Angela Moe
Angela Moe

Dr. Angie Moe is a professor of sociology at Western Michigan University and is affiliated with and serves on the advisory board for the Department of Gender and Women's Studies.

She approaches her research primarily through a feminist qualitative epistemology that lends itself to in-depth interviewing, participant observation and field research.

Her current lines of work center on:

Canine assisted trauma recovery and therapeutic modalities

Connections between maternal depression, domestic violence and pregnancy.

Cultural discourse surrounding pregnancy and early motherhood and women's subversions thereof.

Women's holistic healing through Middle Eastern dance.

Among her more than two dozen publications are refereed articles in:

Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work

Criminal Justice Studies

Journal of Contemporary Ethnography

Journal of Interpersonal Violence

Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare

Journal of Women and Aging

Journal of Leisure Research

Moe holds memberships in several professional organizations and serves on the board of directors for the Kalamazoo County Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Council.

Denise Miller
Denise Miller

Denise Miller-KVCC Instructor, Poet, Artist

poet born in Martins Ferry, Ohio, and raised in Cadiz, Ohio, is a Kalamazoo Valley Community College instructor, artist, poet, and community activist. She received a BFA from Bowling Green State University in Creative Writing in 1992 and an MA from Central Michigan University in 1995. Her work has also been funded by an Emerging Artists Grant from the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo and the Gilmore Foundation. Miller is co-owner of Fire (www.thisisfire.com)—an arts and culture non-profit in Kalamazoo that has as its mission to encourage and respond to people’s desire for authentic expression. Fire reflects Miller’s belief that social and cultural awareness generate and sustain social justice. Miller believes that it is the poet’s job to tell the truth no matter what the cost.

Sometimes that truth is a personal truth, and sometimes it is a larger one. This is public art at its truest—poetry that tells the stories of individuals in order to give the entire society its full voice. She hopes that her poetry does just that. In Audre Lorde’s words: “our labor has become more important than our silence.”

Miller has researched the intersections between resistance to domestic violence and resistance to slavery and produced spoken word and poetry, visual art, public readings, and exhibitions on the subject. She uses her work both to give voice to the interconnectedness of oppression and resistance and juxtaposes violence against women, violence against African Americans and violence against gays and lesbians to reveal the truth that history has shown time and again: violence is violence. Her work has been published in Terror and Transformation: an anthology of sexual violence and healing, by Wising Up Press, Growing Up Girl by GirlChild Press, the Dunes Review, and the African American Review among others. She has had numerous solo art exhibits including the galleries at Waterstreet Coffee Joint, Fire, First Congregational Church, Washtenaw Community College, and Willow Lake Gallery.

Miller's first book called Core was a collection of persona poems inspired in part by the oral histories collected by Dr. Michelle S. Johnson of Latino/as and African Americans in Saginaw, Michigan in a project called Community Spaces of the Industrious.  According to Johnson, “The 300-page collection illuminates how economic, political and racial structures constrained and limited Saginaw residents’ self-definition and movement in urban and rural settings and also reveals how African Americans and Latino/as responded to and shaped their work and leisure worlds as they acted out their cultural autonomy.” After reading these oral histories, I asked Johnson to also begin a series of interviews with coal miners in my hometown of Cadiz, Ohio. The poems in this manuscript reflect the worker’s relationship to place and to their spouses or significant others. ”Supper”, “Leave” and “Which Stars” for example, intend to show the affects of race and place on African Americans in rural Ohio in the mid 1930’s.  These poems and the entire collection then, seek to tell the stories of the intersections between race and industries and their affects on children, adults and families through form poems, persona poems and free verse. Purchase from Willow Books.

Miller's current chapbook Ligatures is out from Rattle Press.

Her work has been published in Terror and Transformation: an anthology of sexual violence and healing by Wising Up Press, Growing Up Girl by GirlChild Press, the Dunes Review, the African American Review, american ghost: poets on life after industry by Stockport Flats Press and is forthcoming in Blackberry: a magazine this month. She is a 2014 Hedgebrook Fellow and a 2014 Willow Books Literature Award Finalist.

Dale Anderson
Dale Anderson

Dale Anderson

An artisanal chocolate shop producing hand crafted truffles and other confections using Fair Trade/organic chocolate. Confections with Convictions was established to provide meaningful work for court-involved youth.

Coordinator of the Campus Employee Dispute Resolution Services Program

Confections With Convictions

116 W. Crosstown Pkwy., Ste 101, Kalamazoo, MI 49001

Ed Roth
Ed Roth

Ed Roth-WMU University, Professor, Music Therapy

Ed Roth is a sought after presenter regionally, nationally and internationally, most recently at the University of Queensland (Brisbane, Australia), National Institutes of Health (Bethesda, Maryland), Ramon Llull University (Barcelona, Spain) and Oxford University (England). His publications appear in music therapy and science or health related journals including the Nordic Journal of Music Therapy 13(1) (2004), The Case Manager: The Official Journal of the Medical Case Management Society of America (May-June 2004), the Journal for the Professional Counselor (2007), and Perceptual and Motor Skills (2008).

Roth has worked in several clinical settings with clients in various neurological, physical and psychiatric diagnostic categories. While working as a teaching and research assistant at the Center for Biomedical Research in Music at Colorado State University, he led music therapy and counseling groups for adolescents diagnosed with post-traumatic stress and acute anxiety disorders from Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo. Prior clinical experiences also include service as a music therapist at Blythedale Children′s Hospital (Westchester, N.Y.), the University of Michigan Medical Center (Ann Arbor, Mich.), and Bronson and Borgess Medical Centers (Kalamazoo, Mich.).

Roth is a member of the American Music Therapy Association and the New York Academy of Sciences, and is certified by the Certification Board for Music Therapists.

Recently, Roth chaired a pre-conference institute in San Diego at the American Music Therapy Association′s annual national conference. The institute, titled Clinical Neuromusicology: The Neuroscience of Music from Perception to Clinical Practice, featured some of the world's most prominent neuroscientists and music therapists and drew a large audience from a broad field of disciplines.

In August 2010, Roth presented a synthesis of papers investigating the effects of music on motor functioning at the inaugural conference for the International Society of Clinical Neuromusicology in Salzburg, Austria.

Jonathan Kline
Jonathan Kline

Jonathan Kline-Executive Director, Tillers International

International Trade and development

Kama Tai Mitchell
Kama Tai Mitchell

Kama Tai Mitchell-Dula, Advocate, Owner Rootead Enrichment Center

Rootead Enrichment Center is a safe space to gain empowerment, body awareness, confidence, and cultivate positivity. We facilitate youth programming, movement classes, community engagement and a sisterhood of doulas. At our center; learn about African drumming, dance, yoga and healing arts. Oh, and have some TEA!

Loreen Niewenhuis
Loreen Niewenhuis

Loreen Niewenhuis-Speaker, Author and Adventurer

Loreen Niewenhuis writes short stories and essays, with her work published in literary journals, including the "Antioch Review" and "Bellevue Literary Review." Her short-story collection, "Scar Tissue," was a finalist in the 2009 Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction. Her first book, "A 1,000-Mile Walk on the Beach," spent time on the Heartland Indie Bestseller List.

Mike Wolfe
Mike Wolfe

Mike Wolfe-GVSU Professor Researcher

Sue Ellen Christian
Sue Ellen Christian

Sue Ellen Christian-WMU Journalism Professor, Author

Sue Ellen Christian is professor of communication with a joint appointment in Gender and Women's Studies. Christian was a staff writer for 10 years at the Chicago Tribune. She has received the 2016 Michigan Professor of the Year, Michigan Association of State Universities, 2014 WMU Distinguished Teaching Award, and the 2009 College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teaching Award.

A member of the Kellogg Foundation grant work entitled "Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation" (2017-18).

College of Arts and Sciences Women's Caucus, co-chair

Broncos FIRST, Faculty Fellow

Tim Hiller
Tim Hiller

Speaker, Author, Coach

Tim HillerHiller during his time at Western Michigan UniversityPosition:QuarterbackPersonal informationBorn:December 13, 1986 (age 31)
Parma, OhioHeight:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)Weight:229 lb (104 kg)Career informationHigh school:Orrville (OH)College:Western MichiganUndrafted:2010Career historyIndianapolis Colts (2010)* * Offseason and/or practice squad member onlyCareer highlights and awardsMAC Freshman of the Year (2005)Wuerffel Trophy recipient (2009)John S. Pingel Award Recipient (2009)Career NFL statisticsPlayer stats at NFL.com

Tim Hiller (born December 13, 1986) is a former American football quarterback. He played college football at Western Michigan. He was signed by the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted free agent in 2010. After his playing days, Hiller worked as head football coach at Gull Lake High School in Richland, Michigan.[1][2]

Troy Thrash
Troy Thrash

President and CEO, Kalamazoo Air Zoo

Angela McMillan
Angela McMillan

Angela McMillan-Communication Innovator

Director of Events, Communication, and Marketing for the Greater Kalamazoo Association of REALTORS

Angela Moe
Denise Miller
Dale Anderson
Ed Roth
Jonathan Kline
Kama Tai Mitchell
Loreen Niewenhuis
Mike Wolfe
Sue Ellen Christian
Tim Hiller
Troy Thrash
Angela McMillan
Angela Moe

Dr. Angie Moe is a professor of sociology at Western Michigan University and is affiliated with and serves on the advisory board for the Department of Gender and Women's Studies.

She approaches her research primarily through a feminist qualitative epistemology that lends itself to in-depth interviewing, participant observation and field research.

Her current lines of work center on:

Canine assisted trauma recovery and therapeutic modalities

Connections between maternal depression, domestic violence and pregnancy.

Cultural discourse surrounding pregnancy and early motherhood and women's subversions thereof.

Women's holistic healing through Middle Eastern dance.

Among her more than two dozen publications are refereed articles in:

Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work

Criminal Justice Studies

Journal of Contemporary Ethnography

Journal of Interpersonal Violence

Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare

Journal of Women and Aging

Journal of Leisure Research

Moe holds memberships in several professional organizations and serves on the board of directors for the Kalamazoo County Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Council.

Denise Miller

Denise Miller-KVCC Instructor, Poet, Artist

poet born in Martins Ferry, Ohio, and raised in Cadiz, Ohio, is a Kalamazoo Valley Community College instructor, artist, poet, and community activist. She received a BFA from Bowling Green State University in Creative Writing in 1992 and an MA from Central Michigan University in 1995. Her work has also been funded by an Emerging Artists Grant from the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo and the Gilmore Foundation. Miller is co-owner of Fire (www.thisisfire.com)—an arts and culture non-profit in Kalamazoo that has as its mission to encourage and respond to people’s desire for authentic expression. Fire reflects Miller’s belief that social and cultural awareness generate and sustain social justice. Miller believes that it is the poet’s job to tell the truth no matter what the cost.

Sometimes that truth is a personal truth, and sometimes it is a larger one. This is public art at its truest—poetry that tells the stories of individuals in order to give the entire society its full voice. She hopes that her poetry does just that. In Audre Lorde’s words: “our labor has become more important than our silence.”

Miller has researched the intersections between resistance to domestic violence and resistance to slavery and produced spoken word and poetry, visual art, public readings, and exhibitions on the subject. She uses her work both to give voice to the interconnectedness of oppression and resistance and juxtaposes violence against women, violence against African Americans and violence against gays and lesbians to reveal the truth that history has shown time and again: violence is violence. Her work has been published in Terror and Transformation: an anthology of sexual violence and healing, by Wising Up Press, Growing Up Girl by GirlChild Press, the Dunes Review, and the African American Review among others. She has had numerous solo art exhibits including the galleries at Waterstreet Coffee Joint, Fire, First Congregational Church, Washtenaw Community College, and Willow Lake Gallery.

Miller's first book called Core was a collection of persona poems inspired in part by the oral histories collected by Dr. Michelle S. Johnson of Latino/as and African Americans in Saginaw, Michigan in a project called Community Spaces of the Industrious.  According to Johnson, “The 300-page collection illuminates how economic, political and racial structures constrained and limited Saginaw residents’ self-definition and movement in urban and rural settings and also reveals how African Americans and Latino/as responded to and shaped their work and leisure worlds as they acted out their cultural autonomy.” After reading these oral histories, I asked Johnson to also begin a series of interviews with coal miners in my hometown of Cadiz, Ohio. The poems in this manuscript reflect the worker’s relationship to place and to their spouses or significant others. ”Supper”, “Leave” and “Which Stars” for example, intend to show the affects of race and place on African Americans in rural Ohio in the mid 1930’s.  These poems and the entire collection then, seek to tell the stories of the intersections between race and industries and their affects on children, adults and families through form poems, persona poems and free verse. Purchase from Willow Books.

Miller's current chapbook Ligatures is out from Rattle Press.

Her work has been published in Terror and Transformation: an anthology of sexual violence and healing by Wising Up Press, Growing Up Girl by GirlChild Press, the Dunes Review, the African American Review, american ghost: poets on life after industry by Stockport Flats Press and is forthcoming in Blackberry: a magazine this month. She is a 2014 Hedgebrook Fellow and a 2014 Willow Books Literature Award Finalist.

Dale Anderson

Dale Anderson

An artisanal chocolate shop producing hand crafted truffles and other confections using Fair Trade/organic chocolate. Confections with Convictions was established to provide meaningful work for court-involved youth.

Coordinator of the Campus Employee Dispute Resolution Services Program

Confections With Convictions

116 W. Crosstown Pkwy., Ste 101, Kalamazoo, MI 49001

Ed Roth

Ed Roth-WMU University, Professor, Music Therapy

Ed Roth is a sought after presenter regionally, nationally and internationally, most recently at the University of Queensland (Brisbane, Australia), National Institutes of Health (Bethesda, Maryland), Ramon Llull University (Barcelona, Spain) and Oxford University (England). His publications appear in music therapy and science or health related journals including the Nordic Journal of Music Therapy 13(1) (2004), The Case Manager: The Official Journal of the Medical Case Management Society of America (May-June 2004), the Journal for the Professional Counselor (2007), and Perceptual and Motor Skills (2008).

Roth has worked in several clinical settings with clients in various neurological, physical and psychiatric diagnostic categories. While working as a teaching and research assistant at the Center for Biomedical Research in Music at Colorado State University, he led music therapy and counseling groups for adolescents diagnosed with post-traumatic stress and acute anxiety disorders from Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo. Prior clinical experiences also include service as a music therapist at Blythedale Children′s Hospital (Westchester, N.Y.), the University of Michigan Medical Center (Ann Arbor, Mich.), and Bronson and Borgess Medical Centers (Kalamazoo, Mich.).

Roth is a member of the American Music Therapy Association and the New York Academy of Sciences, and is certified by the Certification Board for Music Therapists.

Recently, Roth chaired a pre-conference institute in San Diego at the American Music Therapy Association′s annual national conference. The institute, titled Clinical Neuromusicology: The Neuroscience of Music from Perception to Clinical Practice, featured some of the world's most prominent neuroscientists and music therapists and drew a large audience from a broad field of disciplines.

In August 2010, Roth presented a synthesis of papers investigating the effects of music on motor functioning at the inaugural conference for the International Society of Clinical Neuromusicology in Salzburg, Austria.

Jonathan Kline

Jonathan Kline-Executive Director, Tillers International

International Trade and development

Kama Tai Mitchell

Kama Tai Mitchell-Dula, Advocate, Owner Rootead Enrichment Center

Rootead Enrichment Center is a safe space to gain empowerment, body awareness, confidence, and cultivate positivity. We facilitate youth programming, movement classes, community engagement and a sisterhood of doulas. At our center; learn about African drumming, dance, yoga and healing arts. Oh, and have some TEA!

Loreen Niewenhuis

Loreen Niewenhuis-Speaker, Author and Adventurer

Loreen Niewenhuis writes short stories and essays, with her work published in literary journals, including the "Antioch Review" and "Bellevue Literary Review." Her short-story collection, "Scar Tissue," was a finalist in the 2009 Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction. Her first book, "A 1,000-Mile Walk on the Beach," spent time on the Heartland Indie Bestseller List.

Mike Wolfe

Mike Wolfe-GVSU Professor Researcher

Sue Ellen Christian

Sue Ellen Christian-WMU Journalism Professor, Author

Sue Ellen Christian is professor of communication with a joint appointment in Gender and Women's Studies. Christian was a staff writer for 10 years at the Chicago Tribune. She has received the 2016 Michigan Professor of the Year, Michigan Association of State Universities, 2014 WMU Distinguished Teaching Award, and the 2009 College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teaching Award.

A member of the Kellogg Foundation grant work entitled "Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation" (2017-18).

College of Arts and Sciences Women's Caucus, co-chair

Broncos FIRST, Faculty Fellow

Tim Hiller

Speaker, Author, Coach

Tim HillerHiller during his time at Western Michigan UniversityPosition:QuarterbackPersonal informationBorn:December 13, 1986 (age 31)
Parma, OhioHeight:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)Weight:229 lb (104 kg)Career informationHigh school:Orrville (OH)College:Western MichiganUndrafted:2010Career historyIndianapolis Colts (2010)* * Offseason and/or practice squad member onlyCareer highlights and awardsMAC Freshman of the Year (2005)Wuerffel Trophy recipient (2009)John S. Pingel Award Recipient (2009)Career NFL statisticsPlayer stats at NFL.com

Tim Hiller (born December 13, 1986) is a former American football quarterback. He played college football at Western Michigan. He was signed by the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted free agent in 2010. After his playing days, Hiller worked as head football coach at Gull Lake High School in Richland, Michigan.[1][2]

Troy Thrash

President and CEO, Kalamazoo Air Zoo

Angela McMillan

Angela McMillan-Communication Innovator

Director of Events, Communication, and Marketing for the Greater Kalamazoo Association of REALTORS

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