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Here you can find a brief biography of each of our directors. Our directors are crucial in our operations. The governance and guidance they provide is greatly appreciated. Take a moment to acquaint yourself with each of them.

Mr. Perry Holman

Mr. Holmon is an Associate Director in the Information Systems Department for The Dow Chemical Company, where he has worked for almost 27+ years. He manages global IT projects for the Finance, Legal and Business Reporting areas. Mr. Holmon is a member on the Board of the Directors for the Dow Employees Credit Union (DCECU) where he chairs the Budget Committee and serves on the Information Systems Committee. Mr. Holmon earned a computer science and mathematics degree from Alcorn State University and a Masters of Business Administration from Central Michigan University

Mrs. Delois Leapheart

Mrs. Leapheart is, by God’s grace, the founder of Adoption Option Inc.  She first became licensed to practice law in the State of Indiana in 1982 and has practiced law in the State of Michigan since 1983.  She has published several articles on topics such as adoption and business law.  With the help of a talented group of employees, contractors, volunteers, collaborators and donors, she endeavors to help improve the lives of children and families primarily in the Great Lakes Bay Region and the Mid-Michigan area.

Mrs. Hazel Jones, Emeritas

Mrs. Jones brings years of experience working in a variety of financial areas. Before retiring from a 32-year career with the same company, she gained experience in several different areas, including accounting, purchasing, finance, and as the Payroll Supervisor and Senior Finance Manager for the company’s entire North American Operations. Mrs. Jones’ industry expertise has enabled her to provide our organization with excellent advice in a variety of areas.

Ms. Liz Tafel

Ms. Tafel is the General Manager of the Grand Traverse Pie Company. After graduation from Northwood University with a Bachelor of Arts in management and from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science in sports management, she commenced her entrepreneurial career. Ms. Tafel brings her experience in operations management, sales, budget development, staffing, and cost control to the board.

Ms. Sharon Leenhouts

Ms. Leenhouts is the Principal of Medical Data Solutions LLC in Midland, MI, where she owns and operates a consulting venture providing customized business management solutions for the healthcare industry. She has been in the healthcare industry for 37+ years after graduating from Colorado College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology and a minor in chemistry and with a Master’s degree in Health Services Administration from the University of Michigan. Ms. Leenhouts is also a board member of the Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan, and Do-All Inc.

Pastor Wally Mayton

Pastor Wally came to Midland to serve the congregation of Memorial Presbyterian Church; however, his
vision for helping people could not be confined to one church. He serves in the Midland Chamber of Commerce and has helped numerous other local non-profits in a substantial number of tangible and intangible ways. He consistently reads the Midland Daily News, every day in search of an opportunity to uplift another human being. When he locates an article about someone he knows, he cuts it out of the newspaper and encloses that original article inside a card with a handwritten original and thoughtful note of encouragement.

Mr. Smallwood Holoman, JR.

Mr. Holoman is a business and communication consultant from Midland, MI. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Norfolk State University and went on to work with The Dow Chemical Company for 34 years. Currently, Mr. Holoman is the president and chairman of the Michigan 4H Foundation, executive board member of the Saginaw Community Foundation, and a member of the Saginaw County Youth Protection Council. He brings his experience of development and governance in the non-profit community and civic organizations to AOI.

Mr. Theophilus Leapheart

Mr. Leapheart brings to the governing board 30 years of experience working for a large international firm. He has contributed in a variety of positions, including, but not limited to, Senior Research Chemist, Project Leader, Safety and Environmental Coordinator, Group/Research Leader, Senior Research Manager and Molecule Technology Leader. Based on his experience as a leader of groups responsible for providing services to various business teams, he advises Adoption Option Inc. on effective strategies for service providers.

Carol J. Burns, MPH, PhD

Carol Burns is president of Burns Epidemiology Consulting and an adjunct professor of epidemiology at the Central Michigan University College of Medicine, having previously worked in occupational epidemiology at The Dow Chemical Company for two decades.  She holds a doctorate degree in epidemiology from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.  Carol serves on multiple working groups and industry trade associations examining health effects related to occupational and agricultural exposures. 

Her primary areas of focus are assessing exposure in epidemiology studies and improving the use of epidemiology for use in risk assessment.  She is passionate about communicating the role of epidemiology in decision-making to colleagues, community members and government regulators. Active in the epidemiology community, she was the newsletter editor of the American College of Epidemiology for many years and currently chairs the ACE Career and Mentoring committee.  Also active locally, she is a Board member of Adoption Option, Inc. and serves on a health panel for the United Way.