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Empowering, Zoom Conquering – These are our Mentors

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Our mentors come from every nook and cranny in the Metro Detroit business world. From small mom and pop shops to large international corporations, you’ll find in our ranks everything from entrepreneurs to presidents. One thing they all have in common is this – they’re making a real and meaningful difference, not just for the students they’re empowering, but for their families, their communities, and for the companies at which they will eventually work. And this past year, when most of the world was dealing with Zoom burn out, they showed up, every week, without fail.

Watch mentors talk about their experience in our program.

Our mentors are special people. They truly want to help local kids do better, feel better, and achieve success. They selflessly give their time and attention to empowering their students as they work to conquer obstacles that are blocking their path to success. More recently, they’re also helping these same students deal with very real and serious challenges resulting from COVID.

Mentoring is fun, meaningful, and impactful. Learn more about mentoring and other volunteer opportunities!

Special recognition is due to eight mentors who celebrated a milestone anniversary with us this past year. These mentors have displayed outstanding dedication to their students and our program for the past five, ten, and twenty years.

Ten Year Anniversary

Brian Agar, 2nd Shift Wing Engineer, Stellantis

Amanda Rymiszewski, Marketing Manager, O’Keefe

Five Year Anniversary

John Angelo, Partner, JJ Marshall & Associates

Lannie Arnold, Commodity Purchasing Agent, McNaughton-McKay Electric Company

Lori Gulecki, Analyst, Kelly Services

Gail Miciuda, Business & Product Development Manager, Thermoflex Corporation

Mark O’Malley, Commodity Buyer, ZF Group

Valencia White, Technology Compliance Program Manager, Rock Central LLC

2020-21 Winning Futures Mentors

Below is our mentor roster from this past schoolyear. Scan through the names and look for folks you might know or recognize. The next time you see them, in a coffee shop, in the hallway, or wherever you might be, stop, look them in the eye and say, “Thank you!” It’s very well deserved.

Sami Abu-Soud, Engineering Supervisor, Flex

Brian Agar, 2nd Shift Wing Engineer, Stellantis

Steven Ahomed, Architect, Verizon Business Group

Rasha Al-Naji, Director, Program Management, Flex

Bailey Altman, Internal Audit Manager, Ally Financial Inc.

Tyrone Anderson, Financial Analyst, Stellantis

John Angelo, Partner, JJ Marshall & Associates

Lannie Arnold, Commodity Purchasing Agent, McNaughton-McCay Electric Company

Lilian Asmar, Aministrative Assistant II, AmeriHealth Caritas

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

Purvis Bell, Director Of Finance, Blue Cross Complete of Michigan

Steve Benedettini, President, Spalding DeDecker

Ruaa Bibi, Financial Analyst, Stellantis

Nicole Blacksher, Asst. Manufacturing Integration Manager, General Motors

Jon Bonk, Sr. Director, Global Program Management, Flex

Jeffrey Bradley, Senior Vice President, Comerica Bank

Trent Brodbeck, Buyer, MAHLE Behr USA

Dionté Brown, Program Coordinator, LGBT Detroit

LaJoyce Brown, Senior Associate Director, Wayne State University

Shuantia Brown, Launch Lead Electrical Coordinator, General Motors

Tamika Carden, Manager, Payroll Tax and Accounting, Tenneco

Danyael Cheairs, Client Experience Scoring, United Shore

Matthew Christensen, Senior Human Capital Consultant, Deloitte Consulting LLP

Mae Daniels, Marketing Associate, Extra Credit Union

Eder Davila, Controller, Stellantis

Brian Davis, Hospital Police, Henry Ford Hospital

Scott Dawson

Cathy Dean, Retiree, Accenture

Arundhati Desai, Manager, Stellantis

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

Brianna Ellison, Manager, Local Government Affairs & Community Engagement, Verizon

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

Shauna Foster, Treasury Manager, Ally Financial Inc.

Courtney Foyt, Graphic Designer, Detroit Tigers

David Garcia, Business Specialist, United Shore

Torri Garland, Engineer, General Motors

Cassandra Gilliam, Finance, Stellantis

Elise Goulbourne, Clinical Supervisor, Black Family Development

Reggie Green, Commodity Manager, Intel

Lori Gulecki, Analyst, Kelly Services

Alexis Hammerle, VP Of Product Developers, BNY Mellon

Gavin Haque, Educational Consultant, Gavin Haque Enterprises

Brent Hartz, Head of Fleet And Network Development Finance, Stellantis

Stephen Hatfield, Vibration and Shock Durability Test Technician, Stellantis

Colleen Hau, Director of Global Product Innovation, Carhartt

Errol Hau, Vice President Financial Advisor, Cap Trust

Jason Henige, Senior Application Analyst, Quicken Loans

Shatona Holcomb, Director of Talent & Culture, Ford House

Daniel Hubbard, FVP, Retail Lending Manager, Independent Bank

Jason Indeck, Senior Financial Analyst, Stellantis

Laronda Jackson, Manager, Benefits Finance, Stellantis

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

Jessica Jeffery, Sr. Environmental Engineer, General Motors

Jill Jones, Travel Agent, Cadillac Travel

Tayler Jouja, Program Manger, Lear Corporation

Angela Kaptur, Regional Vice President, Primerica Financial Services

John Klehm, SVP, Spectrum

Lida Kuehne, Supplier Quality Development, General Motors

Todd Ledingham, US-SSM Order Fulfillment Process Leader, General Motors

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, Technical Sales, Texas Instruments

Dawn Lyman, Foundation Manager, Barton Malow Company

Beverly Maddox, Director, Signature Events, Detroit Regional Chamber

Andrew Makar, Services Program Management, Marketing Cloud, Salesforce

Michael Malaga, Vice President, Comerica Bank

Alexandria Marjamaa, Project Administrator, OCG Companies

Clarence Martin, President, Eypex

Besima Mello, Treasury Manager, Ally Financial Inc.

Matthew Michayluk, Account Manager, Complete Prototype Services

Gail Miciuda, Business & Product Development Manager, Thermoflex Corporation

Advaitha Misra

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

Kayla Moran, Product Owner, Rock Central LLC

Cassandra Mulcahy, Senior Buyer, Ford Motor Company

Shivani Naik, Financial Analyst, Stellantis

Ryan Nieves, Application Engineer, Continental

Donna Nowaczyk, IT Project Manager, Ally Financial Inc.

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

Ayesha Oglesby, Family Nurse Practitioner, Neighborhood Service Organization

Babarinde Ogunyoye, Design Program Manager, Flex Ltd.

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

Mark O’Malley, Commodity Buyer, ZF Group

Linda Ornsby Hendricks, Principal, The Ornsby Group

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

Bruce Pierce, Retired, Ford Motor Company

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

Matthew Pokorski, Director, Business & Operations Analytics, Kelly Services

Tony Popovski, Purchasing Manager, General Motors

Patricia Powell, Manager, DTE Energy Retiree

Anitra Riddle, Credit Analyst, TD Auto Finance

Donna Rochester, Professor, Washtenaw Community College

Stephen Ross, Program Manager, Lear Corporation

Amanda Rymiszewski, Marketing Manager, O’Keefe

Ana Sandoval, Credit Collections Analyst, Tenneco

Prayush Saraswat, Manager, Global Major Accounts, Autodesk

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

Joseph Scavarda, Finance, Stellantis

Dan Schmelzer, Sr. Marketing Specialist, Digital, Lear Corporation

Kurt Simko, Manager–Real Estate Investments & Risk, Stellantis

Donald Slominski, Manager, Ernst & Young

Cedric Stokes, Validation Engineer, General Motors

Brittany Storrs, Underwriter, United Shore

Jennifer Sutherland, Director, Training & Development, Kelly Services

Christine Swart, Communications Manager, DuPont

Ashley Turner, Senior Buyer, General Motors

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

Sharon vanSpronsen, Marketing Coordinator, Phillips Service Industries

Gerardo Villagrana, Studio Integration Design Engineer, General Motors

Senthil Vivekanandan, Finance Director, Lear Corporation

Patrick Vondette, Director, Ally Financial Inc.

Loria Walker, Cataloging Technician, University of Detroit Mercy

Daniel Wallace, Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives Manager, General Motors

Shannon Ward, Sr. Lead Graphic Designer, General Motors

Cheronda White, Business Development Manager, Detroit Regional Chamber

Valencia White, Technology Compliance Program Manager, Rock Central LLC

Kristine Whitney, Account Service Coordinator, Brown & Brown of Detroit

Darrel Williams, Regional Sales Manager: Sony Semiconductor, Sony Electronics, Inc.

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

Jerel Wilson, Delivery Specialist, King Expedited Service LLC

Jewel Wilson, Detroit Promise Path Campus Coach, Detroit Regional Chamber

George Wooley, VP Business Development, Flex

Krista Wortman, Dentist/owner, Summit Family Dental

Arjun Yetukuri, Innovation Manager, Lear Corporation

Tom Zara, Owner—Private Tutor, Zara Tutoring

Sarah Zigila, Manager of Strategic Partnerships, Orbis Holding Group

 

Mentoring is fun, meaningful, and impactful. Learn more about mentoring and other volunteer opportunities!