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Research Meets Practice

December 9, 2020 @ 11:30 am1:00 pm EST

Research Meets Practice: Part of our free Brown Bag Lunch & Learn series

We’re online! This workshop will be presented online through Zoom. All registrants will receive the access link and password via email the day before the event.

This event is part of the Johnson Center’s FREE Brown Bag Lunch & Learn series.

Please join us for a showcase of the research of alumni of the GVSU’s School of Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration. This presentation will fuel a discussion for how research can influence practice and how nonprofit organizations can be better consumers of research. The student papers are published in the SPNHA Review, and are free to download and read.

Each speaker will present on their topic, followed by discussion and Q&A with the audience.

Presenters & Topics:

  • Kristina M. Pepelko – Untangling Turnover: Why Development Directors Leave and What Nonprofit Organizations Can Do About It
  • Brent S. Reed – The Impact of Hospital Consolidations: Who is Really Benefitting from M&A’s within Healthcare?

Deadline to Register: Tuesday, December 8

Photo: Kristina Pepelko
Kristina Pepelko holds both a Master of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in English and Writing from Grand Valley State University. With nine years of experience in writing, editing, and communications, Kristina has held professional roles across the philanthropic and business sectors, serving organizations such as Kids’ Orchestra, Michigan League of Conservation Voters, One Green Planet, and Croatia Times, among others. She is a member of Forum 225 and the Public Relations Association of Louisiana. She also volunteers at Cat Haven. A daughter of immigrants, Kristina was born and raised in Michigan by way of Croatia. She currently resides in Baton Rouge, Louisiana with her husband and two former shelter cats. Learn more about Kristina.

Photo: Brent Reed
Brent Reed is President Emeritus of the Health Professional Graduate Student Alliance and recipient of the Most Outstanding Student in Program award, Dean’s Citation of Excellence in Leadership, Fellow – Cook Leadership Academy and Member of the Omicron Delta kappa Honor Society. He is deeply passionate about leading positive change in the healthcare industry. As recent graduate from GVSU’s Master of Health Administration program, he is working with national healthcare leaders to build teams, break down barriers and find innovative solutions within healthcare processes, products, and services. His main goal is to help lead the US into the next generation of healthcare.


December 9, 2020
11:30 am–1:00 pm EST
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