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Domestic Violence and the Workplace Training

Domestic Violence and the Workplace Training

Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Service’s Employee and Church Assistance Program along with Gentex, Safe Haven Ministries and The Center for Women in Transition are pleased to present a free seminar on “Domestic Violence and the Workplace.” Please Register by April 30, 2018.

Absenteeism, impaired job performance, and loss of experienced employees are costs affecting companies as a result of domestic violence.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates the annual cost of lost productivity due to domestic violence is $272 million and 8 million paid workdays.  Domestic Violence and the Workplace will help employees, supervisors, and Human Resource professionals learn how to:

  • Recognize the signs of domestic violence in the workplace
  • Respond safely and effectively
  • Access additional professional resources to meet the needs of both employees and employers
  • Understand employer legal responsibilities and options
  • Identify crisis and critical incident response


8:00am – 8:30am  Registration

8:30am – 8:45am  Welcome

8:45am – 10:45am  Domestic Violence and the Workplace: Dynamics, Red Flags, Impact, How to Respond, and Resources

10:45am – 10:55am  Break

10:55am – 11:25am  Legal Aspects of Domestic Violence

11:25am – 11:55am  Employee Assistance Programs and Critical Incidence Response

11:55am – 12:00pm  Closing


Lesley Coghill, LMSW, Prevention and Outreach Coordinator, Center for Women in Transition

Lesley Coghill has worked at the Center since 2003. She provides violence prevention assessments and consultation to K-12 schools and coordinates the agency’s outreach and community education services. Lesley is a licensed macro-level social worker, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Hope College in 2001 and a Master of Social Work degree from Grand Valley State University in 2003. Lesley has provided training opportunities on intimate partner violence prevention to K-12 schools and universities, faith-based programs, businesses, and various organizations in the community. She led the effort in Ottawa County to develop a domestic violence primary prevention plan in 2008 and helped to develop the MI prevention plan. Lesley has been an active member of the Lakeshore Alliance Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (LAADSV) coordinated community response committee since 2004. She received the 2009 Outstanding Agency Professional Award in Ottawa County from LAADSV and the 2013 Wave of Change Award from the Michigan Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence for outstanding service in preventing domestic and sexual violence.

Jeff Lukas, Gentex

Tara Aday, MPA, Director of Prevention and Education, Safe Haven Ministries

Tara Aday is the Director of Prevention and Education at Safe Haven Ministries, a comprehensive domestic violence agency in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She provides leadership and oversight to West Michigan’s most comprehensive domestic violence training program. Working throughout her community, Tara leads trainings on the topics of domestic violence primary prevention and response to a wide range of audiences, including  workplaces, students, faith communities, human service providers, and the health care field. Graduating from Grand Valley State University (GVSU) with a degree in Journalism and Political Science, Tara went on to earn her Master of Public Administration with an emphasis in Nonprofit Leadership and Management also from GVSU. Tara is passionate about community engagement and issues of gender justice, and has experience working in these arenas at the local and national level. Of particular focus, Tara has spent much of her career mentoring and working with youth to build their own leadership and advocacy skills. She helped to launch Kent County’s first anti-violence, youth-led coalition, Young Leaders Against Violence.

Zoe Martinez, Gentex

Zoe Martinez practices in the area of employment law with focus on legal compliance, employee benefits and health care law. She counsels clients on risk avoidance, benefits, as well as drafting agreements, handbooks and other documents. Zoe actively participates in educational programs including an annual Human Resource Webinar Series and publishes Human Resource Legal Alerts for Employers. She is a member of the Lakeshore Human Resource Management Association, Grand Rapids Bar Association, State Bar of Michigan and the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan. She is a graduate of Calvin College and Michigan State University College of Law.

Holly Seymour, MA, Program Director, Center for Women in Transition

Holly Seymour is responsible for the management and administrative oversight of a broad range of services for domestic violence and sexual assault survivors, including the agency’s emergency shelter, 24 hour helpline, supportive housing programs, legal advocacy, sexual assault forensic nurse examiner program, support groups, and trauma therapy for adults and children. More than 3,000 individuals and their families receive services through the lakeshore-based organization each year. Before moving to West Michigan in 2008, Holly spent time managing Chicago’s largest domestic violence safe house and served in various capacities at both national and community-based non-profits in Lansing and Chicago. She has a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science and a master’s degree in Family and Community Services, both from Michigan State University. She has also completed graduate level coursework in the non-profit leadership program at Grand Valley State University. Holly is currently the chair of the Ottawa Allegan Human Trafficking Task Force and has been involved in collaborative efforts with the Tri-Cities Mental Health Service Providers Coalition, United Way’s Basic Needs Think Tank, Ottawa Housing Next, and the Michigan Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence’s LGBTQ Task Force. She has been a featured speaker on college campuses and has trained faith leaders, community groups, and the business community on how to recognize and respond to domestic violence. Holly has been called on to be an expert witness in domestic violence cases and has presented workshops at conferences in Michigan, Illinois, Texas, and Florida.

Bob VandePol, LMSW, Director, Pine Rest Employee Assistance Program

Bob VandePol serves as Director of Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services’ Employee Assistance Program. He helps business leaders leverage behavioral health expertise to enhance the health and productivity of their work teams. Prior to joining the Pine Rest team, he was President of Crisis Care Network, helping to lead it from a startup to the world’s largest provider of Critical Incident Response services to the workplace. Active as a keynote speaker, Mr. VandePol has published and been quoted in business and clinical journals, co-authored book chapters addressing workplace response to tragedy, and has been featured as subject matter expert in numerous video training series. He managed CCN’s Command Center in Manhattan after the 2001 terrorist attacks and frequently consults with businesses regarding how leaders can accelerate organizational recovery following crises. He is a member of the Workplace Task Force of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention.

All costs for this presentation have been underwritten by Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services Employee Assistance and Church Assistance Program and a donation from Gentex.