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 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 and proud of the individuals we serve who strive so hard - not to mention the staff who offer themselves in service. He is thankful 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 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 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 two daughters live in North Muskegon.
Dorothy Bowne, Human Resources
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 functions for MOKA’s 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, Michigan; and as a Human Resources Representative at Menlo Logistics in Holland. At Menlo, she was part of the corporate training group traveling 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, shopping, and having fun with her sons. Dorothy is proud of her family and 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 two sons.
Joshua Canale, Property
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. 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.