Marge Resmer LaRuffa - Chief Executive Officer
Marge’s passion for and commitment to serving children with special needs and families knows no bounds. She brings an extensive background to her role, having held senior executive positions in both for-profit and non-profit organizations, as well as having provided consulting to companies in strategic leadership, performance improvement, and employee engagement. She has been recognized by the American Society for Training and Development for her work in innovative approaches to customer service and organizational performance improvement.
Mike Rhoads - Director of Special Needs Services
His work in developing services that best meet the needs of children with special needs and their families reflects Mike’s strong commitment to our mission. Mike has held business development, information technology, and program management leadership positions in a variety of for profit and non-profit organizations. His expertise includes planning, and the execution of business development activities designed to attract, satisfy, and retain customers. He has demonstrated success in developing new business within the professional marketplace and in managing and growing existing accounts.
Ara Hachigian – Special Needs Services and Talent Manager
Ara brings a diverse background of both customer service related leadership positions as well as business to business and human resource management knowledge. Ara’s passion for his community in addition to his vast experience in building and maintaining customer and client relationships allows him to provide our employees and clients with the best possible experience. Ara’s love for family and children is indicative of his strong commitment to our mission.
Emily M. Karlichek – Manager of Development and Partnerships
With a background in non-profit development and leadership, Emily brings her passion for cultivating diverse relationships to the team. Her experience in community engagement, commitment to building quality two-way partnerships, and energetic pursuit of strategic growth have attributed to her success. Emily’s skill sets include fundraising, donor engagement, social media, event planning, marketing and communications expertise. Her career experience includes working with children and adults with special needs. Emily’s love and respect for the families we serve underscores our mission and values.
Board of Directors
David DeBrunner, Chair
Anne Stafford, Secretary
Kevin Liederbach, Treasurer
Bruce Friedman, Past Chair
Laura Huebner, Past Chair
Dr. David Benjamins
2075 E. West Maple
Walled Lake, MI 48390