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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 four grandchildren. Tom is driven by being 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 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 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
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 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 newborn 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.

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