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Celebrating our Awesome Mentors this National Mentoring Month

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National Mentoring Month brings us the opportunity to recognize the power of one-on-one relationships that help young people find and follow their passions, identify interesting career paths, and pursue their dreams. 

While our mentors all come from the Metro Detroit community and represent a wide range of industries, there’s one common thread that unites them; sincere desire and dedication to inspiring our students and teaching them the tools and skills they’ll need to be successful.  

Joshua Berg, director of innovation ventures, Magna International, joined our mentoring team in 2014 at Cass Technical High School in Detroit and currently mentors a student in our new College Success Mentoring program. Through the mentoring experience, Joshua found that the journey of going back to the basics energized him about his own career. Today, he mentors because it makes him feel good and he believes in giving back.

Michael Matthews with his mentees at Harper Woods High School.

Michael Matthews is the travel and corporate card administrator at Shinola Detroit. He’s been mentoring students at Harper Woods High School since 2017. He remembers the positive influence his high school coaches were on him and knew early on he wanted to be that for others. 

“I bring my life experiences and hope to impart some tools for them to become the best versions of themselves,” said Michael.  

The past two schoolyears have proven difficult, even for the best students. The continued uncertainty brought on by the pandemic has made it especially difficult for local high school students to stay focused and see a bright future.  

Alexis Hammerle with her mentee, Sha’Niya.

Alexis Hammerle, vice president, cross product digitalization, digital and strategy, BNY Mellon, has been a coach and mentor in our program since 2019. She sees the current environment as a great way to help students learn how to deal with ambiguity. “We are blessed to be a blessing to someone,” says Alexis.  

“Our mentors are simply amazing,” said Kris Marshall, our president and CEO. “They’re people, just like everyone else. They have jobs. They have friends and family. And, they also have something that’s very special – they understand the importance of helping today’s high school students learn the knowledge and skills they’ll need to be successful, and they dedicate themselves to doing just that. We are very grateful for who they are, and more so,  for what they do!” 

Joshua, Michael, and Alexis are only three of our awesome 143 2021-22 mentors. Take a moment to review the list of this year’s mentors below. You might see the name of someone you know, or perhaps someone who you’ve heard of. If you do, send them a quick email or text, thanking them for their important work. After all, it’s National Mentoring Month and they deserve a pat on the back!  

Learn more about mentoring and other volunteer opportunities. 

 

Our Awesome 2021-22 Mentors 

Muhammad Abdulghani, Underwriter, Rocket Pro TPO 

Sami Abu-Soud, Engineering Supervisor, Flex 

Brian Agar, 2nd Shift Wing Engineer, Stellantis 

Chinonso Agubosim, Resident Physician, U Of M Hospitals 

Steven Ahomed, Security Solutions Architect, Verizon Business Group 

Rasha Al-Naji, Director, Program Management, Flex 

Bailey Altman, Internal Audit Manager, Ally Financial Inc. 

Dimitar Angelov, Program Buyer, General Motors 

Lilian Asmar, Aministrative Assistant II, AmeriHealth Caritas 

Gerard Baltrusaitis, Internship/Employment Specialist, Jewish Vocational Services 

Brittany Banks, Talent Management Specialist, HARMAN International 

Kelly Banks-Cobbin, Compliance Manager, Ally Financial Inc. 

Brianna Batton, Senior Marketing Specialist, Ally Financial Inc. 

Joshua Berg, Director of Innovation Ventures, Magna International 

Ruaa Bibi, Financial Analyst, Stellantis 

Nicole Blacksher, Asst. Manufacturing Integration Manager, General Motors 

Kelly Bolman, Human Resources Manager 

Jeffrey Bradley, Credit Administration Officer, Comerica Bank 

Shuantia Brown, Vehicle Electrical Systems Manager, General Motors 

Chris Cahill, Director of Operations, Winning Futures 

Sophia Calabretta, Debt Accounting And Securitization Operations Analyst, Ally Financial 

Jessica Carlson, Senior Buyer, General Motors 

Danyael Cheairs, Team Lead, United Wholesale Mortgage 

Harold Clay, Business Manager, Gilbane Building Company 

Michael Colias, Reporter, Wall Street Journal 

Lacey Cornell, Marketing And Education Associate, Extra Credit Union 

Ellyn Davidson, President, Brogan & Partners 

Scott Dawson, Investor, SMD Investments And Capital Partners 

Rose Deliu 

Chiara Delporto, Vice President Sales North America, Cubic Telecom 

Sarah Deramo, Program Director, Aktive Minds 

Julie DiCicco, Project Manager, TD Auto Finance 

Brian Donohoe, Financial Advisor, Morgan Stanley 

Taryn Dover, Senior Underwriter, United Wholesale Mortgage 

Robert Doyle, President and CEO, Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA) 

Sakiya Duncan, Events & Volunteer Coordinator, Winning Futures 

Norma Early, Area Manager – US accounting and Consolidations, General Dynamics Land Systems 

Charles Ellias, Owner / Designer & Gemologist Appraiser, Charles Michael Designs / North American Lapidary Laboratory 

Brianna Ellison, Director, State Government Affairs, Verizon 

Kinikia Essix, Court Administrator, U.S. District Court 

Christopher Ethridge, Field Operations Manager, State Of Michigan 

Pamela Ferrara, Program Management Analyst, Ford Motor Company 

Ashley Fordyce, School and Community Relations Coordinator, Extra Credit Union 

Colleen Fournier, Community Health Navigator (CHN), Blue Cross Complete Of Michigan 

Cassandra Gilliam, Finance, Stellantis 

Brigitte Gillis, Product Analyst, White Glove 

Elise Goulbourne, Vice President of Behavioral Health, Black Family Development 

Sara Grillo, Manufacturing Engineer, General Motors 

LaNeisha Gunn, Program Manager, DEI and Talent Management, HARMAN 

Alexis Hammerle, Vice President, Cross Product Digitalization, Digital and Strategy, BNY Mellon 

Peter Haniak, Systems Engineer, DCS Corp 

Gavin Haque, Educational Consultant, Gavin Haque Enterprises 

Brian Harris, Executive Director, Global Sales, Nexteer Automotive 

Colleen Hau, Director of Global Product Innovation, Carhartt 

Jason Henige, Business Strategist, Quicken Loans 

Linda Hockney, Human Resources Manager, Extra Credit Union 

Jason Hurley, Customer Account Specialist, McNaughton-McCay Electric Company 

Jenifer Janhevich, Community Health Educator, Blue Cross Complete of Michigan 

Ashley Johnson, Coordinator, Corporate Giving, General Motors 

Amanda Keys, Culture & Well-Being Consultant, Marsh & McLennan Agency 

Tallette Kitchen, TeamLead, Leidos 

Danielle Kluz, Marketing Coordinator, Winning Futures 

Lida Kuehne, Supplier Quality Development, General Motors 

Iris Lane, Director of Student Affairs, Baker College 

Robert Lenz, President, Peak Management 

Brandon Leslie, Vice President of Industrial, Barton Malow 

Brenda Lever, Director, Provider Network Management, Blue Cross Complete of Michigan 

Michelle Lewallen, Sr. Director, Human Resources, Veoneer 

Dave Lewan, National Account Service Manager, Kelly Services Inc. 

Christopher Lubowicki, Account Manager, Texas Instruments 

Dawn Lyman, Foundation Manager, Barton Malow Company 

Ashley Mabbitt, Communications Consultant, Blue Cross Complete 

Beverly Maddox, Director, Signature Events, Detroit Regional Chamber 

Abigail Mahaffy, Community Health Navigator, AmeriHealth Caritas 

Andrew Makar, Sr. Manager -Services Program Management, Marketing Cloud, Salesforce 

Michael Malaga, Vice President, Comerica Bank 

Amy Markus, Account Manager, Kelly Services 

Clarence Martin, President, Eypex 

Michael Matthews, Travel and Corporate Card Administrator, Shinola Detroit 

Michael McBride, Retired 

Nancy Meconi, Partner, Plante Moran 

Besima Mello, Treasury Manager, Ally Financial Inc. 

Matthew Michayluk, Director of Sales, Complete Prototype Services 

Kathleen Michealson, Registered Nurse, Hennepin Healthcare 

Gail Miciuda, Business & Product Development Manager, Thermoflex Corporation 

Cheri Mitchell, Human Resources, Brilliant Detroit 

Rana Mohamed, Director Of Operations, Amatis Controls 

Dorian Moore, Sales Agent, Humana 

Tonya Moore-Bouchard, Sr Supplier Quality Engineer Global CT Lead for switches, General Motors 

Emily Moorhead, COO, Henry Ford Health Systems 

Katherine Morgan, Community Engagement Specialist, Corporate Responsibility, Flagstar Bank 

Brian Morrison, Business Development Consultant, Marsh & McLennan Agency 

Cassandra Mulcahy, Senior Buyer, Ford Motor Company 

Ryan Nieves, Application Engineer, Continental 

Kevin O’Connell, Advanced Energy Systems Manager, Michigan CAT – Power Systems Division 

Babarinde Ogunyoye, Design Program Manager, Flex Ltd. 

Kevin O’Keefe, President – North America, Robert Bosch Automotive Steering LLC 

Angela Oleksiak, Director Of Workforce Integration And Talent Development, Samaritas 

Mark O’Malley, Commodity Buyer, ZF Group 

Leonardo Orozco, Project Engineer, Barton Malow Company 

Julie Owens, Operations Supervisor, U.S. District Court – Eastern District of Michigan 

Laura Phillips, Retired, IKEA 

Bruce Pierce, Retired, Ford Motor Company 

Janise Plata, Manager, Provider Network, Blue Cross Complete of Michigan 

Nicole Ploshehanski, Mentor, Amrock 

Tony Popovski, Purchasing Manager, General Motors 

April Reed, Corporate Operations, Jet’s America – Jet’s Pizza 

Tamika Richardson-Carden, Manager, Payroll Tax and Accounting, Tenneco-Federal Mogul Powertrain 

Anitra Riddle, Credit Analyst, TD Auto Finance 

Donna Rochester, Professor, Washtenaw Community College 

Kenneth Rogers, Business Resource Manager, Stellantis 

Reggie Roland, Principal- Director Of Partnerships, Interior Environments 

Todd Russell, Veterinarian/Owner, Pet Menders Animal Hospital 

Vanita Sanders, Senior Director Of College & Career Access And Success, Strategic Community Partners 

Ana Sandoval, Credit Analyst, Tenneco 

Prayush Saraswat, Sales Manager, Autodesk 

Kelly Savela, Senior Connections Manager; Tier 3 Social Media, VMLY&R 

Dan Schmelzer, Marketing Supervisor, Lear Corporation 

William Schrage, Sr Client Partner, Twitter 

Idon Shaman, Lead UX Designer, Amazon Web Services 

Donald Slominski, Manager, Ernst & Young 

Phillip Smith, Director, Operational Technology, DTE Energy 

Catherine Smith, Vice President Population Health, HAP 

Tomika Snodgrass, CEO & Founder, Confident Heart Coach 

Andrea Spade, Business Enablement Strategist, Professional Industrial, Kelly Services 

Ashley Steele, Speech Language Pathologist, Detroit Public Schools Community District 

Mark Strayhan, VP – Sales Executive, Marsh 

Jennifer Sutherland, Leader, Learning & Development, Trustwave 

Rim Tamim, Buyer, General Motors 

Gregory Thompson, Senior Quality Manager For Powertrian, Stellantis 

Benny Vann, General Manager / Engineering Director, BCS-Automotive Interface Solutions 

Sharon vanSpronsen, Marketing Coordinator, Phillips Service Industries 

Senthil Vivekanandan, Accounting Director, Lear Corporation 

Loria Walker, Archive Technician, University of Detroit Mercy 

Carlton Watson, Senior Attorney, DTE Energy 

Valencia White, Technology Compliance Program Manager, Rock Central LLC 

Taylor Willbanks, Grant Writer, Winning Futures 

Aubin Williams, President, Ekklesia Building Corporation 

Lyndon Williams, Director, Business Development, Powertrain, AM General 

Todd Witmer, President of SE Michigan, Mercantile Bank of Michigan 

George Wooley, VP Sales, Flex 

Krista Wortman, Dentist/owner, Summit Family Dental 

Tracey Yacks, Special Education Teacher, Ferndale Public Schools 

Sarah Zigila, VP of Operations & Partnerships, Orbis Holding Group