Practitioner Faculty

2019-2020 Practitioner Faculty (Undergraduate)

     

Shannon Cohen

Anne London

Alan Vanderberg

Erica Curry Van Ee

Jason Reep

Kim Walton

Adam London

 

Andrew Wolber

2019-2020 Practitioner Faculty (Graduate)

     

Jacquelyn Boyden

Susan Johnson

Michael Reagan

Mary Dailey Brown

Sarah Lewakowski

Tamela Spicer

Shannon Cohen

Adam London

Nathan Steed


Mary Dailey Brown

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Email: mary@sowhope.org or brownmd1@gvsu.edu

Mary Dailey 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.

Mary Dailey 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."


Shannon Cohen

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Email: shannon.m.cohen@gmail.com

Shannon teaches the Introduction to Public and Nonprofit Administration course and designed the curriculum for the Community Coalition Building seminar, which she also teaches.

  • Shannon has been an active member of regional and national philanthropic and community development efforts for the past sixteen years.  Shannon has created, managed, and scaled several movements, initiatives, and incubator efforts designed to foster community renewal and stem public health ills, with a special focus on youth.
  • Shannon is a W.K. Kellogg Foundation fellow and has received several awards for her work and service including 2014 '40 Under Forty' Grand Rapids Business Journal Award, 2015 Influential Woman feature by the Grand Rapids Business Journal, Rising Star Award from Our Community's Children, and the Local Champion and Hero Award from the Michigan Coalition to Reduce Underage Drinking.
  • Shannon has an MPA in Public and Nonprofit Administration [cum laude] and a BA in Political Science and International Relations [magna cum laude]from Grand Valley State University

Shannon Cohen: "I am passionate about empowering emerging leaders to be transformative in the communities they serve.  Teaching allows me an opportunity to invest into the lives of students.  Each semester, I find great joy in fostering a human-centered design learning environment where students can explore their gifts, share collective wisdom, clarify purpose, and discover their leadership style.   My classes create space for theory to meet practice; innovation to meet emerging trends, and course assignments that help students grow as thought leaders ready for service in a knowledge based economy."


Erica Curry VanEe

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Email: urbancurry@gmail.com

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.

Linda Falstad

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Email: lamf@ameritech.net

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.

Susan Johnson

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Email: FourBays91@aol.com

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.

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

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Email: Sarah@tcmcounseling.org.

Sarah Lewakowski teaches Grant Writing.

  • Sara is executive director of Mosaic 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 Ways Community Impact Cabinet, and on the Board of Directors for CALL 2-1-1 (Community Access Line of the Lakeshore)
  • She received the United Ways Pinnacle of Partnership Award in 2009 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.

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."


Michael Reagan

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Email: MikeReagan@ProactionAlliance.org

Mr. Michael Reagan teaches Human Resource Management.

  • Mike Reagan is president/CEO of Proaction Behavioral Health Alliance, a statewide nonprofit 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 personnel and community 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.

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."


Nathan Steed

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Email: nsteed@wnj.com

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).

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."


Andrew Wolber

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Email: andy@wolberworks.com

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 former 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.