I am a career mental health worker. I started my professional behavioral health journey in 1983 as a Mental Health Unit Specialist, serving with the United States Air Force. Since then, I have had the honor of working with individuals with Serious Mental Illness (SMI), Intellectual Developmental Disabilities (IDD), and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). I have served both children and adults in a variety of settings. My work over the past 17 years has been centered in the community-based, public mental health system.
I value individuals and believe recovery is possible. My approach is to help individuals define recovery for themselves and then help to navigate the system in place to support them.
My wife and I live in Grand Rapids. We enjoy travel, nature and working on our 100-year-old house.
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. In my spare time I enjoying spending time with family and friends; my husband and three sons: Sami, Ali and Khalil.
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.
Joining the Turning Leaf Leadership Team in February 2015, Jessica has served the organization in various Leadership and Operational roles.
Jessica has over 12 years of experience in human resource management and business administration. Jessica holds a Bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration with a minor in Psychology and Office Information Technology. Jessica is currently pending completion of her Master of Science in Integrated Healthcare Management. With experience in CARF, CHAP, JACHO and state licensing in home health, hospice and hospital settings, Jessica brings a unique perspective to the Turning Leaf team.
Jessica and her husband Travis have been together for 10 years and have one daughter, Emmalee. Jessica enjoys coaching gymnastics and dance in the evenings and working her direct sales business on the weekends. Jessica and her family enjoy exploring the great outdoors, relaxing by a bonfire and supporting MSU sports with family and friends.
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 moved become the Program Director and Administrator for Allegan, 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.