Board of Directors

Community Opportunity Center Board of Directors - mary_updatedMary Babcock

Mary retired from Chrysler after 30 years. She began volunteering with COC in 1980 and has done an abundance of volunteer work with the people we support throughout her 35 years with COC. Mary has served on the COC Board of Directors since 2004 in various Board positions.


Community Opportunity Center Board of Directors - larry_copyLarry Boulton

Larry is married to Linda. He received his B.S. from Olivet Nazarene College and his MBA from the University of Detroit. He retired from Ford Motor Company in 2007 after 37 years of working in finance. Larry began serving on the COC Board of Directors in 2013.


Community Opportunity Center Board of Directors - emoryEmory Daniels

Emory is married to Beverly. They have two children, including their son whom is a special needs person who has been employed with Meijer for nearly 20 years. He worked as a community editor for 31 years with the Observer & Eccentric Newspaper. He has served on several community organizations, including the Rotary Club and Exchange Club. Emory has been serving on the Board of Directors since 1992 as President and other Board positions.


Community Opportunity Center Board of Directors - edEd Diegel

Ed is married to Kathy. They have four children, four grandchildren and a great grandchild. Their oldest daughter Debbie was born with Spinal Bifida and Hydrocephalus which resulted in multiple intellectual and developmental disabilities. Debbie has called COC her home since 1992. Ed earned his degree in Finance from Wayne State University. He worked for Ford Motor Company, retiring in 2001. Since 1985, he has been volunteering as assistant coach for the Northwest ARC Special Olympics Track and Field Team. Most recently, he founded and edited the DD ADVOCATES Newsletter. Ed has been serving as a member on the COC Board of Directors since 1989 in other Board positions.


Community Opportunity Center Board of Directors - kristin_updatedKristin Haydon

Kristin joined COC in 2006 and currently lives at our Friendship House in Plymouth, the same city where her parents and some of her siblings reside. She is Vice President of the Aktion Club, which is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Colonial Plymouth. Kristin serves on the DWMHA Focus Group. She has completed a course in Leadership Policy & Advocacy. She also enjoys computer activities.


Community Opportunity Center Board of Directors - holly_updatedHolly Heath

Holly received her B.A. degree from Western Michigan University in Special Education, her M.A. from Eastern Michigan University in Learning Disabilities and a Ed.D. of Education from Wayne State. She began working with people with disabilities as a direct care provider in Kalamazoo County in 1989. She began her teaching career in 1992 for Livonia Public Schools at the Northwest Wayne Skill Center. Holly began serving on the Board of Directors in 2014.


Community Opportunity Center Board of Directors - billBill Heaton

Bill is married to Helene. They have five children, two of whom are deceased; including daughter, Joanie, who called COC home for 23 years before passing away. He received his B.S. from the Austin Peay State University and his MBA from the University of Detroit. He retired from Ford Motor Company after 40 years. Bill is greatly active in numerous community and church endeavors, including mission trips and volunteering as President of Livonia Good Fellows. Bill has been serving on the COC Board of Directors since 1973 as President and other Board positions. Bill’s volunteerism comes from his heart and desire to serve the Lord and mankind.


Community Opportunity Center Board of Directors - dianeDiane Janes

Diane is married to Larry. They have two children. She has been a special education teacher for 46 years. Diane is a former ARC Teacher of the Year. Her sister, Terry Jergens has called Plymouth Opportunity House her home since 2001. Diane served on our COC Executive Board of Directors in the 70’s and early 80’s. She then returned in 2009 to volunteer on various COC committees.


Community Opportunity Center Board of Directors - danDan McCulloch

Dan joined COC in 2006. He currently resides at Plymouth Opportunity House, in the community he has called home for 9 years. He is very involved with his family. Dan is community minded; involved with the Aktion Club, which is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Colonial Plymouth. He serves on the Care Link and Consumer Link Consumer Council, which advises the Consumer Link & Care Link Boards. Dan also serves on the STEP Conference Advisory League.


Community Opportunity Center Board of Directors - mike_updatedMike Mies

Mike resides in Plymouth with his wife Sarah and three kids. Mike is the grandson of James Mies, one of COC’s founders. He received a B.S. in Psychology from Eastern Michigan University and works as an entrepreneur and consultant assisting organizations reach their maximum potential. As the current board president, Mike is using his business acumen and creative approach to organizational development to help COC continue its rich tradition while strengthening the foundation for future success.


Community Opportunity Center Board of Directors - Marge_updatedMarjorie Mitchell

Marjorie received her B.A. from Oberlin College and her Masters in Special Education from the University of Michigan. She spent 30 years as an educator and advocate for persons with developmental disabilities at both the local and state levels. Her employment has included: Director, W. Wayne Assoc. for Retarded Citizens; Supervisor of Special Education for Wayne Westland Schools; Consultant for the Michigan Department of Special Education; Executive Director of the ARC Michigan. Marjorie serves on various local, state and national groups. She has been serving on the COC Board of Directors as President other Board positions since 1976.


Community Opportunity Center Board of Directors - Jan_Plas_(2)Jan Plas

(Emeritus)

Jan is married to Loretta. Their daughter, Michele called COC her home from 1990 until 2013 when she passed away. He received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering and M.B.A. from Wayne State University. He is retired from Ford Motor Company. Jan currently serves on the Executive Board of the Michigan State Association of CMH Boards and Livingston County Community Mental Health Board. Jan was instrumental in founding COC in 1969. He has served on the COC Board of Directors in various Board positions since 1971.


Community Opportunity Center Board of Directors - IMG_1958(1)Mark Scarr

(Emeritus)

Mark received his BS in Education from Bowling Green State University; his BS in Engineering from University of Michigan; he earned his MA in Industrial Relations from Wayne State University. Mark’s daughter Liz has called COC her home since 1980. Mark has been serving on our Board of Directors in 1984.


Community Opportunity Center Board of Directors - Reese_SerraReese Serra, Esq.

Reese received his Bachelors of Political Science with concentration in Pre-Law from Oakland University. He received his Juris Doctor, with honors, from Thomas Cooley Law School.

Reese concentrates his practice in the areas of real estate matters, business and financial transactions. Reese began serving on the COC Board of Directors in 2014.


Community Opportunity Center Board of Directors - sandi_copy Dr. Sandra McClennen 

  (Emeritus)

Sandra is Professor Emeritus of Special Education at Eastern Michigan University and a Licensed Psychologist. She has taught autism endorsement  courses online for EMU, is a psychological consultant to  PsyGenics, which serves people with developmental disabilities and their families. Sandra is in private practice in Plymouth. She enjoys the company of people who live in several of our homes. Her entire career has been devoted to helping parents, teachers and staff  provide the best possible learning and living environments for individuals with cognitive, neurological and physical disabilities. Sandra has been serving on the COC Board of Directors since 1972.

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