Meet the Team


Jim Moore
Jim Moore  –  (231) 922-0903, ext. 311

Executive Director Jim has served as the Executive Director of Disability Network Northern Michigan since July 2003. Prior to his current position, Jim was the Interim CEO of the American Lung Association and Director of Governmental Affairs and Programs. He has worked in nonprofit leadership for over 25 years. Jim is passionate about social justice, and the idea that the human experience should be full and rich for everyone. He loves being outdoors, music, and the arts.


Michael Blewett
Michael Blewett  –  (231) 922-0903

Transition Specialist- IL Programs – Michael holds an M.Div from Virginia Seminary and graduate studies in Music at the University of Michigan. After almost 20 years in parish ministry, he is passionate about helping our youth become the very best version of themselves. A gifted communicator and teacher, Michael believes that none of us can be truly whole until we can turn the “other” into “one another.” His work as a LIFE Program Coordinator will help to connect, integrate, and empower our high school students with disabilities in Alpena, Montmorency, and Alcona counties. Also an artist, chef, and author, Michael resides in Alpena with his life partner, Rexann, and their “motley herd” of boys and pups.


John Burtrum

John Burtrum  –  (231) 922-0903, ext. 327

Employment Specialist  John is our new Employment Specialist and is very excited to be part of the Disability Network team. John graduated from Western Michigan University with a BA in Sociology. He has a passion for working with people with disabilities and has many years of experience providing them support in different ways. John is committed to the person-centered approach for program planning, support and services provided to people with disabilities. Prior to joining the Disability Network, John was a director for an Independent Living Services program for people with developmental disabilities in Sacramento, CA. John and his family recently relocated back to Michigan from Auburn, CA to be close to family. He is very excited to be back in Michigan and happy to call Traverse City his home. John enjoys spending his free time with his wife and two kids.


Caitlin Chlosta
Caitlin Chlosta  –  (231) 922-0903

IL Program Manager – Caitlin received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from The University of New Hampshire and her Master’s Degree in Recreation from Indiana University. Caitlin is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) and has been working with youth and adults with disabilities for many years in various capacities. Previously, she has worked as an employment specialist for adults with disabilities, a Behavioral Health Professional (BHP) for children with Autism and is also a PATH International certified therapeutic horseback riding instructor. Caitlin relocated to Traverse City in 2017 from Cape Cod, Massachusetts with her husband Ryan, who serves in the Coast Guard, and Goldendoodle, Bruin. She enjoys horseback riding, paddle boarding, mountain biking and enjoying all the outdoor activities that Northern Michigan has to offer.


Judy Ewald

Judy Ewald  –  (231) 922-0903, ext. 310

Finance Manager Judy Ewald has a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting from Western Michigan University. She previously served on the Board and performed accounting work for a private foundation in Metro Detroit. She began her career after college working in accounting for the comptroller of a division of General Motors. Judy later became more focused on income tax work and has worked for several Certified Public Accountant firms serving accounting and tax clients. Judy has three adult sons that reside in Colorado and Washington D.C. She has recently relocated to Northern Michigan from the Metro Detroit area, and enjoys biking and swimming in her free time.


Katy Fisher
Katy Fisher  –  (231) 922-0903

Transition Specialist- IL Programs Katy is a graduate from Grand Valley State University with a BS in Therapeutic Recreation. She has been working with people with disabilities and mental health disorders for nearly ten years within the community, hospital settings, homes, and school districts. Katy recently moved to Northern Michigan from Grand Rapids and is enjoying living outside of the city, and the many outdoor recreational opportunities available up here. She now works at Disability Network to coordinate and teach the LIFE program and is excited to continue advocating for people with disabilities and to work with youth.


Cody Gascho
Cody Gascho  –  (231) 922-0903

Transition Specialist- IL Programs – Cody received his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Spring Arbor University in 2001. He has worked in various educational, religious and human services areas for the last 18 years. Cody makes his home in Gaylord with his wife and children. He enjoys spending time with his family, playing basketball, hunting and driving all over the state to watch his children in their activities. Cody is looking forward to facilitating the LIFE program and being a part of the DNNM team.


Sherrie Goff-Hoogerhyde
Sherrie Goff-Hoogerhyde  –  (231) 922-0903, ext. 316

Employment Specialist Sherrie graduated from Grand Valley State University with a Master’s Degree in Social Work. She has resided in Northern Michigan her entire life and has worked in a variety of fields including; court system, Community Mental Health, private agencies, schools, adult foster facility, and foster care and adoption agencies. Sherrie was hired in December 2014. She serves as Outreach Coordinator to 7 counties in Northeast Michigan and also serves as an Independent Living Specialist on the east side of the state. Sherrie is happily married and enjoys her large family. She loves assisting the most vulnerable clients and enjoys learning from them too.


George Gray
George Gray  –  (231) 922-0903

Transition Specialist- IL Programs George studied at Northwestern Michigan College.  He has worked in the Human Services Field for 20 years.  He started out working in a crisis center with people in a mental health crisis then worked assisting developing programs that provided recreational activities and employment opportunities for developmentally disabled adults.  Then most recently was a Program Coordinator for Alternative Services Inc. and managed multiple adult foster care homes and programs for the past 7 years.  George lives in Kalkaska with his wife and 3 daughters.  Besides working with the L.I.F.E. program he also works part-time with children with Autism as a Behavioral Technician.  George also does Reiki and enjoys hiking, kayaking, and spending time with his family.


Thomas Hoxsie
Thomas Hoxsie  –  (231) 342-0098 V/TTY: (231) 252-0512

Grand Traverse Industries (GTI) Local Interpreter Services Network (LIS'N) Program Coordinator – Thomas is the Coordinator for GTI's LIS'N program and holds both state and national certification with medical and mental health endorsements, as well as certification in educational interpreting. Thomas worked with TBAISD for 12 years as an educational interpreter and worked as a contract interpreter with the LIS'N program during those years. He has been with the GTI-LIS'N since 2012. Being raised by the Deaf community, Thomas takes pride in serving this community with the ultimate goal of access for everyone. 


Demarie Jones
Demarie Jones  –  (231) 922-0903, ext. 321

Community Resource Specialist, Information and Assistance – Demarie received her Master’s in Social Work from Grand Valley University.  Demarie has been advocating for people in the mental health systems for years. She is also involved with poverty issues in Leelanau County.  Demarie enjoys her work at DNNM, working with people to help them remove barriers and live full lives in their communities.  In her spare time, she teaches fiber arts and tends to her animals on her fiber farm.


Andrew Kossek
Andrew Kossek   –  (231) 922-0903, ext. 329

Peer Support Coordinator– Andrew is a self-avowed nerd, former camp counselor and is currently working towards a Master of Social Work degree at the Traverse City annex of Ferris State University. He graduated from the University of Dubuque with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Graphics and Interactive Media. Andrew has a decade of experience in various helping professions. He believes in the importance of games for building and strengthening communities and works toward making gaming more accessible for everyone. In his spare time, Andrew enjoys visiting the different comic conventions all throughout Michigan, wandering the trails of Northern Michigan and playing card, board and video games.


Nicole Miller
Nicole Miller  –  (231) 922-0903, ext. 318

Education Specialist Nicole is part of our Parent Network, striving to provide disability awareness information and resources to families and caregivers.  This includes our network meetings, monthly in the Fall and Spring.  When Nicole is not at Disability Network she enjoys spending time with her family and being active in disability advocacy.


Jolie Roth
Jolie Roth  –  (231) 922-0903

Transition Specialist Jolie graduated from Western Michigan University in 2019 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology and Sociology. A Traverse City native, Jolie moved back to the area in early 2020. Jolie loves working with students in and out of the classroom, and has been job coaching since her return to Traverse City. Jolie is currently working towards earning her teaching degree. She loves listening to music and playing with her dog Harper. Jolie lives in Williamsburg with her husband.


Jennifer Schultz
Jennifer Schultz  –  (231) 922-0903, ext. 319

Community Resources Manager, Information and Assistance – Jennifer received her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Ferris State University and joined the Disability Network team full time while completing her Ferris internship. Prior to her Social Work degree, Jennifer spent nearly 20 years in hospitality, customer service, team management and assisted with operational training. She moved from the northeast side of Michigan in 1999 and has made Traverse City her home after a few years of traveling abroad while working on a cruise line. Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family, engaging in life’s adventures and places much value on learning from the “greatest generation.” She is passionate about social justice, and empowering individuals.


Kristin Celeste Shroeger  –  (231) 922-0903, ext. 312

Communications Coordinator – Kristin studied at Northwestern Michigan College and Lake Superior State University. She is a Traverse City native that brings over 20 years of community engagement, creative insight, volunteer experience and gleaned compassion to the Disability Network team. Kristin thrives with a wellness lifestyle and life skills that promote personal empowerment. She is passionate about living intentionally through art, nature, meditation and mindfulness while savoring life’s simple joys. Kristin is excited to be a part of the dynamic Disability Network family creating inclusive communities in service to the mission.


Rebecca Webb

Rebecca Webb  –  (231) 922-0903, ext. 326

Nursing Transition Navigator, Community Resource Specialist – Rebecca discovered her passion for helping others at an early age. “When I was a child, I was able to attend Easter Seals summer camp with my mom. She was an Occupational Therapist there. I delighted in watching her work with the children. The joy of their successes was an inspiration to me.” Rebecca was able to finally realize her dream in 2016, when she graduated from Grand Valley State University with a BS degree in HHS. Rebecca is thrilled to be joining the team at Disability Network as a Nursing Transition Navigator. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering, spending time with family and coaching Special Olympics softball. 


Wendy Williams

Wendy Williams  –  (231) 338-6833

LIS’N Interpreting Services Scheduler – Wendy received her bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Ferris State University.  Currently, she works as an Interpreter Service Scheduler and an advocate for Deaf & Hard of Hearing individuals.  Wendy is Deaf herself and uses American Sign language as her primary language.  In her spare time, she teaches Beginning American Sign Language at Northwestern Michigan Community College.   She enjoys camping, hiking, kayaking and spending quality time with three grandchildren.




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