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Ulliance Leadership Biographies

Kent Sharkey, LMSW, President, Chief Executive Officer and Founder

Kent Sharkey, president, chief executive officer, and founder of Ulliance, Inc. oversees strategic operations of the international service company that provides human resources services including employee assistance programs (EAP), wellness programs, training programs, organizational and leadership development, career transition services, professional health monitoring, and crisis management.

In the company’s 25 year history, Kent has been instrumental in growing the company to serve more than 260 organizations throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Brazil, and Europe providing health and wellness programs to nearly one million people. Under his leadership and driven pursuit of excellence, the Ulliance team has assisted organizations of various sizes including many Fortune 500 companies to greatly reduce behavioral healthcare costs, resulting in saving millions of dollars for the organizations and improving the lives of their employees.

Through his experience as a licensed psychotherapist and business professional, Kent is able to discuss behavioral healthcare issues and its impact on businesses. Kent has shared his thoughts and expertise in emotional wellness strategy, performance management, and workplace crisis management in various print and broadcast media outlets including Crain’s Detroit Business, DBusiness, The Detroit Free Press, The Detroit News, MLive, WJBK Fox 2, News/Talk 760 WJR, and WWJ-AM. Kent was named a finalist for EY Entrepreneur of the Year Michigan and Northwest Ohio award.

Kent holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and a Master of Social Work, both from the University of Michigan. Kent is a board member of the Michigan Labor Management Association (MLMA), Michigan Wellness Council, and previously with the Troy Chamber of Commerce.


Stephen Batchelor, LMSW, CSM, SHRM-SCP, Senior Vice President of Operations

Stephen Batchelor is a licensed master social worker with more than 25 years of experience in the behavioral sciences field.  As senior vice president of operations, Stephen is responsible for ensuring high quality service delivery of Ulliance service lines. Stephen provides oversight of strategic business plan goals and is responsible for their timely completion. He directs the day-to-day functioning of all Ulliance systems including all technical, environmental, and employee related functions. He identifies new, or enhancements to current, service lines and supervises the development and implementation of all selected. Stephen also provides HR consulting, organizational development consulting, and executive coaching to key client organizations.

Stephen holds a Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work, both from Wayne State University. He is Scrum Master certified.

Stephen currently serves on the advisory board of the Birmingham Maple Clinic in Troy, Michigan.


Carolyn Batchelor, LMSW, Director of Health Professional Recovery Program

Carolyn Batchelor, a licensed master social worker, oversees the State of Michigan’s Health Professionals Recovery Program (HPRP). She has more than 22 years of behavioral health service experience ranging from inpatient and outpatient psychiatric care, employee assistance short-term treatment, and long-term outpatient mental health and substance abuse treatment.

As the program director of HPRP, her responsibilities include managing day-to-day program operations, supervising the HPRP staff, overseeing the provider network development, and maintenance ensuring strict compliance with the HPRP policy requirements. Carolyn is also involved in credentialing HPRP providers throughout the State of Michigan and complying with HPRP monthly, quarterly, and annual reporting requirements to the State of Michigan.

Carolyn holds a Bachelor of Social Work with a minor in Gerontology from Western Michigan University and received her Master of Social Work with a concentration in occupational social work from Wayne State University.


Darin Miller, LMSW, Manager of Clinical Services

As Ulliance’s manager of clinical services and a licensed master social worker, Darin Miller coordinates all clinical content the organization provides to its clients, as well as directs and supervises Ulliance’s clinical staff. Darin also ensures Ulliance maintains best practice standards through the development and implementation of an annual quality assurance plan.

Prior to joining the Ulliance team in 2017, Darin gained more than 17 years of clinical services experience in education, hospital and nonprofit settings.

Darin holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in social work, both from Wayne State University.


Jason Ramus, Director of IT and Communications

As Ulliance’s director of IT and communications, Jason Ramus is responsible for IT staff supervision and oversees IT initiatives, including application and website development, network administration, IT equipment upgrades and maintenance, and provides technical support to the staff.

Prior to joining Ulliance in 2015, Jason was president of datasoph, a web and mobile application development company in Royal Oak. His previous work experience also includes developer roles with 3CSI and General Motors.

Jason studied computer science and engineering at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan.


René Carpenter, Director of Marketing

As Ulliance’s director of marketing, René Carpenter is responsible for the development and execution of the company’s strategic marketing plan, including brand awareness, creative services, digital marketing, communications and social media planning, with a focus on expansion in existing and new markets.

Prior to joining the Ulliance team in 2017, René was corporate communications manager at a Michigan-based insurance broker and has held several other marketing positions throughout her career.

René holds a Bachelor of Science in marketing from Eastern Michigan University. She is certified in web and graphic design from the College for Creative Studies, as well as content and digital marketing through the HubSpot Academy.


Angela Barr, Director of Finance/HR

As Ulliance’s director of finance/HR, Angela Barr is responsible for the development and execution of Ulliance’s strategic financial planning and reporting, with a focus on expanding in existing and new markets.

Prior to joining the Ulliance team in 2017, Angela was regional operations supervisor/accounting operations manager at Brown & Brown, an insurance intermediary. She comes to Ulliance with over 20 years of accounting and human resource experience.

Angela is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and holds a Bachelor of Accountancy and Business Administration from Walsh College.