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About MI-UCP

Our Mission

Our Vision

Our Mission

Empowering all people with disabilities

throughout Michigan.

People with disabilities

living to the best of their abilities and ambitions.

Our Story

Our Story

MI-UCP was founded in 1949 as United Cerebral Palsy Association of Metropolitan Detroit (UCP/Detroit). This included Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. That same year, United Cerebral Palsy Association of Michigan (UCP/Michigan) was formed to serve the needs of constituents throughout the remainder of the state of Michigan.


In 2020, these two organizations merged into MI-UCP (Michigan United Cerebral Palsy). The goal is to expand our scope of service reach. In reality, more than 65 percent of the people we serve have a disability other than cerebral palsy. These include autism, spinal cord injuries, intellectual disabilities, visual impairments and many other disabling conditions.


By unifying as MI-UCP, we are able to operate more efficiently and effectively as one of the state’s leading sources of information, referral and strategic partnerships with like-minded organizations. And by having offices in Detroit and Lansing, we can continue to be a leading advocate for all 1.4MM of Michiganders with disabilities.

Our Core Beliefs

Core Beliefs


Acting ethically with the highest level of honesty and integrity.

Leadership & Staff

Leadership & Staff
Leslynn R Angel

President & CEO

Tracy Strating

MI Assistive Technology Loan Fund Project Director

Paul T. Landry

Director of 

Employment Programs

Benefits Counselor

CWIC Certified

Kathy Tourneur



Community Work Incentives Coordinator

Vanessa Danilowicz

Benefits Counselor

CWIC Certified

Barbara Valliere

Public Policy Specialist

Tamara Kincaid

Administrative Assistant

Lynn Davey

Representative Payee


WIPA Project Director


Parent Advocate

Lauren Geml

Administrative Assistant


Mary Davis

Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Jacqueline Kaufman

Gina Adams

 Chee Chuan Cheong

Zachary Damon

Scott Jewell


Jodi Kreschmer

Joseph Lieto

Kristen Milefchik

Angela Pakledinaz

Honorary Directors

Judy Cerano

Betty Fisher

Tom Landry

Mark Lezotte

Lou Reinwasser

Gretchen Perkins

Colleen Tate

Mike Ward

Jane Weatherford

Ken Bluhm


Michelle O'Connor Teklinski

1st Vice Chair

2nd Vice Chair

Steve Lyons



April Kaylor

Immediate Past Chair

David Brown


​If you are interested in joining our board, please download and fill out the application

Financial Information:

As a 501C-3 charitable organization, MI-UCP operates with transparency. 

Click for IRS 990

We are proud affiliate of United Cerebral Palsy:

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