Community Homes for Adults, Inc. (CHAI) is a non-sectarian, non-profit corporation under Jewish auspices that provides programs and services to enable adults with intellectual disabilities to live full, rich lives in a safe environment and to meaningfully participate in the community.
Our founder, Dr. Carmen Miller Michael, and a group of caring and passionate leaders in our community, including Milton Levy, Buddy Rosenthal, and Herbert Shore, envisioned a caring and one-of-a-kind environment servicing those in our community with intellectual disabilities. Their dedication set the stage for CHAI to become the successful community provider it is today.
After several years of surveys, cost analyses, and feasibility studies, the concept for Community Homes for Adults, was approved by the Social Planning Committee of the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas and quickly endorsed by its Board of Directors.
Since its inception in 1983, CHAI continues to fulfill its mission of supporting those in need by providing a place to live, life skills education, day habilitation, job training and support, opportunities for social inclusion, multiple healthcare options, and a team of tireless advocates that makes certain every resident and client is treated with respect and compassion.
We have been fortunate over the years to expand our services and purchased homes, create the Wolens Program Services and our Day Habilitation program due to the generosity of donors who understand the importance of CHAI as a force for good in the community. They recognize the principles upon which CHAI was founded and how society improves when those principles are put into practice. There is still room for improvement in our community, and we at CHAI believe our work has only just begun. We look forward to many more years of making a difference and touching lives in profoundly positive ways.
Dr. Carmen Miller Michael
A graduate of SMU and Professor Emeritus at UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dr. Carmen Miller Michael was a longtime community mental health advocate in the Dallas area. Her work in the field of clinical psychology provided services that did not previously exist for those with intellectual disabilities.
CHAI opened its doors in 1983 in accordance with Dr. Michael’s vision and with the dedication of passionate community leaders like Milton Levy, Buddy Rosenthal, and Herbert Shore. Dr. Michael also founded the Dallas Epilepsy Association and the Dallas Mental Health Society. The Dallas Historical Society once honored her for excellence in community service, and since 1998 an award in her name has been given to a select number of students for their scholarship, citizenship, and clinical skills.
Although Dr. Michael passed away in 2013, her legacy of fostering change within the community and providing expert care lives on in every venture CHAI undertakes and every life it touches.
The Annual Report gives a snapshot of what CHAI did this year in programs and how we did financially. Please click below to see the most recent Annual Report.
Chief Executive Officer
Reporting to the Board of Directors, Lisa is responsible for creating, communicating, and implementing CHAI’s vision, mission, and overall direction. Lisa loves to walk her two Boston Terriers, Lucie and Dezi and also loves working in the yard. No information regarding the consequences of having two dogs causes her to work in the yard.
Director of Finance
Reporting to the CEO, this position is responsible for the finance and accounting operations including, internal and external audits, accounting, Human Resources and payroll administration. The Director of Finance takes a leadership role in financial condition analysis, budget management, and financial reporting. When Craig is not playing with numbers, you can see him cheering on his Green-Bay Packers sans cheese head.
Director of Development
Patsy is responsible for implementing a comprehensive development plan that includes an annual fundraising campaign, communications and marketing, special events, and donor relations as well as grant proposals and planned giving. Patsy’s background includes working with children in a camping setting which explains why she sets up camp, tent and all, working day and night, while planning events!
Director of Programs and Services
Kim is responsible for the oversight of the entire program and services team. This position is accountable for all the residents, clients and staff and the actual day to day operations of our homes. In addition, Kim is responsible for our Day Habilitation Program and our Wolens Program (community outreach). Kim comes from a very large family so she is very calm in the midst of chaos.
Tai manages the direct care staff and supervises the Yale, Miller 1, Miller 2, Toub and Bauer homes, part of the home and community-based services program. She creates staff schedules, leads annual planning meetings and is responsible for the safety and well-being of clients. Tai was named after Tai Babilonia, the first American pair skater with Randy Gardner. You can catch her skating down the hall – without any skates.
Assisted Living Program Manager
Ron manages fifteen direct care staff and supervises the Todd House and Levy House which are assisted living homes with six residents in each. He creates staff schedules, leads annual planning meetings, and is responsible for the safety and well-being of clients.
Wolens Program Manager
Donna is responsible for the Wolens Program which includes providing supportive employment services, socialization opportunities, educational pursuits, and recreational activities to our residents who live in our group homes and clients that we serve in the community. Donna also supervises our life skill trainers that provide 1 on 1 support to clients in the community. She also manages the documentation needed for Texas Home Living clients.
Supported Employment Manager
Tameka is responsible for all areas of employment including career exploration, employment preparation, job development, assistance with finding employment, on the job training, and job retention while forming positive relationships and connections in the community to secure community employment.
Anita is responsible for CHAI’s accounts payables. She completes payments and control expenses by receiving, processing, verifying and reconciling invoices. Anita has three grown daughters and is the proud grandmother of one girl and two boys. If you can’t get her attention, she is probably watching videos of her talented and heart-warming grandchildren.
Bettina is responsible for CHAI’s accounts receivable. She generates client and state invoices; ensures payments are recorded and reconciled; and assists in month end closing. Not only does Bettina love numbers but she also loves animals! She is a licensed veterinary technician. That helps when the animals around the office get rowdy.
Quality Assurance Specialist
Erica assures all programs and services including assisted living, HCS and TxHML are in compliance with all regulations. She also is responsible for all staff training and maintains our commitment to excellence by evaluating and monitoring the quality of our programs and services.
Kathy Minor Schneider
Community Relations Manager
Kathy is responsible for the design, implementation and ongoing management of a comprehensive program that encourages engagement of individual volunteers as well as community partners. The Community Relations Manager also oversees CHAI’s social media presence and coordinates and updates the CHAI website.
Miller 1/Miller 2 Team Leader/Case Manager
Derrick functions as the residential leader of the homes and staff and is the Case Manager for the six (6) clients in those homes. Derrick may be seen singing to his clients as he was an active member of the Honor Chorale in high school. Ask him about his dog, 4-year-old Denver, a Shih Tzu. Derrick loves to talk about his best friend.
Toub/Bauer Team Leader
Connie functions as the residential leader of homes and staff for Toub and Bauer homes. She may be whipping her clients in to shape as she was voted most athletic in basketball and volleyball in high school. She not only takes care of her CHAI clients but also volunteers with Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Dallas.
Day Habilitation Team Lead
Michael leads the Day Hab team making sure the participants have the opportunity to fill their day with activities and socialization to learn skills to increase their level of independence. He loves traveling,animals, domestics, and learning important history of all kinds. Michael is making history, every day, by enriching our clients.
Officers of the Board
Susan Bates, Ph.D.
Immediate Past President
Executive Committee Members at Large
Dr. Joel Brook
Laura Lacritz, Ph.D.
Lonna Rae Silverman
CHAEF Board of Trustees
(Community Homes for Adults Endowment Foundation)
John Rosenberg – Chairman
Evan Stone – Vice Chairman
Susan Bates, Ph.D
Sanford (Tex) Fagadau, Ph.D*
Milton J. (Bill) Greene*
Milton P. Levy, Jr.*
Carmen Miller Michael, Ph.D.*
Stuart A. Morse
Herbert Shore, Ed.D.*
Honorary Lifetime Members
Milton P. Levy, Jr.*
Carmen Miller Michael, Ph.D.*
Mrs. Henry S. Miller, Sr.*
H.S. (Buddy) Rosenthal
Herbert Shore, Ed.D.*
*of Blessed Memory