WMU News

Neynaber joins WMU as coordinator in professional programs

April 30, 1998

KALAMAZOO -- Dr. J. Stephen Neynaber of Portage has joined Western Michigan University as a program coordinator in the Office of Professional Programs and Conferences.

Neynaber will custom design and coordinate non-credit professional programs, training programs, and seminars for off-campus businesses and organizations. He also will coordinate conferences and training for WMU groups and departments.

Much of his focus will be on programming related to management and supervision, change management, team building, diversity in the work place, ethics in decision making, maintenance of professional credentials, and compliance with state and federal regulations.

"Government, nonprofit organizations, and small- and mid-size businesses often find it difficult to finance a fully staffed training department, yet they have a consistent need for training in order to remain competitive and viable," Neynaber said. "WMU creates a win-win situation by becoming their training arm so they don't have to pay the overhead of a full-time staff."

Neynaber has a doctor of education degree in counselor education and counseling psychology from WMU, a master's degree from San Jose State University and a bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. A licensed professional counselor in Michigan, he also is a part-time instructor for the University's master's certificate in nonprofit leadership and administration and a consultant for Crossroads Counseling in Portage, an employee assistance and outplacement counseling firm he founded.

Previously, Neynaber has been a part-time instructor in WMU's Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology and was an assistant professor and director of career development at Christian Heritage College in San Diego, Calif. In addition, he has been a counselor in several community-based mental health agencies and colleges as well as a national speaker, workshop presenter and corporate consultant.

The Office of Professional Programs and Conferences provides a wide range of non-credit education and customized training for business and industry, including corporate retreat programming, professional continuing education courses to meet CEU requirements, certificate programs, conferences, and professional development and personal growth opportunities. A part of WMU's Division of Continuing Education, it also provides full-service conference management for local, state and national events.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron; jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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