2017-2018 Board Fellows and Partner Organizations
5 Healthy Towns
5 Healthy Towns operates four wellness centers and five wellness coalitions in the Chelsea area. The organization seeks to cultivate improvements in personal and community wellness through collaboration, innovation, and stewardship.
- Cassandra Hoffman, MAcc
Alternatives for Girls
Alternatives For Girls helps homeless and high-risk girls and young women avoid violence, teen pregnancy, and exploitation, and helps them to explore and access the support, resources and opportunities necessary to be safe, to grow strong and to make positive choices in their lives.
- Hannah Smalley, MBA/MPH
- Stephanie Roman, MPP
Ann Arbor SPARK
Ann Arbor SPARK seeks to advance the economy of the Ann Arbor Region by establishing the area as a desired place for business expansion and location…by identifying and meeting the needs of business at every stage, from those that are established to those working to successfully commercialize innovations.
- Emma Barrasso, MBA
- Erik Mensch, MBA
Apple Playschools aims to provide progressive early education for young children in order to facilitate future social responsibility, diversity, global, and environmental awareness.
- Amelia Esenstad, MPP
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washtenaw County
The Mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washtenaw County is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.
- Sean Welsh, MBA
- Emily Akhtar, MBA
Center for Community-Based Enterprise
The Center for Community-Based Enterprise (C2BE) is a Detroit-based non-profit organization working to create living-wage jobs through worker-ownership in all its forms. They provide legal help, technical assistance, education and collaboration to individuals interested developing work-owned cooperatives and other community-based enterprises.
- Ian Christensen-Gibbons, MBA
- Ohidul Islam, MBA
Detroit Horse Power
Detroit Horse Power is a nonprofit founded in 2015 by former Detroit elementary school teacher, David Silver. The org teaches urban youth to ride and care for horses as a way to develop critical skills that will set them up for future success.
- Emily Fletcher, MBA/MPP
Detroit Public Theatre
The Detroit Public Theatre produces world-class plays and programs that illuminate the thrills, joys, and challenges of our shared human experience.
- Anjin Stewart-Funai, MBA
- Alana Podolsky, MPP
Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley
Habitat for Humanity is a leader in enabling more citizens to have greater opportunities to improve their lives through homeownership. HHHV is focused on low-income families in Washtenaw County.
- Joshua Childs, MPP
Mariners Inn serves as an anchor for those struggling to navigate the treacherous waters of homelessness and substance abuse through a wide range of social service programs that achieve the best possible outcomes for adults, families and youth affected by addiction.
- Allison Gorine, MSW
National Network of Depression Centers
The NNDC develops and fosters connections among members to use the power of our network, to advance scientific discovery, and to provide stigma free, evidence-based care to patients with depressive and bipolar illnesses.
- Ryan DeCook, MSW
- Sarah Sparks, MBA
Nonprofit Enterprise at Work (NEW)
NEW seeks to improve the impact and performance of nonprofits by creating high-quality strategic solutions.
- Jonathan Rothman, MSW
- Anna Pudimat, MBA/MPP
Plymouth Historical Museum
The Friends of Plymouth Historical Museum is a privately funded membership organization dedicated to preserving, teaching, and presenting history at the museum. They seek to be recognized as a premier provider of innovative, historical, and educational opportunities for the region.
- Rebecca Grossman-Kahn, MD/MBA
SOS Community Services
SOS promotes housing stability and family self-sufficiency through collaboration, care, and respect.
- Tracy Wolfbiss, MBA
Shelter Association of Washtenaw County
The mission of the Shelter Association and the Delonis Center is to end homelessness one person at a time.
- Packy Colgan, MSW
Southwest Counseling Solutions
Southwest Solutions began as a mental health agency. In the wake deinstitutionalization, Southwest’s mission was to help the mentally ill live in the community by providing psychiatric counseling and medication.
- Dorothy Watts, MBA
Ten Thousand Villages
The Thousand Villages creates opportunities for artisans in developing countries to earn income by bringing their products and stories to US markets through long-term, fair trading relationships.
- Tim Carter, MBA
United Way of Washtenaw County
The United Way of Washtenaw County connects people, resources, and organizations together to create a thriving community for everyone.
- Corey Fitzgerald, MPP
Board Fellowship Student Liaison
- Perry Holmes, MBA/MPP ’19