Board of Directors & Advisory Board

We appreciate the local community and business leaders who make up our Board of Directors & Advisory Board and value their thoughtful guidance of our organization.


Richard DiBartolomeo, Chairman

Leadership Team

Kirk Mayes

Chief Executive Officer

Tim Hudson

Chief Development Officer

Mike Spicer

Chief Operations Officer

Cheryl R. Johnson

Chief Financial Officer

Anne Ginn

Chief Public Policy Officer

Executive Committee

Richard DiBartolomeo, Chairperson

Michigan CFO Associates

Randy M. Kummer, Vice Chairperson

Community Leader

Julie G. Smith, Vice Chairperson

Community Leader

Doug Busch, Secretary

Busch’s Fresh Food Market

Hannan Lis, Vice Chairperson

Chief Operating Officer
Weight Watchers

Lorna G. Utley, Member at Large

Community Leader

James Trouba, Treasurer

Grant Thornton

Mike Murri, Vice Chairperson

VP and General Manager
WXYZ – Channel 7

Jon Woods, Vice Chairperson

Community Leader

John C. Carter, Vice Chairperson

Chase Bank

Board of Directors

John Barker

Managing Director, Investments
The Kresge Foundation

Daniel Kaufman

SVP, Corporate Growth
H.W. Kaufman Group

Jason Paulateer

SVP, Community & Econ Development
Fifth Third Bank

Harold Burns

Managing Director

Tracey Kenty

Director, Human Resources
Strategic Staffing Solutions

Lisa C. Peracchio

East African Children’s Fund

Derrick Coleman

President of DC Elite

Kevin Kernen

Managing Director, Valuation Advisory
Stout Risius Ross, LLC

Sam Rozenberg

Change Agent

Eric Dietz

President, SE MI Region
Huntington Bank

Jason Lee

EVP, Capital Markets
Flagstar Bank

Darcee Scavone

Director, Talent Management & Culture
Lineage Logistics

Tim Dumond

Managing Director

Hugh Mahler

Community Advocate

Stephen Swartz

The JAR Group

Mark Ellis

Chief Revenue Officer
Sports Illustrated

Ken McClure

Regional Director, Corporate Affairs

Margaret Trimer

Director, Corporate Communication & Corporate Citizenship
Delta Dental of MI, OH & IN

Warren C. Evans

Chief Executive Officer
Wayne County

Dave McNulty

VP, Corporate HR & Global Talent Acquisition
Lear Corporation

Nathan Upfal

Law Offices of Nathan Upfal, P.C.

Stan Finsilver

Friedman Real Estate

Melinda Mernovage

Director, Corporate Communications – Americas Region
Mercedes-Benz Financial Services

Diane Wolfenden

Vice President, Eastern Region
Priority Health

Cynthia Ford

Community Leader

Eileen Newell

Director of Tax
Rock Ventures

Genna Young

Manager, Detroit Community Partnerships
General Motors

Kristina Robinson Garrett

Judge, 36th District Court

Camille Nicita

President and CEO
Gongos Research

Neal F. Zalenko

Investor & Retired Owner of
Zalenko & Associates

Kathrine Gorman

Vice President
PNC Bank

Andrew Ottaway

Community Leader

Advisory Council Members

Mitch Albom

Sports Columnist
Detroit Free Press

Tim Allen

Boxing Cat Productions

Maggie Allesee

Community Leader

Sarkis Mark Anusbigian

Westborn Market

Rob Cohen

Advance Packaging Technologies

Keith W. Cooley

Community Leader

Ed Deeb

Founder, President & CEO
Michigan Food & Beverage Association

David Draper

The Draper Law Firm

Eric Ersher

Founder & CEO
Zoup! Fresh Soup Company

Dr. Nancy Fishman

Forgotten Harvest

Rick Foster

W. K. Kellogg Chair in Food, Society and Sustainability
Michigan State University

George Francis III

Community Leader

Joel E. Jacob

The Bottle Crew

Anita Jenkins

Community Leader

George G. Johnson

Managing Director
George Johnson & Company

Gary Karp

Executive Vice President
Sherwood Food Distributors

Bruce Kridler

Greenleaf Trust

Bob Olender

Chairman, DDA
Dawn Food Products

Terry Palleschi

Community Leader

Peggy Pitt

Pitt, McGehee, Palmer, Rivers & Golden, P. C.

Kathy Reid

First Vice President
Comerica Incorporated

Leroy C. Richie (Roy)

Lewis & Munday

Marty Shoushanian

Versacom, Inc.

Stephen Swartz

The JAR Group, L.L.C.

Harry Warner

Warner Petroleum Corporation

Rabbi Paul Yedwab

Temple Israel