About Us


Welcome to Development Centers

Our Board of Directors
Kathy Operhall, President
Rodger Prong, Vice President Business
Kendra Tobes, Vice President Programming
Dr. Subhash Gulati, Treasurer
Kevin Outland, Secretary
Gary Ley
Melvin Houston
Dr. Cheryl Hawkins
Donny Madhavan
Susan Ryan

Honorary Member
Jeffrey Kravitz

Dear Friends of DC,
We are extremely grateful to our many partners, supporters and collaborators who have helped us over the years continue with our mission of providing innovative programming and vital services to the compelling community we serve.
We hope that you will enjoy learning about our organization …and then commit to joining forces with us as we move forward to address the challenges that still lay ahead.

Yours in Service,
Robert E. Shaw
Robert E Shaw, Phd

A Proud Legacy of Compassionate Service

Development Centers was incorporated in 1983 as a 501c3 nonprofit from the result of a merger between two long-standing agencies: The Children’s Orthogenic Center and Phoenix Place. As such, we have a combined history of providing behavioral health services to children and adults in Northwest Detroit that extends back to the mid 1940’s.

At the time of the change in name, DC had a staff of 24 and served 700 consumers annually through its 4 programs.

Over the years as the growing number of individuals and families requesting services has increased, and as the diverse needs of our community continuously evolved, Development Centers has always responded to meet these challenges.

Today we have a staff of over 300 dedicated professionals and are now providing assistance to more than 12,000 consumers each year through our present listing of over 26 behavioral health & prevention programs …all in addition to offering a comprehensive array of varied housing placement services, employment readiness training, and much more!

Click here to learn more about our history through the past 30 years.