Our Team

OUR PEOPLE

At the heart of any good company is good people. Choice is no exception. Our people come from all over the state and have a wide array of educational, professional, personal, and cultural backgrounds. We are all brought together by the shared passion of helping children.

We also focus on developing one another through meaningful relationships, challenging work, constructive feedback, sound professional training, and a true commitment to nurturing the career path of each team member.

Payroll and Benefits Customer Service Coordinator Kathy Ochsankehl
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Kathy comes to us from the healthcare world, where she worked for 27 years as Director of HRIS Admin. Her focus was always on customer service, inclusion, and collaboration. She is excited to be in a support role as part of an organization that fosters and encourages excellent customer service, whether for internal or external customers. Kathy’s main responsibilities as Payroll and Benefits Customer Service Coordinator are to ensure that employees are consistently treated with empathy and care and that their concerns are addressed. She will support the payroll and benefits department and maintain a transparent and user-friendly system to track employee concerns, payroll/benefit-related errors, and payroll changes to take corrective action quickly. Outside of work, Kathy's favorite thing to do is travel. She also enjoys hiking and running with her 13-year-old husky mix, Molly, and relaxing with her rescue kitten, Joey.
Director of Payroll & Benefits Jake Allen
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Jake Allen is our Director of Payroll and Benefits. Jake oversees the management of payroll processes and benefits administration, ensuring accuracy, compliance, and efficiency. He also works closely with the finance department to implement the accounting software, and assists our new and current Choice employees with payroll needs. Jake also assists finance and payroll with special projects and is committed to perfecting audits for Choice Schools and its academies. Jake graduated from Central Michigan University, receiving his B.S. in Business Administration and Economic Theory. Jake is also a proud Marine, having served in the military from 2001 to 2005. Jake will advocate for employees' needs, provide world-class benefits, and build a foundation for accurate payroll processes while rooted in our values.
Payroll and Benefits Coordinator Stacey Maycroft
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Stacey Maycroft is our Payroll & Benefits Coordinator. She works to ensure timely and accurate pay for all Choice employees. She effectively administers the company’s leased employee payroll and benefits programs within company and academy board policy parameters while ensuring all local, State, & Federal legal requirements are met. Stacey earned her bachelor's degree in corporate & industrial accounting from Baker College of Muskegon. Before joining Choice, she was a payroll assistant at TrueNorth where she became the "go-to" person for all topics. She assisted with employee benefits and participated in the onboarding process for new staff.