About MI-UCP

Our Mission

Our Vision


To empower all Michiganders

with disabilities statewide.

To enable all Michiganders with disabilities to live to the best of their abilities and ambitions.

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



Acting ethically with the highest level of honesty and integrity.

Leadership & Staff

Leslynn R Angel

President & CEO

Diann Dudash

Director of

Programs & Advocacy

Paul T. Landry

Director of 

Employment Programs

Benefits Counselor

CWIC Certified

Tamara Kincaid

Administrative Assistant

Kathy Tourneur


Mary Davis


Vanessa Danilowicz

Benefits Counselor

CWIC Certified

Kendall Brocavich

WIPA Project Director

Lynn Davey

Representative Payee


MI Assistive Technology 

Project Director


Parent Advocate

Lauren Geml

Administrative Assistant

Barbara Valliere

Public Policy Specialist

Board of Directors


Andrea Sarato

Joseph Lieto

 Chee Cheong

Zachary Damon


Steve Lyons

Kristen Milefchik

Gretchen Perkins

Colleen Tate

Ken Bluhm


Michelle O'Connor Teklinski

1st Vice Chair

Jacqueline Kaufman

2nd Vice Chair

Steve Lyons



April Kaylor

Immediate Past Chair

Dave Brown


Mike Ward

Jane Weatherford

Gina Adams

Jodi Kreschmer

Honorary Director

Betty Fisher

Judy Cerano

Lou Reinwasser

​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. 

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We are proud affiliate of United Cerebral Palsy: www.ucp.org