2020 Distinguished Volunteers

Adelaide Pascaris

Wayne State University

“Livewire”

Adelaide Pascaris is a proud advocate for Wayne State University. She clearly understands the WSU Alumni Association’s mission and is always first to share her industry knowledge and non-classroom wisdom to drive student success. She pulls other volunteers into leadership roles, offers ideas, and helps to establish collaborative strategic partnerships. Adelaide is results-oriented, innovative, a servant leader, and kind.





Adele Acheson, Kelle Ilitch, Kim Reuss, and Linzie Venegas

“Courageous”

Women Rock Science 2020 Co-Chairs

Cranbrook Education Community

Adele, Kelle, Kim, and Linzie’s dedication to Cranbrook Institute of Science is extraordinary. As co-chairs of the Women Rock Science event, they helped raise more than $250,000 for STEAM outreach programs to thousands of Michigan’s underserved students. Their ingenuity and courage to create a virtual gala in the middle of a pandemic is a feat worthy of recognition and the Institute is honored to work with them.




Alice Thompson

Wayne State University

“Benevolent”

Alice Thompson has offered endless support to the Wayne State University School of Social Work. She has served on the School’s Board of Visitors for nearly two decades, inspiring students and fellow board members. She lives her principle of service to others before self. With determination, grit, and compassion, she continues to shape the field of social work in Detroit.




Amy Fangboner

Autism Alliance of Michigan

“Engaged”

As Board Treasurer and Chair of the Fund Development Committee, Amy is deeply engaged in AAoMI’s mission. She contributes, secures philanthropic gifts, and opens doors to new relationships. She has been touched personally by autism and has started a moms’ group to support others in her community. We are truly grateful for Amy’s consistent enthusiasm and support!




Andra Stewart

Oakland University

“Caring”

Retired nurse Andra Stewart started making masks when the pandemic impacted cancer patients’ ability to get their chemo treatments. Ultimately, she made over 500 masks that went to neighbors, local chemo clinics, hospitals, nurses, nursing homes, and long-term health care units. Andra also worked with Oakland University to encourage others to sew and support their communities.




Bob Parrish

Forgotten Harvest

“Devoted”

Bob has been a tremendous volunteer and donor to Forgotten Harvest. He has given thousands of hours of his time to help with mobile pantries, repacking, and gleaning food in our warehouses. He also leads a group of Harvest Heroes volunteers who use their own vehicles to help rescue and distribute surplus food from smaller restaurants and retailers. His dedication is admirable.




Carey Hopkins

Gilda’s Club Metro Detroit

“Dedicated”

Carey is a dedicated volunteer facilitator at GCMD. When COVID hit the area in March, Carey was the first facilitator to record her yoga workshops so members could participate from the safety of their homes. As we transitioned our cancer support programming online, Carey and our team of volunteer yoga facilitators continued to provide yoga workshops uninterrupted on virtual platforms. Carey exudes generosity, kindness, and compassion to all the members she meets. Even during these difficult times, Carey’s warm and welcoming personality continues to shine.




Carole Winnard Brumm

HAVEN

“Passion”

Carole is a passionate and driven supporter of survivors. Her involvement with HAVEN has led the organization through a capital campaign and daily operations. Carole is a board member, leader, and friend who helps guide HAVEN. She is a true champion of survivors and their families and is passionate about eradicating intimate partner violence. Carole Rocks!




Charles L. Dardas

Schoolcraft College Foundation

“Altruistic”

Charles “Chuck” Dardas cares about today and the future. Each year, he offers his time, talents, and expertise to promote the professional trades and entrepreneurial spirit with middle school students in southeast Michigan. These programs are a partnership of AlphaUSA and Schoolcraft College.




Charles Thomas

ACLU of Michigan

“Resourceful”

Charles is a tireless defender of voting rights and will do whatever it takes to ensure that eligible Michiganders know them. He is committed to identifying unique opportunities to ensure voters have access to the ballot, whether passing out “know your rights” information or meeting with his local clerk to advocate for swift implementation of Michigan’s new voting laws.




Chris Winn

Forgotten Harvest

“Dedicated”

Chris Winn is a member of Forgotten Harvest’s Speakers Bureau. He speaks to groups to educate the public on Forgotten Harvest’s work in metro Detroit. His enthusiasm about our mission shines in his interactions. When the pandemic hit, Chris and his wife volunteered weekly at Forgotten Harvest’s On the Go mobile pantry at Second Ebenezer in Detroit, distributing food to our community. He is a true inspiration for others!




Chris Yaw

Lighthouse MI

“Dedicated”

Chris’s congregation, Saint David’s Episcopal Church in Southfield, has been a longtime and loyal host of our emergency shelter program. Chris has led his congregation in going far above and beyond our usual host site duties, founding, organizing, and hosting the End Homeless Now 5k/10k, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars to support our mission, and Saint David’s has frequently hosted our client holiday parties. Chris has served on our Rent Party committee since its inception and recently partnered with us to host a food pantry. Chris is consistently living his faith and looking out for opportunities to serve struggling folks in our community.




Christine A. Sing

Detroit Public Television

“Dedicated”

Chris is a principal in Rehmann’s Ann Arbor office. She joined the Detroit Public Television Board of Trustees in 2014 and has served as Treasurer of the Board and Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee since 2018. During her six years on the board, Chris has been a leader during the Strategic Plan development and particularly during COVID-19 pandemic strategy development. Chris is also involved with Ann Arbor SPARK, Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Area Chamber, Ann Arbor Hands on Museum, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants.


Damany Head

Oakland University

“Creative”

Damany Head’s leadership of the recently established Pontiac United Education Coalition has created a partnership with PRCC [RD1] and all the schools in Pontiac. The PUEC is pursuing approval for a Grade Level Reading Campaign among other initiatives designed to support Pontiac students and families. Damany, his wife Shannell, and their three children reside in Pontiac.




Diane Gulyas, CFRE

AFP Greater Detroit Chapter

“Committed”

To say that Diane is committed to AFP-GDC is an understatement. Over the past 10 years, Diane has served as a member of the Board of Directors, Board Secretary and Treasurer, and in 2019, Chapter President. This year Diane led efforts to ensure implementation of the Board Restructuring section of the AFP-GDC strategic plan. She is always willing to lend a helping hand and her expertise wherever needed without hesitation. The positive impacts Diane has had on the chapter will be felt by members and the Board of Directors for many years. From everyone at AFP-GDC, thank you, Diane, for your commitment to the chapter!




Diane Rockall

Schoolcraft College Foundation

“Inspiring”

Diane Rockall inspires students to learn. For over 25 years, she and her late husband, Art, have helped hundreds of students achieve their dreams of education and her generosity does not stop. For the past three years, Diane has also provided “Kids on Campus” scholarships to finalists of the middle school “Young Inventors” program.




Diane Young

Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan

“Enthusiastic”

Diane brings enthusiasm to everything she does with Girl Scouts, even Finance Committee meetings. Her spirit is infectious and she is always a joy to be around. We are so fortunate to have her as a tireless Board Member, Chair of the Finance Committee, and Fund Development Committee member.




Elizabeth D. Lilley and Richard M. Lilley

Cranbrook Educational Community

“Dynamic duo”

With more than 750 volunteer hours between them in 2020, Beth and Dick Lilley are dedicated to improving Cranbrook’s landscape and preserving its collections. From chainsaws to cocktails, the Lilleys have helped lead successful fundraisers, plant new gardens, and more. Everyone who visits campus can be grateful that Beth and Dick Lilley have chosen Cranbrook as their retirement home. We sure are!




Emily Pitt

Cranbrook Educational Community

“Innovative”

As co-chair of STUDIO, Emily sought to emphasize exciting engagement between Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum’s patrons and Cranbrook’s artists. As the spring event rapidly shifted to virtual due to COVID-19, Emily focused on creating virtual opportunities that represented Cranbrook’s art community. Her teamwork with co-chair Nicole Eisenberg was a key factor in the event’s success.




Enrico Odorico

Macomb Community College Foundation

“Driving Force”

Enrico “Rico” O’dorico has been the driving force behind the success of the Orris-Corey Memorial Golf Outing and scholarship fundraiser, which celebrated its 30th anniversary in June 2019. In memory of his Macomb Community College colleagues, the event is a testament to the community’s high regard of Rico and his years as Macomb’s golf instructor. His hard work has raised over $42,000 in scholarships for 52 students.




Erin Byrnes

University of Michigan-Dearborn

“Inclusive”

Erin is a dedicated, thoughtful, caring, and loyal volunteer who leads with integrity. She helps raise funds for and award the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters Alumni Affiliate Scholarship to outstanding liberal arts students with financial need. Erin’s inclusive leadership style ensured the scholarship will continue to help UM-Dearborn students long into the future. Thank you, Erin!




Gary Brancaleone and Beth Benson

Oakland University

“Passionate”

Dedicated alumni, volunteers, leaders and donors, Gary Brancaleone and Beth Benson are helping to create a bright future for students at Oakland University. The two met while members of the School of Business Administration Alumni Board and have remained engaged with the university ever since by serving countless hours on the boards of the OUAA, Champions Club, and Graduate School.




Gary Macioce

Michigan Humane

“Steadfast”

Certain as the sun, if it is a weekday, we are going to see Gary at Michigan Humane’s Berman Center facility. He has been volunteering for Michigan Humane for over two years and has already racked up over 1,100 hours. He says he is in it for the “wags and purrs” and we couldn’t be happier to have him.




Gwen Malone Rhodes

Oakland University

“Dedicated”

Gwen Malone Rhodes is the current President of the Oakland County chapter of the Links Inc. This organization has actively worked to enrich the lives of those they serve in Oakland County, specifically in the Pontiac community. Oakland University is proud to partner with Gwen and the entire Links chapter.




Hussein Smidi

Hope Network

“Partner”

Hussein Smidi is a long-time business partner to Hope Network, but he is much more. He is constantly seeking ways to better serve Hope Network and make our jobs easier, but he made a commitment to give back generously from the start. During COVID-19, in addition to his ongoing support, he made significant donations to help direct care workers on the frontline, donating funds to help them meet their expenses while they were focused on caring for others. Smidi is the kind of partner that offers to help before you ask.




Ingrid Murphy

Michigan Humane

“Dedicated”

Ingrid is a cheerful face helping our animals, proving herself a dedicated animal lover. In the space of one year, she has gone from cleaning at our Detroit facility to working phone banks, assisting on transports, fostering, and delivering pet food to homebound Detroit residents, and this spring adopted a dog that requires special care.




James Ciroli

Lighthouse MI

“Leader”

James Ciroli donates his time and experience as Treasurer on the Lighthouse Board of Directors, as well as Event Chair for our Dancing with the Stars event. He has taken our largest event of the year and led it to new heights of success. Through his guidance and commitment, the event has effectively shared our mission and brought in hundreds of thousands of dollars to truly make an impact on our community.




Jan Long

Leader Dogs for the Blind

“Loyal”

Jan Long has been a Leader Dog star volunteer for over 25 years. She has logged thousands of service hours in seven different volunteer positions across multiple departments, serving in philanthropy, marketing, events, gift shop, mailroom, and client guide work. Jan is a champion who exemplifies Leader Dog values in her service to people who are blind. Her grace and humanitarian spirit illuminate the Leader Dog mission.




Janice Cardwell

Matrix Human Services

“Committed”

Jan joined the Matrix Board over 10 years ago and has served as Board Chair since 2014. Under her leadership, Matrix expanded our Head Start program with the award of a five-year, $150 million grant to serve 1,300 children and their families in 15 Detroit locations and expanded the quality of childcare services through our Child Care Partnership program. Jan has worked tirelessly to bring us the resources and community support we need to be successful. She did all of this while serving as Vice President and Detroit Campus Director of the University of Phoenix. Despite her busy schedule, she always found time for Matrix. The board, staff, and those we serve appreciate Jan’s years of service and unwavering commitment.




Jeff Cancelosi

Matrix Human Services

“Attentive”

Jeff has been a member of our ArtWorks Detroit fundraising committee for several years. During that time, he has been a reliable connection to the Detroit art community, securing donations to our artworks auction. As an artist himself, Jeff not only donates an artwork to our event each year, he also pays careful attention to the details that go along with displaying an artist’s work, honoring the artists and maximizing the proceeds from the auction. Matrix and the people we serve appreciate his support.




Jim Dunn

Forgotten Harvest

“Proud”

Jim is a fixture at Forgotten Harvest Farms in Fenton, volunteering every free Monday of growing season. He is proud of his role in helping feed our neighbors in need. Jim serves as our “handyman,” tackling many maintenance projects, such as improving the electrical and lighting in the office, barns, greenhouse, and workshop. We thank Jim and the Electricians of Local 58, who have provided hundreds of volunteer hours at Forgotten Harvest Farms that have helped tremendously in our mission to fight food insecurity. Jim is a joy and blessing.




Jim Nokielski

Ascension St. John and Providence Foundations

“Dedicated”

Jim Nokielski is known for his humanitarian efforts, which are far-reaching and extend beyond his work with Ascension and George W. Auch Company. For many years, he has been an active member of the planning committees for the Providence Golf Classic and the Macomb-Oakland Golf Outing, which benefit hospital programs. Jim has been instrumental in securing sponsors for both events, and his enthusiasm for Ascension in the community is a great example of his passion for others.




Joe Jr. and Roseanne Vitale

Hope Network

“Compassionate”

Joe Jr. and Roseanne Vitale manage their family business, Vince & Joe’s Gourmet Markets. When their daughter Emma was diagnosed with autism, the family wanted to find a way to advocate for families with autistic children and raise funds to support research and improved services. They created a pasta sauce, Emma’s Hope, to support Hope Network’s work in autism around the state. In addition to donating all proceeds from Emma’s Hope, they work tirelessly as advocates for families with autism. They also responded quickly to COVID-19, donating food to families in need throughout the community.




Julianne Princinsky

Food Bank of Eastern Michigan

“Passionate”

Julianne Princinsky joined the board of directors of the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan in 1998. Over the past 22 years she has served in every leadership role and is currently the Board Chair. Her passion for our mission to feed the hungry drives her to ensure our organization does its very best every day.




Julie Falbaum

ACLU of Michigan

“Passionate”

Julie is deeply passionate about ensuring all Michiganders have full access to the ballot and spends nearly all her free time working to achieve that goal. Julie will do whatever it takes to get voters information about their rights, whether that is attending community events, encouraging store owners to post “know your rights” information, or registering new voters.




Julius Reeves

Wayne State University

“Passionate”

Julius Reeves is a dedicated and enthusiastic alumni volunteer. Since 2019, Julius has served as the Chair of the Engineering Alumni Council. Prior to serving as Chair, Julius served as Co-Chair of the College Priorities Taskforce. Julius leads key connections with WSU and GM. Additionally, Julius is an active mentor participate in the College of Engineering Industry Mentor Program.




Karly Gregory

Macomb Community College Foundation

“Shining Star”

Always smiling and energetic, Karly lights up a room. As chair of Comedy & Cocktails, Macomb Community College Foundation’s largest fundraising gala, Karly leads with enthusiasm and makes volunteering a pleasure. She amazes us by juggling many planning meetings and donation requests while working full-time for the college, raising two daughters with her husband Brian, and finishing her college degree.




Katie McSkimming

Ascension St. John and Providence Foundations

“Compassionate”

Katie McSkimming is one of the chairs for the Lochmoor Fights Cancer Annual Golf Outing. For many years, she has been an active member of the planning committee, raising funds for the Needy Patient Fund at Ascension St. John Hospital’s Van Elslander Cancer Center to help local cancer patients pay for basic living needs during treatment. Katie and the committee rally to raise funds that directly touch lives close to home.




Kelly Mays

“Enthralling”

HAVEN

Kelly “Native Child Brown” Mays is a poet, healer, and survivor who shares her story about intimate partner violence in the community. She always encourages survivors to reach out for help and captivates audiences away with her storytelling. Kelly has appeared in media and contributed dozens of live performances on behalf of HAVEN, sometimes last minute, always with enthusiasm.




Maggie Weir

Leader Dogs for the Blind

“Heroic”

Maggie Weir has raised 30 puppies for Leader Dogs for the Blind! Maggie is an exceptional volunteer and leader. Her longtime service as a puppy raiser has enabled blind people nationwide to live more independent lives with a Leader Dog beside them. Maggie has also served as a host family for breeding dogs, and as a puppy counsellor, guiding other volunteers since the 1990s. Maggie’s vast knowledge and expertise in Leader Dog puppy raising has inspired countless others. We honor the service and impact of a true Leader Dog hero in Maggie.




Martina Richardson

Cranbrook Educational Community

“Loyal”

Martina Richardson is a volunteer who deeply understands the mission of Cranbrook Schools and puts forth a compelling and thoughtful case for support among her peers and community members. Cranbrook students, faculty, and staff benefit from her tireless efforts. Her intelligence, focus on strategy, and unwavering dedication make Martina instrumental to our success, and a beloved figure on Cranbrook’s campus.




Mary Honeyman

Michigan Humane

“Devoted”

Mary has been a critical part of the Michigan Humane family for many years, serving in a variety of roles from pet education trainer, to dog walker, to greeter! She leads a Pawsitive Start team as Captain, providing enrichment activities for hundreds of animals every year, and recently showed up to help onsite, providing vital pandemic support.




Mickey Bennett

ACLU of Michigan

“Loyal”

Mickey is committed to ensuring all eligible Michiganders get out and vote, whether educating voters about their new voting rights, or getting new voters registered to vote. Mickey is deeply loyal to the ACLU of Michigan and has helped increase the number of voters in Michigan.


Nance Halle

Leader Dogs for the Blind

“Passionate”

Nance Halle has served Leader Dog as a long-time puppy raiser, puppy counselor, advocate and champion. Nance has brought her considerable professional expertise to support and guide Board work, serving on multiple committees such as Mission Assurance and Quality and the Puppy Raiser Advisory Committee. She attends multiple Leader Dog events as an ambassador. Nance’s strategic guidance and expertise have advanced the Leader Dog mission and her extraordinary dedication has impacted the lives of people who are blind across the country.




Neil Zechman

Detroit Zoological Society

“Caring”

Neil is great at educating guests about resident Detroit Zoo animals. While his focus is amphibians, everyone who visits the Zoo benefits from his knowledge of animals and his passion for their care. Neil is a student of the Zoo and works to learn as much about the animals as possible so that he can answer visitors’ questions.




Nicole Eisenberg

Cranbrook Educational Community

“Diligent”

As co-chair of STUDIO, Nicole enthusiastically led the charge in securing sponsors for Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum’s principal fundraiser. Despite challenges presented by COVID-19, Nicole remained nimble and steadfast to ensure that the spring event was successful in a new, virtual platform. Her teamwork with co-chair Emily Pitt was a key factor in the event’s success.




Ora Williams

Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation

“Sacrificial”

Ora Williams founded the Grandparents Parenting Again program after retiring from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. She participates on several boards (including the Hope Starts Here Stewardship Board) and is an active member of her church and community. She is active with the Brightmoor Alliance and her Block Club to ensure neighbors in Brightmoor have positive living experiences. She pays for two storage units to receive and distribute donations of school and work clothes, backpacks, shoes, and any other resources that might benefit families. She also coordinates Angel Tree annually to provide gifts for children of incarcerated parents and works tirelessly as a volunteer while raising three grandchildren. She is an awesome person we are proud to call a partner!




Patricia Wagner

Detroit Zoological Society

“Active”

Patricia Wagner’s impact can be felt throughout the Zoo and beyond. In addition to volunteering at the Arctic Ring of Life and Polk Penguin Center, she visits with children in local hospitals (in partnership with the Zoo’s education department), where she can bring the Detroit Zoo and its resident animals to life through education and storytelling.




Patti Truesdell (and Family)

Detroit Zoological Society

“Committed”

Patti and her family have positively impacted nearly every area of the Zoo. From maintaining a garden, to animal meal preparation, to volunteering at animal habitats, their impact touches nearly every aspect of the Zoo’s work. Patti even lends use of her photos for its publications.


Paul Rentenbach

Matrix Human Services

“Generous”

Paul has served our children and families for over a decade. He is not only a familiar face around Matrix, he is a reliable source of all kinds of support. He has rallied donors to attend events, managed an annual coat drive, and served as a member of our board in every role possible. Paul is currently our Board Treasurer and Chair of our Finance Committee. Prior to retirement, he had a distinguished career as a lawyer, and he has brought those skills to Matrix. Paul has led the effort with staff and the parents of our Head Start children on the Parent Policy Council, offering guidance to staff on compliance with Head Start requirements. Paul is very generous with his support of Matrix and the Detroit community.




Paula Heisler

Lighthouse MI

“Dependable”

Paula has been volunteering at our Clarkston location for years. As the COVID-19 pandemic hit, she stepped up and is donating her time almost every day to ensure people in need are receiving help. Paula always has a smile on her face and is a bright light shining in these dark times. Willing to help with whatever task is at hand, Paula is one of the most dependable volunteers we have at Lighthouse.




Peter Van Dyke

Michigan Humane

“Driven”

Peter’s devoted passion and expertise as a board member have literally changed the identity of Michigan Humane. Capping off years of impactful service, he recently led rebranding of the organization, refocusing messaging on serving not only the pets, but the people of our community. Patient and wise, Peter has been crucial in the revitalization of Michigan Humane’s mission.




Priscilla Phifer

Matrix Human Services

“Passionate”

Priscilla joined our ArtWorks Detroit Fundraising Committee two years ago. Her connections throughout the Detroit art community are extensive and it seems no one can say no to her request for a donation to our annual art auction. An artist herself, Priscilla has enlisted art collectors’ support of our event, helping us to exceed our fundraising goals. Priscilla started painting after she retired five years ago. Her passion for creating art, supporting new artists, and giving back to her community inspires everyone one she connects with to do and give more.




Rebecca Hepner, CFRE

AFP Greater Detroit Chapter

“Impactful”

Rebecca’s impactful leadership is a resource for AFP-GDC. She has served as a member of the Board of Directors for seven years in roles including Secretary and Vice-President. Since 2017, Rebecca has served as Sponsorship Chair for National Philanthropy Day (NPD). Meeting or exceeding sponsorship goals each year, in 2020 her efforts helped balance the Chapter budget amid a pandemic. Rebecca was also the Co-Chair of the 2020 NPD committee. She never hesitates to take on a challenge and do what is needed. Rebecca’s dedication to the success of the Chapter is something that will be remembered for years to come. Thank you, Rebecca!


Rich Torrenti

HAVEN

“Dedicated”

Rich has been volunteering at HAVEN for over a year. His time and input in Resource Room programing and interaction with survivors we serve surrounding financial literacy has been invaluable. Rich assisted with developing our group that focuses on the next step after a budgeting class that was developed by Center Financial Planning. He has volunteered at summer camp and meets with clients individually about budgeting and overall financial safety. He has helped increase our ability to register and calculate clients served during our Gift Giveaway Event. During COVID-19 he helped develop our curriculum for our mentor program for boys and girls. His work supporting and educating survivors and their kids around financial literacy is greatly appreciated.


Richard and Penny Persiani

Detroit Zoological Society

“Engaged”

Richard and Penny are passionate and engaged volunteers who serve as knowledgeable and friendly faces for all visitors. They are quick not only to give of their time and energy, but also to donate financially when and where there is a need. They are always among the first to raise their hands when an opportunity arises.


Robert Chrusciel and Thomas Mallia

Schoolcraft College Foundation

“Vanguard”

The vanguard is a leader who is always ready to address a challenge with compassion and support. Rob and Tom are a couple who truly epitomize this term. Committed to bettering the community, they constantly look to assist and selflessly lead the next generations by their example.




Robin and Mark Whitfield

Schoolcraft College Foundation

“Dedicated”

Community service and dedication to duty are instinctive to Robin and Mark Whitfield. Whether the task is working with their clients on financial planning, or supporting community issues and charitable causes, Robin and Mark set the bar that few can emulate.


Ron Modreski

University of Michigan-Dearborn College of Engineering and Computer Science

“Optimistic”

Ron is a thoughtful, cheerful leader who cares deeply about students and their success. He conducts outreach to highlight engineering to younger students. He is deeply invested in the college and has spent 16 years reinvigorating and serving on its alumni affiliate.


Ronald Hodess

Autism Alliance of Michigan

“Advocate”

As an attorney and passionate board member, Ronald “Ron” Hodess gives personally and has encouraged his family and associates to do the same. He recently used his contacts in the community to open the door to a favorable lease arrangement for AAoM. He is personally involved in the cause and has facilitated numerous partnerships. Ron is a tremendous asset to the organization.




Scott Reilly

ACLU of Michigan

“Leader”

Since 2016, Scott has been a tireless defender of civil rights and civil liberties. Most recently, Scott has led a team in Southeast Michigan to build lasting relationships with voters and community partners to ensure that all have full and fair access to the ballot.


Shenise Foote

Cranbrook Educational Community

“Motivated”

As a proud HUB alumna, Shenise served as the Alumni & Donor Engagement Chair for the HUB 55th Anniversary Event. Shenise developed engagement opportunities and led the planning of the event. Shenise recruited alumni volunteers, solicited their impact stories, and coordinated a merchandise sale. Because of Shenise’s motivated participation, HUB saw an increase in alumni volunteers and donors.


Susan Betterly

Lighthouse MI

“Compassionate”

Lighthouse is proud to honor Susan Betterly for her tireless efforts and leadership to serve those in need in our community. Susan volunteers three to four days a week and has given over 2,000 volunteer hours in the past three years. She has been instrumental in supporting the Lighthouse Food Pantry, packs food boxes, unloads donations, restocks shelves, sorts and organizes food, shops for needed items, assists clients in loading food in their vehicles, picks up food donations, serves as a Team Captain to train other volunteers, and more. Susan takes great care with each client visiting our food pantry and we celebrate her dedication, compassion, and spirit!




Tanya Rulison

Empowerment Plan

“Dedicated”

Tanya, a member of the Junior League of Detroit, has helped launch a program to address food insecurity at Empowerment Plan. Tanya is instrumental in the execution of the Empowered Pantry and the education and resources that accompany it. She goes above and beyond to make sure the needs of our team are met and is always looking to lend a helping hand.


Dr. Thomas Hall

Ascension St. John and Providence Foundations

“Selfless”

In the weeks following the arrival of the coronavirus in southeast Michigan, signs began springing up on front lawns across Oakland County to thank essential workers. This was the creation of Dr. Thomas Hall, a radiologist at Ascension Providence Hospital. During the height of COVID-19, over 2,000 signs reading “A Hero Lives Here” were placed near essential workers’ homes to boost morale and express gratitude.



Virginia Vartarian

HAVEN

“Enthusiastic”

Virginia is truly one of a kind. No matter the need or task, whether big or small, Virginia is always willing to step in. Her dedication to survivors and their families is unmatched. From volunteering as a committee member to donating over 1,000 rolls of wrapping paper for our holiday program each year, she is most definitely a distinguished volunteer!


Walter Cytacki

Ascension St. John and Providence Foundations

“Advocate”

Anyone who has met Walter Cytacki knows he is a great advocate for Ascension St. John Hospital. He often refers friends and acquaintances to the hospital, its physicians, and the McQuade Society, a personal health services program. Walt is active in THE GUILD, a fundraising organization for Ascension St. John. He was also instrumental in raising funds to assist hospital caregivers during the COVID crisis. The hospital is thankful to have this passionate, generous champion.




Wayne Hanlon

Older Persons’ Commission

“Genuine”

Wayne is a long-time, committed, incredibly generous OPC volunteer who is always ready to assist in any capacity. For years he has driven twice weekly for Meals on Wheels, and genuinely cares for clients who have come to trust, appreciate, respect, and expect him. He delivers monthly Focus: HOPE food packages to low-income seniors and has never declined our requests for help.


William A. Moylan

Lawrence Technological University

“Passionate”

Dr. William (Bill) Moylan graduated from Lawrence Technological University (LTU) in 1974 with a bachelor’s degree in construction engineering. Since that time Bill has demonstrated his strong commitment to the University as a proud alum, dedicated employee, adjunct faculty, and active volunteer. He serves as Club Coach for the LTU Blue Devils Toastmasters Club. Previous volunteer roles include serving as a Proud Heritage, Bold Future Campaign Committee member, Civil Engineering Department Advisory Board member, and LTU National Development Committee Chair. Additionally, Bill was honored by the LTU community in 1998 with the Ray Award as the alumni volunteer of the year. He is a member of the LTU Alumni Association, Benefactors Society, Founders Society, and Lifetime Presidents Club.