Executive Team

Michael E. Williams

President and Chief Executive Officer – Orchards Children’s Services, Inc.

For more than 15 years, Michael E. Williams has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Orchards Children’s Services, Inc., Michigan’s premier Child & Family Services agency. Mr. Williams has forged new paths for the organization by working closely with board members to foster a culture of philanthropy. He has also restructured Orchards’ programming to include preventative family preservation models, education, and workforce development initiatives. Mr. Williams has expanded Orchards regionally, enhancing its community presence and brand recognition.  Under Williams’ leadership, Orchards has been recognized nationally for its service delivery by the national Council on Accreditation. Orchards also received the Detroit Free Press Top Workplace designation.

In addition to his position with Orchards, Mr. Williams serves as a Trustee for Albion College.  He was appointed by Governor Rick Snyder to the Michigan Health Endowment Fund Board. Mr. Williams held the Office of President of the Association of Accredited Child and Family Agencies, and is an active participant in the National Black Child Development Institute.

Before coming to Orchards Children’s Services, Mr. Williams was President of Starr Vista, Inc., a Care Management Organization.  He has been a recipient of the Michigan’s Children “Hero’s” Award, the Detroit Community Health Connection, Inc. Leadership Award, and the Josephine S. Weiner Award for Community Service Award by the National Council of Jewish Women Detroit Chapter.

Michael Williams has dedicated his career to supporting children and families.  At home, he is a loving husband, father and grandfather.

 

“Always for Children and Families…”

Michael E. Williams

Executive Team

Carmine DeVivo, LMSW
Carmine DeVivo, LMSW

Chief Operating Officer

Carmine Devivo serves as the Chief Operations Officer for Orchards Children’s Services, a non-profit organization that provides support to children and families headquartered in Oakland County, with locations in Wayne, Genesee, Macomb and Washtenaw counties and provides services to children state-wide.
Mr. Devivo began with Orchards in 1977 as a Child Care Worker. Since that time, he has held the positions of Program Director of Residential Services, Program Director of Specialized Foster Care, Vice President of Placement Services, and Vice President of Family Preservation, Adoption and Training. In addition, he has been a Contractual Trainer and Consultant for several agencies in Michigan.
Carmine holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Social Work from University of Michigan.

Michelle Cooper, MBA
Michelle Cooper, MBA

Chief Financial Officer

Michelle is a financial and operational strategist, with over 20 years of progressive experience in directing, improving financial stability and overall operations. In her role as CFO she is accountable for all operational and strategic activities related to managing the organization’s financial resources.
Trudy Fortino LMSW
Trudy Fortino LMSW

Vice President of Placement Services

Trudy Fortino, LMSW, has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Central Michigan University, and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Wayne State University. Trudy began her career at the Wayne County Department of Social Services (now DHHS) as a Family Service and Child Care worker and Child Protective Services Investigator. She spent several years as a clinician and clinical supervisor at Children’s Aid Society, providing therapy and parenting support for families in the Detroit area. Trudy joined Orchards Children’s Services in 1988 as the Clinical Unit Director. Since 1995, Trudy has served as the Vice President of Placement Services and oversees the Foster Care, Adoption, Foster Home Development, Clinical and Support Services departments.
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