Board of Directors
Mark Wilson, President
Mark worships with the Northeast Church of Christ where he has served for many years as an Elder. His career includes working at Fermi 2 in Performance Engineering. As a child, his family went to the Romeo Home for the Aged to conduct services and visit the elderly residents. From that time forward he has had a desire to follow God's desire for us to serve the elderly.
Michael Messier, Vice President
Michael worships with the Northeast Church of Christ where he is a Deacon. He coordinates the finances/budget process as well as the insurance. Michael also is in charge of the ushers at our church. He is a broker/owner of Real Estate Professional Services, Inc. which has offices in Utica and Southfield, Michigan. For the last 32 years he has specialized in the marketing and sale of religious, educational, and institutional real estate. His parents were instrumental in helping to locate the Care Center to its current location. Michael grew up in a family where the Care Center was considered an important physical and spiritual asset to our community. He has always had a desire to help the elderly and the less fortunate, and serving on the board of the Care Center has given him an opportunity to serve and honor our senior citizens by providing a warm nurturing environment for them. Michael has seen firsthand the level of care provided and it has been a tremendous source of pride that he can in some small way be a part of helping this underappreciated and underserved part of our community. He has had the opportunity to refer several of his extended family members (uncles and cousins) to the Care Center. His cousins were so grateful for the care that their parents received and they continue to sing the praises of our facility. Mike believes this campus is a shining example of an asset to our community that continues to serve as an agent of change that can positively affect the lives of our seniors through a shared vision of reaching out and helping others. He says, "It is an honor and a blessing to serve this facility."
Tom Cardwell, Treasurer
Tom worships with the Northeast Church of Christ and has been a Deacon and the church Treasurer for many years. He currently works with Lochbridge, an IT services company. The Care Center is a return of the compassion, love and caring for our elderly who have spent their loves in compassion, loving and caring for their families and others.
Debbie Arnett, Trustee
Debbie and her husband Jim have been married since 1979. They have recently moved from Livonia to Oakland Township to be closer to their kids and grandkids, and are working on settling in. They have worshipped with the Parkside Church of Christ since 1993, where Jim has served as an Elder. Over the years, Debbie has taught children’s classes, organized VBS, and led “Special Sisters”, a ministry connecting widows with younger women in the congregation for social activities and mutual edification. She is a retired Teaching Assistant from the Redford Union School District, working in both Kindergarten and First grades for 26 years. Debbie has always had a heart for the elderly and hopes that she can make a positive contribution to the work at the Care Center in the coming years.
Teri Carris, Trustee
Teri worships with the Livonia Church of Christ where she and her husband were baptized in 1978, in part due to the Herald of Truth. Teri is actively involved in her church where she has taught children’s Bible classes, helped with the youth ministry, and led a prayer ministry. Teri has been a nurse since 1974, working in both the hospital and home care where a majority of her patients were elderly. Though Teri recently retired, she continues to use her nursing skills to help family, friends, and members of her congregation. Her involvement with the elderly, both professionally and privately, has given her a deep understanding of the unique needs of the elderly and the challenges they face on a daily basis. It states in Job 12:12: “Is not wisdom found among the aged? Does not long life bring understanding?” Teri has a great respect for our elderly who are a treasure of rich life experience and knowledge that we can continue to benefit from. Teri states that she is honored to serve on the board of the Church of Christ Care Center to ensure that these treasures, our elderly, receive the best possible care to meet their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs.
John Swantek, Trustee
John worships with the Lake Orion Church of Christ in Lake Orion, Michigan where he is one of the Elders. He serves and cares for his community of believers as they follow Christ. He has worked in the field of fluid handling for 40 years and the VP of Sales for his company. John develops marketing strategies for pump manufactures to ensure sales and financial growth.
James wrote in James 1:27 "Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world."
John believes that the work of caring for the aged is God's work. He has called John to do his part for those who cannot care for themselves. He has been blessed with the opportunity to serve these beautiful people at the Care Center by providing wisdom and good judgment to help ensure they have a place they can call home. A place filled with the patience, compassion, love and excellent health care. It is a place filled with moms and dads. People who are no different than his mom and dad before they passed on. People who need help in making sense of the changes in their life as they reach their twilight years. God calls all of us to honor our fathers and mothers in Deuteronomy chapter 5. Working with the Care Center is an extension of John's responsibility to honor his parents and beyond to those who may not be honored by their own family. It matters to John that Care Center residents are reminded by staff that God loves them and is with them. God will give them peace now and hope for the future. The Care Center is a partner with the many services the aged can receive in the northeastern suburbs of Detroit. It's a place where Christian principles are lived and shared with every resident. A place that is safe for its residents and employees. Church of Christ Care Center is a good employer and responsible member in our community.