Susan Styf, LMSW, CAADC, CCS, CEAP
President & Chief Executive Officer
Susan is a dedicated social worker who has over 25 years of experience in the field of behavioral health services. Susan has experience in both the private and public sectors; however her passion is non-profit work in the public behavioral health system. She believes in the importance of developing trauma informed services, implementing effective evidenced based practices, and building cooperative relationships in the community. Susan earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Miami University, and a Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan. In 2011, she was awarded the Partnership Award by the Association of Children’s Mental Health for collaborative program innovation, and is a Leadership Oakland XXII and Leadership Macomb XXI graduate.
Patty Wagenhofer, LMSW
Chief Operating Officer
Patty has over 30 years of experience working as a clinician and as an administrator in the private non-profit and public sector. Her focus and passion has always been to help and serve others. Most recently her work has focused on putting into practice the integration of primary care, mental health and addiction services to improve overall care and outcomes. In 2014, Patty was the project manager for a recovery navigator team, a “hot spotter” project performed by a mental health agency focusing on the reduction of inpatient psychiatric admissions. The model was identified by the Kaiser Commission as a promising Medicaid Model for Integrating Physical and Behavioral Healthcare. In 2017, Patty was awarded Detroit Crain’s Business Health Care Hero Award for her work at a health center in reducing unnecessary emergency room visits. Patty graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Northern Iowa and earned her Master of Social Work from Michigan State University.
Paul Van Sickle, CPA
Chief Financial Officer
Paul has over 20 years of leadership experience in the field of finance and accounting ranging from Accounting Manager to Vice President of Finance, and has an expertise in meeting compliance and auditing standards. As a member of the executive leadership team, he is responsible for accounting and finance operations while analyzing and communicating key financial information to drive successful initiatives for CARE. Paul received his bachelor of science in accounting from Wayne State University and has a CPA license from the State of Michigan.
Erika Jones, BA
Chief Development Officer
Erika has been working in the nonprofit sector for over 20 years. Erika has extensive experience in philanthropy, marketing & advocacy, and worked for local, national and international organizations overseeing a variety of programs in support of helping communities thrive in Michigan, New York City and Washington DC. As Chief Development Officer, she leads efforts to facilitate philanthropic gifts and support to advance the mission of CARE and its programs and initiatives. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Western Michigan University and is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Amee Briney, MA, LPC, NCC, CAADC, CCS
Director – Intervention and Clinical Services
Amee is a retired Navy, where she spent the majority of her career working with the Chaplain Corps, and has spent her entire professional career working to improve the lives of others to provide hope, compassion and counseling skills to help achieve success. Amee has strengths in quality assurance, CARF surveys, person centered treatment, childhood trauma, and training. Amee has a strong background serving criminal justice, substance abuse, child welfare, and women specialty populations. She received her Associates in Applied Science in Social Work from Oakland Community College, Bachelors of Science in Community Development, Health Science, and Community Service from Central Michigan University and a Masters of Arts in Counseling from Oakland University. She is a MCBAP and LPC supervisor who enjoys mentoring and improving the skills of the professional community.
Rebecca Brown, BS
Director – Human Resources
Becky Brown is an innovative human resources professional with over 10 years of experience in working with non-profit organizations. She has a background in talent strategy, recruitment, training and development, organizational health, wellness & benefits administration, collective bargaining, employee and labor relations. Becky earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Resources Development from Oakland University and holds a Family Medical Leave Specialist Certification from Michigan State University. She has also completed a cohort of the New Detroit Multicultural Leadership Series, offering an opportunity to promote cultural competency understanding to the organization. Her goal is to foster an environment that values diversity and inclusion, employee development and advocacy, while maintaining a dedicated focus to organizational effectiveness aligned with CARE’s mission.
Kaitlin Maloziec, MSW, CPC
Director – Prevention
Kaitlin has ten years of extensive experience in drug prevention and community-based coalition work, which has led her to create an award winning drug take back prevention program that has been adopted by the State of Michigan. Kaitlin leads with the understanding of the importance of collaboration and the use of evidence-based programs to empower local communities to take action to address substance use. She earned a Bachelor of Social Work from Michigan State University and a Master of Social Work in Community Organization from Wayne State University. She is also a Certified Prevention Consultant with the Michigan Certification Board of Addiction Professionals.
Tonia Pauli, BS
Director – Early Learning and Parent Education
Tonia began her career at CARE in 2012 as a case manager in the Supportive Opportunities for Families program. Her commitment to working with families and young children has led to a significant program expansion with the Social Innovation Fund, a collaboration with United Way. As Director of Early Learning and Parent Education, Tonia leads programs that provide education and techniques to support both parents and families that include building self-sufficiency, parenting skills and resiliency. She is guided by the principle that helping children and providing them with a better futures starts with supporting their parents and caregivers. Tonia Pauli holds a Bachelor of Science in family studies and child development from Western Michigan University.
Paul Sarris, CPRC, CPRM
Director – Peer Recovery Services
Paul has been an active member in the recovery community for over 29 years, and has experience mentoring and assisting individuals with their recovery, as well as, providing support and guidance to individuals to sustain long-term recovery from an addiction to alcohol or other drugs. Paul’s underlying core values of never giving up, always keep trying, and it’s never too late to change, has helped guide and serve him and others in the community. His passion and dedication to serve and help others has helped to develop and expand the Peer Recovery Coaching program at CARE. Paul holds credentials as both a Certified Peer Recovery Coach and a Certified Peer Recovery Mentor. He is also a trainer with the Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery.
Dominique Schroeder, MSW
Director – Quality Management
Dominique has experience leading community-based initiatives and engaging key community stakeholders in strategies for sustainable change. She has also served in a direct-service role in both substance abuse and psychiatric treatment settings. In her current role, Dominique leads the agency’s data management and quality assurance initiatives. She values strengths-based and wellness-oriented systems of care, and is proud to co-lead the agency’s trauma informed initiatives. Dominique earned a Master of Social Work with a concentration of Innovation in Community, Policy and Leadership (I-CPL) from Wayne State University in 2017. During her graduate year, she focused on the implications of public policy on public health and systems theory as a means to effect institutional change, which has helped her an impact at CARE.
Curt Winter, MCSE
Manager- Data & Technology
Curt has over 30 years of experience in information technology, where he held various positions ranging from Network Administrator to Systems Engineer. As a member of the Leadership Team, he is responsible for the security of the agency’s data infrastructure and responsible for all technology assets. Curt received his Bachelor of Arts in Hotel and Restaurant Management from Michigan State University and is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer.
The parenting conference was a great learning experience. There were multiple topics that impact our children and resources were provided to enhance our parenting skills.
Shalynn R: The Reason I Want to Be A Social Worker
CARE helped me to find a huge part of who I am. I love everything that I do with them, and I can’t wait to have a career where I get to do that sort of thing every day. That is the reason that I want to be a social worker.