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

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

Anne Ginn

Chief Public Policy Officer

Michael Butman

Chief Information Officer

Angella Durkin

Chief Financial Officer

Executive Committee

Richard DiBartolomeo, Chairperson

Community Leader

Hannan Lis, Vice Chairperson

Chief Operating Officer
Weight Watchers

Jason Paulateer, Member at Large

SVP, Community & Econ Development Fifth Third Bank

Randy Kummer, 1st Vice

Community Leader

Hugh Mahler, Vice Chairperson

Community Leader

David Sanders, Member at Large

General Manager, GM/Cruise
Partnership Microsoft

James Trouba, Treasurer

Grant Thornton

Mike Murri, Vice Chairperson

VP and General Manager

WXYZ – Channel 7

Julie G. Smith, Vice Chairperson

Community Leader

Katherine Gorman, Secretary

Vice President PNC Bank

Andrew Ottaway,
Member at Large

Sr. Managing Director

Lorna G. Utley, Member at Large

Community Leader

John C. Carter, Vice Chairperson

Community Leader

Jon Woods, Vice Chairperson

Community Leader

Board of Directors

John Barker

Managing Director, Investments
The Kresge Foundation

Jennifer Granger

Philanthropist & Community Advocate

Sam Rozenberg

Change Agent

Harold Burns

Managing Director

Brenda Jones

Community Advocate

Darcee Scavone

VP, Talent, Culture & Community Engagement
Lineage Logistics

Doug Busch

Busch’s Fresh Food Market

Daniel Kaufman

SVP, Corporate Growth
H.W. Kaufman Group

Stephen Swartz

The JAR Group

Derrick Coleman

President of DC Elite

Kevin Kernen

Managing Director, Valuation Advisory
Stout Risius Ross, LLC

Nathan Upfal

Law Offices of Nathan Upfal, P.C.

Eric Dietz

President, SE MI Region
Huntington Bank

Jason Lee

EVP, Capital Markets
Flagstar Bank

Diane Wolfenden

Vice President, Eastern Region
Priority Health

Derek Edwards

SVP Lending
Invest Detroit

Ken McClure

Regional Director, Corporate Affairs

Genna Young

Manager, Detroit Community Partnerships
General Motors

Mark Ellis

Chief Revenue Officer
Sports Illustrated

Melinda Mernovage

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

Neal F. Zalenko

Investor & Retired Owner of
Zalenko & Associates

Stan Finsilver

Friedman Real Estate

Camille Nicita

President and CEO
Gongos Research

Sean Zecman

President, National Food Group

Cynthia Ford

Community Leader

Rashida Patterson

VP, Global HR GBS,
Lear Corporation

Lisa C. Peracchio

East African Children’s Fund

Kristina Robinson Garrett

Judge, 36th District Court

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.

Harry Warner

Warner Petroleum Corporation

Rabbi Paul Yedwab

Temple Israel