Bonnie Dockham,Executive Director
Bonnie graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelors in Social Science. She immediately pursued her graduate degree at the University of Michigan, graduating with her Masters in Social Work with a concentration in healthcare practice. Bonnie has practiced as a licensed medical social worker both in the inpatient hospital and the department of Radiation Oncology at St. Joseph Mercy Health System. Before moving into the Executive Director position at the Cancer Support Community, Bonnie served as the founding Program Director. She is a member of the Michigan Quality Cancer Consortium advisory board and has a particular interest in evidence based practices to improve the quality of life for people with cancer and their loved ones. She is a published author, a frequent presenter at state and national oncology conferences and adjunct faculty at the University of Michigan’s School of Social Work and School of Nursing.
Rosie Morrison,Program Director
Rosie has been a part of the Cancer Support Community family since 2008. After graduating with a Bachelors in Public Communication from American University, her first internship with CSC inspired her to pursue a Master of Social Work degree at University of Michigan, specializing in health and focusing her field practice in oncology. Before joining the team as Program Director, Rosie coordinated the Guidelines program at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and several health services research initiatives at the University of Michigan in Hematology/Oncology. She also held a social work position at St. Joseph Mercy Cancer Center, coordinating a partnership program with Cancer Support Community and the American Cancer Society. Rosie is deeply committed to Cancer Support Community’s mission and has dedicated interests in health equity, evidence-based care, and patient engagement in healthcare practice.
Marcia Maier,Office Administrator
Marcia received her degree in fine arts photography, after which she worked as a Photographic Restoration Artist. The position evolved into office administration and management, which she has now continued for nearly 20 years. Marcia has worked in both the for-profit and non-profit arenas. In addition to her work for the Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor, Marcia continues to provide bookkeeping for her husband’s business. Marcia is often the first person you see when you come by the center. She is a long time resident of Ann Arbor.
Erin Kelly,Development & Outreach Specialist
Erin graduated from Ferris State University with a Bachelors in Social Work. Following graduation, she pursued a Master of Social Work degree at the University of Michigan. During her graduate program, she studied the management of human services and was an intern at the Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor. Before returning to CSC as the Development & Outreach Specialist, Erin was the Development Associate at Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County where she coordinated and supported development activities including event planning, annual giving campaigns, community outreach, marketing and grant management.
Beth FoleyBrides Project Director
Beth graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing. Following six years as an officer in the United States Navy, she earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Georgia Tech. After a decade working in corporate marketing, she transitioned to the non-profit sector with the Cancer Support Community. She brings her background and experience in the business world to her role as Director of The Brides Project, with a special focus on building brand awareness and continued growth of the project.
Mary Kozonis received her Masters in Social Work from The University of Michigan in 1973. Ms. Kozonis has dedicated the majority of her career to medical social work at The University of Michigan Hospital working in a variety of areas including Neurology, Cardiology, and Pediatrics.After 26 years of service, Mary retired from The University of Michigan. She has extensive experience in group facilitation and individual counseling. She has served as guest lecturer for both The University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University, Schools of Social Work and has presented at multiple national conferences.
Debra Mattison, LMSW, OSW-C is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Michigan School of Social Work. She has extensive experience working with cancer patients, palliative care and program planning in a variety of medical social work positions. She has facilitated a variety of support groups and has special interest in chronic illness, women’s health issues, grief and loss, and spirituality in social work practice. Ms. Mattison has received numerous awards for her leadership and clinical skills, including Social Worker of the Year from the Michigan Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers in 1996. She has made multiple presentations at state and national conferences and has published articles in the area of professional standards and ethics.
Jane Deering, LMSW received her Master of Social Work from University of Michigan School of Social Work in 1984 and is licensed in the State of Michigan. She has 26 years of experience at the Comprehensive Cancer Center at University of Michigan Health System and 25 years experience working with the Miscarriage and Newborn Loss Support Program through Lamaze Family Center of Ann Arbor. Currently, she provides social work services to patients and families at the Comprehensive Cancer Center. She also has a private practice through the Center for Family Psychiatry in Saline. Her career focus has been cancer, chronic illness, end of life, grief and loss, miscarriage/ newborn loss, and group work. Ms. Deering has made presentations at conferences both locally and nationally. In 2008 she received the Social Worker of the Year award from the University of Michigan Health System. She was on the Professional Advisory Board for the Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor since its founding in 2007.
Lisbeth Harcourt, LMSW received a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan in 1999 and is licensed in the State of Michigan. She has 17 years of medical social work experience working in several local health systems. Currently, she is the Program Manager of Office of Decedent Affairs, Michigan Medicine. Prior to her current position, Lisbeth worked as the Lung Transplant Social Worker at the University of Michigan Hospital and Health Systems for 11 years. Her professional interests focus on the impact of chronic illness and improving quality of life, end of life care, grief and loss, bereavement support, and assisting staff to recognize the unique aspects of professional grief. Lisbeth has made presentations locally and nationally. Lisbeth sits on the board of Second Chance at Life, a local charity supporting transplant patients, and was honored with the Board Member of the year 2013 for her contributions. Lisbeth is married with two children and resides in Saline, Michigan.
Linda Safdi Langmore, LMSW, ACSW has been a masters level clinical social worker retired from medical oncology at the St. Joseph Mercy Cancer Center after nearly 30 yrs. Her work with patients and families predominately has taken place in the chemotherapy clinic. She is a founding board member of the Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor and served on the CSC board for over six years. Working in oncology is her passion and life’s work.
Alena Williams,Discussion Group Facilitator
Alena Williams is a Health Educator/Tobacco Treatment Specialist at the University of Michigan Health System, and the Discussion Group Facilitator for CSC’s African American Fellowship. Mrs. Williams also serves a Community Health Advisor at CSC, focusing on health disparities and psychosocial cancer support services within the African American community through outreach, program development, and volunteer training. She is also a professional advisory board member for the Michigan Oncology Quality Consortium’s Advance Care Planning Collaborative. Mrs. Williams is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and is currently completing graduate studies in social work with a focus on integrated healthcare.
Linn Storch,Cooking & Nutrition
Linn Storch has practiced as a dietitian for over 30 years for Saint Joseph Mercy Health System. She has worked on the in-patient units in the past however her last 15 years have been dedicated to outpatient work where she counsels people with cancer and their families on nutrition. Linn has a Bachelors Degree in Dietetics from Mercy College of Detroit and a Masters Degree in Nutrition from Eastern Michigan University. Linn has been teaching our “Cooking for Wellness” classes at the Cancer Support Community since 2009. She also leads workshops on clinical nutrition at the Cancer Support Community as part of the Cancer Transitions program.
Rita Benn, PhD has been trained as developmental and clinical psychologist at the University of Michigan and is the Director of the Faculty Scholar’s Program in Integrative Healthcare in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Michigan. Dr. Benn has developed coursework, clinical electives and curriculum guides in integrative medicine and taught mind-body practices to students, faculty and professionals. She is also a research scientist and has conducted and published research in these areas in academic journals. Dr. Benn has facilitated many group-based workshops and interventions using mindfulness-based meditation practices in the community, and presents nationally and locally on this topic. She is a long term practitioner of meditation and is delighted to volunteer at the Cancer Support Community in this capacity. Along with several community professionals, she recently established a nonprofit, the Michigan Collaborative for Mindfulness in Education (MC4ME) to bring mindfulness to Michigan school communities.
Roddy began studying yoga in 1975. Her daily practice began the next year and continues to this day. She has been teaching for twelve years. Roddy has studied with many teachers in Ann Arbor and elsewhere in the US, Canada and New Zealand. Most of her training has been in the Iyengar tradition. She gives special credit to Barbara Linderman, Karen Ufer and Desiree Rambaugh for guiding her on her yoga path. Roddy’s style is one of warmth and creativity. She believes that each student brings a unique body, mind, and spirit to yoga, and she enjoys teaching students of all ages and abilities. Roddy teaches at Inward Bound and at her home studio as well as at the Cancer Support Community. She especially appreciates the students at CSC because of the kindness that they show each other and the awareness that they bring to the class. Her website is roddywaresyoga.com.
Lynette began taking yoga in 1978 and started teaching in 1985. Her continual studies in the spiritual focus, along with the therapeutic aspects of yoga practice, inform and enliven her teaching style. Here at the Cancer Support Community, Lynette offers gentle yoga, emphasizing our ability to listen to our bodies and to have fun in the experience of learning new ways to stretch and strengthen ourselves. Lynette was one of the first instructors to join us at the Cancer Support Community.
Cam Vozar,Tai Chi
Cam is a clinical social worker in private practice. He has studied both Yang and Chen style tai chi. He practices tai chi daily and is a member of Cloud Hands Michigan Tai Chi. The class emphasizes the health and moving meditation aspects of tai chi. Each class consists of a shot meditation, qi gong energy exercises, and a movement from a modified yang style form. He volunteers in memory of his wife, Hinda, who died of cancer in 2005. He has been teaching at the center since it opened in November of 2007.
Claire Weiner is a clinical social worker in private practice in Ann Arbor. She also works in the PsychOncology Clinic at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, where she was one of the founding staff members of the clinic providing psychological services to patients and families coping with cancer diagnoses and treatment and for years co-facilitated a psychotherapy group for woman with advanced cancer. Claire recently retired from the University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry where she provided psychotherapy to individuals, couples, and groups as well as supervising and mentoring graduate students. Claire became interested in mindfulness and meditation several years ago and has continued to study and practice formally and informally. She has advanced training in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy. She has presented at local and national conferences and is pleased to be part of the Cancer Support Community.
Karen Silverman is a certified group fitness instructor with over 20 years of experience, plus16 years of dance education. She holds a national certification through the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America and is CPR certified. Her Bachelors degree is in Accountancy from the University of Illinois, but her first love is dance. That is why she loves Zumba and enjoys sharing that passion with anyone willing to give it a try.
Anita Rubin-Meiller,Chi Lel
Anita Rubin-Meiller,LMSW is a psychotherapist in private practice in Ann Arbor. Professionally, she weaves together her life experiences, spiritual lessons and practices, with ongoing clinical training to provide therapy that is finely attuned to a client’s needs. At the Cancer Support Community Anita leads the chi kung self-healing practices of “lift chi up and pour chi down” and healing sounds meditation.
A teacher by trade, Laurel Fingerle currently teaches yoga at Inward Bound Yoga in Ann Arbor. After receiving her certification at Sun Moon Yoga Studio in Ann Arbor, she taught yoga for Ann Arbor Rec & Ed and CSC. Laurel is a life-long resident of Ann Arbor and, along with her husband, raised three daughters here.
I was born and raised on the small island of Okinawa, but America has been my home sweet home for more than half of my life. Sharing ancient yoga at CSC has been a really rewarding experience and also a bit personal since I also battled with leukemia, though, I am in remission for years and feel blessed.
Learn about Yoko from the following site: www.marutenyoga.com
Diane is a Yoga Alliance Registered yoga teacher, having been trained in Integrative Yoga Therapy. She also is a Certified Cardiac Yoga teacher. She incorporates a gentle, healing, student-centered approach to her practice through the use of asana (poses), pranayama (breathing) and relaxation techniques.
Janine has enjoyed the practice of yoga since 1989. As a Registered Nurse and Hatha Yoga teacher she began to more fully understand the significant health benefits of yoga. She also became aware of the growing body of evidence supporting the successful application of yoga for a variety of health concerns. This realization led her to concentrate her studies in the area of Therapeutic Yoga. She has particularly benefited from the teachings of Kelley McGonigal , Tim McCall MD and Gary Kraftsow while appreciating the continued learning provided by her students who amaze and inspire her. Janine brings 8 years as a Hatha yoga teacher and 25 years experience as an RN to her classes. She gives lectures and workshops on the pain relieving power of yoga as well as yoga for osteoporosis, arthritis, headaches, back pain and insomnia. Janine also teaches workshops to benefit the American Pain Foundation. She is certified through Yoga Alliance as an experienced Hatha Yoga teacher (ERYT200, RYT500) and Yoga Therapist. Additionally, she has studied Reiki and Thai Massage and is certified in these areas.
Flora is a breast cancer survivor with a strong passion for yoga. She has been practicing for over 10 years. Flora received her 200RYT through Center for Yoga. She loves the fact that she is able to connect with and improve her mind, body and spirit through practicing yoga. Yoga has given her the tools and power to let go, heal and be present. Flora looks forward to helping you in your journey towards improved health, peace, and acceptance.