Executive Leadership Team
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 - one of whom is 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 children 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, working with children and adults with severe behavior challenges. Tom and his wife Mary recently moved to Whitehall, MI, and they have two daughters and four grandchildren. Tom is driven by striving tobe the best, enjoys seeing others grow, and is often heard saying “We’ll get there.” Tom is passionate about service to others and proud of the amazing individuals we support who strive hard to meet personal goals as well as the incredible employees who offer their many talents in service. He is grateful for the humble privilege to lead our great company.
Tracey Hamlet, Director of Programs
Tracey Hamlet has served as Director of Programs for MOKA since 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 grassroots 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 three 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 Support our Schools (S.O.S.), a nonprofit company that 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 three children live in North Muskegon.
Dorothy Bowne, Human Resources Director
Dorothy Bowne became the Human Resources Director for MOKACorporation in April 2010 after joining the organization inNovember 2006 as the HR Coordinator. Dorothy provides oversight of employmentfunctions for MOKA’s 550+ active employees. Dorothy believes in MOKA’s missionand is passionate about the work we do. She’s often heard saying, “It’s aprivilege to support MOKA’s dedicated employees in the valuable work that theydo.” Before joining MOKA, she worked as the Human Resources Manager atHeartland of Whitehall, a skilled nursing facility in Whitehall, Michigan; andas a Human Resources Representative at Menlo Logistics in Holland. At Menlo,she was part of the corporate training group traveling all over the countrysupporting other HR representatives in the company. Dorothy has a B.S. in Human Resources Management from Grand Valley State University. Dorothy is driven bylifelong learning and growing, enjoys camping, reading, shopping, andhaving fun with her sons. Dorothy is proud of her family and her work andshares her time and talents serving on the Leadership Team at her church.Dorothy and her husband Jason live in Twin Lake with their two 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 senior Development and Construction Manager at Mercy Portfolio Services. While at Mercy, Josh was responsible for overseeing the development and construction of single and multifamily homes through the Neighborhood Stabilization Program, and he 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. Josh has been instrumental in overseeing the development and construction of new residential homes for MOKA, including a third home about to open and four more under development. 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 and one son.
Angel Reese, Performance Improvement Specialist
Angel Reese serves as Performance Improvement Specialist for MOKA, a role she assumed in September 2013. Angel originally joined our organization in April 2006 after her superior technical skills were recognized by executive team members. While recruited as a Front Desk Receptionist, Angel demonstrated many technical gifts including data analysis and high level report writing abilities using Crystal Reports. Therefore, she was quickly promoted into key roles in the organization demonstrating a keen desire for quality, process and standards. Angel was instrumental in MOKA’s achievement of a perfect accreditation in 2015 when the organization was surveyed by the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Surveys. Prior to her employment at MOKA, Angel served as an Office Manager/Tech Support for a local communications company. She currently serves as both the Corporate Compliance Officer and chairperson of the Quality Assurance Committee. Presently pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Information Technology, Angel enjoys spending time with her children and family, attending sporting events, cooking and singing. Angel moved back to Muskegon 1996, but has previously resided in Pittsburgh, New York, Texas and Germany. Angel lives with her three daughters and two sons and misses her oldest daughter whom left home this past fall to attend Northern Michigan University in Marquette.
Jenna VandeKamp, Development Director
Jenna VandeKamp joined MOKA as the Development Director in May 2017. Jenna’s passion for nonprofit business development allows her to effectively connect the community with MOKA’s mission and to provide educational resources that demonstrate the need for the services MOKA provides. Her extensive experience in development and fundraising throughout West Michigan provides MOKA with fresh and innovative ideas to effectively raise awareness of these services. This experience also assists MOKA with partnering with current and potential donors and funders to increase financial margins which assists our mission to promote a higher quality of life for our individuals served. She received a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from Calvin College in 2012. Jenna is a proud Michigan transplant, originally hailing from South Dakota and in her free time she enjoys running, drinking coffee, and cheering for the Minnesota Twins. Jenna and her cat Luna live in downtown Grand Rapids.
Hannah McLouth, Executive Assistant
Hannah McLouth joined MOKA as the Executive Assistant in October of 2017. Hannah’s responsibilities include providing a wide range of administrative and executive support related tasks to optimize the effectiveness of the Executive Director through resourceful, proactive and efficient efforts. She assists with external marketing projects through numerous modes of marketing and professional level written communications. Before joining MOKA, she worked as Marketing Manager at Lewis Farms & Petting Zoo, and as a nursing assistant at Brookhaven Medical Care Facility, a skilled nursing facility in Muskegon, MI. While working direct care, Hannah felt the need to play a bigger role as an advocate for those that struggle to have their voices heard and found that MOKA’s mission aligned with that goal in allowing her to be a part of the positive difference being made in the lives of the individuals we serve. She received her bachelor’s degree in Integrative Public Relations from Central Michigan University in 2012. She spends much of her free time with her three dogs, going hiking, biking, and paddleboarding.