As we bring in 2021, we want to share exciting DPS Foundation news on our Board of Directors.  We welcome our new Chair, Beth Correa who serves as Senior Vice President of Community Affairs and Quality at Flagstar Bank, Inc. with more than 20 years of banking experience. Director Correa has served on our board since 2014. Chair Correa replaced Jerome R. Watson, Attorney and Counselor at Law, Miller Canfield, who stepped down after 5 years of leading the board through major transitions and growth. He is a founder of our organization and will continue to serve on our Executive Committee as an At-Large Member.  

New Officers include Treasurer, Gwen Hatten Butler, President and Chief Investment Officer, Capri Investment Group, and Secretary Shawn Wilson, President and Chief Executive Officer, Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan. 

A huge congratulations goes to our Board member Angelique Peterson-Mayberry on becoming the Board President of the Detroit Public Schools Community School District. She is Director of Community Relations for the UAW-Ford Department at Ford Motor Company. As a Detroit Public Schools alumnae and mother of DPSCD children, we value the various perspectives and passion she brings to the board room. 

In 2019-2020, the DPS Foundation was fortunate to grow our board from 16 Members to 28! Our new Directors include: 

  • Zakary Pashak, Owner of Detroit Bikes, February 2019
  • Kwame Simmons, Director of Education at Hantz Foundation, February 2019
  • Kiel J. Opperman, Ph.D., Dir. of Program Dev’t & Research at Central City Integrated Health, May 2019
  • Susan L. Brueckman, SVP, Regional Manager of Corp., Affairs at Huntington Bank, November 2019
  • JoAnn Chavez, SVP and Chief Legal Officer at DTE Energy, November 2019
  • Charles H. Ellis III Bishop at Greater Grace Temple, November 2019
  • Emily H. Ford, Founding Board Member of Neighborhood Villages, November 2019
  • Gwendolyn L. Hatten Butler, President and Chief Investment, Officer of Capri Investment Group, November 2019
  • Rian Barnhill, VP of Gov’t and Community Affairs at Olympia Dev’t of Michigan, February 2020
  • Laura Grannemann, VP of Strategic Investments at, Quicken Loans, February 2020
  • Amy McClain, Vice President, Client and Community Relations Director for PNC Bank, November 2020
  • Shani Penn, President and CEO of JPW Strategies, LLC, November 2020

We thank our board for their volunteerism, expertise, commitment to public education and ensuring the well-being of students, families and educators of DPSC. We couldn’t do this work without you!