We empower children, youth, and families to achieve their most meaningful life.

We seek collaborative partnerships with those in our path.

We believe in community where everyone is valued and empowered to participate.

Our Team

Wendy Hecht

Founder and Director

With four decades in the field of social services, Wendy pairs a breadth and depth of experience with a strong belief that every person has great worth. Continue Reading…

Melissa Warren

Case Manager

Melissa strives to be open-minded in her support of others and seeks to provide the highest quality of care for her clients.  Continue Reading…

Beth Hougen

Case Manager

Beth wants to remind families that they are creating wonderful lives for their children and that she’s there to support them in that endeavor. Continue Reading…

Duan Jallow

Case Manager

“My driving force every day is to affect change,” says Duan. She loves watching families and teams navigate through difficult times and get to a place of stability and happiness. Continue Reading…

Lynnea Nielsen

Case Manager

For two decades, Lynnea has enjoyed working with people with disabilities. She’s learned just as much as she has taught. “I’m not the expert in anyone’s life, and… Continue Reading…

Angie Wyse Reeser

Case Manager

Angie’s biggest wish for her clients is for a full empowered life. She’s a deep listener and strives to help people take the lead in their lives and make empowered choices. Continue Reading…

Kathy Nissley

Case Manager

Kathy has worked with people with disabilities since 1997 in a variety of ways — from direct support provider to advocate to residential coordinator, and now, children’s case manager.  Continue Reading…

James Inman

Case Manager

After a decade and a half of influencing the lives of at-risk youth and adults with disabilities in Michigan and Ohio, James has found a new home at Teamwork Associates where he is excited to shift his focus to children with disabilities. Continue Reading…

Susan Cesnik

Case Manager

The desire to have a positive impact on those around her led Sue to follow in the steps of her social worker parents. Sue has spent the past twenty years working with adults with disabilities, prior to making her foray into primarily serving children. Continue Reading…

Panghoua Yang

Case Manager

Looking to fulfill a need personally experienced throughout her youth, Panghoua Yang has spent the past five years providing help, knowledge, and resources to children, ages 1-14. Continue Reading…

Sarah Payton

Case Manager

Combining considerable personal and professional experience, Sarah Payton seeks to serve those with disabilities with a full understanding of how a disability affects the entire family in the long-term. Continue Reading…

Shannel Trudeau-Yancey

Case Manager

Shannel has worked in the field of vocational rehabilitation since 1997 during which time she has been in charge of spear-heading brand new programs, training service providers, and working directly with individuals with disabilities. Continue Reading…

Jacob Salwolke

Case Manager

Jacob earned his MSW from Clarke University in 2015. His work background is diverse and multifaceted with experience in AODA and treatment, crisis work, and residential case management for elders with disabilities. Continue Reading…

Board of Directors

Mary Ursem, President
Fred Swanson, Vice President
Carmella Smith, Treasurer
Julie Nichols-Younes, Secretary
Nicole Jagdfeld, Member
Leanne Cordisco, Member
Casey Thompson, Member

Jacob Salwolke

Case Manager

Jacob earned his MSW from Clarke University in 2015. His work background is diverse and multifaceted with experience in AODA and treatment, crisis work, and residential case management for elders with disabilities. Continue Reading…

Board of Directors

Mary Ursem, President
Fred Swanson, Vice President
Julie Nichols-Younes, Secretary
Nicole Jagdfeld, Member
Leanne Cordisco, Member
Casey Thompson, Member