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Gov. Rick Snyder makes appointments to the Michigan Board of Social Work
December 23, 2015
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointments of Shelley Ovink, of Ishpeming, and Brittany Risk, of Plymouth, to the Michigan Board of Social Work.
The nine-member board, housed within the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, evaluates and determines minimal entry level competency of health practitioners, and takes disciplinary action against any misconduct of licensees.
“Shelley and Brittany are well-qualified appointees and I look forward to the contributions they will bring to the board,” Snyder said.
Ovink is in private clinical social work practice. She previously worked at Pathways Community Mental Health and Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin & Upper Michigan. Ovink holds certifications in Batterer’s Intervention and advanced alcohol and drug counseling. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Detroit and a master’s degree in social work from Michigan State University. She represents professionals and replaces Anwar Najor-Durack.
Risk is manager of the Peer Advisors for Veteran Education program at the University of Michigan Health System, where she coordinates the implementation of the PAVE Program on college campuses. She previously served as a project coordinator for the Michigan Department of Veterans Affairs and a youth social worker for Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County. Risk earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from Michigan State University and a master’s in social work in management of human services from the University of Michigan. She represents professionals and replaces Michele Brock.
Appointees will serve four-year terms expiring Dec. 31, 2019. Their appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.