Rick Hillbom is the COO of GIft of Life Michigan and previously worked for the Oakwood Healthcare System as a Clinical Administrator and the Interim Administrator for the Oakwood Canton Center.
Laura J. Eisele
In February 2014, Ms. Eisele opened her own firm, LJE Law Firm, handling a variety of litigation, bankruptcy and corporate matters.
Her litigation practice includes business, commercial and consumer litigation matters including bankruptcy, real estate, breach of contract, business torts, foreclosure and claim and delivery. In her bankruptcy and insolvency practice, Ms. Eisele represents businesses and individual debtors and creditors in out-of- court debt negotiations and restructurings, and in Chapter 7 and 11 bankruptcy cases.
Ms. Eisele has significant expertise helping professionals, including financial advisors and interim management, get retained and paid in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings. Her experience includes negotiating with the United States Trustees in Delaware and the Southern District of New York on a variety of retention and fee issues including compliance with the Jay Alix Protocol.
David Micoff, CPA
Tim is also an accomplished musician, holding positions in the Ann Arbor and Flint Symphony Orchestras and performing professionally throughout the Great Lakes region. He is also a member of the music faculty at Oakland University. Tim earned his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the University of Michigan, as well as an Artist Diploma from the Colburn Conservatory of Music.
PNLH is proud of the distinguished leadership team it has assembled to guide the organization in providing exceptional care. Presented below are some of the key leaders at PNLH:
Joseph Paliwoda, MBA
Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Joseph Paliwoda received his Master’s in Business Administration from The University of Michigan in 1993.
Mr. Paliwoda has over 30 years of executive experience in behavioral health care field. He became a behavioral health surveyor for CARF…The Rehabilitation Accreditation Commission in 1995. Mr. Paliwoda demonstrates a steadfast commitment of providing exceptional quality care in a compassionate and customer friendly manner.
Dr. Raymond Edison
His calm compassionate approach to serving our clients is a great match for PNLH’s LIGHT Model of care. Dr. Edison is very
knowledgeable about addiction and how best to treat persons in withdrawal management and residential services.
She did her undergrad with a major in Chemistry and also has Law degree from a renowned university in India.
Pampa Banerjee, B.S, LLB, is PNLH’s Accounting Analyst. She did her undergrad with a major in Chemistry and also has Law degree from a renowned university in India. She earned a Career Diploma in Bookkeeping from Penn Foster Career School. She joined our staff in 2006.
Nykia Daniels, BBA, CHRG
Human Resources Director
Amanda Gerwolds, LMSW, CAADC-DP
Special Project Manager
Amanda has been working in behavioral health since 2001 with extensive short-term residential experience ranging from domestic violence, homelessness, mental health crisis, mental health and developmental disability, substance abuse detox and substance abuse residential treatment.
Amanda has been working in behavioral health since 2001 with extensive short-term residential experience ranging from domestic violence, homelessness, mental health crisis, mental health and developmental disability, substance abuse detox and substance abuse residential treatment. Amanda also has extensive knowledge of program evaluation and development as well as quality improvement.
Amanda has a master’s degree in Social Work from Michigan State University and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Michigan. She currently holds a clinical LMSW.
Tonya Gray, LMSW, CAADC, CCS-DP
Interim Clinical Director
Ms. Gray began her employment at Personalized Nursing LIGHT House, Inc. in 1994 and is currently the Interim Clinical Director for PNLH’s outpatient programs.
Dee Hicks serves as PNLH’s Intake Supervisor and, for many years, PNLH’s Recipient Rights Advisor.
Dee Hicks serves as PNLH’s Intake Supervisor and, for many years, PNLH’s Recipient Rights Advisor. Ms. Hicks has been with PNLH since 1990. She is often the first person clients will meet as they enter treatment at our Plymouth location. Her warm and welcoming embrace of new clients is a hallmark of her service.
Andy Konwiak LMSW, CAADC, CCS
Geoff Smereck, JD
Co-founder and General Counsel & Compliance Officer
An active attorney at law in Michigan from 1978 to the present, GEOFF SMERECK graduated from Harvard University, and was a co-founder of PNLH.
Geoff was Chair, Needs Assessment Committee, Statewide HIV/AIDS Care Council, Michigan Dept of Community Health, Lansing MI, 1996-1999 [overseeing development of each of Michigan’s “Statewide Coordinated Statements of Need” which the State of Michigan submitted to the Federal Government under the Ryan White C.A.R.E. Act for Federal funding for all HIV/AIDS services in Michigan during the period]. Geoff served as a Member (voting), of the Federal Health Resources and Services Admin [HRSA], Wash DC, Advisory Committee on Innovative Programs for People with HIV and Substance Abuse, Boston University School of Public Health, Medicaid Health & Disability Working Group, Boston MA 1999-2003. From 1994 – 2006, Geoff was Principal Investigator and President, of nonprofit Well-Being Institute, Inc. [federal NIDA, NIH and HRSA “Special Project of National Significance” grantee conducting street-outreach intervention research to HIV-infected homeless women suffering from concurrent DSM mental illness and substance use disorder, in Michigan, New York, and Maryland. Geoff has served PNLH since its founding: as an intervention counselor to more than 15,000 enrolled PNLH clients, PNLH’s general counsel, and (since Nov. 2018) as its Vice President. Geoff has published 44 peer-reviewed scientific journal publications in the field of substance use disorder, homelessness, and HIV/AIDS.
Licensed Professional Counselor
Steven Meerschaert obtained his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno.
Afterward he worked for several years in Residential Juvenile Facilities serving high-risk populations suffering from Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders, as well as those diagnosed with intellectual impairments and sexually aggressive behaviors. Steven then enrolled in the Community Treatment track of Oakland University’s Masters of Counseling program, where he completed his degree coursework as well as completing a Postgraduate Specialization in Child and Adolescent Counseling. Since completing his education, he has worked in Residential Juvenile Treatment and Outpatient Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment where he facilitated Intensive Outpatient groups as well as an individual therapy client caseload. Since 2013 he has worked in supervision and management of mental health services, most recently serving as Behavioral Health Manager over multiple departments at an Inpatient detox and substance abuse treatment facility, where he was also the facilitator of a community education series that educated and trained professionals and other community stakeholders in key elements of addiction treatment and recovery. Steven has overseen outpatient departments, long term care services, admissions departments, case management teams, telehealth service providers, HPRP paneled providers, and addiction prevention programs in his various leadership roles.