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Accounting (ACCT) Tutors

Jeff Roberts

Jeff has been tutoring at DU since 2005. He holds a Masters of Accountancy degree and is also available for inseat tutoring at the Warren campus.

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Karen Pitsch

Karen has been teaching and tutoring at DU since 1998. More about Karen Pitsch...

She holds an MBA with an emphasis in Accounting. She is a certifed online instructor and is presently teaching Principles of Accounting. Karen is also certified in Forensic Accounting and has a minor in Mathematics. She is available inseat for students in Grand Rapids and online for any student.
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APA

APA Tutors

Kim Gates

Kim Gates has her Masters in education and has been a Professional Writing Tutor with Davenport University since 2012. More about Kim Gates...

Concurrent to that, she worked for a writing curriculum company, WritingCity, as an Educational Learning Specialist and Conference Presenter on writing strategies. She was a Program Manager/Literacy Coach with Grand Rapids Public Schools after-school literacy program. Directly out of Michigan State University, she was hired by Caledonia Community Schools where she worked for 31 years teaching both learning disabled students and general education writing, reading, and speaking.
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William LeCorn

William LeCorn has both his B.A. (History) and Masters (Curriculum and Teaching) from Michigan State University. More about William LeCorn...

He served as a high school and middle school teacher in the mid-Michigan area for 18 years.

Most of his experience has been working in alternative high schools, building and developing schools for at-risk students in need of extra academic and social support. William also has experience working with students in correctional facilities in Michigan and Maryland and has experience teaching GED students at the community college level.

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Biology (BIOL) Tutors

Angela Kennedy-Mendez

Angela Kennedy is a graduate from Western Michigan University. More about Angela Kennedy...

At Western she obtained two bachelor’s degrees, biology and biochemistry, and a master’s degree in biological sciences. She has experience teaching microbiology however she is very passionate about the scientific field in general and enjoys learning about how things work. Her current areas of tutoring include BIOL and CHEM courses, but her specialties include general chem, biochemistry, cell biology, microbiology, and genetics.
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Jared Geller

Jared Geller is an IT professional with over 10 years of experience in the industry and currently works as a web developer. More about Jared Geller...

Jared has a passion for mathematics, computer science, and all topics STEM.

He holds an AS in Computer Science from Lansing Community College and is pursuing a BS in Computer Science from Davenport University with a Mathematics Minor.

Jared is knowledgeable in multiple programming languages, computers, mathematical topics, and can help with a variety of courses including CSCI, MATH, STAT, BIOL110, CHEM160, CISP111 and GPMT 287.


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Thomas Harper

Thomas Harper is a Grand Rapids native. More about Thomas Harper...

His undergraduate research at Grand Valley State University was on beta-lactamase enzymes, which are the enzymes that antibacterial resistant pathogens use to breakdown beta-lactam (penicillin-like) antibiotics. His graduate research at CU Boulder was using cryo-electron microscopy to study the structure of CDK8 module of the Mediator complex, which is involved in cell signaling and mRNA transcription. He has published two scientific papers: Harper et al, 2018 in Biochemical Journal; Harper and Taatjes, 2017 in Journal of Biological Chemistry. In addition, he has self-published two novels on Amazon: "Incarnate: Existence" (2014) and "Incarnate: Essence" (2019).
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Business Information and Technology Systems (BITS) Tutors

Deborah Potter

Deborah can assist with BITS and CISP 111.

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Jeff Roberts

Jeff is a long-time tutor at DU who can assist with BITS211 (EXCEL).

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Chemistry (CHEM) Tutors

Angela Kennedy-Mendez

Angela Kennedy is a graduate from Western Michigan University. More about Angela Kennedy...

At Western she obtained two bachelor’s degrees, biology and biochemistry, and a master’s degree in biological sciences. She has experience teaching microbiology however she is very passionate about the scientific field in general and enjoys learning about how things work. Her current areas of tutoring include BIOL and CHEM courses, but her specialties include general chem, biochemistry, cell biology, microbiology, and genetics.
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Jared Geller

Jared Geller is an IT professional with over 10 years of experience in the industry and currently works as a web developer. More about Jared Geller...

Jared has a passion for mathematics, computer science, and all topics STEM.

He holds an AS in Computer Science from Lansing Community College and is pursuing a BS in Computer Science from Davenport University with a Mathematics Minor.

Jared is knowledgeable in multiple programming languages, computers, mathematical topics, and can help with a variety of courses including CSCI, MATH, STAT, BIOL110, CHEM160, CISP111 and GPMT 287.


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Thomas Harper

Thomas Harper is a Grand Rapids native. More about Thomas Harper...

His undergraduate research at Grand Valley State University was on beta-lactamase enzymes, which are the enzymes that antibacterial resistant pathogens use to breakdown beta-lactam (penicillin-like) antibiotics. His graduate research at CU Boulder was using cryo-electron microscopy to study the structure of CDK8 module of the Mediator complex, which is involved in cell signaling and mRNA transcription. He has published two scientific papers: Harper et al, 2018 in Biochemical Journal; Harper and Taatjes, 2017 in Journal of Biological Chemistry. In addition, he has self-published two novels on Amazon: "Incarnate: Existence" (2014) and "Incarnate: Essence" (2019).
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CISP 111

Deborah Potter

Deborah can assist with BITS and CISP 111.

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Jared Geller

Jared Geller is an IT professional with over 10 years of experience in the industry and currently works as a web developer. More about Jared Geller...

Jared has a passion for mathematics, computer science, and all topics STEM.

He holds an AS in Computer Science from Lansing Community College and is pursuing a BS in Computer Science from Davenport University with a Mathematics Minor.

Jared is knowledgeable in multiple programming languages, computers, mathematical topics, and can help with a variety of courses including CSCI, MATH, STAT, BIOL110, CHEM160, CISP111 and GPMT 287.


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Data Analytics (DATA)

Ellie Ohm

Ellie obtained her undergraduate degree of Business Data Analytics from Ferris State University and is currently pursuing her Master's of Data Analytics through Davenport. More about Ellie Ohm

She works for an IT company in downtown Grand Rapids with her Service Dog in Training, Titan. Titan is a golden retriever puppy in training to become a seeing-eye dog for Leader Dogs for the Blind.

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Steve Viger

Steve has been working in various areas of large scale assessment and measurement for 15 years. More about Steve Viger

He's served in technical and leadership roles within state government, higher education and various professional certification and licensing organizations. He's also an adjunct professor at Davenport in Data Analytics and teaches Psychology, Education, Quantitative Research Methods and Statistics for other universities.

Steve earned his Ph.D. at Michigan State University in Measurement and Quantitative Methods from the prestigeous MSU College of Education. He also holds BS in Psychology and MS in Applied Experimental Psychology (focus on Cognition and Neuroscience) degrees from Central Michigan University.

Steve enjoys teaching in the quantitative areas, especially as they relate to social sciences, education, measurement and assessment.

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Economics (Econ) Tutors

Dawn England

Dawn has taught finance as an adjunct professor at Davenport University since 2015. More about Dawn England...

She has worked in accounting, banking, and financial aid. Experienced with personal finances, corporate (small business) finance and with money management (credit consulting), Dawn brings real-world views. Finance can be overwhelming to non-finance majors and one of her strengths is being able to help break the concepts and equations into smaller, more easily understandable parts.
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English/Writing (ENGL) Tutors

Kim Gates

Kim Gates has her Masters in education and has been a Professional Writing Tutor with Davenport University since 2012. More about Kim Gates...

Concurrent to that, she worked for a writing curriculum company, WritingCity, as an Educational Learning Specialist and Conference Presenter on writing strategies. She was a Program Manager/Literacy Coach with Grand Rapids Public Schools after-school literacy program. Directly out of Michigan State University, she was hired by Caledonia Community Schools where she worked for 31 years teaching both learning disabled students and general education writing, reading, and speaking.
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William LeCorn

William LeCorn has both his B.A. (History) and Masters (Curriculum and Teaching) from Michigan State University. More about William LeCorn...

He served as a high school and middle school teacher in the mid-Michigan area for 18 years.

Most of his experience has been working in alternative high schools, building and developing schools for at-risk students in need of extra academic and social support. William also has experience working with students in correctional facilities in Michigan and Maryland and has experience teaching GED students at the community college level.

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Finance (FINC) Tutors

Dawn England

Dawn has taught finance as an adjunct professor at Davenport University since 2015. More about Dawn England...

She has worked in accounting, banking, and financial aid. Experienced with personal finances, corporate (small business) finance and with money management (credit consulting), Dawn brings real-world views. Finance can be overwhelming to non-finance majors and one of her strengths is being able to help break the concepts and equations into smaller, more easily understandable parts.
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Jeff Roberts

Jeff has been tutoring at DU since 2005. He holds a Masters of Accountancy degree and is also available for inseat tutoring at the Warren campus.

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Global Project Management (GPMT) Tutors

Jared Geller

Jared Geller is an IT professional with over 10 years of experience in the industry and currently works as a web developer. More about Jared Geller...

Jared has a passion for mathematics, computer science, and all topics STEM.

He holds an AS in Computer Science from Lansing Community College and is pursuing a BS in Computer Science from Davenport University with a Mathematics Minor.

Jared is knowledgeable in multiple programming languages, computers, mathematical topics, and can help with a variety of courses including CSCI, MATH, STAT, BIOL110, CHEM160, CISP111 and GPMT 287.


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Stefana Fairman

Stefana graduated from Davenport University with a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science. More about Stefana Fairman...

She's passionate about mathematics and STEM, and is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Technology Management. Stefana can help with a variety of courses including any MATH classes and STAT: 219, 220.
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Health Information Technology/Management (HINT) Tutors

Jeana Hamelund

Jeana Hamelund holds a B.A in Medical Record Administration from Ferris State University. More about Jeana Hamelund...

She has over five years of coding experience at Spectrum Health and is available for tutoring online or in Grand Rapids, both by appointment.
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Legal Issues/Law (LEGL) Tutors

Diana Lamphiere

Diana Lamphiere is an attorney licensed to practice law in Michigan (with an inactive license in Illinois). More about Diana Lamphiere...

She teaches at Davenport University, as well as serving as a professional tutor at DU. She also teaches in the School of Criminal Justice at Grand Valley State University, and serves as the Legal Studies Internship Coordinator at Grand Valley. Her law degree is from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, and her undergraduate degree is in Interdisciplinary Studies in Public Policy from Michigan State University. Her legal experience includes externing for a prosecutor's office while in law school, clerking for a civil court judge upon graduation from law school, and practicing law in a large firm for a short time, then a small firm for many years, where she practiced in the area of business transactions and business litigation, advising businesses, individuals, and non-profits. She has also worked in house on contracts for a publishing company, and as a legal writer for a legal research company. She serves as a Board Member for Migrant Legal Aid, and for the Grand Rapids Film Festival.
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Luke Grzybowski

Luke Grzybowski has been tutoring legal students at Davenport University for two years. More about Luke Grzybowski...

He earned his bachelors degree in Paralegal Studies from Davenport University in 2013 . Luke worked as a legal assistant and office manager at a law firm for two years and has experience and knowledge in a wide variety of areas. He also provides his services to various legal classes as a teaching assistant.
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Mathematics (MATH) Tutors

Ellie Ohm

Ellie obtained her undergraduate degree of Business Data Analytics from Ferris State University and is currently pursuing her Master's of Data Analytics through Davenport. More about Ellie Ohm

She works for an IT company in downtown Grand Rapids with her Service Dog in Training, Titan. Titan is a golden retriever puppy in training to become a seeing-eye dog for Leader Dogs for the Blind.

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Jared Geller

Jared Geller is an IT professional with over 10 years of experience in the industry and currently works as a web developer. More about Jared Geller...

Jared has a passion for mathematics, computer science, and all topics STEM.

He holds an AS in Computer Science from Lansing Community College and is pursuing a BS in Computer Science from Davenport University with a Mathematics Minor.

Jared is knowledgeable in multiple programming languages, computers, mathematical topics, and can help with a variety of courses including CSCI, MATH, STAT, BIOL110, CHEM160, CISP111 and GPMT 287.


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Stefana Fairman

Stefana graduated from Davenport University with a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science. More about Stefana Fairman...

She's passionate about mathematics and STEM, and is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Technology Management. Stefana can help with a variety of courses including any MATH classes and STAT: 219, 220.
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Valerie Felder

Valerie Felder tutors Mathematics through College Algebra and various Technology courses. More about Valerie Felder...

She is a graduate from Wayne State University and received a Ph.D. in Education, Evaluation and Research, a Master of Science in Computer Information Systems from University of Detroit Mercy and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Technology – Office Administration from Davenport University.

She has been an Adjunct Professor at Davenport University since May of 2015 and has taught Security Foundations, Disaster Recovery, Systems Analysis and Design, Requirements Planning/Development, and College of Technology Capstone. She also works at the State of Michigan as an Education Research Consultant.

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Nursing (NURS) Tutors

Nichole Rybak

Nichole is a 2018 graduate of the nursing program. More about Nichole Rybak...

She attended the Warren campus where she was actively involved in SNA and the peer to peer mentoring program. Nichole is currently working as a nurse in her dream field of Neonatal nursing at the University of Michigan Mott's Children's Hospital in the Brandon Newborn Intensive Care Unit. Nichole has been a tutor for several semesters and enjoys helping other nursing students succeed in the program.
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Statistics (STAT) Tutors

Ellie Ohm

Ellie obtained her undergraduate degree of Business Data Analytics from Ferris State University and is currently pursuing her Master's of Data Analytics through Davenport. More about Ellie Ohm

She works for an IT company in downtown Grand Rapids with her Service Dog in Training, Titan. Titan is a golden retriever puppy in training to become a seeing-eye dog for Leader Dogs for the Blind.

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Jared Geller

Jared Geller is an IT professional with over 10 years of experience in the industry and currently works as a web developer. More about Jared Geller...

Jared has a passion for mathematics, computer science, and all topics STEM.

He holds an AS in Computer Science from Lansing Community College and is pursuing a BS in Computer Science from Davenport University with a Mathematics Minor.

Jared is knowledgeable in multiple programming languages, computers, mathematical topics, and can help with a variety of courses including CSCI, MATH, STAT, BIOL110, CHEM160, CISP111 and GPMT 287.


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Stefana Fairman

Stefana graduated from Davenport University with a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science. More about Stefana Fairman...

She's passionate about mathematics and STEM, and is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Technology Management. Stefana can help with a variety of courses including any MATH classes and STAT: 219, 220.
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Thomas Harper

Thomas Harper is a Grand Rapids native. More about Thomas Harper...

His undergraduate research at Grand Valley State University was on beta-lactamase enzymes, which are the enzymes that antibacterial resistant pathogens use to breakdown beta-lactam (penicillin-like) antibiotics. His graduate research at CU Boulder was using cryo-electron microscopy to study the structure of CDK8 module of the Mediator complex, which is involved in cell signaling and mRNA transcription. He has published two scientific papers: Harper et al, 2018 in Biochemical Journal; Harper and Taatjes, 2017 in Journal of Biological Chemistry. In addition, he has self-published two novels on Amazon: "Incarnate: Existence" (2014) and "Incarnate: Essence" (2019).
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Study Skills

Angela Kennedy-Mendez

Angela Kennedy is a graduate from Western Michigan University. More about Angela Kennedy...

At Western she obtained two bachelor’s degrees, biology and biochemistry, and a master’s degree in biological sciences. She has experience teaching microbiology however she is very passionate about the scientific field in general and enjoys learning about how things work. Her current areas of tutoring include BIOL and CHEM courses, but her specialties include general chem, biochemistry, cell biology, microbiology, and genetics.
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Technology (TECH) Tutors

Alan Wright

Alan Wright is an I.T Professional with 27+ years of experience. More about Alan Wright...

He holds a BBA in Business Computer Systems from Eastern Michigan and a MBA - Management Information Systems Specialty from Davenport University. He is the Deputy Director of Information Services for the Michigan Senate and a Distinguished Adjunct Instructor at Davenport, with 18 years of teaching experience. Alan teaches most of the courses in IIAS, NETW, and the TECH 497 Capstone. He is knowledgeable in Visual Basic and C# programming, Microsoft Networking, Linux, virtual machines, troubleshooting hardware and software, information security, and project management.
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James McDermott

James McDermott is an IT professional with 1.5 years of formal experience in the industry and a DU graduate. More about James McDermott...

He is knowledgeable in C#, Java, graphics design, and a variety of IT fields, particularly virtual machines (VMs) and troubleshooting hardware and software.
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Jared Geller

Jared Geller is an IT professional with over 10 years of experience in the industry and currently works as a web developer. More about Jared Geller...

Jared has a passion for mathematics, computer science, and all topics STEM.

He holds an AS in Computer Science from Lansing Community College and is pursuing a BS in Computer Science from Davenport University with a Mathematics Minor.

Jared is knowledgeable in multiple programming languages, computers, mathematical topics, and can help with a variety of courses including CSCI, MATH, STAT, BIOL110, CHEM160, CISP111 and GPMT 287.


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Stefana Fairman

Stefana graduated from Davenport University with a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science. More about Stefana Fairman...

She's passionate about mathematics and STEM, and is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Technology Management. Stefana can help with a variety of courses including any MATH classes and STAT: 219, 220.
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Valerie Felder

Valerie Felder tutors Mathematics through College Algebra and various Technology courses. More about Valerie Felder...

She is a graduate from Wayne State University and received a Ph.D. in Education, Evaluation and Research, a Master of Science in Computer Information Systems from University of Detroit Mercy and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Technology – Office Administration from Davenport University.

She has been an Adjunct Professor at Davenport University since May of 2015 and has taught Security Foundations, Disaster Recovery, Systems Analysis and Design, Requirements Planning/Development, and College of Technology Capstone. She also works at the State of Michigan as an Education Research Consultant.

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