Executive Director and CEO
After an extensive, nationwide search, Annette Downey was selected by OCHN's Board of Directors as the organization's Executive Director and CEO in April of 2018. Annette officially assumed her role leading Oakland County’s public mental health service delivery system in July of 2018.
Her long-standing and successful career in the human service industry, including 25 years of experience working with both children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, has earned Annette local, state, and national recognition. She is frequently invited to speak at conferences throughout the state of Michigan and across the country on important topics such as Person-Centered Planning, Self-Determination, Income Generation for ALL, and Community-Focused Service Provision.
Prior to joining OCHN, Annette was employed by Community Living Services for 22 years. Between 2000 and 2004, she held several management positions, including Operations Director, Network Coordinator, and Support Coordinator Specialist / Manager. In 2004, Annette was promoted to Executive Director of the newly established CLS-Oakland County service division. She remained in this position before accepting the appointment to OCHN’s Executive Director in 2018.
Annette is a tireless advocate for systems change aimed at promoting people with disabilities’ right to choose their own life paths.
She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Central Michigan (CMU), and is on schedule to earn a Master of Science in Administration degree from CMU in August of 2018.
An avid enthusiast of inspirational quotes, Annette is known for sharing words of wisdom that encourage positive change, including her favorite:
“Be the change you want to see in the world.” ~ Gandhi