Richard received his education from Oakland College where he majored in Mental Health Studies, with a concentration in family studies. During his time in school, he also worked as a Peer Mediator to promote peaceful conflict resolution.
In addition, he completed an internship at The Coalition for Temporary Shelter (COTS). It was there that he gained experience working with individuals who were homeless, and often dually diagnosed with drug addiction and mental illness. He conducted in-takes and assessments, ran support groups, worked one-on-one with individuals, and conducted drug screens.
Following his internship at COTS, Richard joined the administrative staff of The Arc of Macomb County. At The Arc, he served as a court-appointed public guardian for a hand-picked caseload of very challenging clients. He made all of his clients’ legal, contractual, financial, medical, and placement decisions. Richard went on to run The Shared Parenting Program – a Medicaid-funded program that coordinates respite care for individuals with developmental disabilities. Transferring departments again within The Arc, Richard became The Operations and Community Employment Manager. He transitioned the in-house Sheltered Day Program, making it the first competitive Fulfillment Center in Macomb County, paying the developmentally disabled population a competitive wage. He generates and renegotiates community contacts, and he created the mathematical system that reconstructed the bidding process.
Richard also develops didactic training programs for the population he serves, is the International Standards of Organization (ISO) coordinator, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) officer.
In his spare time he volunteers with The Macomb County Rotating Emergency Shelter Team (MCREST), and he serves as a consultant for the non-profit agency, Building Individual Lives Together (BILT).
We look forward to Richard’s contributions as the Associate Director of Walk For The Beat.