Nicole will succeed Michael Williams who is retiring after successfully leading the agency for the past 20 years.

“I am very excited to be welcoming Nicole to the Orchards family,” Michael shared. “With her leadership and expertise, I am confident Orchards will be in good hands.”

Nicole brings an impressive educational background and holds a Bachelor of Science in Counseling Psychology, a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Business Administration.

Nicole has worked to better behavioral health in Oakland County, where she served as Clinical Analyst and Director, and later as the Deputy Executive Director/Chief Operating Officer of the Oakland Community Health Network.

Most recently, Nicole served as the National Director of Behavioral Health for Valor Healthcare overseeing 50 primary care clinics in 16 states, serving over 150,000 veterans. At Valor Healthcare, she also served as Chair of the Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Council. Nicole demonstrates strong leadership skills and excels at strategic planning and implementation, operational excellence, team leadership and development, and vision setting.

“Orchards’ mission is very personal to me. My husband and I were foster parents and are adoptive parents to two children. I am very humbled to be joining such a dynamic agency,” Nicole says. “I’m excited to meet with staff and supporters and become part of such a dedicated and caring team.”

We look forward to welcoming Nicole to Orchards on September 5, 2023. Expect to hear more from Nicole in the coming months as she settles into Orchards and her new role.

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