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MAHPERD 2009-2010 Awards
MAHPERDThe Michigan Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (MAHPERD) named two WMU graduates as recipients of awards noting their outstanding performance as teachers and professionals in Michigan. Tracy Daniel (HPER Department BS, MA) received the MAHPERD Teacher of the Year High School. A teacher at Comstock High School, Tracy has served as teacher, coach and official for the past 20 years. Christine Jusczyzk, WMU graduate (HPER Department BS, MA) was the recipient of the MAHPERD Teacher of the Year Elementary School. Chris teaches at Lawton Elementary School and has also served as teacher, coach and official during the past 25 years in SW Michigan. Both teachers have impacted the lives of children through their dedication, instruction and innovation. Tracy and Chris, along with Jon Schmees, received their awards at the MAHPERD Convention held in Grand Rapids in November. Jon was the recipient of the MAHPERD Student Honor Award.

TEX Fashion Design Graduate Working in New York
Liza Nay, B.S. 2009, and featured in the 2009 Focus on FCS Newsletter, has secured a job as assistant designer for the Kay Unger and Phoebe Couture daytime dresses. Liza is draping for new looks, researching new trends and creating new colorings for prints. Liza says, "My strengths in draping and sewing have proven to be a great asset. It is also a must to know how to use Photoshop, Illustrator and Excel. I use these programs every day and being very proficient in them is one of the reasons I was hired. You really have to have a well-rounded understanding of design because you are working with production, sales, and multiple designers daily." Liza states that WMU, AIU and FIT all worked together to make a perfect, wellrounded foundation for her job in New York.

Career and Technical Education
Megan Elliott, BS, 2007, is teaching business and English at Fraser High School in Fraser, MI.
Deb Miller, MA, 2000, was named CTE Administrator of the Year for 2009-10. She is currently the executive director for KRESA in Kalamazoo.
Amy Meyer, MA, 2008, received the Wells Cook MA Teacher of
Secondary Business Ed Award. Amy teaches at Portage Northern High School, Portage, MI.

Family Studies
Ashley Marshall, BS, 2008, started working as a Victim Advocate for the Prosecutor’s Office - Victim Witness Division, Dayton OH.

Family Life Education
Jacqueline Chandler
, MA, 2009, is Volunteer Services Coordinator with Porter Hills Retirement Community, Grand Rapids, MI and also teaches in the FCS Dept.

Family Life Education Graduate in Kenya for Peace CorpsService
After a competitive application process, Kristine Pawlowski, MA 2006, was invited into the Peace Corps service. She was assigned as a Public Health volunteer to work with Kenyan communities on HIV/AIDS and water and sanitation.

Kristi completed an intensive ten week training in Kitui, Kenya related to the following areas: Kiswahili language, cross cultural training, technical, medical, safety and security training, field-based training and development and Peace Corps policy and administration.

Her first assignment was to work with Boma la Tumaini Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT) and Resource Center as a public health volunteer. Her duties included working with community leaders to provide public health information sessions throughout the district, as well as working with local community based organizations which facilitated several local development projects in the area. She coordinated sessions with counselors and clients at the VCT and assisted in data collection and compiling of monthly statistics. Kristi acted as a consultant to help initiate the first of several Mobile Voluntary Counseling and Testing units which provided essential health resources to underserved populations.

With help through the VCT, Kristi implemented programs focused on HIV/AIDS awareness and de-stigmatization, healthy living and comprehensive nutrition to the Friends Fighting AIDS Together support group. Additionally, she coordinated World AIDS Day 2008 and 2008 activities.

She attended specialized trainings with international organizations including African Medical Research Foundation, Liverpool and AIDS, Population, and Integrated Assistance program.

Kristi collaborated with the St. Luke’s Rehab Center assisting children and youth with special needs to write a grant proposal for economic support; organized field trips and facilitated life skills sessions; developed a booklet to encourage and nurture children in their faith; and collaborated with Peace Corps staff to redesign pre-service training for future Peace Corps volunteers.

Twenty-two graduates of the Career and Technical Education program entered the work world this fall. Several of the grads have moved out of the state for teaching jobs in business, IT, and FCS. CTE graduates finding teaching jobs out of state are: Luke Richard, Business & IT, Lamar, CO; Shakira Cummings, FCS, Baltimore, MD; Kristen Miller, Business, Seattle, WA; Alissa King,FCS, South Bend, IN; Kirk Shafer, IT, South Bend, IN; Kimberly Grgurich, FCS, Portage, IN and Tammy Schlotterback, Business,Tooele, UT.

Ryan Brevard continues to work as an AmeriCorps team member and has been promoted to AmeriCorps Volunteer Coordinator with Habitat for Humanity in Modesto, CA. David Van Hoose, IT, has returned to Michigan Career and Technical Institute to work with students. Former Buster Bronco Kyle Liechty, Business, has been hired by the Detroit Tigers organization to be “Paws” mascot of the Detroit Tigers (see photo on page 5).

The following CTE graduates have reported securing teaching positions in Michigan: Kimberlee Hagens, FCS, Colon Jr. Sr. High School; Tim Kirk, Business, Climax- Scotts High School; Andrew Mains, Business, Hastings High School; Brad Smith, IT, Lakeshore High School; Kelly (Kalinsky) VanTilburg, FCS, Wayne Westland High School; Kathy Everett, FCS, Stevenson Middle School; Jessica Kishler, FCS, Bloomfield Hills Middle School; Cory Latsch, Business, Muskegon Career Center; Lauren Peter, FCS, Portland High School; Cynthia Kyriakoza, FCS, West Hills Middle School; Erica Swanson, FCS, Galesburg High School; Scott Stevens, IT, Linden Grove Middle School; Tim Kyle, Business, Loy Norrix High School; Francis Schlaud, IT, Sanilac Career Center; and Mitch Nycum, IT, Eaton Rapids High School.

Two CTE graduates have moved back to Michigan to take teaching jobs: Jacob Balch, Business, having most recently taught in Kentucky, is now teaching EFE classes at Loy Norrix High School. He pre-interned at Loy Norrix and interned with Linda Powell at Portage Northern High School. Katherine Henley, FCS, completed her first year of teaching in Kentucky and now teaches at Mason Middle School. She pre-interned and interned at Vicksburg High School.

Dr. Johanna NilssonDr. Johanna Nilsson was the 2010 recipient of the CECP Department Outstanding Alumni Award in recognition of her professional contributions in the areas of scholarship, community outreach, and professional leadership. Johanna earned her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the department in 1999. Since completing her doctorate, Johanna has served as a faculty member in the Division of Counseling and Educational Psychology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where she also currently serves as Director of Training for their APA accredited program in Counseling Psychology. Johanna began her active engagement in scholarship during her doctoral training. Over the course of her career, she has developed multiple lines of research including both a multicultural thread and a research methods thread. Within the multicultural thread, Johanna has focused on understanding issues and experiences of international students and immigrant women, and on improving supervision and counselor training for students of diverse backgrounds. Within the research methods thread, Johanna has examined the content and sampling practices in several professional journals, engaged in scale development, and written about best practices in developing and evaluating measures, and reporting research findings. Currently Johanna has 27 published peer reviewed articles and an additional 6 articles under review. She has also published 4 book chapters, and made many national presentations. Johanna's scholarly contributions to the field have been further recognized by national colleagues through her appointment as an editorial board member for the Journal of Counseling Psychology, the Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development, and the Journal of Career Development. Johanna has also been actively engaged in grant writing throughout her career. She has been awarded 17 different grants with approximately half of these awards focused specifically on the development and sustained implementation, for over 10 years, of a program aimed at providing domestic violence and mental health services to refugee and immigrant women in Kansas City. Johanna's success in repeatedly funding and staffing this program – and most importantly in partnering with women of immigrant or refugee status -- has made a significant difference in the lives of women in her community and in the training of her doctoral students. Johanna's long standing interest and involvement in multicultural and international issues is also reflected in her extensive involvement in professional leadership activities. She has served on several committees within Division 17 of APA since earning her doctorate. During the past 5 years she has been an integral part of Division 17 work on international issues and is currently serving as the chair elect of the International Section of the division. Throughout her tenure as a student as well as her professional career, Johanna has fully embodied what it means to be a scientist-practitioner.

Dr. Gerald A. JuhnkeAlumnus Dr. Gerald A. Juhnke recently co-authored a book "Suicide, Self-Injury, and Violence in the Schools: Assessment, Prevention, and Intervention Strategies" published by Wiley in 2010. Jerry graduated with a doctorate in counselor education and supervision from CECP in 1991. He is professor and doctoral program director in the Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology at The University of Texas at San Antonio. He specializes in the areas of suicide, life-threatening behaviors and family addictions and has authored/coauthored six books and over 40 refereed scholarly journal articles.

Dr. Tony McLainDr. Tony McLain, WMU alumnus, has been named president of Lake Superior State University. Dr. McLain holds a master's degree in counseling and personnel administration and a bachelor's degree in English, both from Western Michigan University. He received a doctorate in K-12 education administration from Michigan State.

Dr. David K. DuysAlumnus Dr. David K. Duys recently received the 2010 Outstanding Professional Teaching Award from the North Central Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (NCACES). This award honors excellence in teaching in a program dedicated to counseling, counselor education, or counseling supervision within the North Central Region. Dr. Duys earned his Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from Western Michigan University in 1998. He is currently serving as Assistant Professor, School Counseling and Counselor Education & Supervision Programs Coordinator at the University of Iowa. Dr. Duys has presented at international, national, regional, and state conferences on topics related to school counseling, career counseling, and counselor training. His scholarly work has also been published in Counselor Education and Supervision, the American Journal of Health Behavior, Career Development Quarterly, and the Journal of Humanistic Counseling, Education, and Development.

Jethro JohnsonJethro "Jaye" Johnson, was a recipient of the College of Education and Human Development Golden Apple award in October 2010. The Golden Apple is awarded by the College of Education Human Development Alumni Society to outstanding educators who have been recognized by their peers for their dedication and commitment to their profession. Jaye received her Master of Arts in Counseling in 1975 and worked in the Comstock Public Schools, including Comstock High School, Middle School and North Elementary School as a school counselor.

Dr. Janee SteeleCounselor Education doctoral alumni Dr. Janee Steele and Dr. Glinda Rawls were awarded a 2010 North Central Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (NCACES) Research Grant of their collaborative research on: "Quantitative Attitudes and Research Training Experiences of Masters Level Counseling Students." Janee received her Ph.D. in 2010. Currently Janee is the Mentor Coordinator for the WMU-AGEP (Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate) Mentoring Program in the Graduate College at WMU. She coordinates mentoring activities for AGEP scholars and fellows and is developing a mentoring program for graduate students.

Dr. Glinda Rawls Glinda received her Ph.D. in 2008 and is currently an Assistant Professor in the University Counseling & Testing Center at Western Michigan University. Glinda also serves as the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society Chapter President at WMU.

Margaret Sikes

Margaret Sikes, B.A., Elementary Education 1971, is a 2010 middle school finalist for the Lafayette Education Foundation's Teacher Awards. (January 2010)