New Faces

Counseling and Consultation Services

Jean Kupper, L.M.S.W., C.A.A.D.C.

Jean, a resident of Marquette, earned his undergraduate degree from Roanoke College and his master’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University.  He has 24 years post master’s experience and training in mental health services as a licensed clinical social worker. In 2009, he was internationally certified as an alcohol and drug counselor.  He began working at Northern Michigan University in the fall of 2002 as adjunct faculty teaching in the Social Work department.  He joined the Counseling Center at NMU in the fall of 2014, after 9 years of working on the specialized unit of Assertive Community Treatment for Marquette’s community mental health center, providing intensive and emergency psychiatric services.  He was a Field Liaison Adjunct Faculty member for Michigan State University’s Graduate School of Social Work.  In addition, he has worked with a wide variety of populations in various treatment settings, public and private, including community based programs, psychiatric inpatient, outpatient direct care, and clinical supervision.

Criminal Justice

Grant Patient, a graduate of Northern Michigan University (BS – Criminal Justice and MS – Criminal Justice Administration) and first worked for NMU’s Criminal Justice Department as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in 2007.  After obtaining his Master’s degree, Grant continued teaching as an Adjunct Instructor until his full time appointment in Fall 2015.

Grant’s professional experience includes working in a variety of loss prevention management positions at Shopko, Target, and Kohl’s. He worked for a number of years at CDW Corporation as the Corporate Investigator and Regional Supervisor. Grant also worked as a Special Investigator conducting Federal background checks and special clearances. Grant also has experience in the juvenile justice system as a Program Manager.

Grant is currently working on his Specialist in Education (EdS) transitioning to a Doctorate in Education Leadership (EdD) from Central Michigan University.

Dr. Durmus Alper Camlibel served with the Turkish National Police (TNP) as a Police Chief from 2001 to 2015. He began his police education at the Ankara Police College in Turkey when he was just 14 years old. He earned his B.A. in Criminal Justice from Turkish Police Academy. Alper holds two Master Degrees in Public Administration and International Studies from Gazi University, Ankara and Claremont Graduate University, California respectively. In 2010, he received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Claremont Graduate University. Alper was a visiting professor at California State University, San Bernardino and taught International Terrorism and Homeland Security courses to undergraduate and graduate criminal justice students. He also gave in-service trainings in Firearms, Substance Abuse, Drug Supply and Reduction Policies, Narcotics Crime Investigations and Narcotics Drugs, Vehicle Stop and Search, Police Ethics to the Turkish Police officers, the Turkish Military officers and other international police trainees. He attended many international drug trafficking related conferences and United Nations, OSCE, EUROPOL, INTERPOL meetings.

As a police executive he worked in critical units of the TNP. Alper was responsible for the counter-terrorism and security bureau of Hopa/Artvin City Police Department at the Superintendent Rank.  Prior to assuming that post, asChief Inspector rank he had been assigned to the Anti-Smuggling and Organized Crime Department of TNP as an intelligence analyst and synthetic drug specialist. In this Department, he conducted and supervised counter narcotics operations, including international controlled delivery operations. Due to his successful law enforcement carrier, he received several salary awards and a commendation letter from the Head of City Official for his efforts to prevent political crime and violence. Alper is married with 2 sons and his wife 14-weeks pregnant and they are expecting hopefully a GIRL! J

Higher Education in Student Affairs

G. Blue Brazelton is an experienced Student Affairs practitioner from multiple previous institutions and a Doctoral Candidate at Michigan State University in the Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education program.  Blue earned his bachelor’s in Multicultural American Literature and the Philosophy of Science at Texas Tech University, and Master’s of Science in Education in College Student Personnel at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.  He is a founding member and previous research team leader of the National Study of LGBTQ Student Success, and is an advocate for under-represented student groups in higher education (including first generation and low socio-economic college students).  His personal research agenda focuses on student success in places where the educational experience intersects with technology, student motivations, or sources of support.  Blue is committed to the potential of Student Affairs in providing the additional support and care to see all students be successful in higher education, and is excited to help develop the next generation of professionals of the field.

Seaborg Center

Renee Kivioja will be starting as the Program Coordinator and STEM Education Consultant with the Seaborg Mathematics and Science Center. Renee earned her Bachelor's in Secondary Education Mathematics from Northern Michigan University and will be completing her Master's in Learning Disabilities in May 2016. Renee spent the last four years at the Forest Park School in Crystal Falls, where she began her teaching career. She enjoys both watching and playing sports such as volleyball, golf, and football. Baking, reading, and working out are some of Renee's other hobbies she makes time for. Renee currently resides in Marquette with her boyfriend, Conrad, and their new puppy, Albus. Renee is eager to share her passion for Mathematics with this new career opportunity.

Engineering Technology

Joe Routhier earned his associate degree in Mechanical Design at Michigan Technological University. Upon graduation, Joe worked as a Product Designer at both Generac Engine Powered Tools in Waukesha, WI and at Bruno Independent Living Aids in Oconomowoc, WI.  Subsequently, Joe earned his bachelor’s degree in Industrial Education while teaching Computer Aided Drafting and Design (CADD) and Manufacturing in a Certified Technical Education (CTE) program at Gwinn  High School in Gwinn, MI.  Joe earned his master’s in Secondary Education from Northern Michigan University and is currently working on his Ed S degree. Joe’s wife Brooke is a Professional Engineer (PE) and works for Cliffs Natural Resources.  They have two children and live in Ishpeming.

School of Health & Human Performance

Dr. Lars Donath is joining the School of Health and Human Performance  to replace Dr. Phil Watts for the fall 2015 semester. Dr. Donath graduated from the University of Jena (Germany). He earned his Ph.D. in Exercise and Training Science in 2011. His post-doctoral career has been continued at the University of Basel (Switzerland). Dr. Donath is interested in neuromuscular and cardio circulatory training and testing during the span of life. He has a special emphasis on fall-prevention training in the elderly and exercise promotion programs in different settings (e.g. Kindergarten, work-site). Dr. Donath enjoys climbing, swimming and reading good books.

Dr. Erich Petushek is joining the School of Health and Human Performance as a research associate and assistant professor in the College of Human Medicine at Michigan State University. He completed his Ph.D. in Applied Cognitive Science and Human Factors at Michigan Technological University (2014) as a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellow (2011-2014) and recipient of an NSF GROW fellowship for international collaboration (Oslo, Norway).  He completed his postdoctoral training at the University of Huddersfield in the Applied Cognition & Cognitive Engineering Research Group in collaboration with the English Institute of Sport. His research specializations are in applied expertise, psychological measurement, biomechanics, musculoskeletal injury prevention, and qualitative movement analysis/judgment.  He is founder and lead scientist on the computerized injury prediction skill assessment and outreach project

New GAs:

Alicia Denherder

John Evans

Jessica Coullard

Nara Paulsen

Brandon Jones


Staff Hire

Christy Johnson, Executive Secretary

Military Science


Department Chair

Professor of Military Science

LTC Jonathan R. Rastall received his commission in Aviation after graduating from Viterbo University in 1998.  His first assignment after completing flight school in Fort Rucker, Alabama was with the 1st Attack Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment (3rd Infantry Division) at Hunter Army Airfield where he served as an Attack Helicopter Platoon Leader and Task Force S4.

LTC Rastall has also served in various command and staff positions to include: company commander of Bravo Company, 3rd Attack Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) in Fort Campbell, Kentucky; Aviation Officer / Personnel Recovery Officer for Headquarters, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) at Fort Drum, New York;  Brigade Aviation Officer of 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) at Fort Drum, New York; Squadron Executive Officer and Squadron Operations Officer of 6th Squadron, 6th Cavalry, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) at Fort Drum, New York. His most recent assignment was as the Senior Aviation Observer/Coach/Trainer for Operations Group Foxtrot in the Mission Command Training Program at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

LTC Rastall has had multiple deployments to include an operational deployment to Kuwait, two combat deployments to Iraq, and two combat deployments to Afghanistan. His awards and decorations include two Bronze Stars, two Meritorious Service Medals, two Air Medals, four Army Commendation Medals, the Combat Action Badge, the Army Aviator Badge, the Parachutist’s Badge, and the Air Assault Badge. He has earned a Master’s degree in Administration from Central Michigan University.

LTC Rastall is married to the former Jodi Sheets of Seneca, Wisconsin since September 1999. They have two sons, Aidan and Logan.

 School of Nursing

Terry Durley begins a 1-year term position and will be teaching in the BSN Nursing Care of Adults I clinical course and the Nursing Care of Adults II clinical course in fall 2015.  Terry has been a registered nurse for 35 years and a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) for 11 years. Terry’s prior experience includes staff, education, and management positions in hematology/oncology, Intensive/Coronary Care, and Anesthesia at various hospitals including University of Michigan Hospital, Port Huron Mercy Hospital, and Marquette General Hospital.  She initially earned an ADN from St. Clair County Community College and returned to school acquiring a BSN from NMU in 1991, a MPA from NMU in 2000 and a MSN from Oakland University 2004. She is currently enrolled in the DNP program at NMU.  Terry and her husband, Don, have lived in Marquette for over 30 years and have two children, Nichole and Christopher.

Tom Leone begins a 1-semester term position and will be teaching in the BSN psychiatric/mental health clinical course in fall 2015. Tom has been a registered nurse for 30 years having received his BSN from NMU in 1985. Tom then went on to work for Marquette General Health Systems for 25 years, 12 of which were in the Psychiatric/mental health specialty area.  He finished his career there as the Inpatient Clinical Director of the psychiatric program. During the past 5 years Tom has taught mental health clinicals at UPHS – Marquette. Tom and his wife, Kathy, live in Marquette Township and enjoy many of the area silent sports activities.

 Kymberly Frustaglio is an adjunct instructor teaching in the BSN Nursing Care of Adults I clinical course in fall 2015.  Kym has been a registered nurse for 13 years.  She has spent most of her career in the ICU setting and has also worked in the OR, PACU, and on the floor.  She earned a BSN from NMU in 2002 and a MSN from GCU in 2014.  Kym moved back to the Marquette area five years ago from Milwaukee where she worked for the first eight years of her career.  Kym lives with her husband and three children.  She enjoys spending time outdoors with her family golfing, skiing, hiking, and swimming.   

Scott Loukinen serves as an adjunct instructor in the BSN Nursing Care of Adults I clinical course at UPHS – Bell in fall 2015.  Scott recently earned a Master of Science in Nursing Education degree from University of Phoenix.  He is also a two time graduate of NMU.  He earned his Bachelor of Science in Zoology in 1998 and Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) in 2001.  Scott was employed by UPHS – Marquette as a registered nurse in the Intensive Care Unit from 2001 – 2009.  He is currently employed by UPHS – Bell as a registered nurse in the Intensive Care Unit and Acute Care Unit.  Scott resides in Harvey.

Nicole Madalinski begins her role as graduate assistant in the SON and will be teaching in the BSN Foundations of Professional Nursing Practice clinical course in fall 2015.  Nicole earned her BSN from Lake Superior State University in 2012 and is currently pursuing her DNP degree at NMU. 

 Social Work

 Karl Johnson, PhD Professor Karl Johnson received his undergraduate degree in Political Science and earned a PhD in Social Welfare from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Karl has taught at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and he has teaching experience and interests in the areas of: research methods, social theory, and philosophy of science; comparative social policy theory and practice (U.S. and international); HBSE; history of social welfare; social development theory; and academic writing. Karl’s dissertation focused on social policy in 18 OECD nations, explored the western welfare state and development literatures, and examined whether social policies could reduce poverty while supporting economic performance. His other research interest’s center on: inequality, social stratification and poverty-reduction strategies among working families; history of the welfare state and European social democracy; social investment and asset development; the impact of social expenditures; international differences in child and family policy; participatory democratic theory; and Marxist political economy.

LaMart Hightower, LMSW LaMart is a Licensed Master Social Worker with more than 30 years of clinical experience working with people with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, and chemical dependency. He earned both his B.S and M.S.W. from Western Michigan University. In addition, he is a Certified Advance Alcohol and Drug Counselor.  LaMart has taught courses in social work at Western Michigan University and in education at Grand Valley State University.  He is currently completing his Ph.D. through Walden University where his dissertation is examining the lives of methadone users between 50 to 55 years old.  LaMart’s other research interest include diversity training for social workers and women with addiction problems involved in the child welfare system.

Technology and Occupational Sciences

 Hospitality Management

Loganne Boersema begins her first year as a full time Instructor within Northern Michigan University’s Hospitality and Tourism Management program this fall (2015). She is officially joining as an Instructor after two full years of assisting within the program as the Paraprofessional and Adjunct Instructor. In that time she also taught the Marquette Alger RESA High School Culinary Arts program, tutored Hospitality Management and Food Service Technology students and volunteer around the community whenever possible.

Loganne completed her Associate’s Degree in Baking and Pastry through The Culinary Institute of Michigan before spending time as a Baker and Pastry Chef. She then completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality Management through NMU and is now working toward her Master’s Degree in Training and Performance Improvement at NMU.

Loganne worked in the food service industry for ten years, holding multiple positions within and around the kitchen or bakeshop.  She enjoys sharing her knowledge with students along with learning beside them.

Marquette is now Loganne’s permanent residence as she recently purchased a home here and cannot imagine a more beautiful place to live. In her free time Loganne enjoys the woods and water; skiing, canoeing, fishing and hiking are a few of her favorites along with playing in the kitchen.