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, having graduated with honor from Michigan State’s Eli Broad’s College of Business. More recently, I earned a Masters degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Health Care Administration from the University of Michigan – Flint. Being able to serve our consumers and employees in a way that holistically improves their lives has been a humbling experience and one that I would not trade for anything. 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 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! 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.
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 roles. Currently fulfilling the role of HR Manager, Jessica oversees the Human Resource team, supporting organizational growth and staffing development.
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 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 am pleased to have joined the Turning Leaf team in February 2018 as the Director of Community Based Services. 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 family in June 2018. I received my bachelor’s degree in Family Studies and master’s degree in Health Science Administration from Central Michigan University. I have a range of experience in healthcare administration, including Adult Foster Care homes, hospital networks, skilled nursing facilities, and medical clinics. In whichever role I take on, I work closely with team members – problem solving to improve processes and performance. I am motivated by seeing the work I do make positive, tangible impacts in people’s lives, and I am thrilled to bring my experience to the table as Program Director in Lansing. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, taking road trips, reading, and exploring thrift stores & antique shops throughout Michigan.
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.