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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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Biology (BIOL) Tutors

Amanda Lardizabal

Amanda Lardizabal is a biology professor at Davenport University. More about Amanda...

She primarily teaches Microbiology and Genetics, and has also taught Bio 101. She received her undergraduate degree in Environmental Science B.S. from the University of Rochester and her masters degree in Environmental Engineering M.S. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Throughout graduate school Amanda conducted research on community function of algae, solar virus inactivation, and biological contamination in Ghana. Her specialities include environmental biology, virology, and biochemistry. Lastly, Amanda is very passionate about pedagogy, especially metacognition (learning how to learn).
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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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Business Information and Technology Systems (BITS) Tutors

Deborah Potter

Deborah can assist with BITS and CISP 111.

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Lee Watkins

Lee is a certified teacher in Michigan with a MA in special education from Eastern Michigan. More about Lee Watkins...

Lee has a post graduate certificate in Strategic Management and a MBA in marketing from DU. DU teaching includes business and graphics courses since 2000. She is currently teaching BITS211 at the Livonia campus.
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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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CISP 111

Deborah Potter

Deborah can assist with BITS and CISP 111.

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Economics (Econ) Tutors

Carolina Tapia Nieto

Available for sessions in the evenings and weekends only.

Carolina graduated from Saint Mary's College with a major in Economics and French and a minor in Mathematics. More about Carolina Tapia Nieto...

She is now completing her MBA with Davenport.  Carolina also speaks Spanish fluently.  She can assist with any ECON course, most FINC courses, and ACCT 201.
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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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Finance (FINC) Tutors

Carolina Tapia Nieto

Available for sessions in the evenings and weekends only.

Carolina graduated from Saint Mary's College with a major in Economics and French and a minor in Mathematics. More about Carolina Tapia Nieto...

She is now completing her MBA with Davenport.  Carolina also speaks Spanish fluently.  She can assist with any ECON course, most FINC courses, and ACCT 201.
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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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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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Introduction to Data Analytics (DATA 275)

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 prestigious 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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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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Mathematics (MATH) Tutors

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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Statistics (STAT) Tutors

Carolina Tapia Nieto

Available for sessions in the evenings and weekends only.

Carolina graduated from Saint Mary's College with a major in Economics and French and a minor in Mathematics. More about Carolina Tapia Nieto...

She is now completing her MBA with Davenport.  Carolina also speaks Spanish fluently.  She can assist with any ECON course, most FINC courses, and ACCT 201.
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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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Study Skills

Amanda Lardizabal

Amanda Lardizabal is a biology professor at Davenport University. More about Amanda...

She primarily teaches Microbiology and Genetics, and has also taught Bio 101. She received her undergraduate degree in Environmental Science B.S. from the University of Rochester and her masters degree in Environmental Engineering M.S. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Throughout graduate school Amanda conducted research on community function of algae, solar virus inactivation, and biological contamination in Ghana. Her specialities include environmental biology, virology, and biochemistry. Lastly, Amanda is very passionate about pedagogy, especially metacognition (learning how to learn).
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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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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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