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Dr. Bart Miles Dr. Bart Miles | Bio
Department Chair, Social Work Program
Associate Professor & Field Education
B.S.W., Dordt College
M.S.W., Arizona State University
Ph.D., Arizona State University
bwmiles@madonna.edu
Michelle M Proctor | Bio
Program Director
Ph.D. Wayne State University
M.S.W. University of South Florida
B.S.W. University of South Florida
mproctor@madonna.edu
734-432-5300 ext. 5568, 2224
Dr. Gerald Charbonneau
Professor
B.A. Portland State College
M.S.W., Ph.D., Wayne State University
gcharbonneau@madonna.edu
Ms. Janice King, LMSWMs. Janice King, LMSW | Bio
Assistant Professor, SW
Program Field Education Director
B.A. & M.S.W., Wayne State University
king@madonna.edu
Kelli J. Marks, LMSW, PhD | Bio
B.A., University of Michigan
M.S.W., University of Michigan
Ph.D., Oakland university
Sarah Jo Twitchell | Bio
Assistant Professor
B.A., University of Toledo
M.S.S.A., Case Western Reserve University
Ph.D., University of Toledo

Dr. Bart Miles

Dr. Bart Miles is the Interim Chair of the Social Work Program. He joined the full time faculty of Madonna University in 2012 from Wayne State University. He completed his doctoral degree in 2003 and his MSW in 1998 at Arizona State University. He teaches in the areas of practice and research and he is the lead instructor for the human behavior in the social environment courses. His interests include treatment of children and adolescents, at-risk urban youth, homelessness/poverty, and qualitative methods. He is actively engaged in the social work community through a variety of activities including serving on boards, consulting with agencies, grant writing, and non-profit evaluation. His research has been mixed methods research primarily with homeless adults and youth. Dr. Miles has expertise in various qualitative methodologies, including: participatory action research, visual ethnography, discourse analysis, interpretive methods, and computer assisted data analysis.

Dr. Michelle M. Proctor

Dr. Proctor’s career includes work as a medical and gerontological social worker, community organizer, and applied sociologist. Having served as Chair of the Sociology Department since 2007, she now serves as Program Director of the Social Work and Sociology Department and Co-Director of the Humane Studies Program (one of only two Humane Education Programs in the US). She has guided the Sociology Program to become one of the few Applied Sociology Programs in Michigan with an emphasis on community-based service-learning campus initiatives. Dr. Proctor’s research areas include social inequality, social and environmental justice, environmental sustainability, and animal welfare. In addition to teaching students at the Livonia campus, she teaches at the MU Southwest Detroit Women’s Educational Empowerment Program (SWEEP) Center as well as Haitian Students in the MU Haiti Educational Leadership Program (HELP). Her work is aimed at engaging students in community service and research. She has secured grants enabling numerous student-faculty research projects, many of which have resulted in student-faculty presentations at local and national professional conferences, including the American Sociological Association (ASA). She currently serves as Chair of the Animals and Society Section of ASA. Her favorite courses are those that engage students in community-based learning.

Christine A. Bell

Christine A. Bell, LMSW, joined the Social Work faculty in August 2014 as the SW Program Coordinator and Instructor in Southwest Detroit. Ms. Bell earned a BSW from Michigan State in 2001 and her MSW from Wayne State University in 2006. Ms. Bell has held the positions of Human Development Director; VISTA Youth Development Coordinator; Family Care Coordinator; and Group Facilitator at many Detroit agencies.

Andrew Domzalski

Dr. Andrew Domzalski is the Director of ESL (English as a Second Language and MATESOL (Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) Programs. He also co-directs the Master of Science in Humane Studies Program. He joined full time faculty of Madonna University in 1999, the same year he completed his Ph.D. in Reading and Language Arts at Oakland University. He holds an MS in Psychology from Warsaw University and an MA in Pastoral Ministry from Marygrove College. His interests encompass topics in both TESOL and Humane Studies. In TESOL he focuses on application of linguistic theories to ESL teacher preparation and ESL grammar and reading pedagogies. In Humane Studies he explores scientific and societal factors determining human conceptualizations and treatment of animals as well as application of humane education across curriculum. Dr. Domzalski has presented and published in both areas of his interest and he teaches mainly graduate courses in linguistics, ESL pedagogy, and humane studies. For nearly a decade he has been involving students in service learning through collaboration with the Detroit Zoo.

Janice King

Janice King, LMSW, joined the Social Work Department at Madonna University in 2004 as an adjunct assistant professor. Ms. King earned a MSW in Social Work (organizations and communities) and a BA, in Humanistic Studies at Wayne State University. In August 2014 she became the new Field Education Director for the Social Work program and continues to teach practice method courses in groups and families, and organizations. Ms. King was previously the Program Manager for the National Resource Center for Adoption at Spaulding for Children, supporting States, Tribes and Territories with relevant practice information in the area of public child welfare adoption, child and family well-being, disproportionality and adoption support and preservation services.

Dr. Michelle M. Proctor

Dr. Proctor’s career includes work as a medical and gerontological social worker, community organizer, and applied sociologist. Having served as Chair of the Sociology Department since 2007, she now serves as Program Director of the Social Work and Sociology Department and Co-Director of the Humane Studies Program (one of only two Humane Education Programs in the US). She has guided the Sociology Program to become one of the few Applied Sociology Programs in Michigan with an emphasis on community-based service-learning campus initiatives. Dr. Proctor’s research areas include social inequality, social and environmental justice, environmental sustainability, and animal welfare. In addition to teaching students at the Livonia campus, she teaches at the MU Southwest Detroit Women’s Educational Empowerment Program (SWEEP) Center as well as Haitian Students in the MU Haiti Educational Leadership Program (HELP). Her work is aimed at engaging students in community service and research. She has secured grants enabling numerous student-faculty research projects, many of which have resulted in student-faculty presentations at local and national professional conferences, including the American Sociological Association (ASA). She currently serves as Chair of the Animals and Society Section of ASA. Her favorite courses are those that engage students in community-based learning.

Dr. Rebecca Wiersma

Dr. Rebecca Wiersma is an Associate Professor for the Social Work Program and the Coordinator of the Distance Learning Program offered in Gaylord, MI. She joined the full time faculty at Madonna University in 2012. She completed her doctorate degree in 2010 and her MSW degree in 2002 at Wayne State University. She teaches in the areas of practice, human behavior in the social environment, research, and social welfare.

Dr. Wiersma is also a licensed clinical social worker with over a decade of practice experience with a special interest in Infant Mental Health. This specialization has influenced her research, which has centered on the developmental trajectory of infants and young children exposed to adversity as well as identifying the most salient contributors to successful outcomes.

Pamela J. Gill

Pamela J. Gill, LMSW, joined the Social Work department as an Adjunct Instructor at Madonna University in 2012. She teaches practice methods and human behavior courses for the Department. Pamela earned her Bachelor’s degree from Eastern Michigan University and her Master’s degree in clinical and macro social work from Michigan State University. Pamela has helped faith-based communities, service organizations and foundations in the business sector to inspire, connect, and engage programs to assist youth and families. In addition, she has experience in private practice, with an emphasis on individual and family counseling and Pamela has over 15 years of experience supervising student interns.

Dana Holcomb

Dana Holcomb, MSW, has been an Adjunct Instructor with Madonna University since 2009. She is a 2003 graduate of Madonna University BSW program (Generalist Practice) and completed her MSW (Clinical Concentration) from Michigan State University in 2009. Dana has a wealth of experience in the child welfare arena. She has worked as a substance abuse and mental health counselor, the director of an adult day center, an advocate and case manager for children and adults who have experienced sexual assault/domestic violence, and a social worker specializing in elder care issues. Dana has a special interest in trauma focused therapy with children who are victims of child abuse/neglect. Dana is the Field Coordinator for the Gaylord Distance Learning Program and she has taught Introduction to Social Work, Research, Social Policy, and the Practice Methods series.

Carlynn D. Nichols

Carlynn D. Nichols, LMSW, is an Adjunct Instructor who teaches across the social work curriculum. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the University of Michigan in 1990. She subsequently received her Master of Social Work with a focus on Children, Youth and Families in 1994. Since graduation from University of Michigan, Carlynn has spent her career working with Children, Youth and Families with complex needs and involved in juvenile justice, child welfare and public mental health. As the Director of Children’s Initiatives for Detroit-Wayne County Community Mental Health Agency, her focus has been on developing a comprehensive system of care for children and youth who are served by multiple systems. In her current role she is responsible for program development, utilization management, contract management, and workforce development.

Robert Nixon

Robert Nixon, MSW, is an Adjunct Instructor with Madonna University at the Gaylord University Center. He is a 2009 graduate of the Madonna University BSW program (Generalist Practice) and earned his MSW in Advanced Generalist Practice in Clinical Social Work with the University of North Dakota in 2011. Robert brings his experience in the child welfare arena to his courses as well as his nearly 10 years of work within the judicial system as a Juvenile Officer, Caseworker and Youth Specialist. Robert has a special interest in family counseling in rural settings and working with trauma victims resulting from domestic violence or assaultive crimes. Robert has taught Conflict Resolution and Introduction to Social Work courses for the department.

Linda Smith

My favorite course to teach is Introductory Sociology, I find it incredibly rewarding and I enjoy work with both freshman and transfer students.

Heather El-Khoury

Heather El-Khoury has returned to Madonna's Social Work Program as an adjunct instructor. Heather previously worked at Madonna University from 2001-2014 where she served as the Field Education Director, Program Assessments/Data Researcher, and faculty. Currently, she is the Coordinator of Field and Student Support at Oakland University in the Social Work Program at their Mount Clemens site. She received her BSW from Madonna University and her MSW in 1996 from Wayne State University with a concentration in Community Development and Administration. Heather’s past work experience includes working with at-risk youth at Common Ground Sanctuary, TAPP program at The Children’s Center, Volunteers of America and Spaulding for Children.

Erin McArthur

Erin currently works as a Clinical Therapist at Team Wellness Center, Southgate. She has a passion for helping and healing using a holistic approach to the recovery process and is also a Registered Yoga Teacher specializing in Yoga Therapeutics.

Kelli J. Marks

Kelli has a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Michigan (2000) with an emphasis in interpersonal practice and children and youth and received her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Oakland University in 2015. Her research focused on the importance of student engagement of academic outcomes, concentrating on minority male achievement.

Kelli worked previously in juvenile justice before entering adult corrections and was employed as a corrections officer with female inmates for several years; she also has 15 years of experience working with adult felons in Oakland County.

Larry Herren

Larry joined the Social Work department as an Adjunct Instructor at Madonna University in August 2016. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Oakland University and his Master’s Degree in Clinical and Macro Social Work from the University of Michigan. He’s currently employed as the Director of Behavioral Services at Community & Home Supports. In his role, Larry coordinates and facilitates psychiatric evaluations, substance abuse evaluations and treatment through a team approach. He additionally serves as the agencies Educational Director and Supervisor for Social Work Student Interns. Larry also maintains a private practice with an emphasis on individual, youth and family counseling.

Rebecca M. DeRaud

Dr. Rebecca M. DeRaud, DSW, LMSW joined the Social Work department as an Adjunct Instructor at Madonna University in 2016. Prior to working as a social worker, Dr. DeRaud earned her BS in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan and her MS in Speech-Language Pathology at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She received her MSSA from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio in 2000, and was awarded her Doctorate of Social Work (DSW) from Rutgers University in June, 2016. She currently serves as the Director of Social Work and Bereavement Services and Chair of the Angela Hospice Ethics Committee.

Sarah Jo Twitchell

Sarah Jo Twitchell holds her LISW-S license in Ohio and joined the Social Work faculty in August 2016 as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Twitchell earned her MSSA from Case Western Reserve University and her doctorate from The University of Toledo. Before arriving at Madonna University, Dr. Twitchell has also taught social work courses at Owens Community College and Glenville State College in West Virginia. In addition to teaching at the college level, Dr. Twitchell serves as a consultant to various non-profits in the areas of development and grant writing. She has held numerous positions in Toledo area agencies focusing on homelessness, poverty, education and faith-based services.