Meet the staff of Mindset Management Inc.
Kim's experience in providing assisted living services spans a lifetime both professionally and personally. For 21 years, she served as the administrative program director for a non-profit corporation that serves the developmentally disabled. She was responsible for the daily operation and oversight of 48 programs in Oakland and Macomb counties. She supervised a workforce of 204 employees, maintained credentials and licensures, developed and initiated training programs, manuals, etc. While working with this company she was fortunate to participate in their Shared Lives Program. For 14 years her and her family shared their lives and home with two gentlemen with disabilities. On a personal level, her brother has a developmental disability and lives independently with supervision by her and her staff.
She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Michigan Assisted Living Association (MALA), a state-wide organization that advocates and lobbys for the rights of people within the mental health system. She has been a member of the ARC of Oakland County for 10 years. Both of these resource agencies provide valuable information and insight into the legislative action affecting mental health services.
She knows first hand the importance of being visible and hands on to manage the communities we operate. A hands off approach to the day to day operation of a facility dramatically effects the quality of care of the clients and the morale of the staff. The staff are the lifeblood of a community and it's performance. Staff must be respected and nurtured for the incrediblly challenging work they do day in and day out. Only then does that good feeling of contentedness transfer to the clients and their feelings of security and being accepted.
She is the Manager of Nature's Way AFC Home and the director, overseeing all of our programs here at Mindset Management Inc.
She has been exposed to a lifestyle of caring for others since birth. Her mother, Kimberly, the owner and operator of Mindset, has been in the business throughout Jessica's entire life. Her family had two men with developmental disabilities live with with them until she was 15 years old. "I don't know any other way to live except compassionately."
She has been with Mindset Management Inc. since it's inception in January of 2004 when she was 18. She is now 27, is married, and has a 2 year old daughter who has become a regualar fixture around the facilities.
She graduated from Oakland University in May of 2009 with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. "It is my passion to care for others. This is my familiy's passion, and my dream is to continue this business after my mom retires. We here at Mindset are a team and a family, and I consider every client we serve as a member of that family."
Alex is Kim's youngest daughter. She is currently attending Oakland Community College. She enjoys playing piano and teaching young children to play, she loves art, and baking delicious cupcakes. She would one day like to own her own business like her mother.
"I love making others happy whether it's through jokes or a simple smile, that's why I love what I do here at Mindset. I get to make these people happy on a regular basis, and try to make their lives a tad brighter."
"Be the change you wish to see in the world."
Steve is the first male to join the staff at Mindset Management. He has been with his wife, Jessica, since Kim started the company with Nature's Way AFC in 2004. During the time prior to his official employment he has been around the homes, clients, and staff of Mindset. He became an official member of the staff in June of 2012. Steve completed his Bachelor's degree from Oakland University in 2011 in Cinema Studies.
He is the Scheduling Assistance Manager, which includes responsibilities like providing transportation to and from client doctor appointments, home maintenance work, lawn care, client advocate, and website design.
Our live-in and overnight staff at Country Acre is Beverly Hatcher. Bev has been with us since 2010. She has a BS degree from Oakland University. Bev lived with her mother for five years when she was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease, giving her plenty of experience with caregiving.
In her spare time Beverly enjoys doing puzzles, reading, and helping around the house.
Sarah started working at Mindset Management in early 2014. "Every time I go to work I grow as a person and learn more than I could ever imagine. I love to interact with everyone; whether its playing cards, helping out around the house, or just lending a listening ear. I could not have asked for a more rewarding job. I am blessed!"
Kayla currently resides at Nature's Way as a live-in staff member with her young son, Elijah. She is a survivor of a traumatic brain injury which inspired her to work with the physically unable. "The best part about working here is that it doesn't feel like work. I enjoy what I do and I leave both homes feeling good about myself. It's very rewarding seeing our residents laugh, smile, and enjoy life." Kayla is very dedicated to animals as well and is seeking a degree in Veterinary technology at Oakland Community College. In her spare time she likes to spend time with her young son and bake.
Tricia is the newest member of our team. "I am excited to be working here because everyone is awesome and it's a very gratifying feeling at the end of every shift." In her free time, Tricia enjoys playing soccer, going for short walks, and spending time with her three nephews and her horse, Little Bit. She plans to go back to school and eventually become a state trooper.