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Research Meets Practice

December 11, 2019 @ 11:30 AM1:00 PM EST

Brown Bag Lunch & Learn - Research Meets Practice

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 free copies will be distributed to all event attendees.

Each speaker will present for 10–15 minutes, followed by discussion and Q&A with the audience.

Presenters & Topics:

Cost: Free

Attendees are welcome to bring a lunch to this event. Water, coffee, and tea will be provided.

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Photo: Iryna BilanUkrainian native Iryna Bilan received her bachelor’s degree in economics and entrepreneurship (2011) and a master’s degree in marketing (2012) from Lviv Polytechnic National University in Ukraine. After serving at Tustan State Historical and Cultural Reserve (Ukraine) as Communications Manager, she completed a year-long traineeship at ArtPrize (2015) in Grand Rapids, Mich. The following year, Iryna returned to the United States to pursue her Master of Public Administration in nonprofit management and leadership at Grand Valley State University (GVSU), graduating in 2018. She served for two years as a graduate assistant while at GVSU and worked in University Development as a Prospect Research and Grant Writer for almost a year after graduation. Upon returning to Ukraine, Iryna started working at the public cultural institution “Mystetskyi Arsenal” as Grants & Donor Relations Manager.
Photo: Tracey HamletTracey Hamlet graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science in psychology in 1987. She began her professional career as a direct support professional for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) during one of Michigan’s peak periods of de-institutionalization. She recalls one of her first days on the job as impactful as she helped an individual leave his institutional home carrying a garbage bag of personal belongings into his new “home” in the community. Motivated by a keen sense of justice for people to be, not merely accepted, but truly included in their community, Tracey continued her career with the population. While working as a Director of Programs for MOKA nonprofit corporation, and after raising three children, Tracey returned to school to advance her education. She was awarded her Master of Public Administration from Grand Valley State University in 2018. Tracey is currently serving as the executive director for MOKA, an organization focused on supporting community inclusion for individuals with IDD in West Michigan.
Photo: Bev HarkemaBev Harkema earned a Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Management in 2018 and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Grand Valley State University (GVSU) in 2008. Bev desires to use her experience in business, coursework at GVSU, and a graduate assistantship at the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy to work and volunteer more effectively and meaningfully in the nonprofit sector. Bev currently works part-time at Bridges of Hope, Allegan County, a grassroots nonprofit dedicated to helping people move out of poverty, as well as working at her favorite local garden center and raising foster puppies for Paws With a Cause.
Photo: Rhonda LubbertsRhonda Lubberts received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Calvin College, her Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership from Grand Valley State University, and is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society. Rhonda currently serves as Associate Vice President for Institutional Marketing at Grand Valley State University. She is interested in social and environmental justice and has served on many boards and committees with that mission. 


December 11, 2019
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM EST
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Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy
201 Front Ave SW, Suite 200
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
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