All staff members are highly scrutinized prior to being employed at Promise Village. Before being hired, staff members are subjected to multiple interviews, screening and background checks to make sure they are appropriate for employment. We do an extensive reference check and validation of prior work experience and education. We also do Central Registry Clearance checks to determine if there was any past history of untoward behavior. We do criminal history and driving record checks. Our staff members are carefully selected in order to have personnel who maintain a personal lifestyle consistent with Promise Village’s goals and that they have a desire to be positive role models for those we serve. We are aware of the responsibility we have in respectfully caring for each resident and creating a nurturing and healing environment to facilitate positive growth.
Dr. Tim Coldiron
Dr. Tim Coldiron
Dr. Tim Coldiron is the Founder and Executive Director of Promise Village. He has been working professionally with children, adolescents, and their families for more than thirty years in clinical settings, youth organizations, churches, and youth residential treatment facilities. His education and experience helping children, adolescents, parent’s, families, and youth workers grew from a genuine interest in shaping young lives to become the best each can be. He holds a Ph.D. in Psychology, a Master’s in Clinical Social Work, and a B.A. in Education and Communications; in addition to this, he has learned a tremendous amount from the hundreds of families with whom he has been privileged to work alongside. From 1987 to 2000 he was the sole owner and clinical director of the largest free-standing outpatient mental health and substance abuse clinic in Michigan. He had a staff of over 50 psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors and social workers and the clinic saw over 600 people a week. He was honored to be chosen as the Mentor of the Year by Sony Pictures in 2005. He currently sits on the board of New Life Ministries and is called on by ABC, NBC, and CBS affiliates as an expert on family and youth-related topics. His leadership and the success of Promise Village won a grant from the Kellogg’s Foundation to replicate Promise Village homes nationally. He says his ultimate greatest role model is God Himself. “He has always been the Perfect Father. As I often say to parents, ‘As God is to us…so we must be to our children.’ He is fair, firm, loving, sacrificial, patient, doesn’t keep records of wrongs, perseveres, always hopes, has our back, is long-suffering, forgiving, wise, faithful, and is the same yesterday, today and forever. Our goal at Promise Village is to deal with the young lives and families we serve in the same way. What an incredible responsibility and privilege.”
Robin McCoy is a Clinical Therapist at Promise Village. She attended Oakland University for seven years. In that time she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Counseling with a specialization in Children and Adolescents. During her Master’s program she completed multiple internships working with children and adolescents who faced hardships including: terminal illness, neglect, and varying forms of abuse. She worked four years with the OU Cares Film Camp, who partnered with actor and film producer Joey Travolta to provide a therapeutic program for autistic children and teens. She worked as a counselor for children and young people at Care House and Gilda’s Club. Her desire to help and advocate for special needs children has stemmed from her relationship with her own two disabled sisters, Casey and Lindsay, whom she loves dearly. Prior to coming to Promise Village, she worked four years with the Oakland County Circuit Court. During this time she worked alongside juvenile delinquents and their families as they attempted to be rehabilitated through the juvenile justice system. She considered it a privilege to have a role in helping kids through difficult times. An unexpected passion resulted from this experience as she walked with them through what seemed to be impossible circumstances. She continues in this journey with Promise Village and desires to see troubled teens find hope, healing, and their joy in Christ. Along with spending time with her family, she enjoys outdoor adventures, cinematography, and playing the acoustic guitar.
Pastor Jay Chambers
Pastor Jay Chambers
Pastor Jay Chambers is a clinical therapist at Promise Village. He attended Spring Arbor University and earned his Master’s Degree in counseling. He previously earned a Master’s Degree in Pastoral Studies, a Bachelor’s Degree in Bible, and a Theology Degree. He has served as the Senior Pastor in three Michigan churches over the past thirty years and after Bible college he was the supervisor of an ACE school and youth pastor in a church in Indiana. Prior to joining the Promise Village team, he worked as a professional counselor working with addictions and substance abuse, high risk teens, domestic violence, and anger management. His thirty plus years in the ministry and his professional counseling work have prepared him well for the life issues and family needs experienced by the residents of Promise Village. He has been a board member on several social agencies such as Habitat for Humanity and he has taught college classes as an adjunct professor. He is artistic and loves the outdoors, including hunting, fishing, camping, and motorcycling. He is married to Pamela, his wonderful wife of thirty-five years. They have raised four boys into Godly men and have excellent relationships with their daughter-in-laws. They especially love and adore their nine grandchildren. We know that God led us to Promise Village to counsel, develop, and disciple young men. I am thankful the crises of life can be covered in prayer and the mercies of God are fresh every day.
Ryan Ploch is a Masters-level clinical intern at Promise Village. He attended Oakland University earning a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. He is currently attending Michigan State University earning a Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work. Ryan has worked at Promise Village over the last six years as a full-time Life Coach. He continues to work as a Life Coach during his internship. He has dealt with many difficult cases over his tenure at Promise Village he valuable experience and knowledge he has gained through working at a residential treatment program has prepared him to be an effective therapist. Ryan’s hobbies include participating in and watching sports, movies, and music. His favorite thing to do is spend time with his wife, Bekah, and two daughters, Madelyn and Emma. Ryan has a passion for working with children/youth and impacting them for Christ. In the future, Ryan inspires to develop a program for young children who have faced trauma and struggles.
Lloyd Dockham is the Admission’s Counselor at Promise Village. He has a MSW, LMSW, and is a Clinical Psychotherapist. He attended William Tyndale College where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Christian Studies. He later attended Wayne State University where he earned his Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work. Before working at Promise Village, Lloyd was a Behavioral Health Therapist at a Family Services Agency where he worked closely with adolescents and families in a clinical setting and was a member of a treatment team servicing youth and families. While studying at Wayne State, Lloyd interned in an outpatient clinic focusing on both mental health and substance abuse treatment. He also interned in a special education program in a public school district during his first year of graduate school. Lloyd’s hobbies include reading, music, and sports. His favorite thing to do is spend time with his wife, Jessica and son, Griffin. Lloyd’s heart for young people, his desire to see them grow emotionally, relationally and spiritually, and his ability to meet young people where they are, make him an effective therapist and a valuable member of the Promise Village clinical and administrative staff.
Leo Robinson II
Leo Robinson II is the Program Manager at Promise Village. He was born and raised in Flint, MI. He attended Central Michigan University where he studied Broadcast and Cinematic Arts and Minored in Theater. However, God had a different plan for his life. He also has received advanced training and years of experience in the area of mental health. Leo’s undeniable gift is his ability to work with young people and motivate them to be excellent. He has a passion for Promise Village and wanted to be involved with this ministry for a long period of time. He started out as a Life Coach and his enthusiasm for the program and excellent character allowed for him to be promoted to Program Manager. Over the past 10 years, God has used Leo to be a strong force in the lives of hurting young people in a variety of ways. He also serves as the Youth Pastor at his church where he heads a staff of ministers and volunteers in developing an inner city youth ministry that can be modeled around the world. Leo works with youth who are considered to be the worst of the worst, however, he is able to see these young people through God’s love and pull out the best in them. There is no doubt that Leo was placed on this earth to be a light to struggling young people and he leaps at every opportunity that will allow him to use his gifts. Leo is in love with his family and leads them the way that Christ has ordained men to do so. He is married to his best friend, Miosha, and is the proud father of a daughter and son, Zion and Leo III.
Brandy has been the Administrative Coordinator for Promise Village since 1998. Brandy holds an Associates degree in Early Childhood Development from Oakland Community College and a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from Baker College. She manages most of the business functions of Promise Village including accounting/bookkeeping, HR, event planning, volunteer coordination, general support for other staff, development/fundraising, and many other responsibilities. She is a mainstay at Promise Village and has a passion for helping children/teens of all ages to see their potential and learn of God’s love. When she isn’t at Promise Village, she is spending time with her sons, Ethan and Bradley. Her heart for children is obvious and she knows God has called her to love them as He does and help them to know that He has a plan for their lives as stated in Jeremiah 29:11. Her years of experience at Promise Village make her invaluable asset and a tremendous resource.
Vince Adragna is our animal manager and runs the Equine Therapy Program. He has over thirty years experience overseeing the upkeep and liaison with veterinarians, farriers, and various venders. He determines the animal’s diets and sees to their health issues throughout the seasons. He gets to know our residents as well as he knows the horses, upon which time he assigns a horse that will compliment each child’s personality and needs. In doing this, he teaches the residents how to care, trust and be trusted. Vince has a natural ability to bond with and understand the needs of the diverse array of animals here at Promise Village. Before coming to Promise Village, Vince utilized his college education as a self-employed mural artist. He currently owns a small business painting animal and pet portraits. He also worked as a caretaker for an autistic teenager. As the father of an autistic child, he feels an empathy with victims of this complicated condition and works continuously to find new avenues of communication with them. He brings that same compassion to the work he does with the animals and kids of Promise Village.
Our Life Coaches are the heart and soul of Promise Village. They are a group of dedicated, loving, and passionate professionals that truly care about the welfare of the kids we serve. They work directly with the residents each day for eight hour shifts. Their role includes:
- Modeling a positive lifestyle that makes the residents stand up and take notice.
- Facilitating experiential and enrichment opportunities through on and off-site activities.
- Developing nurturing and trusting relationships with the residents so that they feel safe and comfortable sharing their feelings and struggles.
- Teaching pro-social values, social competencies, and healthy life-skills.
- Promoting positive identity development and appreciation of each resident’s uniqueness.
- Identifying and building on the strengths of each child/teen.
- Providing teachable moments within each day to help facilitate the healing, changing, and growth of each resident.
- Integrating the “PROMISES” Character-Building Stage System in the milieu and with each resident.
- Teaching the residents self-control, self-regulation, and self-responsibility.
- Encouraging residents to make positive choices that foster a sense of confidence, integrity, and purpose.
- Providing spiritual development opportunities for the residents.
- Empowering and encouraging each resident to use their life on behalf of others. Help them to develop empathy and a caring heart willing to help others.
- Helping residents eliminate thinking errors that lead to self-sabotaging behaviors.
- Holding residents accountable for their choices and actions.
- Supporting the residents in their academic endeavors by providing guidance and tutoring.
- Engaging in fun, both in spontaneous and planned ways.
- Loving and guiding the residents as though they were their own family members.
- Encouraging residents to reconnect, respect, and value their parents and families.
Each Life Coach receives intensive training prior to working with the residents. Each year, all staff are required to complete “Staff Growth and Development” training. The required trainings include:
- Group Dynamics/Creative Group Devotionals
- Managing the Angry or Emotionally-Charged Child
- Discipline and Creative Behavior Management, Thinking Errors
- Building Teamwork
- Child and Adolescent Development Training
- Spiritual Development
- Crisis Intervention Training
- Life Coaches Role in the Life of our Residents
- Animal-Assisted Therapy
- Cultural Competency and Sensitivity
- Fire, Tornado, and Severe Weather Training
- Interpersonal Communication
- Family Dynamics Training
- Suicide Alert and Prevention/Threats of Self-Sabotaging
- Creative Relationship Building
- Medication Administration and Management Training
- CPR and First Aid Certified