Board of Directors
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.
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.
Cheryl currently resides at our Friendship House with three other folks. Before moving to Friendship House Cheryl lived at Garden City Opportunity Manor (GCOM) with her long time roommate Linda. Cheryl enjoys being close to downtown Plymouth because of all the different events she gets to attend with her house mates.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Sandra McClennen
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.