Our Team

COC has extraordinary staff who are caring and focused on the happiness and overall well-being of the men and women with whom they work.

Close relationships are abundant and we are dearly grateful for the depth of knowledge, experience and commitment of our personnel, all of which contributes to the life experiences that people enjoy when surrounded by personnel who care.

Each of our employees brings special skills and expertise to COC. Their compassion, dedication, and loyalty to the people we serve is a vital component to the success of our mission.


Leadership

COC is led by a team of individuals who work tirelessly to ensure that each person we serve receives the care, compassion, and respect they deserve. Denise King has been COC’s Executive Director since 1989 and is a devoted advocate and friend to each person we serve. Denise and her staff work tirelessly each day to carry out COC’s mission in every aspect of our operation.

  • Executive Director: Denise King
  • Program Managers: Lisa Lindner & Christine Compton
  • Controller: Carrie Blamer
  • Accounting Generalist: Beverly Bielicki
  • Human Resources Manager: Mary Feeny
  • Quality and Wellness Coordinator: Nancy Merehouyias
  • Office Manager: Joyce Franks
  • Administrative Assistant: Kathryn DeGeorge

Volunteers

The men and women who volunteer in the various aspects of COC’s operations make it possible to provide each person we serve with the attention and care they need. Whether they are helping with fundraisers, outings, and other events, working on the landscaping of a COC property, or taking the time to form a lasting friendship with a person with a developmental disability, our volunteers are some of COC’s greatest assets.

 


Supporters

We are forever grateful for the many organizations and people who consistently support COC through monitory donations and volunteer activities that benefit the men and women affiliated with COC or add value to homes and yards through work initiatives. These include, but are not limited to, volunteer initiatives through many area churches, most consistently the wonderful families from Resurrection Church in Canton. We are also grateful for the generous contributions of Chrysler and Ford Motor Employees, Plymouth Community United Way, Colonial Kiwanis Club of Plymouth, Curtis Kitchen and Bath, Just Fun Club, Manresa Alhambra, Morning and Noon Rotary Clubs in Plymouth, Rotary of Livonia, Knights of Columbus in Garden City, Livonia, and Plymouth, local schools and offices, Senior Alliance, UPS, and many more.


Committees

It takes a tremendous amount of time, resources, and energy to carry out COC’s mission each day, and the men and women who serve on our various communities play a big part in supporting our efforts. From groups that are formed to prepare for important fundraisers and events to permanent committees, such as the Health and Wellness Committee, that work year round, each committee helps us better serve our communities and the persons we support.


COC’s Wellness Initiative:

A Health and Wellness Committee has been formed for the benefit of improving the health and wellness of the men and women we support through a holistic and multi-disciplined approach. This includes adequate staff training and improved quality of life for both the people we support and the staff who support them. Beyond physical and medical health, this initiative is focused on emotional health, spiritual outreach, social and educational development, and satisfaction with employment or vocational opportunities. The committee consists of:

  • Gary Ley - Chairperson and Health Care Administrator
  • Nancy Merehouyias - Quality Assurance & Wellness Coordinator
  • Subburaman Sivakumar, MD
  • Erica Blum and Nancy Holloway, Nurse Practitioners
  • Will Khanafer, Pharmacologist
  • Sumit Jindal, Physical Therapist
  • Stephanie Macey, Nurse specializing in holistic and Eastern medicine
  • Jim Holloway, Exercise Specialist
  • Ed Diegel and Mike Mies, members of COC’s Board of Directors
  • Denise King, COC’s Executive Director
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