I have the unique perspective of having been involved with Turning Leaf since my parents, M. Sami & Rachel, began this family company in 1995. Since then, I have held almost every position within the organization including that of Direct Care Staff, Facilities Supervisor, Financial Services Manager and Director of Operations. In 2003, I began serving as Turning Leaf’s Executive Director. I am a proud Michigan State Spartan, having graduated from MSU’s - Eli Broad College of Business. In 2009, I earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Health Care Administration from the University of Michigan – Flint.
During my tenure, I have had the opportunity to create several new programs within our residential continuum throughout the State and embarked on expanded accreditation field categories in support of the people that we serve. One of my main functions as Executive Director is to establish and maintain relationships with our stakeholders who entrust my team and I with providing support and opportunities for those within the recovery process and I take that responsibility to heart. We will always seek to provide the most creative, outcome driven, and cost-efficient solutions while being flexible to the needs of our stakeholders and the greater behavioral health community. In my spare time my wife and I enjoy spending time with our two young sons, family, and on occasion I try to make time to play tennis, hit the ski slopes, and maintain a classic wooden boat that has been in my family for going on 25 years.
I joined the Turning Leaf Team in December 2011 in the role of Director of Operations. I am originally from Flint; a city that is close to my heart and shaped who I am today. I moved to East Lansing to attend Michigan State University and have remained in the Lansing area ever since. I received my Bachelor’s in Psychology from MSU and went on to work for the State of Michigan as a Children’s Protective Services Specialist. After gaining valuable experience working with children and families and family/probate court, I decided to pursue a Master’s Degree in School and Community Psychology from Wayne State University. I worked as a School Psychologist for approximately six years prior to joining my husband, Sami at Turning Leaf. The decision to work together and combine our passions is one that I will never regret!
I feel a strong responsibility to our consumers at Turning Leaf; I love to see them achieve their personal goals and also support them when they have setbacks. Every day, I enjoy working with others in an effort to assist our consumers in making meaningful change in their lives. However large or small, we celebrate every victory. My overall goal as Director of Operations is to ensure that the time our residents spend here at Turning Leaf is safe, positive and productive through oversight of Turning Leaf's CARF Accredited Residential Treatment, Community Housing, Day Treatment and Community Integration programs. In my spare time, Sami and I are very busy with our two boys: Sami and Ali! I enjoy time with our extended family and friends, I love traveling to new places, road trips, watching biographical movies and trying new cuisine!
Dr. Sanchez joined the Turning Leaf Team as staff psychiatrist in November of 2012. As of August 2015 he now serves as our Medical Director. Dr. Sanchez is a graduate of the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. He has served as President of the Resident Physician Section of the Michigan Psychiatric Society. Our Leadership and Clinical Teams are grateful for his contributions and positive impact on the lives of the people that we serve.
Dr. Kidder has been a psychologist for over 40 years beginning his career after receiving a doctoral degree in psychology from Michigan State University. He was initially employed as a Psychologist at the Muskegon Regional Center for Developmental Disabilities where he became the Chief Psychologist and distinguished himself by receiving the annual DCH Director’s award for innovative behavioral treatment. He transitioned to Muskegon Community Mental Health after deinstitutionalization of the Regional Center and again received the annual DCH Director’s award for innovative behavioral treatment in that setting. As Senior Psychologist of Muskegon CMH, Dr. Kidder held a number of roles including Assertive Community Treatment Director where he transformed one of his ACT teams into an Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment team. Both the ACT and IDDT teams received high MIFAST fidelity reviews under his leadership. Dr. Kidder developed and led the Agency’s Dialectical Behavior Treatment team which was also certified by the state and was a strong advocate for other evidenced based practices including Family Psychoeducation and IMR. He sat on the Agency’s Behavior Support Committee and chaired several committees within Muskegon CMH including the Trauma Informed Care Committee and co-chaired the Clinical Leadership Committee between Muskegon and Ottawa counties. He sat on the Michigan ACT Advisory Committee and served on the Michigan Recovery Council for several years. Dr. Kidder was part of a team that brought Gentle Teaching to Muskegon CMH and participated in several trainings around the State demonstrating the integration of behavior analysis and principles of a Culture of Gentleness. Dr. Kidder has presented at numerous state level conferences and served as an Adjunct professor of Psychology at Muskegon Community College and Grand Valley State University. He retired from Muskegon CMH after serving as Director of Program Evaluation and Best Clinical Practices. He is married and has five children. He enjoys his involvement as a Sensei in Sanchin Ryu karate, playing tennis, golf and boating. He gave up night landings as a private pilot for riding his Harley.
I have been part of the Turning Leaf team since April 2015 serving as the Facilities Manager and Real Estate Specialist. My focus in this role is on the living, treatment and gathering spaces across all Turning Leaf programs. I hold a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Interior Architecture from Columbia College and also am a licensed realtor. I take pride in helping to create aesthetically pleasing living and activity spaces that support the therapeutic process. My goal is to ensure that all Turning Leaf properties, both indoors and outdoors, maintain safety and compliance standards while also being visually pleasing to consumers and stakeholders. In my spare time, I enjoy the outdoors and traveling.
I serve as Turning Leaf’s Financial Services Manager and joined the team in 2016. I have over 20 years of experience in corporate accounting, management and finance in Michigan, Colorado and Montana. Born in Clare, Michigan, I hold an Associate’s Degree in Computer Science from Northwood University and a Bachelors of Business Administration Degree in Finance from Central Michigan University. As part of the leadership team, I enjoy working behind the scenes and using my diverse skill set to help empower the health care professionals to do their job and to support the leadership team in the management mission to provide the highest level of care to Turning Leaf’s consumers.
I joined Turning Leaf as a Human Resource Manager in July of 2017. After a 13 year progressive career within Mental Health, I’m excited to bring my Human Resource expertise to the talented leadership team currently in place. I grew up in East Lansing, Michigan, and spent a great part of my youth working in my parents mental health treatment clinics across Michigan. I possess Associate’s, Bachelor’s, and Master’s Degrees in Human Resource Management. I lead with inclusiveness, and am passionate about developing staff so they are in a position to reach and exceed their career goals.
As Human Resource Manager for Turning Leaf my goal is to not only obtain, but retain quality staff who share my dedication to providing quality care to our consumers. One of my areas of proficiency is using data and analytics to benchmark metrics, then proactively consulting with leadership on recommendations to improve trends. I pride myself in being a champion for cultural diversity in the workplace. I am excited to build working relationships with each staff at Turning Leaf, together we can carry out the strategic goals and business objectives set forth by our leadership team and stakeholders.
On a personal note, I am a member of an array of community organizations and initiatives. I spend a majority of my free time traveling, hosting social events, trying new cuisine, and trying to keep up with my very active pre-teens Martrell and Leyliana - who are very involved within our community!
I joined the Turning Leaf Team in February 2015 in the role of Business Services/Human Resources Manager before promoting to the role of Lansing Program Director in November 2016. I am a current graduate student pursuant of my Master of Science in Integrated Healthcare Management, and a Baker College alum where I received by Bachelor's of Healthcare Administration with a focus in Psychology.
Born and raised in Battle Creek, Michigan, I began my business management career in 2006 and transitioned to the healthcare sector in 2010. Prior to my transition to behavioral health, I served as the Administrator in JCAHO, CHAP, Medicare and Medicaid-certified home health care and hospice agencies.
I have been privileged to have the ability to serve all aspects of the Turning Leaf team in my tenure. This includes our residents, direct care staff, and the clinical and administrative teams. I am truly honored to have the ability to serve as a Leader to this amazing team. I find such great reward in helping our residents work toward their treatment goals. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my daughter, Emmalee, and husband, Travis. We love spending time outdoors- kayaking, camping, fishing and enjoying a good BBQ and bonfire!
Since January 2016, I have been employed with Turning Leaf in the role of Administrative Assistant. I am originally from West Bloomfield, Michigan and moved to the Lansing area in 2012. I am currently taking classes at Lansing Community College toward an Associate’s degree in Human Services. After my associate’s degree is completed, I plan to work on a bachelor’s degree in Community Services with a concentration of Family Systems at Siena Heights University. I come to the Turning Leaf team with over 10 years of experience working in many capacities with individuals with mental illness, developmental disabilities and traumatic brain injuries. In my current role, I support the Administrative team in the daily operations of the organization here in our headquarters. I enjoy being a part of the process of helping individuals regain their independence and I can truly say that I cannot see myself being anywhere else.