Federal, State, and/or County funding has been provided through the Oakland County Health Network to support the project costs.




PO Box 813

Walled Lake, MI  48390


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Joan Baert comes to Lakes Area Community Coalition with more than two decades of experience working with kids and families. A resident of Wixom since 1997, Joan holds education degrees from Western Michigan University and University of Michigan and has worked as a teacher in Huron Valley Schools for the past 21 years. Joan and her husband Brian are the proud parents of three teenagers in Walled Lake Schools and one 2018 graduate of Walled Lake Western High School. In addition to teaching and raising kids, Joan is a professional musician and is active in the community as a pianist and singer. She brings a passion for helping kids make positive choices as well as empowering parents to help their kids succeed. Joan is excited to join Lakes Area Community Coalition and to use her skills to create a healthy, vibrant, drug-free community!

Executive Director


Coming Soon

Reporting to the Board, the Project Coordinator supports the Program Director to ensure a smooth and effective implementation of the coalition strategic action plan of the Lakes Area Community Coalition. Our ideal candidate is a self-starter and leader who brings energy, vision, and drive to the mission of the coalition.

Project Coordinator

KAREN PERSON - Project Coordinator


Kristen Quinn has served as the coalition’s president since April of 2016. In 2017, she was elected Vice President of the Sobriety Court Promotion Program at the 52-1 District court.  Since June of 2018 she been a Hope Not Handcuffs Angel. In her spare time she enjoys volunteering at Detroit Public Television answering phones during pledge drives. She is a graduate of Walled Lake Central High School and is proud to call the Lakes Area home for most of her life.

President and Founder


Thomas J. Fox was elected Vice President after serving as a volunteer since January of 2018.  He is a lifelong resident of Walled Lake, attended St. William Catholic School and graduated from Walled Lake Western High School. He graduated from Cleary University in 2013 with a degree in Business Enterprises/Marketing. 

Since 2007 Thomas has been working as a Realtor in the lakes area.  He also maintains his own Marketing Consulting Company. He has a lot of love for the Lakes Area and a passion for Prevention and Recovery activism.

Vice President



Regina is a newer resident to the Commerce Township area.  She has used the opportunity with the LACC to better get to know her new community, neighbors and schools.  She brings the passion for helping people from the dedication demonstrated by her mother, a Navy veteran and lifelong volunteer of the East Detroit School District.  Being taught from example and experience, she knows to serve others: honor, courage, and commitment - and has found a place where she can harbor her positive output in giving to others and through the opportunity and device to do, the Lakes Area Community Coalition.




Originally from France, Marjorie moved to the USA many years ago. She speaks fluent French, English, Creole, and a little Spanish. After obtaining a Master of Business Administration at Wayne State University she moved into the lakes area. Prior to her career in the banking industry, she worked as a nanny for many years. Marjorie is currently involved in her church as a greeter. Before that, she volunteered in the child ministry for many years. Now that she lives and works in the community, she wants to donate her time and knowledge to the Lakes Area Community Coalition.  She believes that children are the future and we ought to guide them in the right direction for a better tomorrow.  She also believes that the Lakes Area Community Coalition has the necessary, positive influence to guide, direct and educate our future generation.  That is why when the opportunity to join the board presented itself, she did not hesitate to join.  Marjorie is the branch manager of the new Commerce branch of the Michigan Schools and Government Credit Union.




Ashley has served on the board for 2 years as an advocate for youth and families. She brings diversity and a passion for serving the community in all that she does. Ashley leads the coalition’s dynamic summer program called Camp CREATE for students who are becoming the leaders of tomorrow. 

Board Member



Hanna Khor joined the Lakes Area Community Coalition in 2019 in an effort to support a local nonprofit organization and make a positive impact on the community. She loves to be involved, asking questions and offering suggestions, making her experience with the coalition meaningful. Hanna takes pride in contributing to the organization’s cause and hopes to see the coalition achieve its goal of building a healthy, vibrant, drug-free community.

Board Member



Mark is a 5 year resident of Novi who enjoys spending weeknights and weekends in the lakes area with wife Holly and two little girls, Melanie (7) and Natalie (5).  He joined the LACC after spending 10 years between the Plymouth and Novi Educational Foundations.  Looking for ways to give back to the communities, he found the LACC who's mission struck a cord, having young children at home.  Mark manages the Finance, Administration, and Compliance functions with a wealth management firm in Plymouth.  Prior to that, he spent nearly 20 years in the banking field.  He has a Masters in Finance and is continually looking to learn and grow professionally and personally. 

Board Member



Coming soon!

Board Member



Dr. David Manchel, Psy.D. is a licensed psychologist who has been providing psychological treatment for over 25 years.  His career has taken him to diverse settings, including both inpatient and partial day units of a psychiatric hospital, a maximum-security prison, a community mental health agency, outpatient mental health clinics, and nursing home/rehabilitation facilities.

Dr. David Manchel has supervised graduate students in Psychology, taught Psychology courses at the community college level, and has traveled across the country as a surveyor and consultant of behavioral health programs seeking national accreditation.  He works with children, teens, adults, families and couples.  His approach to treatment draws from his years of experience providing direct care to clients, drawing from interventional skills best suited for each unique situation.

Above all else, Dr. David Manchel strives to create a comfortable, safe, and judgment-free space for clients to develop emotionally.  He places great importance on creating an effective working alliance with his clients.  He also is receptive to a collaborative approach to care, incorporating input (as is needed) from other health care providers, such as psychiatrists, primary care physicians, pediatricians, or others who are involved in the care of the individual.

Dr. David Manchel has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and earned his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Michigan School of Professional Psychology.  He is a current member of the American Psychological Association.

Board Member



Nikki is a Master’s Level Psychologist with over 15 years of clinical experience working with people of all ages. Nikki is passionate about serving the community in which she lives as an outpatient therapist at Viewpoint Psychology & Wellness in Commerce and is excited to connect with Lakes Area youth leaders- supporting them as they cultivate a thriving and healthy drug free community!  

Nikki’s professional and educational background has allowed her to pursue her passion of serving children, teens and families in many facets. After earning a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Albion College, Nikki went on to earn her Master’s Degree in Clinical and Humanistic Psychology from the Michigan School of Professional Psychology. While pursuing her degrees, Nikki gained extensive clinical experience in both private practice and inpatient psychiatric settings where she helped teens struggling with self-harming behavior, children with autism, athletes, and emotionally impaired children. Nikki’s client appreciate her down to earth, creative and energetic approach to mental health!

Nikki lives in Walled Lake with her two children, Zaine (7), Violet (2), husband, dog and 2 cats. In her spare time she enjoys geocaching, running, calligraphy and crafting!

Other Accomplishments:
Certified Love and Logic Parent Training Instructor
Licensed Personal Fitness Trainer
Certified through the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Speaker/Presenter on Topics of Mental Health, Children and Wellbeing
Contributor to Metro Parenting Magazine
Leader of Henry Ford Health System “Let’s Get Healthy Program”
Behavioral Health Expert for Local News Stations WXYZ-TV, Channel 7, and WDIV Local 4

Youth Action Board Liaison




Kristy Morgan

As our social media manager, Kristy spends her spare time identifying and sharing content on the coalition's social media channels.  

Amanda Benedict

Working remotely from St. Louis, MO, Amanda designs all of the amazing materials used by the coalition.  Her graphic design skills have proven invaluable to the coalition and we are so proud to dispense and display her incredible work.

Cheryl McMahon

Cheryl is a therapist working in the field of mental health and substance abuse. Her programs focusing on drug & alcohol abuse as well as domestic violence, anger management and retail fraud have been implemented in the courts since 1998. She attended FAN meetings hosted by the coalition during 2016 & 2017 and began volunteering directly in 2017. Cheryl conducts the Synar tobacco outlet compliance checks on behalf of the coalition in the lakes area.

Lori Kuriwchak

Lori, a local mom, conducts the Synar tobacco outlet compliance checks on behalf of the coalition in the lakes area.

Amanda King

Amanda King is a Wixom resident who came to the coalition via our FAN meetings in 2017. She has volunteered at the Boots on the Ground Color run and other community events. Amanda works as a Certified Medical Coder at Henry Ford Health System, where she audits physician records to make sure their documentation matches what they are billing to the insurance companies. Amanda enjoys gardening and camping.

Nancy Perpich

Nancy is local real estate agent who volunteers during the coalition's medication take back events every April and October.

Rebecca Scanlan

Rebecca is a Hope Not Handcuffs angel who also volunteers during the coalition's medication take back events every April and October.

Past Board Members

Amy Barrett

Past Secretary

Amy Barrett is proud to be a person living in long term recovery. She enjoys all things active - hiking, running, swimming, and yoga.  Amy currently resides and works 2 jobs in the local communities as well as raising her amazing children. She may also be considered the "crazy cat lady" with 3 cats, and a dog, on her list of things to love. 

Jacob Nasser

Past Board member

Jacob Nasser joined the LACC in 2017 after witnessing those close to him suffer from addiction.  He worked with other members of the coalition to help portray the face of the coalition in a memorable way.  In the summer of 2019 he was accepted into medical school at George Washington University.

Liz Martin

Past Vice President