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.
Since 2003, I have had the privilege of being Turning Leaf’s Executive Director. I am a proud Michigan State Spartan, attending Michigan State’s Eli Broad’s College of Business and later; earning an MPA with a Health Care Administration concentration from the University of Michigan – Flint. Being able to serve our employees and consumers in a way that holistically improves their lives has been a humbling experience and one that I would not trade. In my spare time I enjoy spending time outdoors with my wife and three sons; our families and friends. Occasionally, I enjoy skiing, playing tennis, golfing, boating, and camping.
I joined the Turning Leaf Team in December 2011. I am originally from Flint; a city close to my heart and which 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 several 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. Every day, I enjoy working with others to assist our consumers in making meaningful change in their lives. However large or small, we celebrate every victory here at Turning Leaf.
I joined the Turning Leaf Team in November 2017 as the Business Services Manager. After spending over thirty years in financial management in the metro Detroit health care industry, I relocated to Lansing. I am excited to be part of an organization that is growing and striving for continual improvement and excellence for its consumers and stakeholders in the behavioral health sector. I hold a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Major in Accounting) and a Master of Science in Human Resources Administration from Central Michigan University. While employed as a nurse aide in my college years, I became a strong advocate for the care, compassion, and resident’s rights for our health care clients. During my personal time, I enjoy spending time with my grandsons, family and friends, participating in local events, arts and crafts and enjoying the outdoors.
Christine joined the Turning Leaf team in June 2020 as the Human Resource/Workforce Development Manager.
Christine has 7 years of experience in human resource management. Christine holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management with a certificate in Human Resources Management. Christine has experience in CARF, strategic management, diversity & inclusion, and other various HR functions. Christine is excited to be a part of the Turning Leaf team.
Christine has two daughters, Brooklyn and Olivia. In her spare time, Christine enjoys working out, reading, and spending time at the lake or the park with her girls.
Polly joined the Turning Leaf team in August of 2015 as a Recruiter, and has since moved to the Human Resource Specialist.
Polly has 6 years of experience in the talent management role, and continues to grow into other aspects in the Human Resource department. Polly has experience in Licensing Compliance, requirements, and works closely with management in building relationships with staff.
In Polly’s spare time she enjoys spending time with her two daughters, Oakley and Elliot and her husband on the lake or traveling up north.
I am pleased to have joined the Turning Leaf team in February 2018. I received my bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University with a double major in psychology and communications disorders. I received my master’s degree from Capella University in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. I have a wide range of experience within the mental health field including direct care staff within a day program setting, group home manager, community living supports coordinator, case manager and supports coordinator, job developer, contract manager and an executive director for a senior assisted living. I have been a foster parent, and love spending time with my family. I enjoy camping, euchre, piano, and sporting events.
I joined the Turning Leaf team in November of 2016. I started as an Assistant Program Manager and have since become the Program Director and Administrator for Allegan, Kalamazoo, Kent and Ottawa county programs. I have worked in the behavioral health field for many years, serving a wide variety of individuals – adolescents and adults. I have a passion to help and advocate for others. I moved to West Michigan 10 years ago. In my spare time I enjoy photography, treasure hunting with my best friend and traveling with my husband and our 3 daughters.
I am pleased to say I have been part of the Turning Leaf family since August 2010. I started as a direct care worker and traveled many roads to become the Program Manager in Muskegon. I have served this field for over 16 years. I went to college and obtained a certification in Criminal Justice. I would call myself a workaholic, I love what I do and the people we serve. In my spare time I love to travel with my husband and spend time with my daughter and grandkids. Reading is also my passion.
Lisa has been at the White Oak program since 1994. Joining Turning Leaf in 2019. She attended Baker College in Muskegon and then returned to this area. She started out as a part time employee and has moved throughout the years to Program Manager and Administrator. Lisa’s spare time is spent with her husband and two sons along with her extended family.
I joined Turning Leaf in April of 2019 as Program Manager of White Pine Cottage. In January of the following year, I became the Administrator of the same program. I worked for many years in my family’s Specialized AFC as Direct Care Staff and was promoted to Manager before graduating from college in 2017. I am proud to work for a company that is committed to making a difference and am excited for the potential to grow with the Turning Leaf Team.