Who We Are

Family & Children’s Services of Mid-Michigan has been helping the Great Lakes Bay Region since 1925. We seek to help our community grow into habits of self-love and self-acceptance that create a path to happiness and self-contentment. We offer creative approaches to assist you in achieving your goals for health and/or recovery, allowing you to set the pace. We want you to be excited about your path to a more fulfilling and successful life so we empower you to take command of your mental health and earn the confidence to do so over time. Our team provides you with tools and skills that help you along the way and will guide you to your goals.

We collaborate with you to build on your existing strengths to help you manage your mental health. We have experience dealing with anxiety, depression, addiction, trauma, stress management, and grief. We are a safe space for the LGBTQ+ community. Our approach is to help you first find well-being and peace in yourself and then use that to help you manage your mental health.

Our Mission

We inspire hope and well-being for people of all ages by providing counseling, education, and support.

Our Vision

For everyone to feel welcome to come as they are and leave as they would like to be.

Staff

Joe Blewett, MHA

Chief Executive Officer
Ext. 3330

Joe received his B.S in Business with an emphasis in Public Relations from Ferris State University and his Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Walden University. Prior to joining FCS in March 2021, he has served as an Administrator for long-term care facilities in Michigan and Wisconsin. He has worked in marketing capacities for the media, K12, and healthcare industries in both the private and non-profit sectors. Blewett is a member of the Leadership Midland Alumni Association (Class of ’14), an Ambassador for the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance Institute for Leaders, participated in the Our Community Listens program and completed the Saginaw Valley State University Henry Marsh Institute for Public Policy.

He is an Adjunct Professor at Northwood University and is a member of the Healthcare Administration program Advisory Board. Blewett is a Board Member and Chairperson for the Communications Committee at Memorial Presbyterian Church. Originally from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Blewett resides in Midland with his wife and two daughters. He enjoys spending time with his family, reading, football and traveling.

Billie Blades

Business Manager
Ext. 3326

Billie Blades joined FCS in March, 1998.  She handles all aspects of the accounting, budgeting and statistical reporting of the agency and also supervises the Business Services Assistant and the Front Office & Facilities Manager.

Billie and her husband John live in Beaverton and enjoy traveling in their motorhome and spending time with their grandchildren.

Caitlin Adams, MBA

Finance Director
Ext. 3326

Caitlin is the Finance Director at FCS. She was has been with FCS since 2022. Caitlin received her Master’s in Business Administration from DeVos Graduate School of Management and is a Notary Public for State of Michigan. She brings experiences in behavioral management, accounting, financial analysis and reporting. She is currently preparing for her CPP exam and looking forward to applying those practices at FCS.

Caitlin lives in Beaverton; where she serves as Treasurer on the Board for Beaverton Youth Recreational Programs. When there is down time, Caitlin enjoys spending time camping with her husband, Chuck, two children, and their basset hound, Bernadette.

Samantha Huebler-Davis, LMSW, CAADC, ADS, CCTP

Director of Clinical Services & EAP Coordinator
Ext. 3329

Sam is currently the Director of Clinical Services and has been employed at FCS since 2021. Sam received her bachelor of Social Work degree from Saginaw Valley State University and her Masters in Social Work from Wayne State University. She is a licensed master’s level social worker in the state of Michigan, as well as a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor through MCBAP. Sam is trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization reprocessing) to help clients work through their trauma and substance use. She enjoys working with the adult population regarding substance use, trauma, and any mental health concerns. She has a history of working in residential rehabilitation centers, working with probation officers, courts, Community Mental Health and outpatient services. She utilizes a person-centered approach to treatment so each individual is able to feel in control of their own journey and recovery.

Sam lives in Saginaw with her husband and dog, Sophie. She enjoys camping her in free time.

Andrea Plouff, BA

Director of Fund Development
Ext. 3308

Andrea’s non-profit career started out at FCS in 2014 working in the Access office as an Intake specialist and crisis counselor. In 2017, she started a new role as the Clinical Administrator. Her role expanded in 2019, taking on new responsibilities as the Community Development Specialist/EAP Coordinator. As of 2021 Andrea is currently the Director of Fund Development at FCS. She attended Saginaw Valley State University and graduated in 2011 with a Bachelors in Criminal Justice and a double minor in Sociology / Youth Services. Additionally, Andrea is a member of the Leadership Midland Alumni Association, Class of ’21, Negative Results.

Andrea, her husband Andrew, and their daughter live in Midland. They enjoy traveling, being outside, watching baseball, golfing, and spending time with their Goldendoodle – Griffey.

Sue Kackmeister, BS

Operations Director
Ext. 3303

Sue began her career at FCS in January 2019 as an Access Specialist. She has since assumed the role of Operations Director, overseeing the front office and facility operations. She has her Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology and Social Work from Central Michigan University.

Sue and her husband live in Hemlock, she enjoys spending her free time with her 5 children and relaxing on her porch overlooking her farm.

Tanya Westphal, BA

Access Specialist & Special Projects Coordinator
Ext. 3333

Tanya is the Access Specialist and Special Project Coordinator at FCS and has been part of the FCS team since 2019. She finds joy in assisting others daily, whether connecting community members with services and resources, or providing guidance and a listening ear in times of crisis. Tanya earned her Associate’s Degree from Delta College, and Bachelor’s Degree from Saginaw Valley State University, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Communications. With 20+ years of experience in the Customer Service industry, Tanya is always more than willing to go out of her way to help others.

When she is not working, Tanya enjoys music, art and nature. Finding time to be with friends and family is important to her. She also holds a special place in her heart for her favorite Pug, Bill.

Megan Whyte, LMSW

Outpatient Therapist/ Intern Supervisor
Ext. 3310

Megan received her Undergraduate degree in Psychology with a double minor in Family Studies & Substance Use Prevention from Central Michigan University. She then went on to receive her Master’s Degree in Social Work where she also obtained a Clinical Social Work in Families Certification. Megan is currently the intern coordinator and supervises the students that FCS hosts. She currently works with individuals as well as couples. Megan has experience working with individuals that experience trauma, grief, anxiety, and depression. Megan takes a person-centered approach and meets her clients where they are at, acknowledging that her clients are the experts of their own lives and helps guide them to obtain the goals that they would like to achieve.

In her free time, you can find Megan spending time with her husband, family and friends.

Emily Willoughby, LLMSW

Outpatient Therapist
Ext. 3309

Emily is the Youth Services Coordinator and Outpatient Therapist at FCS. She provides school-based therapy through the Youth and Elementary Services Programs as well as individual counseling at FCS. She received a Bachelor’s of Social Work degree from Central Michigan University and a Master’s of Social Work from Michigan State. She is passionate about supporting the social-emotional wellbeing of children, adolescents and their families as well as empowering all clients to achieve their individualized goals. Emily has experience working with individuals that may be struggling with a variety of mental health concerns such as anxiety, depression, self-esteem, and life adjustments. She most often utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy, strength-based perspectives, mindfulness, and play therapy techniques.

Tad Hupfer, LMSW

Outpatient Therapist
Ext. 3317

Thaddeus “Tad” Hupfer is an Outpatient therapist, licensed clinical social worker who has been with Family and Children’s Services in 2019. Tad graduated from Saginaw Valley State University with a Master’s in Social Work with a dual minor in Health Science and Gerontology. He works with a variety of ages and backgrounds, and specializes in working with the LGBTQIA+, senior, and adult populations. Tad has experience helping individuals that may be struggling with a variety of mental health concerns, such as self-esteem, anxiety, depression, individuals going through the transition process, couple’s counseling, life adjustments, and more. His methods of social work include Strength’s-Based Perspectives, Mindfulness, Desensitization, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and also takes a unique approach to help clients achieve their goals. Tad also leads the COMPASS group, a support group for LGBTQIA+ and allies.

In his free time, Tad enjoys spending time with his family and friends, playing video and board games, many outdoor activities, and nature.

Ann Marie Snider,  M.D., Ph.D.

Outpatient Therapist
Ext. 3318

Ann Marie Snider, M.D. Ph.D. has been employed as FCS a full-time out-patient therapist since 2020. At that time, she was hired to primarily provide counseling to Senior Services’ clientele.  She is relatively new to the Great Lakes Bay Region, re-locating from Monroe, MI where she had previously been in private practice as a clinical psychologist.  She continues to look forward to learning more about the community in which she now resides and works, including identifying helpful resources to share with others.

Shelly Vallee-Roy, LMSW  

Outpatient Therapist
Ext. 3313

Shelly received her bachelor’s degree from Ferris State University and her Master’s degree in Social Work from Grand Valley State University. Shelly enjoys working with all populations and ages but her current interest is working with the senior population. She is a strong client advocate who uses a strength-based approach in all aspects of her clinical practice. She has worked in a variety of settings over 28 years which includes community mental health, hospitals, skilled care, home health care, hospice, public health departments, and private practice. These experiences have given her the opportunity to work with many different clients with various needs. Shelly values honesty and good communication both at work and at home. She believes that work is a great place to build relationships, have fun and challenge each other.

Shelly lives in Mt. Pleasant with her husband and two darling dachshunds named Missy and Ellie. She has two grown children, a step son, and a new grandson. In her free time, she enjoys camping, skiing and snowmobiling. Her hobbies include painting, crafting and interior design.

Rashell Byrski, LMSW  

Outpatient Therapist/ Youth Services Coordinator
Ext. 3307

Rashell is an LMSW and full-time outpatient therapist at Family and Children services of Mid-Michigan. Rashell graduated with a Bachelors in Social Work from Saginaw Valley State University in 2016 and received a Master’s in Social Work from Michigan State University in 2018. Rashell interned and then started working at a Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Shelter. Rashell then interned at Mid-Michigan Hospital in Midland during her pursuit of her Master’s Degree. Upon completion of her degree, she worked at Community Mental Health where she worked with individuals of all ages with an intellectual/developmental disabilities and/or mental illness. She has been working at Family and Children Services since 2021. She currently works with individuals of all ages and runs a group for individuals with disabilities to teach emotional regulation skills. Rashell has advanced training in Didactical Behavioral Therapy and motivational interviewing. She has experience working with individuals that could be struggling with an array of mental health concerns such as depression, anxiety, post-partum, and self-esteem. Rashell enjoys working with clients with a person-centered approach, building a therapeutic relationship with clients, and empowering clients to obtain their goals that they want to work on.

Rashell enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and reading a good book.

Jenna Gilginas, LLMSW

Outpatient Therapist / Elementary Services Coordinator
Ext. 3304

Jenna is the Elementary Services Coordinator and an outpatient therapist at FCS. Jenna also co-leads our Compass LGBTQIA+ groups. She received her Bachelor’s in Social Work from Central Michigan University and received her Master’s degree at Michigan State University. Currently She is pursuing her play therapy certification. Jenna has a passion for and enjoys incorporating art and activities into the therapeutic process.

Jenna enjoys learning new things and being close to the water.

Stacie Lewis, LLMSW

Outpatient Therapist / EAP Coordinator
Ext. 3335

Stacie is an Outpatient Therapist and the Employee Assistance Program Coordinator at FCS. Stacie received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Southeastern University and her Master of Social Work from Indiana Wesleyan University. She works with local businesses to provide needed mental health support for employees through the FCS Employee Assistance Program. She also provides school-based counseling services through the Youth and Elementary Services Program and individual counseling services at FCS. Stacie enjoys working with all populations and ages. She has experience working with individuals struggling with a variety of mental health concerns such as depression, anxiety, trauma, self-esteem, life adjustments and domestic violence. Stacie utilizes a person-centered approach along with strength-based perspectives and mindfulness therapy techniques. She is passionate about empowering clients to achieve their goals.

Stacie lives in Midland with her three children. She enjoys spending time with her kids, family, and friends. Stacie also enjoys nature, reading, and adventures.

Nicholas McKenzie, MA, LPC, CAADC

Outpatient Therapist
Ext. 3312

Nick graduated from Spring Arbor University with a degree in Professional Counseling in 2014 and has been working in the mental health field since 2008..  Nick has experience working with people who struggle with anxiety, depression, trauma, addiction, domestic violence, schizophrenia, bi-polar, and many other areas of mental health. He also specializes in addiction treatment and domestic violence. As a solution-focused cognitive behavioral therapist, Nick’s goal is to help you uncover your true potential and lead a life that is worth living. His approach is to work on the immediate issues to stabilize the present and then you can dive into the past and work to resolve issues that continually cause people to regress.  By applying complementary therapy approaches and techniques, you will identify and change long-standing behavior patterns or negative perceptions which hold you back from experiencing a fulfilling and meaningful life. Nick is there If you’re looking for extra support and guidance through a challenging situation or you’re just ready to move in a new direction in your life, he looks forward to working with you to achieve your goals.

Kayla Mogg, MA, LLC

Outpatient Therapist
Ext. 3311

Kayla started working at FCS in 2022. She obtained her Bachelors of Psychology with a minor of Child Development from Central Michigan University in 2016. She then went on to study for her Masters of Arts in Counseling at Central Michigan University and graduated in 2022. Throughout her Master’s program she gained experience through interning at Delta College and The Center for Community Counseling and Development at CMU. Kayla has experience working with those who struggle with Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Self-esteem, etc. Kayla has a person-centered and solution-focused approach that fosters individuality, self-awareness, and growth with clients.

In her spare time, Kayla enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with friends and family.

Becky Dachsteiner

Business Services Assistant
Ext. 3327

Becky joined FCS in February, 2011.  She served as the Business Services Assistant, as well as the Front Office Manager & Facilities Manager through July, 2016.  Becky then relinquished the latter two roles to focus entirely on the Business Services role; allowing and dedicating more time to the needs of the clients.  She handles all aspects of verifying insurances for coverage & benefits, fee agreements, and any billing and claims issues.  She works daily with the Access Office, Front Office and FCS’s insurance billing partner.

Suzanne Looper

Front Office Professional
Ext. 3301

Suzanne Looper has been with FCS since 2018. As Front Office Professional Suzanne meets and greets visitors. She works closely with the entire agency to provide smooth operations. She maintains therapist and client schedules, directs incoming phone calls and provides customer service. Suzanne prides herself in making sure clients have a helpful and confidential visit.

Patti DuBay

Front Office Professional
Ext. 3302

Patti has been a Front Office professional at FCS since 2021. Patti graduated from Dow High and has an associate’s degree from Davenport University in Business, Medical Coding, and Medical Billing. She has worked in the medical field, both home care and facilities for the past 20 years.

In her spare time, Patti loves spending time with her 3 grandsons, walking her dog, reading, writing, drawing, and organizing.

Chris Harrington

Maintenance/Custodian

Chris has been employed at FCS since 1989. He is the office handyman. We are grateful for his dedication to maintaining our building and keeping it safe for staff and clients.

Board of Directors

Merry Jo Brandimore

 Board Chair
Saginaw Valley State University, Retiree

Michael Rogers

Past Board Chair
MyMichigan Health

Donice Hannegan

Vice Chair
Corteva Agriscience

Shea Hollenbeck-Davidson

 Board Treasurer
CPA, Astrike Financial

Theresa Derrick

Trust Administrator III, Huntington Bank

Lynn Baker

Midland Public School Board

Ann Horowitz

Attorney, MyMichigan Health

Rev. Matthew Schramm

Senior Pastor, Memorial Presbyterian Church

Brandon Lewis

Realtor, Ayre/Rhinehart Realtors

Graham Smith

Assistant Vice President, Treasury Management Advisor, Huntington National Bank

Paul Schroll

Principal, Siebert Elementary School

Andrew Gardner-Northrop, LMSW

 Behavioral Health Therapist Supervisor, MyMichigan Health

Dr. Matt Samocki 

 Executive Director, Great Lakes Bay Region Mental Health Partnership

Dr. Eltaro Hooper  

 Deputy Director, Office of Civil Rights & Institutional Equity, Central Michigan University

Ali Huntoon  

 Co-Founder, Director of HR & Talent acquisition, Allied HR solutions

Code of Conduct

Read our Code of Conduct to learn more about our commitment to ethical and responsible conduct.

2021 Annual Report

Read the FCS Holiday Newsletter to learn more about our  work to accomplish our mission and realize our vision.

Strategic Plan

View the FCS Strategic Plan to further our mission and realize our vision

2022 One Page Strategic Plan

2022 Near Term Strategic Plan

Long Term Strategic Plan

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