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Meet Our Team

Katherine Grant, MSW

Executive Director

Kathy graduated from Wayne State University in 2005 with a Masters in Social Work. She's been with Community Alliance since July 2011, as the Executive Director since 2013. When she graduated from college, her children gave her a plaque with an inscription that reads: I'm out to change the world and I'll start with you if I have to. That's how Kathy approaches her work on behalf of the developmentally disabled population, she is out to change the community they live in to be more inclusive. She sets her vision and standards high and inspires people to be their best.

Jason Medeiros, MSA

Director of Finance and Administration

Jason graduated from EMU in 2011 with a Masters in Accounting.  He's been with Community Alliance since September 2008.  Jason is the typical finance guy; he likes numbers and spreadsheets.  Every once in a while we can coax him out of his office with a chocolate cake.  His approach to our organization is to work tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure the infrastructure and finance is stable and sound allowing for this organization to soar!  Not surprisingly, he has an affinity for superheros...he keeps his cape and mask on hand at the office and uses them whenever we need him to.

Melissa Frash, BS

Director of Fiscal Intermediary Services

Melissa graduated from EMU in 1995 with a Bachelors in Science. She's been with Community Alliance since May 1996, nearly her entire adult life. She's worked in every department of the organization and is an invaluable team member. She is always playing a prank or practical joke and there is always laughter in the office instigated by her. She's a joy to work with because she understands the importance of the work we do and she's dedicated her life to it. The folks she helps everyday feel her kindness and compassion and get a dose of her humor as well.

Administrative Staff

  • Sam Brown (2003), Coordinator Fiscal Intermediary Program
  • Lynda Morgan (2015), Team Lead, Fiscal Intermediary Program
  • Shannon Grant (2016), Team Lead, Fiscal Intermediary Program
  • Michele Benson (2019), Coordinator Supported Living Program
  • Naomi Kennedy (2012), Coordinator Human Resources Department
  • Ruth Robbins, (2020), Onboarding Specialist Human Resources Department
  • Christina Cherry (2016), Team Lead Finance Department


Direct Care Staff

We have over 50 direct care staff specially trained to provide community living support services to the consumers we have the privilege to serve.

Our training protocol is approximately 8-10 full days and includes:

  • CPR/1st Aid
  • Medication Management provided through CSTS
  • Recipient Rights provided through the Office of Recipient Rights
  • Online CMH training including Limited English Proficiency , Medicaid Integrity, Bloodborne Pathogens, Cultural Diversity, Consumer Grievance and Person Centered Planning
  • 3 Day Direct Care Staff Training
  • 1 Day Site Specific Training