Krista Goebel, MSW
Clinical Trauma Interventionist
•MSW, Western Michigan University, 2010.
•BA, Sociology, Western Michigan University, 2001.
Krista Goebel is an MSW and Western Michigan University alumna. Krista has more than a decade of experience working with at-risk youth in residential treatment facilities, court diversion teams and outdoor education programs across the country. She provides clinical assessments for children to measure the impact of complex trauma and advocate for client’s needs. Krista has experience as a clinical director, individual, family and group therapist.
Cara Weiler, LMSW
•M.S.W., Social Work, Western Michigan University, 2009
•MDiv, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, 2007
•BA, Sociology, Indiana University, 2004
Cara Weiler is a licensed Master of Social Work (MSW) and Clinical Supervisor of the Southwest Michigan Children’s Trauma Assessment Center at Western Michigan University (CTAC). She works primarily with the clinical trauma assessments and advocacy for children seen at CTAC. Cara additionally coordinates the education and supervision of student interns which include up to 10 interns each semester representing the disciplines of Social Work, Psychology, Speech-Language Pathology, and Occupational Therapy. She has presented locally and statewide on topics including Complex Trauma, Secondary Trauma, Resiliency, and Supporting Foster and Adoptive Parents.
Director of Community Engagement, Kalamazoo Gay Lesbian Resource Center
Meg Bauer joined the KGLRC in July 2012 as part of a statewide effort to advance LGBT-inclusive nondiscrimination laws in Michigan, and to foster civic engagement among the LGBT community. Meg is a graduate of Kalamazoo College, with bachelors’ degrees in Political Science and German, and brings with her to the KGLRC an extensive list of community work. From an AmeriCorps stint with Habitat to Humanity, to her work at Queers for Economic Justice in New York City, and the advancement of several nondiscrimination ordinances across the state, Meg has built her career on developing leaders and fostering community power.
Presented by: Green Meadow Elementary Lighthouse Team
In an effort to address concerns with student behavior and academic achievement, the staff of Comstock's Green Meadow Elementary came together during the 2015-2016 school year to begin its implementation of The Leader in Meinitiative in their school. The Leader in Me initiative trains teachers to instruct students in Stephen Covey's Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. In addition to instruction in the seven habits, every student in the school is encouraged to take a leadership role in their classroom or school.
The process began in the spring of 2015, when eight of the school's thirteen classroom teachers attended The Leader in Me Symposium in Livonia, Michigan. After learning about the seven habits and visiting several Leader in Me schools, the teachers had bought into the initiative and were eager to see it be implemented in their school. That summer, the entire staff attended three days of professional development with the organization's Senior Consultant, William Blackford, and were ready to begin implementation by the first day of school.
During the school year, the students of Green Meadow Elementary were taught the seven habits and given many opportunities to be a leader in their classroom or school. Students kept a Data Binder and tracked their progress toward goals they set in each subject, in school attendance, and in behavior. Achievement data was displayed in each classroom and in the school's hallway. Monthly assemblies were held to celebrate the students' successes and to launch the instruction on each month's Habit. In the spring, the students of the school held their first Community Leadership Day where they celebrated their accomplishments with 50 guests from the community with a breakfast and student presentation, a school-wide assembly, a school tour, and a question & answer period.
The results? The school reduced the number of behavior referrals by 22% and increased the percentage of students reading at benchmark by 12% as measured by DIBELS.
Director, Kalamazoo Youth Development Network
Meg Blinkiewicz currently serves as the Director of the Kalamazoo Youth Development Network (KYD Network), the intermediary organization that serves the out-of-school time sector in Kalamazoo County. KYD Network ensures that all Kalamazoo County youth have access to high quality, youth-driven, diverse, inclusive, and equitable OST programs that are part of a well-coordinated system that uses data and best practice strategies. She believes in KYD Network’s vision that all youth are career, college, and community ready by 21 and understands the vital role the out-of-school time sector must play in achieving this goal. Meg has worked in the youth development field for twenty years and served as the first Evaluation Officer for the Skillman Foundation in Detroit. She holds a Ph.D. in evaluation from Western Michigan University and her M.P.A. from the University of Maryland.
Education Manager, Air Zoo
Kathy Larsen is the Education Manager at the Air Zoo. Since 2014, the number of after school and summer (out-of-school time or OST) programs that the Air Zoo presents has more than doubled. The Air Zoo recognizes the importance of incorporating informal, hands-on, STEAM education into OST programs to enhance and build on in-school learning. Before becoming an informal educator, Kathy was an engineer. She has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering, an M.S. in Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science. Kathy worked as a metallurgical engineer in the steel industry, for a Navy nuclear supplier, and in the automotive industry. After homeschooling her four children, as well as other homeschooled students in a co-op, Kathy decided that science education was her passion, and she went back to school for a M.A. in Science Education. Kathy’s goal is to show students and adults that science is all around them all the time, and just being curious about and noticing what’s going on around them is learning about science. She considers every moment a teachable moment, as her children will attest, and that continuing the learning experience outside of the classroom is extremely important.
Sandy Standish, Ed.D.
Executive Director, Kalamazoo County Ready 4's
Sandy Standish is a long-time educator in Kalamazoo County and is currently serving as the Executive Director of the Kalamazoo County Ready 4s program and a consultant with The Learning Network of Greater Kalamazoo. Prior to her non-profit work, she was the superintendent of Comstock Public Schools, where she was employed for 32 years. Other positions she held within the district included assistant superintendent, executive director of Education for Employment for the Eastern Service Area of Kalamazoo County, placement coordinator, counselor and teacher. Sandy also worked for several years as a national school-to-work consultant with Jobs for the Future, Boston, Massachusetts.
Sandy obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Business Education, a Master of Arts in Counseling and Personnel, and her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Western Michigan University. She currently teaches in the Ed Leadership department at Western.
During her career, Sandy was recognized as Michigan’s Regional Superintendent of the Year, received the Creative Scholar Award from Western Michigan University, and the Outstanding Career Practitioner Award from the Michigan Career Development Association. She also served as the past-president of the Michigan Occupational Special Populations Association.
In addition to her busy work schedule, Sandy also enjoys spending time with her family, which includes her husband, two daughters, son, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, a grandson and a granddaughter. Sandy has a passion for seeing children succeed, running, hot yoga, reading and traveling.
Marcy L. Peake, MA, LPC, NCC
Director of Diversity and Community Outreach Initiatives, WMU College of Education and Human Development
Marcy L. Peake is the Director of Diversity and Community Outreach Initiatives in the Western Michigan University College of Education and Human Development and is a faculty member in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences. Her career has been dedicated to young people and public education, the first 18 years of her career were spent in K-12 and the last six years at WMU. Ms. Peake is a former Kalamazoo Public School Board of Education Trustee, former Director of the TRiO Future Educator Success Program at WMU, the author of the book Please Understand, and is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She is also the founder of Marcy Peake and Associates, a consulting and training group. However, she is most proud of being born and raised in Kalamazoo, and being an alumni of KPS and WMU! She is married to Lucas Trierweiler and they enjoying spending time on their farm.