Meet our Administrative Team

Tom Thornton

Tom Thornton

President Tom Thornton has spent three decades covering a wide variety of successful large and small businesses. His education background spans from Western Michigan University, University of Arkansas, University of Oklahoma. Along with extensive schooling and business ventures Tom is a dad to two adult sons and a dedicated husband Tom has been involved in the adult foster care field for over 35 years.

Dororthy Thornton

Dororthy Thornton

Provider Dorothy has spent her entire life serving others. During her career as a high school counselor she found great purpose in helping her students through the complicated high school years. This purpose grew into into a passion for improving the lives of those struggling the greatest. She has been dedicated to providing a program for consumers with the most challenging backgrounds. She has worked tirelessly to create a welcoming environment to the consumers who choose our homes.

Dawn Speese

Dawn Speese

Business Manager Dawn has spent the last 18 years in the adult foster care field. Dawn is continuously working to improve our programs with a special emphasis in corporate and contract compliance, staff development and writing and implementing company policies and procedures.

Lisa Sanchez

Lisa Sanchez

Program Supervisor AEC I Lisa has worked with us for over 12 years and is currently running our AEC 1 program in Allegan. Lisa has a deep compassion for the consumers we serve and excels in building relationships with both the residents and the staff and is dedicated to providing a high quality of life to our consumers.

Monique Sonntag

Monique Sonntag

Assistant Manager AEC Home I&II Monique has been with AEC for over 18 years. She currently assists in running the programs at both of our Allegan locations. Monique's positive personality and compassion for others make her a valuable member of our administrative team. Monique is very involved with developing personalized programs for each individual consumer as well as creating the activity calendars for both Allegan homes.

Diane Alexander

Diane Alexander

Program Supervisor AEC II Diane is the Program Supervisor at our newest home located in downtown Allegan. Diane has many years of experience working in the adult foster care field and has a true heart for serving others.

Karen Cotton

Karen Cotton

Program Supervisor AEC III Karen has been with AEC for over 12 years and currently runs our Decatur program. Karen has amazing insight into motivating and encouraging each individual consumer that enters into the Decatur program. Karen has been consequential in creating a structured environment which has proven successful for consumers with a diagnosis on the Autism and Asperger Spectrums as well as others that function better in a structured environment.

Juanita Lara

Juanita Lara

Assistant Manager AEC III Juanita has been with AEC for over 6 years. Juanita started with providing direct care for our consumers and is now a vital part of our administrative team. Juanita greets everyone with a smile and her positive and upbeat personality bring happiness to those around her.

MaryBelle Guerin

MaryBelle Guerin

Med Coordinator AEC I&II MaryBelle has been with AEC for over two years and currently serves as the Medication Coordinator for both AEC I and II. She has been vital in computerizing the medication process at both of our Allegan homes and provides medication administration training to our new staff.

Terry Trowbridge

Terry Trowbridge

Med Coordinator AEC III Terry serves as the medication coordinator at our home in Decatur. She has a background as a pharmacy technician and has extensive background in the medical field. She has also worked in the adult foster care field for many years.

Theresa Rhoda

Theresa Rhoda

Corporate Office Administrative Support Theresa has been with Falco/AEC for over 14 years. Theresa provides vital support to the entire administrative team including coordinating staff training, billing, corporate communications and is the primary contact for processing new consumer referrals.