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.

Chairman

Richard DiBartolomeo, Chairman

Rick DiBartolomeo currently provides consulting and fractional CFO services to small and growing businesses. Rick began his career in 1982 at Deloitte & Touche where he provided results-driven consulting in finance, accounting, and operations. After retiring as a Partner, he continued to work side-by-side with business owners providing financial and operational leadership to reduce risk, increase profitability, and maximize cash flow. In addition, from 2010-2016, Rick worked in various capacities under Michigan Governor Rick Snyder’s administration.

Rick is active in the community serving on numerous charitable boards, foundations and is also a past president of the Detroit Athletic Club. Among his other community service involvements, he exchanges his business suit for a clown suit as part of America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade’s Distinguished Clown Corps.

Rick and his wife Sue have 3 grown children and live in Troy, Michigan.

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

Community Leader

Randy M. Kummer, Vice Chairperson

Community Leader

Mike Murri, Vice Chairperson

VP and General Manager
WXYZ – Channel 7

Doug Busch, Secretary

Owner
Busch’s Fresh Food Market

Hannan Lis, Vice Chairperson

Chief Operating Officer
Weight Watchers

Julie G. Smith, Vice Chairperson

Community Leader

James Trouba, Treasurer

Partner
Grant Thornton

Hugh Mahler, Member at Large

Community Leader

Lorna G. Utley, Member at Large

Community Leader

John C. Carter, Vice Chairperson

President
Chase Bank

Dave McNulty, Member at Large

VP, Corp HR & Global Talent
Lear Corp.

Jon Woods, Vice Chairperson

Community Leader

Board of Directors

John Barker

Managing Director, Investments
The Kresge Foundation

Kathrine Gorman

Vice President
PNC Bank

Lisa C. Peracchio

President
East African Children’s Fund

Harold Burns

Managing Director
UHY

Daniel Kaufman

SVP, Corporate Growth
H.W. Kaufman Group

Sam Rozenberg

Change Agent

Derrick Coleman

Entrepreneur
President of DC Elite

Tracey Kenty

VP of HR
Strategic Staffing Solutions

David Sanders

Strategic Acct. Director
Microsoft

Eric Dietz

President, SE MI Region
Huntington Bank

Kevin Kernen

Managing Director, Valuation Advisory
Stout Risius Ross, LLC

Darcee Scavone

Director, Talent Management & Culture
Lineage Logistics

Tim Dumond

Managing Director
KPMG

Jason Lee

EVP, Capital Markets
Flagstar Bank

Stephen Swartz

President
The JAR Group

Mark Ellis

Chief Revenue Officer
Sports Illustrated

Ken McClure

Regional Director, Corporate Affairs
Kroger

Margaret Trimer

VP Strategic Partnerships
Delta Dental of MI, OH & IN

Warren C. Evans

Chief Executive Officer
Wayne County

Melinda Mernovage

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

Nathan Upfal

President
Law Offices of Nathan Upfal, P.C.

Stan Finsilver

Co-Founder
Friedman Real Estate

Eileen Newell

Director of Tax
Rock Ventures

Diane Wolfenden

Vice President, Eastern Region
Priority Health

Cynthia Ford

Community Leader

Camille Nicita

President and CEO
Gongos Research

Genna Young

Manager, Detroit Community Partnerships
General Motors

Kristina Robinson Garrett

Judge, 36th District Court

Andrew Ottaway

Sr. Managing Director
FINNEA Group

Neal F. Zalenko

Investor & Retired Owner of
Zalenko & Associates

Jennifer Granger

Philanthropist & Community Advocate

Jason Paulateer

SVP, Community & Econ Development Fifth Third Bank

Sean Zecman

President, National Food Group

Advisory Council Members

Mitch Albom

Sports Columnist
Detroit Free Press

Tim Allen

Boxing Cat Productions

Maggie Allesee

Community Leader

Sarkis Mark Anusbigian

President
Westborn Market

Rob Cohen

President
Advance Packaging Technologies

Keith W. Cooley

Community Leader

Ed Deeb

Founder, President & CEO
Michigan Food & Beverage Association

David Draper

Partner
The Draper Law Firm

Eric Ersher

Founder & CEO
Zoup! Fresh Soup Company

Dr. Nancy Fishman

Founder
Forgotten Harvest

Rick Foster

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

George Francis III

Community Leader

Joel E. Jacob

President
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

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

Kathy Reid

First Vice President
Comerica Incorporated

Leroy C. Richie (Roy)

Attorney
Lewis & Munday

Marty Shoushanian

President
Versacom, Inc.

Stephen Swartz

President
The JAR Group, L.L.C.

Harry Warner

President
Warner Petroleum Corporation

Rabbi Paul Yedwab

Temple Israel