James Dehem - Chief Executive Officer & President - CEO
Jim Dehem is the President/CEO of Community Living Services as well as President of Friends of CLS, a separate non-profit organization. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Western Michigan University. He has almost 40 years’ experience working with people with developmental disabilities.
Mr. Dehem also serves as a Director and the Vice Chairperson for the Center for Self-Determination. The Center is an international Training and Technical Assistance Center. He has been employed with Community Living Services since 1989.
Manny Singla - Chief Information Officer - CIO
Mr. Singla holds a Master’s of Science in Computer Information Systems from Wayne State University. Mr. Singla joined CLS’ executive team in June 2014 bringing a wealth of executive technology expertise, including management of healthcare information and Electronic Health Records systems, technology architecture and integration, data analytics, strategic analysis, and process improvement. Mr. Singla served as Director of Wayne County’s Health Information Technology Department for 3 years before joining CLS as CIO.
Paul Newman – Chief Operating Officer - COO
Paul Newman is a Licensed Master’s Social Worker (LMSW) and graduate of the University of Michigan’s School of Social Work. Mr. Newman has diverse experience in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities dating back to 1977. He has worked in a variety of settings including state hospitals, institutions and residential and employment services programs. Mr. Newman has direct experience working with children, adults, and foster, adoptive and birth parents and families. He has held a number of executive positions with the State Department of Mental Health, Wayne Center, and Community Living Services, Inc. Mr. Newman has served as Vice President of Operations/Chief Operating Officer for CLS since December 2006.
He is credentialed as a Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professional (QIDP) and Pre-Authorization Reviewer (PAR). Mr. Newman meets educational and experience requirements as a Child Mental Health Professional (CMHP).
Lisa Ballien – Oakland County Executive Director
Lisa Ballien is a graduate of the University of Michigan. She is a licensed social worker and currently is the Director of Community Supports at Community Living Services of Oakland County, MI. Lisa has worked with people with developmental disabilities for nearly 25 years. She believes passionately that all people should have the same opportunities in the world, and works to promote that philosophy and to create action steps to make it happen.