Michael E. Williams
President and Chief Executive Officer – Orchards Children’s Services, Inc.
For 20 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
Shannon Laskey, LMSW
Chief Operating Officer
As Chief Operating Officer for Orchards Children’s Services, Shannon is responsible for all operations and administrative functions to include implementing strategies, processes and technologies that complement the vision of the agency. Shannon leads companywide innovation by proficiently managing program administration, project management, strategic planning, and outcomes to meet the needs of the community.
Shannon earned an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Michigan State University and a graduate degree in Social Work from Eastern Michigan University.
Shannon joined Orchards Children’s Services over twenty years ago and has held multiple roles within the organization. She is avid about meeting the wide variety of challenges impacting individuals, families, and communities.
Chief Financial Officer
Troy Kulick joined Orchards Children’s Services in April 2021. He oversees all aspects of the organization’s finances, including the development and management of strategic investments, preparation of financial statements and reporting to Orchard’s Board of Directors. Troy brings over 20 years of financial leadership experience, with a focus on developing diverse talent and high performing teams while providing strategic insight and direction.
Prior to joining the Orchards, Troy served as the Vice President of International Finance and Operational Excellence for Domino’s Pizza Inc., the largest pizza company in the world. He holds an MBA from the Broad Graduate School of Business at Michigan State University and is a certified public accountant.
Troy is passionate about having a transformational impact in supporting the organization’s mission and serving the children, families and communities the agency supports.
LaToya Harvey, LMSW
Chief Advancement Officer
Mrs. Harvey has worked in child welfare for over 22 years, most recently as the Child Welfare Division Director for Child and Family Charities in Lansing. Her background also includes 15 years with the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (MDHHS). LaToya has leadership experience in foster care, Child Protective Services, adoption, government payments assistance, in-home prevention services and residential services.
In 2018, LaToya facilitated the presentation “Wayne Together Collaborative: Risks, Rewards & Lessons of High Impact Child Welfare Education and Training Practices” in partnership with the Wayne State University Social Work Department, at the National Child Welfare Workforce Initiative conference in Chicago, IL. LaToya received the MDHHS Good Government Award for Leadership in recognition of collaborative work between the Wayne State University Social Work Department and MDHHS for child welfare interns. In 2019, LaToya became a member of the Eastern Michigan University Social Work Alumni Association and serves as the President of that Association. In 2020, LaToya was the keynote speaker for EMU’s MSW commencement celebration.
LaToya received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse in LaCrosse, WI and her Masters of Social Work from Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, MI. LaToya has been married to her husband Robert for 19 years. They share three sons, Kyle (18), Cameron (12) and Carson (8). She enjoys traveling, scrapbooking, reading and shopping.