The Arc Western Wayne County Staff


Cheryl S. Polite
Executive Director


Darlene Heard Thomas
Community Advocate

Darlene has been our Community Advocate since 2002. Her experience working with people with disabilities is personal, as she has navigated systems and advocated on behalf of her daughter, who has cerebral palsy. Darlene has worked continuously to help people with disabilities to be included in the community and to be able to have active, productive lives. Darlene feels, “this work truly is my passion and my mission.”

Aishah Amatul-Musawwir
Administrative Services

Aishah heads up Administrative Services. She joined the team in 2005. In addition to acting as personal assistant to the Executive Director, Aishah also works closely with the Fiscal Intermediary program and manages membership at The Arc. Aishah is working towards her Associate Degree in Business Administration at Oakland Community College.

Ami Bennett


Tequila Smith

Systems Navigator

Tequila holds a Bachelors Degree in Social Work. Tequila’s experience working with people with disabilities is personal. She has a sister that has Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome. Tequila has a passion to advocate and support individuals and their families in navigating the mental health system. She believes that it is necessary for people with disabilities to live a meaningful life.   

Maurice Cox

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