Grand Valley State University-2006
Jenny has a strong passion for raising the "Recreation Therapy Bar". She believes in the power of bringing people's strengths together in order to advance the field, with a particular interest in public policy. Currently, Jenny works with patients who have been diagnosed with strokes, amputations, deconditioning and orthopedic concerns.
At home, Jenny has 4 boys who love to keep her busy! She enjoys fitness, relaxation and sports.
Ron Coplin, MA. CTRS
Recreational Therapist at Pine Rest Mental Health Services, Activity Therapy Chairperson, Coordinator of the Adult Partial Hospitalization Program.
Ron received his Bachelors and Masters degrees from Central Michigan University in Recreation and Parks Administration with an emphasis in Therapeutic RecreationRon has worked as a Recreational Therapist for over 37 years. Ron is currently on the Advisory Boards for Central Michigan University and Grand Valley State University. Ron was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award from Central Michigan University. At Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services Ron serves as Activity Therapy Chairperson, and Coordinator of Mercy Health Adult Partial Hospitalization Program. Ron has many years of experience and is very interested in serving on the board of MTRA and giving back to our profession.
Jessica works for Baruch Senior Ministries in Grandville as the Life Enrichment Director and Volunteer Coordinator of an 80 bed Assisted Living and Memory Care Facility. Jessica is also a Certified Dementia Practitioner and trains others on Alzheimer's and Dementia Care through her current employer. Her experience on the MTRA Board of Directors started back in 2010 as the Student Member At Large and she continues to serve on the board as the Member At Large- Membership Liaison.
Nick Wahl CTRS
Current Employment: Brookcrest Rehabilitation and Life Center, Grandville, MI
Nick is employed full time at Brookcrest as the Recreation Therapist of the Sub-Acute Rehab unit. Nick sees a variety of patients, with varying diagnoses from patients recovering from surgery to persons who have had a stroke. Nick is also the Volunteer Coordinator at Brookcrest.
In his free time, Nick enjoys a variety of sports, the Great Outdoors (camping and fishing), drawing and reading.
Central Michigan University
Carlie is currently a full time senior studying at Central Michigan University. In her free time she enjoys spending her time outdoors; camping, hiking, and traveling the great state of Michigan!
Eastern Michigan University
Alex is currently a junior at Eastern Michigan University and is proud to be the student representative for his school. He plans to make the most out of this opportunity while growing himself as a professional.
Alex enjoys golfing, fishing, and spending time with family and friends.
Grand Valley State University
Junior at Grand Valley State University
Megan is a junior at Grand Valley State University. She is a board member for Grand Valley’s Therapeutic Recreation Student Association. Her goal as a CTRS is to work in mental health and construct research studies throughout her career. She is a strong advocate for all people with disabilities. She spends her free time volunteering, camping, and spending time with her friends and family.