About

Passion. Experience. Diligence.

Apprecots Staff

 
 
Heidi Wale Knizacky

Heidi Wale Knizacky, MS, LLP
Owner and CEO

While Heidi was earning an M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Michigan University, she worked in the office of the Michigan Level of Functioning Project and was introduced to the CAFAS®. This experience awakened her passion for using measurement to enrich communication, support clinical practices, and improve service programs. In addition to working as a clinician, Heidi has worked with organizations across North America to support staff and care for individuals by integrating evidence-based measurement and best-research practices into programming. Clinical topics Heidi especially enjoys are Motivational Interviewing, applied behavioral management practices, and working with youth who are experiencing serious behavioral challenges.

Education

Eastern Michigan University
M.S. Clinical Psychology

 
 

 
 
Amy Kanouse

Amy Kanouse
Vice President

Amy is a public health professional interested in behavior change, health disparities, health policy, and early childhood development. She is passionate about using data to advocate for children, families, and communities. Her expertise includes data analysis and interpretation, project design and management, and quality improvement.

Education

University of Michigan
M.P.H. Public Health, Health Behavior and Health Education

 
 

 
 
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Kara Woodshank
Research Associate

Kara is a research consultant at Apprecots and has a background in Human Development and Family Science. She is passionate about working with children and families and has worked with individuals from infants to seniors including in early childhood education, parenting education, and health and sexuality education. While completing her master’s degree at Western Michigan University, Kara taught as a graduate assistant for courses in Effective Parenting, Infant and Toddler Development, Child Development, and Crisis and Resiliency. Kara’s research interests are in child and family resilience, social psychology, social support theory, family systems, and psycho-oncology.

Education

Western Michigan University
M.A. Family and Consumer Sciences  

 

 
 
Shawn McDonald

Shawn McDonald

Shawn maintains the website, designs media, and works on a variety of technology oriented projects. He delivers quality products associated with programs he supports. Shawn's attention to details and organizational skills are an asset. 

Education

Central Michigan University
M. A. History

 
 

 
 
Joe Kanouse

Joe Kanouse

Joe serves Apprecots by keeping the books and data entry. Joe has spent his career in business management, having worked with small businesses and multinational corporations over the last 15 years.

Education

Saginaw Valley State University
B.S.W.