Our Education Team
The professional development and education team is part of Spectrum Health Healthier Communities.
|Jessica Corwin, MPH, RD: Jessica graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics and completed her dietetic internship at Michigan State University. She spent five years working in school nutrition with Gordon Food Service before returning to Michigan State to attain her Master in Public Health. Jessica serves in the heart of the community by helping others eat right through cooking and nutrition classes throughout West Michigan. She also serves as the nutrition consultant for multiple nationwide magazines including Yum Food and Fun for Kids and Low Sugar Living. When she is not in the kitchen or behind the computer, she can usually be found hiking with her handsome husband and children.|
|Kim DeLaFuente, MA, ACSM-PD: Kim is a community exercise educator and internship supervisor. She is also an adjunct instructor in the Movement Science Department of Grand Valley State University. Kim earned her graduate degree from Michigan State University in Exercise Physiology and her bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University in Health Promotion. Her career expands more than 25 years and includes experience in cardiac rehabilitation, corporate wellness, community programming and childhood obesity. Kim has co-authored two childhood obesity prevention and intervention programs including FitKids360. Kim is a certified American College of Sports Medicine Clinical Program Director and is Wellcoach trained.
|Erik Fermin, LLMSW: Erik received his Master of Social Work degree from Grand Valley State University, having been recognized by the National Association of Social Workers as the 2014 Student of the Year. He has a history of working alongside underserved communities, being himself a product of those communities, through engagement, advocacy, education and a commitment to life-long learning. Erik has served Latino, African American and refugee populations in his work of empowerment, and has facilitated men’s groups on subjects such as domestic violence and substance use. As part of Healthier Communities’ Education Team, Erik relies on his personal and learned experiences to inform and improve the services and delivery of knowledge throughout Spectrum Health and its partnering agencies in the Grand Rapids area.
|Libby Stern, LMSW, TTS: Libby is a licensed master social worker and a community health educator. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Allied Health from Georgia State University and a Master in Social Work from Columbia University. Libby is also certified by the Mayo Clinic as a tobacco addiction specialist. For much of her career she has focused on prevention and treatment of addiction, with a primary focus on tobacco dependence during the past ten years. As community educator Libby’s passions include advocacy, tobacco prevention with youth, and making tobacco cessation available for everyone.
|Sue VerWys, MSN, RN, FCN: Sue is a master’s prepared registered nurse with many years of experience in cardiovascular nursing in medical intensive care, cardiac rehabilitation, heart transplant and community education. She is trained as a Wellcoach and a faith community nurse (parish nurse). Sue graduated from Grand Rapids Community College, University of Michigan, Grand Valley State University and the University of Phoenix. She enjoys teaching people of all ages and helping them to make healthier choices in their lives.
|Susie M. Williamson, MM, MA, BA: Susie is a community health educator. She holds a Master of Management from Aquinas College, Master of Public Administration from Bowling Green State University and a Bachelor of Political Science from South Carolina State University. She has worked for Spectrum Health for over ten years as a community health worker and currently holds the position of community health educator. She is the education coordinator for monthly in-services offered to agency staff as “train-the-trainer” opportunities. Approximately 100 agency staffs members attend these in-services from various community agencies. She also organizes health educational workshops for staff and community agencies. Her latest project is the development of a Cultural Humility Initiative featuring diversity in the workplace. Susie is a steering committee member of the Michigan Community Health Alliance working to make Community Health Worker a sustainable profession, board member of Bethany Christian Services and committee member of Responding to Racism Task Force.|