Our Education Team
The professional development and education team is part of Spectrum Health Healthier Communities.
|Jessica Corwin, MPH, RD: Jessica is a Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist with a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics from Western Michigan University followed by Michigan State University for her Dietetic Internship. She spent five years working in corporate food and 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 classes, group nutrition education, and informative articles in both magazines and blogs. Topics range from prenatal to senior wellness, from chronic disease to gut and brain health. Jessica aims to translate the nutrition science into practical information you can use, one small change at a time.|
|Kim DeLaFuente, MA, ACSM-PD: Kim earned her graduate degree from Michigan State University in Exercise Physiology and her bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University in Health Promotion. She is a community health educator with particular interest in the role of exercise and sleep in the prevention and treatment of chronic conditions. Kim served as an adjunct instructor in the Exercise Science Department of Grand Valley State University. She also has experience in cardiac rehabilitation, corporate wellness, community programming and childhood obesity programming. 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.
|Libby Stern, LMSW, NCTTP: Libby is a licensed master social worker and a tobacco treatment specialist. 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 through Mayo Clinic as a tobacco addiction specialist and has a national certificate in tobacco treatment practice. For much of her career she has focused on prevention and treatment of addiction, with a primary focus on tobacco dependence during the past fifteen years. Libby’s passions include advocacy, tobacco prevention with youth, and making tobacco cessation available for everyone.
|Sue VerWys, MSN, RN: 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.|
|Caitlyn Melamed: Cait is a graduate of Michigan State University, where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Dietetics and also completed her dietetic internship shortly thereafter. She has been a registered dietitian with Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital, working with a variety of patient populations. While continuing to work at Butterworth, she obtained her Master of Science in Clinical Dietetics through Grand Valley State University. Cait has a passion for teaching the power of nutrition and loves working within the community. She now is able to work part time with the Healthier Communities team and part time at Butterworth Hospital. In her free time, Cait enjoys walking her dog and snuggling with her cat.|