I have worked for LMC since 1978 serving in a variety of positions, most importantly as full-time Physical Education Instructor 1983-2015. I am a proud LMC alumni as well.
Education: Western Michigan University Master of Arts, Exercise Science. Graduate Certificate in Holistic Health Care. Health Endorsement.Bachelor of Science; Physical Education and Coaching. Lake Michigan College
Personal Mantra: Students are the only consumers who demand less for their money, which is the biggest problem in the learning process.
Master of Arts, Physical Education; Bachelor of Science, Physical Education
Marla Clark is the Dean of Health Sciences at Lake Michigan College and has a passion for student success within a community college. She joined LMC in 2014 with more than two decades of higher education leadership experience. Ms. Clark has worked in the field of community college since 1998. Throughout her career, Ms. Clark has worked in several areas including Health Sciences, Admissions, Enrollment Management, Financial Aid, and Finance. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management from Adrian College and a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Siena Heights University.
Cooper brings 16 years of higher education and DEI experience to LMC. Most recently, he served as assistant director of social change and leadership at the University of Cincinnati. Other former positions include assistant director of recruitment and admissions at University of Wisconsin Green Bay; assistant director on intercultural engagement for African American student services at Marquette University; student services specialist at Milwaukee Area Technical College; director of recruitment at ITT Technical Institute; associate director of graduate admission at Cardinal Stritch University; coordinator of distance learning and transfer services at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College; associate director of admissions at Ivy Tech Community College, and admissions counselor at Kentucky State University.
Originally from Memphis, Tenn., Cooper said his career focus turned to DEI-related issues while working at Ivy Tech in Elkhart and South Bend during the Great Recession.
“A lot of time when we think about diversity, equity and inclusion, the focus is on race, but at that time, what I was looking at was ageism,” Cooper said. “I was in an RV industry town where we suddenly had over 2,000 displaced workers looking for a career change that offered more stability. Seeing how I could incorporate these non-traditional students in classes with traditional students and how they could both learn from each other became the catalyst for me to focus on DEI work.”
Cooper earned both a master’s degree in public administration and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Kentucky State University, which is among the country's Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). At Kentucky State, he also was a member of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity and ran both track and field and cross country.
He is an avid Green Bay Packers fan, an amateur grill master, a karaoke singer, and has two children, Justin, 16, and Jillian, 6.
Education: Andrews University: BA Chemistry, MAT Mathematics MS, Mathematics Ph.D. Curriculum and Instruction, Math emphasis, Cognate Statistics Other schools attended Western Michigan University, Notre Dame University, and Harvard.
Awards: Who's Who Among America's Teachers: 1996, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005
Memberships: Mathematics Association of America Michigan Section of Mathematics Association of America Michigan Mathematics Association of Two Year Colleges
Articles: 38 papers presented at State, National and International Conferences
PhD, Curriculum & Instruction; Master of Arts, Mathematics; M.A.T. Mathematics
Barbara oversees the endowed scholarship program and enjoys serving our network of generous donors, and all those who want to help LMC students succeed. As Executive Director, Community Impact and Resource Development she is interested in collecting and telling the stories of the many Lake Michigan College Alumni. Barbara's passion at the College is two-fold: 1) to ensure that students, especially first-generation students like her, have the best chance of success at Lake Michigan College and beyond and 2) that the College is always a part of the solution for initiatives that bring a positive impact to our communities and economy.
She received a Bachelor's Degree in Modern Languages from Queen Mary University London and a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from Western Michigan University. She is currently working on her Doctorate in Community College Leadership at Ferris State University.
Please call me Rhi. I graduated from Michigan State University and obtained my Master’s of Social Work from the University of Michigan. I have been practicing mental health for 19 years. I live in the area with my tween daughters, husband, and a pug dog. I enjoy spending time in or near the water and enjoy the moment of a beautiful sunset.
I am passionate about working with students who are dealing with various life issues. I want to create a safe and inclusive environment. I use various modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), mindfulness, and use a person centered approach. I think it’s best to tailor each therapy session to the individual student to address their specific needs. I have experience with depression, anxiety, self-harm, suicide, personality disorders, life transitions, interpersonal problems, self-esteem, gender identity issues, LGBTQ+, trauma, life stressors, academic or work related stress, substance use, time management, disabilities, grief and loss, ADHD, and Autism Spectrum Disorders.
I view therapy as a way to gain insight with learning cognitive and behavioral skills to help live the best version of your life. Therapy allows a safe and confidential place to process stressors and allow self-growth. Therapy helps with your life narrative to makes sense of the past while writing the story of a different future.
I feel strongly about assisting and advocating for students with disabilities to help ensure they receive equal and equitable accommodations.