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Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service, Inc. Welcomes New Executive Director

Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service, Inc. (MPAS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Michelle Roberts as the new Executive Director. Roberts replaces Elmer L. Cerano, who is retiring. Currently serving as the agency’s Deputy Executive Director, Roberts will begin her tenure on January 1, 2019.

“We are very excited that Michelle Roberts has assumed the role of Executive Director,” says John McCulloch, MPAS Board President. “Michelle brings a combination of energy, compassion, and proven leadership to the challenges of advocating for the rights of individuals with disabilities. The Board recognizes her extensive advocacy background, her 20 years of work within the mental health community, and her strong leadership skills.  Michelle is the right person to provide the necessary guidance to the organization.”

Roberts holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees, in Psychology and Social Psychology, from Western Michigan University.  She has served in the mental health field as a support coordinator for Community Mental Health, a psychiatric care specialist for a private psychiatric hospital, and a provider running independent living programs for adults with mental illness. In 2002 Roberts joined MPAS as an advocate on the Community and Institutional Rights (CAIR) team. She was promoted to Director of Advocacy in 2005 and has managed in this capacity until her appointment to Deputy Executive Director in 2018.

“I am honored to lead an agency that continues to have such a significant impact on both individuals and communities. I am equally proud to work with staff who are experts in their fields and passionate about our clients,” said Roberts. “Together, we are stronger, and in this spirit, I will continue to lead MPAS. I look forward to working with the Board, the management team and staff to meet the challenges of the next decade.”

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December 21, 2018