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Crisis Management Team

Welcome to Mental Health Matters! Top of Page

This section is dedicated to providing parents and staff with information regarding student’s mental health functioning…because we know--students can’t focus on learning when their minds are focused on other things!  Cedar Springs Public Schools had made a concerted effort to bring highly qualified, licensed mental health staff to support the social-emotional and behavioral needs of our district.  Here’s your first formal introduction to the Crisis Management Team.  They each play an important day-to-day role at their assigned buildings, but they also support the Crisis Management Plan in situations that affect the entire district.  Read about their experiences in their professional biographies.
 

MEET THE CRISIS MANAGEMENT TEAM

My T. Lien, PhD, NCSP Top of Page

School Psychologist at Cedar Trails and Middle School

"Dr. My" is a Licensed Psychologist in the State of Michigan and a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. She received her PhD at MSU in School Psychology . Dr. My completed postdoctoral fellowships in child clinical and pediatric/chronic illness psychology at the University of Rochester Medical Center (NY) and at the University of Michigan Health System. She has expertise in the impact of mental health and chronic illness on children's functioning and learning. This is Dr. Lien's second year with CSPS. She is an adjunct professor teaching various graduate level courses in the College of Education at MSU.

Sarah Wilcox, LLPC, SCL Top of Page

School Counselor at Beach Elementary

Sarah holds a School Counselor License as well as a Limited License Professional Counselor.  She attended graduate school at Spring Arbor University.  She has been working in the mental health field since 2003, including experiences as a Youth Treatment Specialist for at risk children and teens, Education Specialist, Youth Enhancement counselor, Behavioral Interventionist, and a KSSN Site Team Clinician (providing outpatient, home based, and case management services). 

Stacy Barnhill, LMSWTop of Page

Social Worker at Cedar Trails, Beach, Cedar View
 
Stacy is a Licensed Master's Clinical Social Worker.  Stacy received her Master's in Social Work degree from MSU.  Before coming to CSPS, Stacy worked with children and families involved in the Child Welfare system for 14 years.  Stacy has specialized training in working with at-risk children and families, the impact of trauma, and behavior modification.

Alexandra DeNio, MA, EdS Top of Page

School Psychologist at Cedar View and Red Hawk 
 
Alexandra (Lexi) is a Certified School Psychologist.  She received her Educational specialist degree in School Psychology from MSU.  Prior to, she attended GVSU, majoring in Psychology.  She has experience implementing MTSS, PBIS, and Instructional Consultation.

Megan SkinnerTop of Page

Child Life Interventionist at the Middle School
 
Megan is a certified K-8 teacher, with her bachelor's from Aquinas College in Elementary Education and Language Arts, and a minor in Community Leadership, which focuses on activism, equity, and social justice in the non-profit and public sector.  She recently spent a year living in Boise, Idaho as a Jesuit/AmeriCorps volunteer, where she served as a Community Support Specialist at a non-profit called the Women's and Children's Alliance - an organization that serves families and children who have experience domestic abuse and sexual assault.  She has experience working with students grades K-12 in intervention, teaching, and coaching. 

Audra Holst, MPH, CCLSTop of Page

Child Life Specialist District Wide
 
Audra is a Certified Child Life Specialist and received her BA in Psychology and Child Development from GVSU and her Masters in Public Health from the University of Cincinnati.  Audra has been working with children and families for the past 12 years in the school setting, children's hospitals, and the non-profit world.

Carl Peckham, LMSW, SSW Top of Page

Social Worker at Red Hawk, Middle School, and High School

Carl is a Licensed Clinical and Macro Master's in Social Work in the State of Michigan. He also has a full endorsement from the Michigan Department of Education as a School Social Worker. Carl received his Master's of Arts in Social Work from WMU and his School Social Work endorsement from UofM. He has specialized training in a variety of areas including assessment administration and interpretation, behavior modification techniques ,and the effects of stress and trauma on cognitive development and learning.

Christine Anderson, LLPC, SCL Top of Page

School Counselor at Cedar Trails

Christine is a Limited License Professional Counselor and holds her School Counselor License (K-12) in the State of Michigan. She received her Master's of Arts in Counselor Education from  WMU. Christine has worked with young children and families in many capacities both in and outside of the school setting.  Much of her experience has been with highly at-risk children and young adults in residential programs and substance abuse programs. Christine has a strong interest in Trauma Informed Practice and Play Therapy.

Rebecca J. Kooi, LSC, LLPC Top of Page

Guidance Counselor at the High School

Rebecca (Becky) is a Licensed School Counselor and Limited Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Michigan. She received her Master of Arts in Counsel from Spring Arbor University. Becki has worked at Cedar Springs High School for the past 12 years: seven of those years as a psychology and English teacher and five as a school counselor and instructional support coach. She is skilled in guidance curriculum development, academic consulting, and college and career preparation. She has also served as an adjunct professor for Spring Arbor University's Master of Arts in Counseling program. 

Lynda Rupke, LLPC Top of Page

Counselor at the High School

Lynda is a Limited Licensed Professional Counselor, as well as a certified teacher with her master’s degree in school counseling. Lynda was a classroom teacher for 10 years, and has been a counselor for the past 19 years in both middle school and high school. Lynda has taught graduate classes in the school counseling program for Grand Valley State University, as an adjunct professor.  Her passion is teaching and providing strategies to help people reach their maximum potential.

 

Kaitlynn MackieTop of Page

Child Life Specialist at Cedar View
 
Kaitlynn is a Certified Child Life Specialist and received her BA in Psychology with a child development focus from Albion College.  Kaitlynn spent six years working with hospitalized children ages 0-18 in Chicago and one year at Mott Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor.  Kaitlynn is passionate about helping children achieve their goals through teaching coping strategies and providing opportunities for emotional expression.