Board of Directors and Staff 2014-2015

Honorary Chairs

The Honorable Damon J. Keith
U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals

A. Alfred Taubman
Taubman Centers

Rochelle Riley
Detroit Free Press

Paul Anger, Chair
Editor & Publisher
Detroit Free Press

Elizabeth W. Brooks, C0-Vice Chair
Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

Cynthia J. Pasky, Co-Vice Chair
President and CEO
Strategic Staffing Solutions

Debora Scola, Secretary
Community Affairs Director
Detroit Media Partnership

Daniel F. Smith, Treasurer
Ernst & Young LLP

Ismael Ahmed
Associate Provost for Integrated
Learning and Community Partnerships
University of Michigan/Dearborn

Michael Cheatham
Vice President
Comerica Bank

Robert Cohen
Executive Director
Jewish Community Relations Council

Gary Dembs
Non-Profit Personnel Network

Ahmad M. Ezzeddine, Ph. D.
Associate Vice Presisdent
Wayne State University

Eve Haley
Program Officer
Bosch Community Fund

The Rev. Georgia Hill
Associate Minister
Plymouth United Church of Christ
President, Detroit Literacy Council

Kendra L.  Howard
Community Engagement Director
Detroit Jobs Alliance

Joyce Jenereaux
Detroit Media Partnership

Thomas Linn
Chairman Emeritus
Miller, Canfield, Paddock & Stone

Thomas G. McGinnis

Jonathan D. Parks
MI-GEARUP, Wayne State University

Susie Schechter
Senior Philanthropic Manager
Jewish Federation of Metro Detroit

Tim Smith
President & CEO
Skidmore Studio

Chuck Stokes
Director Editorial/Public Affairs
WXYZ Channel 7

Bankole Thompson
Senior Editor
Michigan Chronicle

Joni M. Thrower
Managing Partner
McDonald’s d/b/a/Jamojomar, Inc.

Donnell White
Executive Director
Detroit Branch NAACP

Executive Director 
Paula Brown, CFRE

Director of Program Outcomes
Kristen Barnes-Holiday