Jim Schwake, LLMSW
Jim is a native Yooper, born and raised in Escanaba. Prior to joining Catholic Social Services, Jim worked in the construction field as a drywaller/painter. After the housing recession in 2008/09, he returned to school to find a new career. Jim graduated from Bay College with a Certificate in Entrepreneurial and Small Business in 2012. Shortly afterwards he went to Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan where he studied Religion. Jim was contemplating Pastoral Ministry with his Religion degree, but realized that that was not his calling. While there, he discovered the field of Social Work and applied to the University of Michigan after graduating from Andrews in 2015. He was accepted into U of M’s MSW program and studied Children & Youth in Families and Society as his concentration area. Jim graduated in December of 2016 with his MSW degree and relocated back to the U.P. where he is excited to serve his community.
Jim is married to his wonderful wife Janell and has a daughter. His favorite activity is spending time with his wife and daughter. His other interest include hiking and camping in the Hiawatha National Forest model railroading, reading spiritual books and historical, and studying his Native American heritage.
Kathryn Kurtz, LMSW
Kathryn is a fully licensed Master Level Social Worker and has a CAADC. She will be working full time in our Marquette office. Kathryn comes from the outpatient Behavioral Health Services office at Duke Lifepoint. Kathryn sees teenagers and adults for mental health and adults for substance abuse issues.
Mary Sparapani is the Child Welfare Supervisor for Catholic Social Services. Mary works out of the Iron Mountain office, supervising a team of Child Welfare case managers who provide foster care, adoption, and foster home licensing across the Upper Peninsula. Additionally, Mary provides Adoption services to Upper Peninsula youths who have been abused or neglected by their biological family and are now in need of permanency with a safe and loving home. Mary graduated in 1985 from Northern Michigan University with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. Mary came to CSS in April 2014, after working 25+ years for the State of MI, Department of Human Services as a Child Protective Services and Foster Care Specialist. Mary specializes in a Strength Based, Solution Focused Approach when working with families. Mary has a sincere passion to help parents provide a safe and nurturing environment where their children can grow to be confident, secure and productive members of our Upper Peninsula communities.
Lynda Dunbar, LMSW, CAADCLynda is a fully licensed Master Level Social Worker and recently earned her CAADC. Lynda has a Bachelor’s degree in Social work from Northern Michigan University and earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Michigan State University.She’s now providing comprehensive substance abuse evaluation and driver’s license substance abuse assessments. She’s beenworking full time in our Marquette office since September 2016. Lynda previously worked as an RN in home care and hospice. Her first social work position was with hospice patients and their families in Western North Carolina. She did this type of work for over 6 years. She’s also worked in an in-patient substance abuse detox and psychiatric unit before moving back to the Upper Peninsula. Lynda provides individual and group counseling to adults of all ages for mental health and substance abuse issues. Lynda is experienced in working with those facing grief and loss issues and with older adults.
Diane Tryan, LMSWDiane Tryan graduated from the Catholic University of America in Washington DC with her Masters in Social Work in 1998. She has worked for Catholic Social Services of the UP since June of that year in the Escanaba Branch office. She holds a LMSW (Licensed Master-Level Social Worker) as well as a CAADC (Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor). Diane is the Clinical Director of CSSUP and oversees the counseling program in Escanaba. She also has a case load and her main ministry is working with individual adults with issues of depression, anxiety, stress, marriage/relationships, grief and loss,spiritual, gambling addictions, substance abuse, and past abuse, among others. Diane divides her time as well for the agency’s adoption program. She is an Adoption Worker and works with couples who desire to adopt, be it domestically or internationally. She also is part of the licensing team at CSSUP, so she monitors foster homes as well as licenses homes to take foster children.