Board of Directors

Amel Alibasic

Amel Alibasic

Amel is currently an accountant working with the public accounting firm UHY LLP. Amel’s prior accounting experience includes working as a cost accountant for a Fortune 500 company and as an accounting teaching assistant at Wayne State University. He obtained his Master of Business Administration degree from Wayne State University. When he’s not working or studying for his CPA exam, Amel enjoys fishing, hiking, and spending time with his family.

Larry Kelsch

Larry Kelsch

Larry has 38 years’ experience in Mental Health from direct care, case management, contracting & payment, to a manager of a vocational service department. Masters-Educational Psychology - Wayne State University, and is currently retired and volunteers his time helping restore historic landmarks in Detroit.

Diann Dudash

Diann Dudash

Diann is the Advocacy and Community Resource Director at The Arc Western Wayne County, providing direct advocacy to people with disabilities in securing services. She also runs the After I'm Gone Project, The Take Charge Helpline, works closely with the sibling network, and facilitates Person Centered Plans. Diann also provides Supports Coordination to four families in Oakland County

Katherine McKowell

Katherine McKowell

Kat McKowell is a Family Nurse Practitioner with 14 years of experience in the health care industry. She is a graduate of Oakland University’s Master of Science in nursing program. Kat has dedicated much of her career to working with underserved populations. Prior to joining the Board of Director’s, she volunteered for Excel for over a year. In her spare time, she enjoys singing and playing guitar, cooking, and gardening. Kat participates annually in Food Gatherer’s Plant-a-row for the Hungry program. She currently resides in Ann Arbor with her dog, cat, and husband, not necessarily in that order.

Nicholas Kowalski

Nicholas Kowalski

Nicholas Kowalski was recruited to join the Excel Board of Directors after serving as a Peer Support Specialist in Livingston County. Nicholas began his journey with Excel as a consumer but quickly transitioned into a role in which he could provide support to his peers. Nicholas participated in training through Livingston County Community Mental Health and in a 6 month program on leadership and advocacy through ARC of Livingston in 2015. Nicholas uses his own experiences as a person with a disability to provide guidance to others and is a voice for this population in the community and on Excel’s board of directors. In his free time he enjoys reading, movies, sports and being with his loved ones.

Katherine Van Tiem

Katherine Van Tiem

Katherine Van Tiem currently works as District Director for Congressman Mike Bishop (MI-08). Katherine managed Congressman Bishop’s 2014 congressional campaign and Congressman Rogers’ 2012 re-election campaign. Katherine is a 2005 graduate of Central Michigan University, and a 2008 graduate of The Thomas M. Cooley Law School. After earning her law degree, Katherine practiced law in Southeast Michigan until joining Congressman Rogers’ campaign team in 2012. Her practice focused primarily on estate planning, planning for individuals with special needs, and elder law.

Maureen D'Agostino

Maureen D'Agostino

As part of the new healthcare system formed in southeast Michigan of Beaumont Health System, Oakwood Healthcare System and Botsford, now known as Beaumont Health, Maureen is the System Vice President for Beaumont Health. She has oversight for Service Excellence, Accreditation and Regulatory Survey Preparedness, Disaster Preparedness, Environment of Care and Life Safety and Policy and Procedures for Beaumont Health. She also is the Executive Director for the Center for Exceptional Families. An inclusive pediatric medical clinic, therapies and support departments housed under one roof.