rehab and director of Employee Assistance Center. Mike also served in multiple grassroots and administrative roles, such as personnel and community relations director with Kent Community Action Program (Kent CAP).  Kent CAP was originally funded by the Office of Economic Opportunity in 1964 to organize, develop and administer programs to reduce poverty through such programs as Head Start, Community Health Centers, and Neighborhood Service Centers.

Mike's professional career included roles in local, state, and national health care associations, for example, 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), National Council of Community Mental Health Addictions Committee,  International Community Corrections Association (Executive Committee) and board member of Safe and Just Michigan. Mike continues to serve on the NIATX Foundation Board. NIATX is learning collaborative within the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Center for Health Enhancement Systems Studies (CHESS), providing research, promising practices and innovative tools that encourage and support the use of the NIATX Model of process improvement for substance use disorder and mental health organizations.

Mike has a MA in Counseling Psychology from Western Michigan University and a BA in Philosophy from Athenaeum of Ohio. He received Michigan Primary Care Association Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015.    

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