Edward Foxworth III, MBA - CEO, APEX Leadership Academy   Edward Foxworth III is an Entrepreneur, Author and Educator. Having had a successful career in Broadcast Media, as a Television Host of a show called “StreetBeat” on CBS Detroit, American Entrepreneur on “The Impact Network” and as a Freelance Broadcast Journalist on “Radio One Detroit”, Foxworth has recently launched his own company called APEX Leadership Academy.  Committed to lifelong learning, he formed his nonprofit organization as a means for delivering Professional Development and Corporate Training workshops both online and via face-to-face workshops. Over the past two decades, he has held several nonprofit executive positions including his current role as the Director of Education for the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the Community Affairs Director with the YMCA in Charlotte, N.C., as well as Executive Director of the Detroit Police Athletic League. Mr. Foxworth has volunteered a significant amount of his time to several distinguished nonprofit organizations, such as Karmanos Cancer Institute, the American Red Cross for Southeastern Michigan and Spectrum Human Services, where he elevated to the role of Committee Chairperson.

Edward Foxworth III, MBA - CEO, APEX Leadership Academy

Edward Foxworth III is an Entrepreneur, Author and Educator. Having had a successful career in Broadcast Media, as a Television Host of a show called “StreetBeat” on CBS Detroit, American Entrepreneur on “The Impact Network” and as a Freelance Broadcast Journalist on “Radio One Detroit”, Foxworth has recently launched his own company called APEX Leadership Academy.

Committed to lifelong learning, he formed his nonprofit organization as a means for delivering Professional Development and Corporate Training workshops both online and via face-to-face workshops. Over the past two decades, he has held several nonprofit executive positions including his current role as the Director of Education for the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the Community Affairs Director with the YMCA in Charlotte, N.C., as well as Executive Director of the Detroit Police Athletic League. Mr. Foxworth has volunteered a significant amount of his time to several distinguished nonprofit organizations, such as Karmanos Cancer Institute, the American Red Cross for Southeastern Michigan and Spectrum Human Services, where he elevated to the role of Committee Chairperson.

Katie Brisson Vice President Community Foundation for Southeastern Michigan   Katie Brisson is Vice President, Program, at the Community Foundation for Southeastern Michigan, where she has worked since 1999. Katie has had progressively significant responsibility for key initiatives and grantmaking programs of the Foundation over this 20-year period. Recent examples of Brisson’s leadership include: launching the Michigan Opioid Partnership, a $2.7 million public/private collaborative including the state of Michigan and 6 key health funders, aimed at decreasing Michigan opioid overdoses and deaths; leading the 5-year, $11 million Head Start Innovation Fund, a collaboration of 10 local funders designed to support a new system of early childhood education; and providing key oversight in the launch phase of the New Economy Initiative, now a $150+ million collaboration of 11 foundations to build economic prosperity in southeast Michigan.  Brisson previously served as a consultant to the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and as chief lobbyist for The Maryland Food Committee in Baltimore, where she worked on hunger and poverty issues.  Brisson holds a master’s degree in policy studies from The Johns Hopkins University, a master’s in legal and ethical studies from the University of Baltimore, and a bachelor’s degree in sociology is from Western Michigan University.

Katie Brisson Vice President Community Foundation for Southeastern Michigan

Katie Brisson is Vice President, Program, at the Community Foundation for Southeastern Michigan, where she has worked since 1999. Katie has had progressively significant responsibility for key initiatives and grantmaking programs of the Foundation over this 20-year period. Recent examples of Brisson’s leadership include: launching the Michigan Opioid Partnership, a $2.7 million public/private collaborative including the state of Michigan and 6 key health funders, aimed at decreasing Michigan opioid overdoses and deaths; leading the 5-year, $11 million Head Start Innovation Fund, a collaboration of 10 local funders designed to support a new system of early childhood education; and providing key oversight in the launch phase of the New Economy Initiative, now a $150+ million collaboration of 11 foundations to build economic prosperity in southeast Michigan.

Brisson previously served as a consultant to the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and as chief lobbyist for The Maryland Food Committee in Baltimore, where she worked on hunger and poverty issues.

Brisson holds a master’s degree in policy studies from The Johns Hopkins University, a master’s in legal and ethical studies from the University of Baltimore, and a bachelor’s degree in sociology is from Western Michigan University.

Liz Gordillo, Program Manager at Johnson Center for Philanthropy, Grand Valley State University   Liz Gordillo  ( née Delaney), M.S.W. is a program manager at Grand Valley State University’s Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy. She is responsible for managing, researching, and consulting on a portfolio of projects for grantmakers and donors.  Gordillo previously worked at the Ruth Mott Foundation as a Learning Officer and at the Johnson Center as a graduate assistant, research coordinator, and research manager within the Community Research Institute. Prior to her time in the philanthropic sector, she taught secondary and post-secondary chemistry, physics, mathematics, and social work courses.  Liz earned her bachelor’s degree in chemistry with an emphasis on education and a minor in physics from Western Michigan University, and her master’s degree in social work from Grand Valley State University. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in Educational Leadership with an emphasis on Organizational Analysis at Western Michigan University. She is passionate about working alongside foundations, nonprofits, and communities to identify, collect, own, and use data to advocate for community-identified changes.

Liz Gordillo, Program Manager at Johnson Center for Philanthropy, Grand Valley State University

Liz Gordillo (née Delaney), M.S.W. is a program manager at Grand Valley State University’s Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy. She is responsible for managing, researching, and consulting on a portfolio of projects for grantmakers and donors.

Gordillo previously worked at the Ruth Mott Foundation as a Learning Officer and at the Johnson Center as a graduate assistant, research coordinator, and research manager within the Community Research Institute. Prior to her time in the philanthropic sector, she taught secondary and post-secondary chemistry, physics, mathematics, and social work courses.

Liz earned her bachelor’s degree in chemistry with an emphasis on education and a minor in physics from Western Michigan University, and her master’s degree in social work from Grand Valley State University. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in Educational Leadership with an emphasis on Organizational Analysis at Western Michigan University. She is passionate about working alongside foundations, nonprofits, and communities to identify, collect, own, and use data to advocate for community-identified changes.


Larry Johnson, Executive Director LifeBUILDERS   Larry   is executive director of LifeBUILDERS, an organization he co-founded with his wife Marilyn. Both are committed to reclaim, empower and build in Regent Park, a neighborhood on Detroit's northeast side that has been plagued by decades of abandonment and disinvestment, which opened the door to criminal activity, despair and hopelessness.  Prior to LifeBUILDERS, Johnson owned and ran a large computer leasing company that counted multiple Fortune 500 companies as its clients, and was living the American Dream. Instead of settling into a life of leisure, following the sale of that business and subsequent retirement, the Johnsons followed God's calling to serve and made themselves available to make a difference in Detroit. They ultimately moved into the community they chose to serve, the big 48205, once designated as Detroit’s most deadly zip code.  More information can be found by visiting  www.LifeBUILDERSDETROIT.com .

Larry Johnson, Executive Director LifeBUILDERS

Larry is executive director of LifeBUILDERS, an organization he co-founded with his wife Marilyn. Both are committed to reclaim, empower and build in Regent Park, a neighborhood on Detroit's northeast side that has been plagued by decades of abandonment and disinvestment, which opened the door to criminal activity, despair and hopelessness.

Prior to LifeBUILDERS, Johnson owned and ran a large computer leasing company that counted multiple Fortune 500 companies as its clients, and was living the American Dream. Instead of settling into a life of leisure, following the sale of that business and subsequent retirement, the Johnsons followed God's calling to serve and made themselves available to make a difference in Detroit. They ultimately moved into the community they chose to serve, the big 48205, once designated as Detroit’s most deadly zip code.

More information can be found by visiting www.LifeBUILDERSDETROIT.com.

 
Cindy Eggleton, CEO Brilliant Detroit  For over 25 years, Cindy Eggleton has passionately worked in community-based organizations to transform neighborhoods, cities, and lives. Currently Cindy serves as CEO and co-founder of Brilliant Detroit—which was born as a legacy project to truly transform lives by aligning existing education, health, and social services to support families in their neighborhoods. Central to this is Cindy’s core belief that such work should be “with, for and by” people.  Brilliant Detroit is dedicated to building kid success families and neighborhoods where families with children 0-8 have what they need to be school ready, healthy and stable. They do this by providing proven programming and support year-round out of Brilliant Detroit homes in high-need neighborhoods. Today Brilliant Detroit serves over 4000 individuals out of several locations throughout the metropolitan Detroit area. Last year alone they provided over 32,000 hours of evidence-based programming through the support of their 80 organizational partners.  Cindy has had long-term impact on the landscape of education in Detroit. She moved from a consultant with the United Way for Southeastern Michigan to the Senior Director of Education Preparedness and oversaw a large education portfolio.. In this position, she worked tirelessly with other people and organizations, improving high school graduation rates, leading efforts to train over 15,000 early childhood caregivers, overseeing a foreclosure collaborative, and more.

Cindy Eggleton, CEO Brilliant Detroit
For over 25 years, Cindy Eggleton has passionately worked in community-based organizations to transform neighborhoods, cities, and lives. Currently Cindy serves as CEO and co-founder of Brilliant Detroit—which was born as a legacy project to truly transform lives by aligning existing education, health, and social services to support families in their neighborhoods. Central to this is Cindy’s core belief that such work should be “with, for and by” people.

Brilliant Detroit is dedicated to building kid success families and neighborhoods where families with children 0-8 have what they need to be school ready, healthy and stable. They do this by providing proven programming and support year-round out of Brilliant Detroit homes in high-need neighborhoods. Today Brilliant Detroit serves over 4000 individuals out of several locations throughout the metropolitan Detroit area. Last year alone they provided over 32,000 hours of evidence-based programming through the support of their 80 organizational partners.

Cindy has had long-term impact on the landscape of education in Detroit. She moved from a consultant with the United Way for Southeastern Michigan to the Senior Director of Education Preparedness and oversaw a large education portfolio.. In this position, she worked tirelessly with other people and organizations, improving high school graduation rates, leading efforts to train over 15,000 early childhood caregivers, overseeing a foreclosure collaborative, and more.

Tamela Spicer, Program Manager, Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State   Tamela Spicer is a program manager of nonprofit services for the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Mich. She works primarily with faith-based clients, and specializes in organizational structure, fund development, and strategic planning. Tamela is also a certified executive coach and leads the Johnson Center’s  Executive Coaching Program .  Prior to joining the staff at the Johnson Center in February 2016, Spicer served as a Regional Development Director for The Salvation Army, Regional Director for the Arthritis Foundation, and Executive Director for Flat River Outreach Ministries.  Spicer serves on the board of directors for the  Alliance for Nonprofit Management , and is active in Rotary. She previously served on the board of Lowell Light & Power. Tamela holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts degree in religious education and theology from Aquinas College, as well as a master’s degree in communications from Spring Arbor University. In addition to her role at the Johnson Center, Spicer is a part-time faculty member in the School of Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration at Grand Valley State University.  Tamela grew up in Lowell, Michigan and currently resides in Jenison with her cats and two roommates, who also happen to be her grown children. In her spare time she enjoys traveling (as much as possible), writing, and many nights at the symphony.

Tamela Spicer, Program Manager, Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State

Tamela Spicer is a program manager of nonprofit services for the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Mich. She works primarily with faith-based clients, and specializes in organizational structure, fund development, and strategic planning. Tamela is also a certified executive coach and leads the Johnson Center’s Executive Coaching Program.

Prior to joining the staff at the Johnson Center in February 2016, Spicer served as a Regional Development Director for The Salvation Army, Regional Director for the Arthritis Foundation, and Executive Director for Flat River Outreach Ministries.

Spicer serves on the board of directors for the Alliance for Nonprofit Management, and is active in Rotary. She previously served on the board of Lowell Light & Power. Tamela holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts degree in religious education and theology from Aquinas College, as well as a master’s degree in communications from Spring Arbor University. In addition to her role at the Johnson Center, Spicer is a part-time faculty member in the School of Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration at Grand Valley State University.

Tamela grew up in Lowell, Michigan and currently resides in Jenison with her cats and two roommates, who also happen to be her grown children. In her spare time she enjoys traveling (as much as possible), writing, and many nights at the symphony.

Sarah Gallimore, Design Strategist and Researcher Mayor’s Office, City of Detroit   Sarah is a Design Strategist and Researcher within the Mayor's Office, seasoned military spouse, outdoor enthusiast and new-ish mother to a bubbly 1 year old named Margot. After nearly a decade in the commercial/corporate design world, Sarah transitioned to local government last year with a brief stint with the City of Durham’s Innovation Team before transitioning back to Detroit where her and her partner have lived for the past 5 years. A lateral thinker and committed learner - she thrives at the intersection of design thinking and business strategy - helping people deeply understand the people they serve, how to figure out what to make or do next, why it's important and how to communicate that - innovating contextually through social research.

Sarah Gallimore, Design Strategist and Researcher Mayor’s Office, City of Detroit

Sarah is a Design Strategist and Researcher within the Mayor's Office, seasoned military spouse, outdoor enthusiast and new-ish mother to a bubbly 1 year old named Margot. After nearly a decade in the commercial/corporate design world, Sarah transitioned to local government last year with a brief stint with the City of Durham’s Innovation Team before transitioning back to Detroit where her and her partner have lived for the past 5 years. A lateral thinker and committed learner - she thrives at the intersection of design thinking and business strategy - helping people deeply understand the people they serve, how to figure out what to make or do next, why it's important and how to communicate that - innovating contextually through social research.


Alicia LeVezu Moon Bio, Executive Director Innovation Team at Mayor’s Office, City of Detroit   Alicia LeVezu Moon is a Detroit resident and the Executive Director of the Innovation Team in the Mayor’s Office in Detroit. In this role, Alicia leads the Innovation Team’s efforts to build internal and community partnerships and co-create solutions to city challenges. Prior to this role, Alicia engaged in systemic advocacy through her professional training as a lawyer, working with Legal Services of South Central Michigan, the Children and Youth Advocacy Clinic at the University of Washington and the Court Improvement Training Academy in Washington State.    Alicia’s background also includes: the provision of professional development training and community of practice coordination for lawyers, guest teaching in the law school setting, working for a state representative, and fundraising for a small non-profit organization.

Alicia LeVezu Moon Bio, Executive Director Innovation Team at Mayor’s Office, City of Detroit

Alicia LeVezu Moon is a Detroit resident and the Executive Director of the Innovation Team in the Mayor’s Office in Detroit. In this role, Alicia leads the Innovation Team’s efforts to build internal and community partnerships and co-create solutions to city challenges. Prior to this role, Alicia engaged in systemic advocacy through her professional training as a lawyer, working with Legal Services of South Central Michigan, the Children and Youth Advocacy Clinic at the University of Washington and the Court Improvement Training Academy in Washington State.

Alicia’s background also includes: the provision of professional development training and community of practice coordination for lawyers, guest teaching in the law school setting, working for a state representative, and fundraising for a small non-profit organization.