All Hands On Deck

From the beginning, we’ve said that transforming early childhood in Detroit will take all of us. We extend our deepest appreciation to those who have already taken our call of “all hands on deck” to heart. The following individuals and organizations have been instrumental in shaping Hope Starts Here and the Community Framework on these pages.

Stewardship Board

  • Beverly Burns, Miller Canfield Paddock and Stone P.L.C.
  • Danielle Atkinson, Mothering Justice
  • Denise Smith, Flint Early Promise Collaborative
  • Eli Savit, City of Detroit
  • Herman Gray, M.D., United Way for Southeastern MI
  • Jamal Williams, The Kid Network
  • John Walsh, Governor’s Office
  • Joneigh Khaldun, M.D., Detroit Health Department
  • Kimberlydawn Wisdom, M.D., Henry Ford Health System
  • Kourtney Neloms, Co-Op in the City: A Homeschool Cooperative
  • La June Montgomery Tabron, W.K. Kellogg Foundation
  • Leslie Murphy, Murphy Consulting
  • Mark Davidoff, Deloitte
  • Nikolai Vitti, Ph.D., Detroit Public Schools
  • Olga Stella, Detroit Creative Corridor Center
  • Ora Williams, Grandparents Parenting Again
  • Pastor Larry Simmons, Brightmoor Alliance
  • Phillip Wm. Fisher, Mission Throttle
  • Raquel Castañeda-López, Detroit City Council
  • Ric DeVore, PNC Bank
  • Rip Rapson, The Kresge Foundation
  • Tonya Briggs, Kristy’s Child Development Center
  • Willie Singleton, Ph.D., New St. Paul Head Start

Strategy Teams:

Facilities Strategy Team

  • Aesha Dobine, Family Leader
  • Amanda Holiday, Chadsey Condon Community Organization
  • Anika Goss-Foster, Detroit Future City Implementation Office
  • Arthur Jemison, City of Detroit
  • Cathy Anderson, Starfish Family Services
  • Christina Heximer, Detroit Collaborative Design Center
  • Christy Opsommer, Early Childhood Investment Corporation
  • Cloristine Benton, Family Leader
  • Colleen Nelson, State of Michigan
  • Cynthia Bonk-Foley, Starfish Family Services
  • Dan Pitera, Detroit Collaborative Design Center
  • David Walker, City of Detroit
  • Elizabeth Luther, Capital Impact Partners
  • Felecia Harris, Southwest Solutions
  • Ja’Net Defell, IFF
  • Jaimie Clayton, Oakland Family Services
  • Jamal Williams, The Kid Network / Stewardship Board
  • Jason Paulateer, PNC
  • Jeanette Wallington , Licensing Consultant, State of Michigan
  • Julie Mackinnon, Kidz Watch
  • Kelli Turner, School Specialty
  • Kimberly Driggins, City of Detroit Department of Planning and Development
  • LaDawn White, Focus: HOPE
  • Lashonda Butler, Leaps and Bounds Family Services
  • Lauren Hood, Live 6
  • Mahalia Arthur, Family Leader
  • Marcelle Burke, Family Leader
  • Maurice Cox, City of Detroit Department of Planning and Development
  • Michael Garfield, Ecology Center
  • Monique Taylor, Family Leader
  • Noah Urban, Data Driven Detroit
  • Noemi Barraza, Family Leader
  • Patrick Council, Family Leader
  • Paulette Merrill, School Specialty Group
  • Rabia Latif, iAMERICA
  • Raul Echevarria, United Neighborhood Initiatives
  • Robert Shaw, Development Centers
  • Scott Gifford, Matrix Human Services
  • Shirley Baskin, Licensing Manager
  • Tahirih Ziegler, Detroit Local Initiatives Support Corporation
  • Toni Henry, Detroit Collaborative Design Center
  • Yolanda Lopez-Knox, Family Leader

Family Well-being Strategy Team

  • Abby Harper, Michigan State University
  • Ann Kalass, Starfish Family Services
  • Annemarie Harris, National Center for Families Learning
  • Ashley Atkinson, Keep Growing Detroit
  • Bernita Bradley, Brilliant Detroit
  • Beth Szurpicki, Global Detroit
  • Beverly Hogan, Southwest Solutions
  • Breanne Wainright, ACCESS
  • Brigitte Cornwell, Ascension
  • Carrie Maus, American Heart Association
  • Cherie Turmon, New St. Paul Tabernacle Head Start Agency
  • Christina Morales, Matrix Human Services
  • Christine Bell, Urban Neighborhood Initiatives
  • Christine Quane, Eastern Market Corporation
  • Cindy Eggleton, Brilliant Detroit
  • Colleen Matts, Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems
  • Deanne Surles, Wayne Metro CAA
  • Delphia Simmons, Coalition on Temporary Shelter (COTS)
  • Elexiea Stokes, Family Leader
  • Elizabeth Luther, Capital Impact
  • Gena Harris Lewis, Coalition on Temporary Shelter (COTS)
  • Glenda Magarrell, Black Mothers’ Breastfeeding Association
  • Guy Williams, Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice
  • Hilda Payne, Congress of Community
  • Jaye Clement, Henry Ford Health System
  • Jennifer Weiss, Community Organizer
  • Jonetta Banks, Family Leader
  • Kathleen Alessandro, Great Start Wayne County
  • Kathryn Savoie, Ecology Center
  • Kea Matthis, Detroit People Project
  • Kecia Rorie, Starfish Family Services
  • Keith Mason, United Health Group
  • Kelly Hurshe, Michigan Office of Great Start
  • Kenneth Brown, Matrix Human Services
  • Kiddada Green, Black Mothers’ Breastfeeding Association
  • Kris Kasperski, Oakland Family Services
  • Kylah Washington, Great Start Collaborative Wayne
  • LaBrita Dobine, Family Leader
  • Lacea Zavala, Kids-Talk CAC
  • Latoya Kimbrough, Student
  • Lily Doher, United Way for Southeastern Michigan
  • Lynette Cobb, Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice
  • Mary Jo Vortkamp, Detroit Public Library
  • Melissa Freel, Wayne Children’s Healthcare Access Program
  • Menielle Leggett, Family Leader
  • Monica Easterling, New St. Paul Tabernacle Head Start Agency
  • Monica Thompson, Parent Pledge Maternal Infant Health Program
  • Monique Carter, Mother Nurture Network
  • Dr. Nakia Williams, Henry Ford Health System
  • Ora Williams, Family Leader
  • Pam Lincoln, Starfish Family Services
  • Paula Schreck, St. John Providence Hospital
  • Raquel White, Family Leader
  • Robert O’Brien, Southwest Solutions
  • Sara Gold, United Way for Southeastern Michigan
  • Shakiea Arnold, Great Start Wayne Collaborative
  • Shaun Taft, United Way for Southeastern Michigan
  • Sloan Herrick, Global Detroit
  • Stephanie Quesnelle, Data Driven Detroit
  • Tahira Hassanein, Wayne State University
  • Tara Hardy, Detroit Public Television
  • Teresa Holtrop, Wayne Children’s Healthcare Access Program
  • Véronique Thirot-Lafond, Simply Bridge Language
  • Winona Bynum, Detroit Food Policy Council

Philanthropy Strategy Team

* indicates a member of the Southeast Michigan Early Childhood Funder’s Collaborative

  • Amber Slichta,* Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation
  • Cynthia Rowell,* Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation
  • Doug Stewart, Max M and Marjorie Fisher Foundation
  • Eric Davis, United Way for Southeastern Michigan
  • Eve Haley,* Bosch Community Fund
  • Gina Coleman,* PNC Foundation
  • John Colina,* Colina Foundation
  • Kamilah Henderson,* Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan
  • Katie Brisson,* Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan
  • Keegan C. Mahoney, The Hudson-Webber Foundation
  • Khalilah Burt Gaston,* W.K. Kellogg Foundation
  • Laurie Solotorow, Michigan Health Endowment Fund
  • Malia Xie,* Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation
  • Margo Pernick,* Jewish Fund
  • Megan Fenkell, Jamie and Denise Jacob Family Foundation
  • Meredith Freeman, Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation
  • Neesha Modi,* The Kresge Foundation
  • Pamela Moore, Detroit Public Schools Foundation
  • Punita Thurman,* The Skillman Foundation
  • Stephanie Banchero, Joyce Foundation
  • Vanessa Samuelson,* McGregor Fund
  • Wendy Lewis Jackson,* The Kresge Foundation

Quality Strategy Team

  • Akecia Thompson, Dove Early Childhood Consulting
  • Alissa Novoselick, Living Arts Detroit
  • Anna Miller, Wayne State University
  • Bridget Walston, Michigan Office of Great Start
  • Brittany Lewis, United Way for Southeastern Michigan
  • Carmen Cook, Family Leader
  • Cheryl Polk, HighScope
  • Christina Guzman, Interpreter
  • Christy Opsommer, Early Childhood Investment Corporation
  • Claire Carlisle, Hard Court Hitters
  • Cleo Jacobs Johnson, Mathematica Policy Research
  • David Gamlin, New Detroit
  • Donna Cielma, Southwest Solutions
  • Erika Villarreal Bunce, Living Arts Detroit
  • Georgeann Herbert, Detroit Public Television
  • Jacquetta Miah, Family Leader
  • Jaime Thomas, Mathematica Policy Research
  • Jennifer Callans, United Way for Southeastern Michigan
  • Jerry Giordano, EQ Eduation
  • Jillian Webb, Excellent Schools Detroit
  • Joseph Gifford, Matrix Human Services
  • Kelly Kreider, Early Childhood Investment Corporation
  • Kim Thomas, Family Leader
  • Kortni Malone, Brightmoor Alliance
  • LaDawn White, Focus: HOPE
  • Mallory Przygocki, Rainbow Child Care Center
  • Maria Lupercio, Family Leader
  • Maria Montoya, Grand Valley State University
  • Maria Salinas, Congress of Communities
  • Monica Duncan, IFF
  • Natasha Murphy, Family Leader
  • Rosalva Osorio, The Children’s Center
  • Sarah Lawrence, Oakland Family Services
  • Shawness Woods-Zende, Excellent Schools Detroit
  • Stephanie Quesnelle, Data Driven Detroit
  • Suneet Bedi, The Education Trust-Midwest
  • Sunij Joy, The Education Trust-Midwest
  • Theresa Mitchell, Detroit Parent Network
  • Tonya Briggs, Kristy’s Child Development Center
  • Veronica Dozier, Family Leader
  • Vivian Manns, Family Leader
  • Wilma Taylor-Costen, Detroit Public Schools

Systems Finance Strategy Team

  • Bobby Dorigo Jones, Michigan’s Children
  • Brad Coulter, Matrix Human Services
  • Carol Edwards, Aetna
  • Catherine Liesman, Development Centers
  • Denise Smith, Flint Early Promise Collaborative
  • Erica Raleigh, Data Driven Detroit
  • Ernestine Solomon, Brightmoor Alliance
  • Furqan Khaldun, Black Family Development, Inc.
  • Jametta Lilly, Great Start Wayne County
  • Jeremy Reuter, Early Childhood Investment Corporation
  • Katherine Brady-Medley, Starfish Family Services
  • Kelli Boyd , First Children’s Finance
  • Kino Smith, Community Organizer
  • Leslie Murphy, Murphy Consulting
  • Matt Gillard, Michigan’s Children
  • Meredith Loomis Quinlan, Michigan United
  • Myesha Williams, Enroll Detroit
  • Natalie Marchone, Oakland Family Services
  • Nina Hodge, Above and Beyond Learning
  • Noe Jimenez, Family Leader
  • Peranica Williams, Family Leader
  • Ponsella Hardaway, MOSES
  • Rachel Klein, MOSES
  • Roxanne Campbell, United Children and Family Head Start
  • Sheila Kendrick, Special Needs Child Care Provider
  • Toya Taylor, Family Leader

Talent Strategy Team

  • Adam Thibodeau, Family Leader
  • Alicia Williams, Williams’ Early Childhood Services
  • Carmen Taylor, Say and Play Group
  • Chamayne Green, Family Leader
  • Cheryl McFall, New St. Paul Tabernacle Head Start Agency
  • Cinthya Casillas, Congress of Communities
  • Elizabeth Birr-Moje, University of Michigan School of Education
  • Georgeann Herbert, Detroit Public Television
  • Isaac Hester, Family Leader
  • Isaiah McKinnon, University of Detroit, Mercy
  • Jackie Burau, LISC
  • Jeff Bross, Data Driven Detroit
  • Jillian Webb, Excellent Schools Detroit
  • Jose Reyes, Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation
  • Kaitlin Ferrick, Michigan Department of Education
  • Karen Tyler-Ruiz, United Way Regional Workforce Development Board
  • Kayana Sessons, Osborn Neighborhood Alliance
  • Kelsey Laird, TEACH, Michigan Association for Education of Youth & Children
  • Kendra Moyses, Michigan State University
  • Kristina Campa-Gruca, EdFuel
  • Lance Reed, Congress of Communities
  • Lorena Soto, Family Leader
  • María Robles, Southwest Solutions
  • María Valdivia, Family Leader
  • Mary Gould, United Children and Family Head Start
  • Mary Luevanos, Family Leader
  • Michelle Golus, Early Childhood Investment Corporation
  • Molly Sweeney, 482 Forward
  • Monique Snyder, Family Leader
  • Nicola Turner, Family Leader
  • Pam Weaver, Development Centers
  • Paula Spencer, Metro Detroit Association of Education of Young Children
  • Roberta Lucas, Living Arts Detroit
  • Shawna Forbes , Wayne Community College
  • Shawness Woods-Zende, Excellent Schools Detroit
  • Suneet Bedi, The Education Trust-Midwest
  • Sunil Joy, The Education Trust-Midwest
  • Sylvia Mansfield, Family Leader
  • Tommara Grice, Great Start Collaborative Wayne
  • Vivian Washington, Michigan State University Extension
  • Waymond Hayes, Focus: HOPE

Family Leaders:

  • Adam Thibodeau
  • Aesha Dobine
  • Alisha McDaniel
  • Andrea Kubat
  • Brian Logan
  • Carol Edwards
  • Cathy Anderson
  • Chamayne Green
  • Cheryl Walker
  • Cloristine Benton
  • Diamond Craig
  • Diana Casillas
  • Dulce Maria Flores Lopez
  • Earl Kenner
  • Elexiea Stokes
  • Isaac Hester
  • Jacquetta Miah
  • Jennifer Weiss
  • Joann Goree
  • Jonetta Banks
  • Kayana Sessoms
  • Kendra Wells
  • Kim Thomas
  • LaBrita Dobine
  • LaVerne Hughes
  • Lorena Soto
  • Lucy Ruiz
  • Mahalia Arthur
  • Marcelle Burke
  • Maria Lupercio
  • María Valdivia
  • Mary Luevanos
  • Menielle Leggett
  • Millicent Merzahat
  • Monica Gonzalez
  • Monique Snyder
  • Monique Taylor
  • Natasha Murphy
  • Nicola Turner
  • Noe Jimenez
  • Noninheli Rich
  • Ora Williams
  • Patrick Council
  • Peranica Williams
  • Raquel White
  • Shameakia Dunwoody
  • Sicily Amaris McRaven
  • Sylvia Mansfield
  • Tamatha Hatch
  • Tomika Clark
  • Toni Cannon-Mitchell
  • Toya Taylor
  • Veronica Beccara
  • Veronica Dozier
  • Vivian Manns
  • Yolanda Lopez-Knox

IMPACT Table Community Engagement Partners

  • Alice Thompson, Black Family Development, Inc.
  • Alisha Opperman, Michigan Community Resources
  • Allandra Bulger, Detroit Future City
  • Andrea Perkins
  • Anika Goss-Foster, Detroit Future City
  • Blair Evans
  • Carrecia Watkins
  • Cindy Eggleton, Brilliant Detroit
  • Charles Cross, Detroit Collaborative Design Center
  • Crystal Wilson
  • D.J. Stewart Anderson
  • Dan Pitera, Detroit Collaborative Design Center
  • Derrick Blackmon, Black Family Development, Inc.
  • Dominique Rhodes, Life Remodeled
  • Dwan Dandridge, Life Remodeled
  • Eric Anderson, Excellent Schools Detroit
  • Furqan Khaldun, Black Family Development, Inc.
  • Heidi Ausgood
  • James Ribbron
  • Kirsten Williams, Vanguard Community Development Corporation
  • Korey Batey
  • L’Tonya Felder, MOSES
  • LaToya Morgan, Community Development Advocates of Detroit
  • Lionel Bradford, Greening of Detroit
  • Luther Keith, ARISE Detroit
  • Lynette Cobb, Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice
  • Madhavi Reddy, Community Development Advocates of Detroit
  • Maria Montoya, Grand Valley State University
  • Michelle Jackson, Smallville Farms
  • Pam Turner, Vanguard Community Development Corporation
  • Ponsella Hardaway, MOSES
  • Rachael Klein, MOSES
  • Rebecca Willis , Detroit Collaborative Design Center
  • Renee Wallace, Doers Consulting
  • Sandra Turner-Handy
  • Sarida Scott, Community Development Advocates of Detroit
  • Shamyle Dobbs, Michigan Community Resources

Technical Assistance Partners

  • Christina Heximer, Detroit Collaborative Design Center
  • Cleo Jacobs, Mathematica Policy Research
  • Dan Pitera, Detroit Collaborative Design Center
  • Erica Raleigh, Data Driven Detroit
  • Jamie Thomas, Mathematica Policy Research
  • Jeff Bross, Data Driven Detroit
  • Jeffrey Capizzano, Policy Equity Group
  • Leena Mangrulkar, JFM Consulting Group
  • Mynti Hossain, Mathematica Policy Research
  • Noah Urban, Data Driven Detroit
  • Patrick Balke, Mathematica Policy Research
  • Robin Zeiter, Michigan Department of Education
  • Sarida Scott, Community Development Advocates of Detroit
  • Soumya Bhat, Policy Equity Group
  • Terri Burch, DesignThinkers Group
  • Theresa Mitchell, Detroit Parent Network
  • Toni Henry, Detroit Collaborative Design Center

Additional Contributors and Advisors

  • Andy Cartwright, Strategic Staffing Solutions
  • Adrienne Heritage, Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County
  • Alicia Guevara-Warren, Michigan League for Public Policy
  • Amy Zaagman, Michigan Council for Maternal and Child Health
  • Armond Budish, Cuyahoga County
  • Art Rolnick, Formerly of the U.S. Federal Reserve, Minneapolis Branch
  • Audra Kubat, Living Arts Detroit
  • Beth Anthony, Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University
  • Beverly Jones, Greater Ebenezer Day Care
  • Billie Osborne Fears, Starting Point
  • Brenda Leger, HighScope
  • Cassandra Thompson, Child Care Provider
  • Claudia Coulton, Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University
  • Cory Jackson, Focus: HOPE
  • Cyndi Roper, Michigan Voice
  • DeWayne Wells, Detroit Food and Fitness Collaborative
  • Elliott Attish, M.D., Henry Ford Health System
  • Erica Willard, Michigan Association of Education of Young Children
  • Gilda Z. Jacobs, Michigan League for Public Policy
  • Hon. Michael A. Nutter, Former Mayor of Philadelphia
  • Jerry Cutts, First Children’s Finance
  • John Bebow, Center for Michigan
  • Karen Holcomb-Merrill, Michigan League for Public Policy
  • Karen Mintzer, Help Me Grow
  • Karista Gallick, Council of Michigan Foundations
  • Kathy Hallissey, The Cleveland Foundation
  • Katie Kelly, Pre4CLE
  • Kimberly Freeman Brown, Kimberly Brown Consulting
  • Kimya Jacobs, Detroit Parent Network
  • Kristen Baird Adams, PNC Bank
  • Kyle Dubuc, United Way of Southeastern Michigan
  • Leenet Campbell-Williams, Detroit Public Schools
  • Linda K. Smith, Formerly of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Lisa Williams-Taylor, Ph.D., Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County
  • Marc Bayard, Institute for Policy Studies
  • Marcia Egbert, The George Gund Foundation
  • Margaret Mitchell, YWCA of Cleveland
  • Mark Cloutier, Center for Youth Wellness
  • Marlene White, Henry Ford Community College
  • Matt Carroll, Cuyahoga County
  • Meghan Salas Atwell, Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University
  • Melissa Sargent, Ecology Center
  • Michelle Richards, Public Sector Consultants
  • Mitchell Balk, Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation
  • Mona Hanna-Attisha, M.D., Pediatrician
  • Murray Davis, Matrix Human Services
  • Nadine Burke Harris, M.D., Center for Youth Wellness
  • Nicole Carbonari, Coalition on Temporary Shelter (COTS)
  • Nora Sanders, Say and Play Group
  • Pat Sargent, Office of Great Start
  • Patricia Sorenson, Michigan League for Public Policy
  • Paul Clark, PNC Bank
  • Paul Hillegonds, Michigan Health Endowment
  • Peter Pratt, Public Sector Consultants
  • Rachelle Bonelli, Gleaners
  • Randy Palo, Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County
  • Rebekah Dorman, Invest in Children
  • Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III, Plymouth United
  • Rev. Dr. Wilma R. Johnson, New Prospect Baptist Church
  • Rob Collier, Council of Michigan Foundations
  • Robin Bozek, Michigan Head Start Association
  • Sandra Ramocan, Matrix Human Services
  • Sharlonda Buckman, Detroit Public Schools Community District
  • Sharon Sobol Jordan, Cuyahoga County
  • Sonya Mays, Develop Detroit
  • Susan Broman, State of Michigan
  • Tanya Palmer, Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County
  • Thomas Pristow, Cuyahoga County
  • Tonya Bridges, Detroit Parent Network

STAFF & CONSULTANTS

IFF [Project Administrator]

  • Kirby Burkholder
  • Marissa Morrison
  • Matt Wojciechowski
  • Monica Duncan

FSG [Project Management and Facilitation]

  • Celeste Faaiuaso
  • Chris Carlson
  • Daniela Uribe
  • Hayling Price
  • Lauren Smith
  • Mark Russell
  • Valerie Bockstette

EarlyWorks, llc. [Communications & Community Engagement]

  • Becca Rueble
  • Bernita Bradley
  • Bob-e Epps
  • Camarrah Morgan
  • Christina Guzman
  • Chuk Nowak
  • ellell & co.
  • Emily Hay
  • Lauren Tanabe
  • Melinda Clynes
  • Melissa Vander Laan
  • Nicole de Beaufort
  • Nichole Christian
  • Serene Arena

Special D [Event Planning]

  • Carol Galle

Zara Creative [Videography & Creative Assets]

The Kresge Foundation

  • Aaron Seybert
  • Jonathan Hui
  • Krista Jahnke
  • Krista Lowes
  • Neesha Modi
  • Rip Rapson
  • Wendy Lewis Jackson

W.K. Kellogg Foundation

  • AJ Jones
  • Dana Linnane
  • Joe Scantlebury
  • Khalilah Burt Gaston
  • La June Montgomery Tabron
  • Linda Jo Doctor
  • Megan Russell Johnson
  • Regina Bell
  • Yazeed Moore
  • Yolanda Lyles Johnson