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Emily Babb, JD

Associate Vice Chancellor for Equal Opportunity and Title IV, University of Denver, Denver, CO
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Emily Babb is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Equal Opportunity & Title IX and the Title IX Coordinator at the University of Denver (DU) where she oversees the University's response to reports of discrimination, harassment, and gender-based violence. Prior to joining DU, she served as the Assistant Vice President for Title IX Compliance/Title IX Coordinator at the University of Virginia from 2017 to 2020. Before joining higher ed, she worked for the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights and served as a Senior Attorney in the Dallas regional office for 10 years and the Program Manager/Supervisory Attorney in the Cleveland regional office for two years. Ms. Babb is a graduate of DePauw University (B.A.) and University of Oklahoma (J.D.).

Justin C. Bonus, JD

Attorney at Law, Brooklyn, NY
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Justin Bonus attended New York University majoring in philosophy and graduated from Roger Williams School of Law in 2011. Between 2011 and late 2015, Mr. Bonus practiced entertainment and construction law with a focus on contracts and civil litigation. In late 2015, Mr. Bonus began to criminal law full-time with a focus on post-conviction work. Since that time, Mr. Bonus has handled cases at all phases of criminal proceedings, from surrendering a client to working post-conviction cases that have led to exonerations. Some notable cases that Mr. Bonus has worked on include People v. Wayne Martin, People v. Patrick Day, People v. Tinkita Smith, People v. Darren Breeden, People v. Shamel Amos, People v. Chad Breland, State v. Taron Hill and United States v. Michael Jones.

James L. Caruso, MD

Chief Medical Examiner/Coroner, Office of the Medical Examiner, Denver, CO

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Dr. Jim Caruso is the Chief Medical Examiner and Coroner for the City and County of Denver.  He received his undergraduate and medical training at the University of Illinois and completed a Pathology residency and a fellowship in Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine at Duke University Medical Center.  Dr. Caruso subsequently completed a Forensic Pathology fellowship at the Office of the Maryland Medical Examiner in Baltimore.  He then served as Deputy Chief Medical Examiner for the Armed Forces and Regional Armed Forces Medical Examiner for Asia and the Pacific.  Memorable cases include the investigation of the Space Shuttle Columbia mishap and the autopsy of former professional football player Pat Tillman.  Captain Caruso spent nearly 30-years in the United States Navy during which time he served as both a Diving Medical Officer and a Flight Surgeon.  He has published numerous scientific abstracts, peer-reviewed papers, and book chapters in the areas of forensic pathology and diving medicine.  Dr. Caruso resides with his wife Pamela in Castle Rock, CO and has a daughter at Colorado State University and another at the University of Colorado. 

Stephen Cohle, MD

Georgetown University School of Medicine, Kent County, MI
2021_Forensic_Course/cohle.jpgDr. Stephen D. Cohle is a pathologist in Grand Rapids, Michigan and is affiliated with Spectrum Health-Butterworth and Blodgett Campuses. He received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years.

Barry Logan, PhD, F-ABFT

Executive Director, Center for Forensic Science Research and Education (CFSRE), Fredric Rieders Family Foundation; Chief Scientist, NMS Labs, Horsham, PA
2021_Forensic_Course/Barry_Logan_Web_Photo_260x200_2_.pngDr. Barry Logan is Executive Director at the non-profit Center for Forensic Science Research and Education (CFSRE) at the Fredric Rieders Family Foundation in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. He is also Chief Scientist at NMS Labs in Horsham PA, where he leads a team of forensic toxicologists and certifying scientists and is the laboratory director for its crime laboratory services in Pennsylvania, Texas and North Carolina.

Dr. Logan is a Fellow of the American Board of Forensic Toxicologists (ABFT), and has over 160 publications and has made over 600 presentations in forensic toxicology and analytical chemistry, including work on the effects of illicit and prescription drugs on drivers, and drug caused and related death. His current research priorities are focused on new drug trends, the opioid crisis, rapid reporting of drug mortality data, and the analytical and interpretive toxicology and chemistry of novel psychoactive substances, founding www.NPSDiscovery.org in 2018.

Dr. Logan holds academic appointments at Indiana University, and at Arcadia University and Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, and serves on the Advisory Board for NIDA’s National Drug Early Warning System (NDEWS).

Brent Furbee, MD, FACMT

Professor Emeritus Clinical Emergency Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine
2021_Forensic_Course/1X5A1047_2_5X3_5ac.jpg Brent Furbee received his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine (1977). He completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at Methodist Hospital in 1981. After several years practicing clinical Emergency Medicine, he completed a Medical Toxicology fellowship at Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix in 1991 and subsequently returned to Indianapolis where he founded the Medical Toxicology service in 1992 and the Medical Toxicology Fellowship in 1994. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Medical Toxicology, the American Board of Emergency Medicine – Medical Toxicology, and a Fellow of the American College of Medical Toxicology. He served as the Medical Director of the Indiana Poison Center from (1988-2015) and Division Chief, Medical Toxicology (2011-2015. He currently serves as a consultant to the Indiana Poison Center and participates in the education of physicians, nurses, residents, fellows, respiratory therapists, and EMS personnel. Dr. Furbee’s areas of interest include criminal poisoning, forensic toxicology, and drugs of abuse.

Patrick Harding, BS

Associate Course Director, Robert F. Borkenstein Course on Alcohol and Highway Safety: Testing, Research, and Litigation
2021_Forensic_Course/Borkenstein-4238.jpgPatrick Harding retired as supervisor of the Toxicology Section of the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene (WSLH) in 2012 after 35 years of service. For more than 30 years Patrick functioned there as a technical expert in blood and breath alcohol testing, providing training and testimony (in over 750 trials). Patrick has been on the faculty of the Robert F. Borkenstein Course on Alcohol and Highway Safety since 2002 and is currently its Associate Director, as well as for the Borkenstein Course on Drugs.
 
Patrick is a former chair of the National Safety Council Committee on Alcohol and Other Drugs, on the Board of Directors of the International Association for Chemical Testing, a member of the Canadian Society of Forensic Science Alcohol Test Committee, a member of the Society of Forensic Toxicologists and a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. He has co-authored papers on breath and blood alcohol testing and co-authored a breath alcohol testing chapter in Medicolegal Aspects of Alcohol, as well as a special topic monograph for American Prosecutors Research Institute entitled “Alcohol Toxicology for Prosecutors.”
 
Patrick has been recognized for his professional contributions to forensic toxicology and highway safety, having received IACT’s Kurt M. Dubowski award (2005), The NSC Robert F. Borkenstein Award (2007) and the AAFS Toxicology Section Ray Abernethy Award (2013).

Christopher P. Holstege, MD

Professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics, University of Virginia
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Christopher P. Holstege, M.D. is a University of Virginia Professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics within the School of Medicine, Chief of the Division of Medical Toxicology, Director of the Blue Ridge Poison Center, and Executive Director of the Student Health & Wellness Department. He is also chair of the steering committee of the University of Virginia’s Critical Incident Analysis Group. Dr. Holstege clinically provides care for poisoned patients and serves as a practicing member of the emergency medicine faculty. He is leading efforts in the care, health surveillance, and protection of all students at the University of Virginia. He has numerous ongoing research projects in clinical, basic science, and epidemiologic arenas.

Robert Johnson, PhD

Chief Toxicologist, Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office
2021_Forensic_Course/r_johnson.PNGDr. Robert Johnson joined the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office as the Chief Toxicologist in 2011. Prior to joining Tarrant County, he worked for 10 years as a Senior Research Chemist at the Federal Aviation Administration’s Civil Aerospace Medical Institute in Oklahoma City, OK. Active in SOFT, AAFS, and SAT, he is the past chair of the National Safety Council’s Alcohol, Drugs, and Impairment Division and the current chair of the OSAC Forensic Toxicology subcommittee. He has published 61 scientific articles in his career all of which deal with some aspect of forensic toxicology.

Alan Wayne Jones, BSC, PhD, DSc

Guest Professor in Forensic Toxicology, Department of Clinical Chemistry and Pharmacology, University of Linköping
2021_Forensic_Course/AWJ_1.jpgAlan Wayne Jones received both a B.Sc. in chemistry (1969) and a Ph.D. (1974) from the University of Wales. Dr. Jones retired in 2013 from his appointment as senior scientist at Sweden’s National Laboratory of Forensic Medicine, Division of Forensic Genetics and Forensic Toxicology. He is currently a guest professor in forensic toxicology at the Department of Clinical Chemistry and Pharmacology, Linköping University, Sweden.
 
In 1993 Dr. Jones was awarded a senior doctorate degree (DSc) by the University of Wales for his body of published work about analytical chemistry, pharmacology, and toxicology of ethanol and other abused drugs. Dr. Jones has lectured widely on forensic aspects of alcohol at home and abroad and has testified as an expert witness in criminal trials involving drug-related crimes in several countries including US, UK, Denmark, Norway, Ireland, New Zealand, and hundreds of times in Sweden. Since 1978 Dr. Jones has served as ad hoc peer-reviewer of manuscripts submitted for publication to scores of scientific journals and he belongs to the editorial boards of several international journals devoted to substance abuse, legal medicine, and forensic toxicology. After his first published paper in 1974, Dr. Jones’s bibliography now lists some 470 articles and these have appeared in about 100 different scientific journals.

Graham R. Jones, PhD, F-ABFT

Forensic Toxicologist, Clinical Professor, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, University of Alberta
2021_Forensic_Course/Graham_Jones.jpgDr. Graham Jones is the former Chief Toxicologist for the Alberta Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He originally qualified as a Pharmacist in the U.K. and later earned his Ph.D. degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry (Drug Metabolism), from Chelsea College at the University of London. Dr. Jones subsequently moved to Canada to take up a fellowship at the University of Alberta, later joining the University of Alberta Hospital as a Clinical Toxicologist. In 1981 he joined the Alberta Office of the Chief Medical Examiner as director of the new forensic toxicology laboratory.
 
Dr. Jones has been very active in his profession and is a member of several professional organizations in Canada, the U.K., and the U.S.A. He is a past-President of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS), past-President of the Society of Forensic Toxicologists, past-President of the Forensic Specialties Accreditation Board, and Chair of the Laboratory Accreditation Program of the American Board of Forensic Toxicology. He is also a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Analytical Toxicology and the Journal of Forensic Sciences.
 
Dr. Jones has been a leader in the development of professional standards for the forensic toxicology profession for over 25 years. Dr. Jones has served as a consultant and expert witness in several toxicology-related murder trials in both Canada and the USA.

Bryan S. Judge, MD, FACMT, FACEP

Professor, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
2021_Forensic_Course/B_Judge_-_2019.jpgBryan practices emergency medicine and medical toxicology at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, MI and emergency medicine at Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital in Laurium, MI. He is a Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine | Division of Medical Toxicology at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. An avid outdoorsman, his first love is hunting in the mountains across the globe.

Ken Kulig, MD, FACMT, FAACT

Partner, Toxicology Associates, Prof LLC
2021_Forensic_Course/KK_Monty_Nuss.jpgDr. Kulig is a graduate of Wayne State University Medical School, the Emergency Medicine Residency at Denver Health, and the Fellowship at the Rocky Mountain Poison Center. He was the Director of that Toxicology Fellowship for 8 years. He has been board certified in Medical Toxicology for 37 years and was boarded in Emergency Medicine for 30. He is one of the founding partners of Toxicology Associates, Prof LLC in Denver in 1995. He has been involved in numerous medication safety initiatives locally and nationally. He is the 2017 ACMT Ellenhorn Award recipient.

Charles McKay, MD, FACMT

Past President, American College of Medical Toxicology; Associate Medical Director, CT Poison Control Center, University of Connecticut School of Medicine
McKay-Photo-2017--125.jpgDr. McKay was trained in Anatomic and Surgical Pathology, Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Medical Toxicology and was a Medical Director of Occupational Health and Medical Review Officer for a hospital system during more than 30 years of clinical practice, during which he provided toxicology consultation at 3 hospitals, directed a medical toxicology fellowship training program, and provided medical oversight of a regional poison control center. He provides medical legal consultation across the country on toxicology-related issues, and has testified in nearly 100 cases, many related to questions of alcohol- and -drug-induced impairment.

Robert Middleberg, PhD, F-ABFT, DABCC(TC)

Core Laboratory Director, NMS Labs
2021_Forensic_Course/Smiling_July_2018.pngRob Middleberg is the Core Laboratory Director and Sr. VP of QA and Regulatory Affairs at NMS Labs. Dr. Middleberg earned his Ph.D. in Pharmacology at Thomas Jefferson University and then completed a post-doctoral fellowship in forensic toxicology at NMS Labs. He also holds a BA and MS in Chemistry from Temple University and the University of Pittsburgh, respectively. Prior to his doctoral studies, he was an analytical forensic chemist for the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Bureau of Forensic Sciences. Dr. Middleberg is a diplomate of the American Board of Clinical Chemistry in Toxicological Chemistry and a Fellow of the American Board of Forensic Toxicology (F-ABFT) and a member of several scientific societies. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Forensic Toxicology and has served as Toxicology Section Chair for the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. Rob also served on the Board of Directors of ABCC. From its inception through its completion in 2014, he was the Chair of SWGTOX (the Scientific Working Group in Toxicology), the government-sponsored group charged with producing standards of practice for forensic toxicology in the U.S. He also completed two terms on the toxicology subcommittee of the NIST OSAC. In 2013, Dr. Middleberg was awarded the Rolla N. Harger Award by the Toxicology section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences for his contributions to the field and profession of forensic toxicology and in 2021 he was awarded the Outstanding Adjunct Teaching Award, Thomas Jefferson University College of Life Sciences.

Matthew Myers, MS, MPA

Assistant Chief of Police, Peachtree City Police Department, Peachtree City, GA
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Matt is a career law enforcement officer with extensive work in the fields of highway safety and the effects of drugs on human performance and behavior. His education includes a Master of Science in Clinical Toxicology from University of Florida College of Pharmacy, Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Georgia State University, and a Master of Public Administration from Columbus State University. He has additional education on various aspects of pharmacology and toxicology from The Center for Forensic Science Research and Education, Harvard Medical School, the Southern College of Optometry, and other institutions. Matt’s law enforcement career includes extensive hands-on experience with evaluating persons under the influence of drugs in both an enforcement and controlled instructional environment, and subsequent analysis of behavior patterns in comparison to chemical tests. He has instructed law enforcement, attorneys, judges, and toxicologists at national and international events, and serves on various advisory and oversight bodies in related fields: including the Drug Evaluation and Classification Program Technical Advisory Panel, The American Academy of Forensic Sciences Toxicology Standards Board, and the National Safety Council’s Alcohol, Drugs and Impairment Division. 

Lewis Nelson, MD, FACMT

Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
2021_Forensic_Course/Headshot_Nelson.jpgLewis S. Nelson, MD is Professor and Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine, Chief of Service of the University Hospital Emergency Department, and Chief of the Division of Medical Toxicology at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, all in Newark, NJ. He is also a Senior Consultant to the New Jersey Poison Information & Education System. He is board certified in emergency medicine, medical toxicology, and addiction medicine. He is a member of the board of the American Board of Emergency Medicine and several other academic organizations and is Past President of American College of Medical Toxicology.

Ayrn O'Connor, MD, FACMT

Associate Fellowship Director, Banner—University Medical Center, Phoenix, AZ
Member_Profile_Photos/O'Connor 2018.jpgDr. O'Connor currently serves as the Associate Fellowship Director at Banner—University Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona. She actively participates in the graduate medical education of medical students, residents and fellows as well as providing clinical care for the patients encountered through a busy admitting and consulting medical toxicology service. She holds an appointment as Associate Professor in Emergency Medicine at the University of Arizona—College of Medicine where she is active in providing the pharmacology curriculum to the first, second and third year medical students. Furthermore, she is responsible for the fourth year medical student and resident toxicology elective offered at Banner—University Medical Center. She graduated from Franklin College in 1996 with a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry. In 2000, she earned her M.D. from Indiana University School of Medicine. She completed her residency and fellowship at Indiana University in Emergency Medicine and Toxicology in 2003 and 2005, respectively. Dr. O’Connor joined the faculty at Banner—University Medical Center in 2005 as a clinical toxicologist and educator and is board certified in emergency medicine and toxicology.

J.J. Rasimas PhD, MD, FAACT, FACLP, FACMT, FACPsych

Professor of Psychiatry & Emergency Medicine, University of Minnesota & Penn State College of Medicine; Director of Consultation - Liaison Psychiatry Service & Fellowship, Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN
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Dr. Rasimas attended the University of Scranton and graduated summa cum laude with degrees in biochemistry, mathematics, and philosophy. He completed the Medical Scientist Training Program at Penn State University, earning a Ph.D. in chemical biology (2002) and M.D. (2003). Upon graduation from the Penn State College of Medicine, Dr. Rasimas matriculated to psychiatry residency training at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He received the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Outstanding Resident Award in 2005 and was a clinical fellow at the NIMH, training in consultation-liaison psychiatry, bioethics, and clinical research. Dr. Rasimas has studied psychoanalytic psychotherapy at the Minnesota Psychoanalytic Society and Institute and the Washington School of Psychiatry. He served as a C/L psychiatrist for Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and remains an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Emergency Medicine for the Penn State College of Medicine, there. He completed the critical care based medical toxicology fellowship at Penn State, obtained board certification in addiction medicine, and then returned to NIMH to join the Undiagnosed Diseases Program and the Intramural Research Program to oversee clinical trials in mood and anxiety disorders. He is also a Fellow of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine and a Laughlin Fellow with membership in the American College of Psychiatrists. Dr. Rasimas is now at Hennepin County Medical Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he focuses on acute psychosomatic care and bioethics, and serves the residency and fellowship programs in psychiatry and toxicology. He is a Professor at the University of Minnesota, pursuing an academic medical career at the interface of psychosomatic medicine, medical toxicology, and psychodynamic psychotherapy with a primary clinical interest in the phenomenology of suicide.

Laura Tormoehlen, MD, FACMT, FAAN

Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology and Emergency Medicine-Toxicology, Departments of Neurology and Emergency Medicine; Vice Chair for Clinical Practice, IU Department of Neurology, Indianapolis, IN

2021_Forensic_Course/FacultyPhoto_Tormoehlen_Laura_2016.jpgDr. Tormoehlen completed her Neurology residency and Medical Toxicology fellowship at Indiana University. To our knowledge she is the first physician to have dual training and board-certification in both Neurology and Medical Toxicology. She currently serves as the Vice Chair of Clinical Practice for Neurology and operates a Neurotoxicology clinic. Dr. Tormoehlen is active in both teaching and research within Neurology and Toxicology and holds appointments in both departments.  Her areas of interest include opioid intoxication, drug screening, hyperthermic syndromes, and neurologic sequelae of poisoning.

Paul W. Wax, MD, FACMT

Executive Director, American College of Medical Toxicology
boardmembers/Paul_Wax_2021.jpgDr. Wax is the Executive Director of the American College of Medical Toxicology. He received his B.A from Dartmouth College, his M.D. from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, his Emergency Medicine training at the UCLA Hospitals, and his Medical Toxicology training at Bellevue Medicine Center / New York University. He is Board-certified in both Medical Toxicology and Emergency Medicine, and is a Fellow of the American College of Medical Toxicology.

Along with his full time position as the Executive Director of ACMT, Dr. Wax is an Adjunct Professor in Emergency Medicine (Medical Toxicology) at UT Southwestern School of Medicine where he has been on faculty since 2006. Previously Dr. Wax had faculty appointments in the Departments of Emergency Medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine from 1991-2001 and the University of Arizona School of Medicine from 2001-2006. Dr. Wax previously served on the Board of Directors of ACMT from 1998-2008 serving as ACMT President from 2006-2008. From 1997-2006 Dr. Wax also served as one of the American Board of Emergency Medicine’s appointee’s on the Medical Toxicology Subboard. During this time Dr. Wax served as Editor of the Medical Toxicology Board Certification Examination as well as Chairman of the Subboard, and was also the primary author of the 2004 Core Content of Medical Toxicology.

Dr. Wax who became ACMT’s first Executive Director in 2008 has directed over $10,000,000 in federally funded programs for ACMT, and, as of 2021, is directing ACMT programs funded by NIH, FDA, CDC and SAMHSA. Dr. Wax is the Co-Principal Investigator of ACMT’s Toxicology Investigator Consortium (ToxIC), a 35 site multicenter research program, and is the author of more than 100 peer reviewed publications. In 2019 Dr. Wax was honored with ACMT’s Career Achievement award.

Rachel S. Wightman, MD

Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Alpert Medical School of Brown University
2021_Forensic_Course/rwightma_photo_.jpgDr. Wightman is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She is a triple board-certified practicing physician in medical toxicology, addiction medicine, and emergency medicine. She serves as Director of Toxicology Education for Brown Emergency Medicine and as faculty in the Addiction Medicine Fellowship at Rhode Island Hospital. She completed medical toxicology fellowship and emergency medicine residency at New York University School of Medicine/ Bellevue Hospital Center.

Dr. Wightman’s primary clinical expertise is in the evaluation and management of drug toxicity syndromes in complex medical patients and enhancing medication safety for high-risk drugs. Her research is focused on evaluation and tracking of emerging drug trends, cannabis hyperemesis syndrome, and medications for treatment of opioid use disorder.

Kate Sischo Zell, JD

Assistant United States Attorney, U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Michigan, Grand Rapids, MI
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Kate Sischo Zell graduated magna cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School in 2007, where she was Editor in Chief of the Journal of Law Reform. Following law school, Ms. Zell served as a judicial law clerk to the honorable Michael S. Kanne of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. She then worked in the litigation and appellate groups of Winston & Strawn, LLP, before joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois in 2011. She has ten years’ experience as a federal prosecutor, initially in Chicago and, for the past six years, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. As an Assistant United States Attorney, Ms. Zell has prosecuted a wide variety of cases, including organized crime, firearms offenses, fraud schemes, and narcotics trafficking offenses. In recent years, Ms. Zell has successfully prosecuted two defendants, in separate cases, for distribution of a controlled substance resulting in death. Prior to becoming an attorney, Ms. Zell worked in child welfare. She remains involved in child welfare efforts as a member of the Board of Directors for DA Blodgett St. John’s, a non-profit foster care and adoption agency in Grand Rapids.