Board of Directors




Shari Fitzpatrick


1st Vice President



2nd Vice President

Joseph Tinson



Maria Messina Wiersma

As a sibling of a person with a disability, Maria R. Messina Wiersma has witnessed first hand the struggles of navigating “the system” and the importance of skilled advocacy in improving quality of life through access to services. Being a “special sibling” inspired her to make advocacy her life’s work. After graduating from University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, Maria began her career as an elder law and special needs planning attorney.


Maria is an attorney with Chalgian & Tripp Law Offices, in Southfield, Michigan.   Prior to joining Chalgian & Tripp, Maria served as lead attorney for a non-profit, Great Lakes Legal, Inc. Elder Law Division in collaboration with Neighborhood Legal Services, Michigan’s Elder Law and Advocacy Center. Maria is excited to extend that passion for advocacy to her service on The Arc of Macomb’s Board of Directors, helping to support the organization’s continued good work for persons with disabilities and their families.


In addition to her service to The Arc of Macomb County, Maria sits on the Council of the State Bar of Michigan’s Elder Law and Disability Rights section (ELDRS) and the Board of Directors for The ARC Michigan . Maria is a frequent presenter on legal and advocacy topics affecting seniors and persons with disabilities, a well as elder and vulnerable adult abuse.


A lifelong Macomb County resident, she and her husband Matt now reside in Commerce Township with their lab-pitbull puppy, Breslin. In addition to spending time with friends and family, Maria enjoys cooking, camping, and is a ruthless board game enthusiast.






Tom Beardslee

Board of Directors - Tom Beardslee - Board Member
Tom Beardslee is a 61 year old gentleman on the board of Arc Services and has served on the board for 15 years now and a consumer of Arc for not much longer. Tom has Cerebral Palsy and has been in a wheelchair for most of his life. When he was a child he was able to walk somewhat with steel braces (identical to what Forrest Gump used in the movie), but as he got older he realized he could do more in a wheelchair than with the braces on. When searching for agencies, he found that Arc Services had their own wheelchair accessible vans, when other companies didn’t. So he chose to go with them. Tom has not only served on the Board of Arc Services, but has also volunteered regularly at the bingo hall every time Arc had it, no matter what the weather was like outside.



Michael Kolb


As a funeral director at Harold W. Vick Funeral Home in Mount Clemens, I have worked with The Arc of Macomb County to assist their clients for more than 20 years.  This assistance primarily focuses on establishing a preplanned funeral trust to 1) spend down assets to qualify for or keep Medicaid benefits and 2) assure a smooth transition at the end of life by having a plan in place.


For those clients who may not have the family or financial resources available at the end of life, we work directly with Arc to assure each individual is taken care of in a respectable and prompt manner.


In the autumn of 2014, Shelly Taras extended an invitation to consider joining the Board of Directors at the Arc.  After much consideration, a tour of the facility, and a two hour meeting with Lisa, I welcomed the opportunity to serve on the board.  Over the years, I have assisted in the annual gift wrap at Macomb Mall, the former garage sale tear down in the Spring, and sponsored the annual golf outings. I believe we share a mutually beneficial relationship and look forward to serving on the board for the long term.


Theresa Chapman

My name is Theresa Chapman and I am an experienced healthcare professional & leader with a passion for developing, improving and implementing strategies, interventions and changes to improve the lives of individuals in both traditional and nontraditional health care settings. I currently manage a case management and clinical social work departments at a local hospital.  I have more than 20 years of Clinical Social Work experience dedicated to helping individuals and families suffering from medical and mental health issues. I also have experience in transforming and leading teams, work process and programs.


I received a Master’s of Social Work degree from Wayne State University and have a Master’s Social Worker, Clinical & Macro License in the State of Michigan.  I’m also a part time professor at Wayne State University, School of Social Work.

Most importantly, I am mom to an amazing daughter. We enjoy shopping, scrapbooking, reading, and volunteering. I have had the privilege and honor of being a part of The Arc of Macomb County and serving on the Board of Directors for over two years and look forward to being a part of the awesome work they do for many more years to come.


 Emmanuel Boykin

Eman is a dynamic leader with proven success at corporate turnarounds, organizational improvement, market penetration, sales/profit growth. He is highly creative and effective at identifying and implementing innovative strategies to build or revitalize corporate image. Skilled at developing strategic professional partnerships. Experienced in leading instructional programs on leadership, management, sales and customer service.


From 1985 to 2001, Eman was in corporate management and leadership in the areas of finance, engineering, marketing and business planning.  In 2001 , he was granted a fellowship to train as a U.S. Automotive Dealer conducted by the National Automotive Dealer Association and a successful dealer group.  After the completion of the dealer training program, he was a successful general manager and automotive dealer for over ten years. Everyone’s business situation is unique, and we keep that in mind when providing business advise and services. TRWB was designed to provide business support and leadership to your business to keep you profitable.


Shawn Elliott