Thomas Zmolek, Executive Director

Thomas Zmolek has served as Executive Director of MOKA since April of 1980.  Born and raised in Iowa he is the oldest of four siblings, and grew up with Stuart, a brother with many gifts but who also has autism.   Tom accompanied his parents on frequent trips around the country searching for the best services for Stuart.  He developed great empathy for the parents of sons and daughters with disabilities of all types and this influenced his education and career choice.  Tom graduated from Western Michigan University with a degree in psychology and an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis.   He earned his Master's Degree in Business Administration from Grand Valley State University.  He served as Intensive Training Unit Supervisor for the State of Montana at Boulder River School and Hospital in Boulder, working with children and adults with severe behavior challenges.  Tom and his wife Mary live in North Muskegon and they have two daughters, and 3 grandchildren.  Tom is driven by being the best, is learning to lead better, enjoys seeing others grow, and is often heard saying “We’ll get there.”  Tom is passionate about service to others, proud of the individuals we serve who strive so hard and the staff who offer themselves in service.  He is thankful for the humble privilege to lead our great company MOKA. 

Tracey Hamlet, Director of Programs

Tracey Hamlet has served as Director of Programs for MOKA starting in August of 2009 and is responsible for oversight and direction of community placement, residential, employment, and skill building services.  Tracey believes in our mission and is passionate about MOKA because we are an agency that is “grounded” in, and has never strayed from, a grass roots advocacy for people in our community who need support to gain a stronger voice.   “My first job after college was as a direct support staff in a group home for another agency.  My first day I was deeply moved by the realization that not everyone was treated first, as a person.   I felt strongly there was a difference that needed to be made and I needed to be a part of that.”   Tracey graduated from Michigan State University with a B.S. degree in psychology.  Tracey worked for MOKA from 1989-1990 as a Home Supervisor.  She moved on to work for Lutheran Social Services as a Unit Director, Program Coordinator, and Regional Director.  She served as the Director for Residential and Clinical Services for Hope Network before returning to MOKA.  Tracey is driven by her desire for service at work and within her Church, enjoys spending time with her family, having fun with her kids’, and loves to spend time on the lake.    She is passionate about her family and her work and thankful for all life’s many blessings.  Tracey lives in Grand Rapids with her 3 children.

Christopher Benedict, Finance Director

Christopher Benedict became the Finance Director for MOKA Corporation in January 2010.  In this capacity Chris is responsible for company financial strategic planning.  Prior to joining MOKA Chris served as Assistant Controller for Salon Enterprises a Michigan salon chain with 40 locations and 30 small retail malls.  You may be familiar with the business names of Panopoulos Salons, Haircuts Plus, and DARRA Realty.  In 2001 Chris joined a West Michigan based commercial real estate company as Controller and eventually was promoted to Vice President of Finance where he was instrumental in negotiating acquisitions, financial statement preparations, and capital market activity.  Chris enjoys spending time with his family and friends, college football and golf.  Chris is an active Board Member of “S.O.S” Support our Schools, a non-profit company which provides financial help to local school athletic departments.  Chris has a B.S. in Accounting from Eastern Michigan University and a Masters in Accounting from Colorado State University.  Chris, his wife Stephanie and 2 daughters live in North Muskegon. 

Dorothy Bowne, Human Resources Director

Dorothy Bowne became the Human Resources Director for MOKA Corporation in April 2010 after joining the organization in November 2006 as the HR Coordinator.  Dorothy provides oversight of employment related functions for MOKA’s over 550 active employees.  Dorothy believes in MOKA’s mission and is passionate about the work we do.  She’s often heard saying “it’s a privilege to support MOKA’s dedicated employees in the valuable work that they do.” Before joining MOKA she worked as the Human Resources Manager at Heartland of Whitehall, a skilled nursing facility in Whitehall, MI. and as a Human Resources Representative at Menlo Logistics in Holland.  At Menlo she was part of the corporate training group travelling all over the country supporting other HR representatives in the company.  Dorothy has a B.S. in Human Resources Management from Grand Valley State University. Dorothy is driven by lifelong learning and growing, enjoys camping, reading and shopping, and having fun with her boys many activities.  Dorothy is proud of her family, her work and shares her time and talents serving on the Leadership Team at her church.  Dorothy and her husband Jason live in Twin Lake with their 2 sons. 

Joshua Canale, Property Director

Joshua Canale joined the MOKA Executive Leadership Team as Property Director in October 2013. Josh’s responsibilities include overseeing management and capital improvements to MOKA properties, improving operational efficiencies and developing or purchasing new facilities to support both existing and new programs.  Josh brings extensive experience in the development of affordable, accessible and sustainable housing after serving as Sr. Development and Construction Manager at Mercy Portfolio Services.  While at Mercy, Josh was responsible for overseeing the development and construction of single and multi-family homes through the Neighborhood Stabilization Program, and worked closely with HUD and the City of Chicago Department of Housing and Economic Development.  The program completed over 800 units of affordable housing and created over 2000 jobs.  Prior to joining Mercy, Josh was a co-founder of an architecture and real estate firm in Chicago that worked on both residential and commercial projects.   Josh has a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Notre Dame and is a Certified Residential Property Manager.   He enjoys spending time with his family, golfing and watching college football.  Josh lives in Norton Shores with his wife Andrea and their two daughters.

Diane Szewczyk-Smith, Development Director

Diane Szewczyk-Smith (Szewczyk pronounced chef-chick) joined MOKA as Development Director in June 2011. In her role she builds relationships on behalf of MOKA and the MOKA Foundation, does fundraising, and grows the MOKA Endowment, along with marketing duties.  Diane comes with a background including 10 years of fundraising experience, but has spent 26 years serving people through social services, education, museums, public and private nonprofits, local and county governments and the park recreation and tourism industries. Recently she served as the Financial Development Coordinator for the American Red Cross Muskegon Oceana and Newaygo Chapter managing major gift fundraising.   As the Administrative Coordinator at Camp Pinewood owned by the YMCA of Chicago she was responsible for fundraising, marketing and their scholarship program.   Diane and her husband Rick live in Twin Lake; they have 1 son and 3 granddaughters. Active in a number of volunteer organizations, she enjoys giving back to her community, spending time with family and friends, and sailing. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Northern Michigan University, a Masters from Michigan State and a Certificate in Fundraising Management from The Fundraising School and The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University. Diane shares “she is excited to share the MOKA message in support of the individuals we serve, and generate resources for meaningful community engagement. “

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