MPA Press Release - 9/30/2019
MPA Member Spotlight
Meet Dr. Robert Funaro!
Dr. Funaro earned three Master’s degrees (psychology, education, and theology) and then a doctorate in education. He is a fellow in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and also works as a Certified Spiritual Director in a private practice in Ada, Michigan (www.thejourneyemerges.com; Twitter @bobfun). Dr. Funaro experiences life as a journey of emerging, evolving, and interconnecting processes and tries to integrate this ideology into his work as a therapist and spiritual guide. He focuses on helping those who are anxious, depressed, or have troubled relationships and assists those who are seeking the place of the Divine in their lives as they prepare for marriage. He also works with his wife Christine in delivering a Marriage-Preparation program, The Journey Emerges. Together, they have served over 25,000 couples. Dr. Funaro is interested in research related to the dynamics of relationship development and sustainability and has had leadership roles at several educational institutions throughout the state. Specifically, he is the retired provost of Davenport University and retired director
of the Western Michigan University Cooley Law School. He is also the former interim dean of students at the University of Michigan – Dearborn. Dr. Funaro views the best part of his involvement with MPA as the collegiality, professionalism, and friendships that he has developed through the association. Personally, Dr. Funaro has been married for almost 40 years and has four children and six grandchildren. He is actively involved in his parish, works as a Hospice Volunteer for Elara/Great Lakes Caring, and, as an active member of the Associates of the Congregation of St. Joseph for the last 40+ years. What’s on his nightstand? Various works of Sr. Thea Bowman, Thomas Merton; works on Anger; and Scripture.