Welcome to YNPN Detroit’s New Board Members!

YNPN Detroit recently completed its Board recruiting process, and the results were nothing short of stellar. There is most definitely a bright future ahead for the chapter! Check out our new leadership team:

Kelly Cleaver, Co-Chair
Gleaners Community Food Bank
Kelly Cleaver is currently the communications coordinator at Gleaners Community Food Bank and has worked there for the past three years. Kelly graduated with honors from Spring Arbor University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts with concentrations in English Writing and Philosophy. She has a strong interest in all elements of communications, including social media. In 2009, Kelly co-founded YNPN Detroit and has been passionately involved in the YNPN network ever since.
Kelly lives Ferndale Michigan with her two dogs, Shelby and Oliver.

Tammie Jones, Co-Chair
The Skillman Foundation
Tammie Jones is a Council of Michigan Foundations Public Policy Fellow with The Skillman Foundation. There, she works on policy and advocacy issues impacting the Foundation’s Good Schools work, with a particular focus on assisting in the development of the citywide education infrastructure and ensuring access to high-quality schools within the Foundation’s target neighborhoods.

Prior to this position, Tammie worked for more than ten years with the Boys & Girls Clubs in Virginia, helping to establish two new locations serving a combined 400 youth members. In May 2009, Tammie completed her MBA at the University of Michigan – Ross School of Business, where she was selected by her peers to receive the Frank S. Moran Leadership Award. Tammie currently serves as an Advisory Board member for the Salvation Army, Eastern Michigan Division.

Dorothy Diop, Treasurer
The Skillman Foundation
Dorothy Diop is currently the Staff Accountant at the Skillman Foundation. Here she is responsible for executing multiple accounting tasks relevant to ensuring that the Foundations finance operations run smoothly. Prior to this position, she worked for The Michigan Humane Society as a Staff Accountant.

Dorothy considers herself as a social change advocate who is extremely passionate about working with organizations that create positive change in the lives of other.

Dorothy is also second president of the National Association of Black Accountants, Inc. – Detroit chapter and also serves as Mentoring Chair for the Michigan Forum for African American Philanthropy, an affinity group of Council of Michigan Foundations.

Ryan Dinkgrave
Focus: HOPE
Ryan Michael Dinkgrave is the Manager of Government Affairs and Grantwriting at the Detroit civil and human rights organization Focus: HOPE, where he has worked since 2006. His role involves responsibility for the government relations, government funding, foundation funding, advocacy, and social media operations of the organization.

Dinkgrave earned a Master of Arts degree in Public Relations from Michigan State University (MSU) in 2010 and two undergraduate degrees in Communications and Telecommunications, Information Studies, and Media from MSU in 2005. Additionally, he completed a minor (“specialization”) in Public Relations and studied Mass Media in the United Kingdom.

Dinkgrave is a member of the Board of Directors for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Metro Detroit and Southeast Michigan Chapter and has been a volunteer with JDRF since his diagnosis with type 1 diabetes at age ten. On the board he serves as the Research Information Volunteer and Activation Coordinator for Government Affairs and on the planning committee for an annual fundraising event. He has testified at the state and federal levels in support of federal funding for diabetes research and legalization of stem cell research.

Bill Gesaman
Michigan Nonprofit Association (MNA)
Bill Gesaman serves as the Membership Manager for MNA. Bill is charged with developing retention strategies, providing excellent customer service to MNA’s current members, and reaching out to other organizations who are not currently benefiting from all that MNA has to offer. Prior to joining MNA in August 2010, Bill worked with the Boy Scouts of America for over five years. There he worked with approximately 3500 families and hundreds of volunteers to help ensure Scouting was successful in Southwestern Oakland County. He managed the membership and fundraising campaigns, and stewarded trainings, events, programs and multiple committees. Bill is a graduate of Michigan State University. He is married and resides in Farmington Hills.

Jess Guyer
Wayne State University
Jessica received her bachelors in chemistry from Wayne State University. After completing her degree, she spent a couple years working in business consulting, as an implementation specialist at Accenture. During her time at Accenture, Jessica looked for ways to get involved, outside of her specific role, and create opportunities for Accenture employees to become engaged in revitalizing Detroit. It was during this time, while she worked with local nonprofits to organize volunteer opportunities for Accenture groups, that Jessica decided to return to school and pursue a career in the nonprofit sector.

Jessica returned to Wayne State University in the fall of 2009 and is working on her Masters in Public Administration. She is scheduled to graduate in December 2011. She currently works for the WSU Department of Campus Recreation and manages the University’s High Ropes Course, Climbing Wall, Team Building, and Outdoor Adventure Programs. Jessica stays connected with the Detroit nonprofit sector through regular volunteer work with The Junior League of Detroit, Alternatives For Girls, and Detroit Synergy.

Ann Leen
Community and Home Supports
Ann completed a Bachelors of Science at Aquinas College before joining the United States Peace Corps (Paraguay 2000-2004). Since returning to Detroit, Ann has worked in the non-profit sector specific to services for low-income, homeless and high-risk families. Ann has focused her work on outcome and program management with nonprofits. Ann recently completed her Masters in Community Development from the University of Detroit-Mercy focusing on human and organizational development.

Tiffany Mott-Smith
Wayne State University
Tiffany Mott-Smith is currently a graduate student in the school of Political Science at Wayne State University. Her plan of work includes a Master of Arts in Public Administration with a certification in Non-Profit Management. In addition to her coursework, Tiffany currently serves as Graduate Student Assistant in Wayne State University’s Office of Student Disability Services.

Tiffany received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University in Communications with a specialization in public relations in 2007, after which she became an account coordinator for Austin-based public relations firm Visibly Public Relations. Her professional background also includes working with non-profits throughout the country- including Austin based River City Youth Foundation where she assisted with large scale event planning and Washington D.C. based EMILY’s List where she assisted with nation-wide campaign and voter targeting strategies. Tiffany has also served as a volunteer with numerous organizations including the Ancient Theatre of Mytilini, Capital Area Food Bank, Michigan Americorps Partnership and Alpha Omicron Pi where she helped start a youth tutoring program with the Michigan State University Greek Life Community and Lansing School District.
Upon completion of her current coursework in 2012, Tiffany plans to enter a doctoral program in the field of public administration and pursue a career in marketing and development for non-profits.

Tamalon Overton
The Skillman Foundation
Tamalon Overton is a Program Associate devoted to the Good Schools work at The Skillman Foundation. She provides vital support to the Skillman Scholars and Good Schools: Making the Grade initiatives in addition to support the Foundation’s overall education reform efforts from early childhood education through high school turnaround.

Prior to working at the Foundation, Tamalon was a financial aid advisor for Eastern Michigan University. She still maintains a strong presence in ensuring financial access to higher education, and sits on a community scholarship committee.

Tamalon is also involved with Michigan Forum for African American Philanthropy and the Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy. She is married with a very active and talented 12-year old daughter.

Dan Robin
Nonprofit Enterprise at Work (NEW)
Dan has experience in community and organizational development beginning with a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Michigan, and professional experience working for civil rights. Dan began his career at NEW as intern under the CEO, supporting all four of NEW’s programs in 2009. After graduating with a Masters in Management and Policy from the University of Michigan School of Social Work, he helped NEW deliver its value proposition to stakeholders by managing NEW’s rebranding project. Dan currently serves the Metro Detroit nonprofit community from NEW’s Detroit office. He has worked with nonprofits ranging from start-ups to maturity primarily through training of best practices, board development, recruitment, and grant seeking.

Dan began serving on boards at age 26, beginning with the University of Michigan Nonprofit & Public Management Center’s Board Fellowship Program. Dan currently serves on the board of the Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue, focusing his efforts on both the Development & Building Committees. He has served on the Board of the Alzheimer’s Association. Dan has raised funds for the Children’s Tumor Foundation and is a founding member of the Southeast Michigan Chapter Support Group for People with Neurofibromatosis. Dan also holds membership in the Social Enterprise Alliance.

Dean Simmer
Detroit Cristo Rey High School & St. Jude’s Anglican Mission
Dean P. Simmer is a dedicated advocate for nonprofits & churches, working to improve and promote opportunities throughout the metro Detroit area. After completing a B.A. in History at Hillsdale College, he moved to the metro Detroit area and the corporate technology sector. In 2007 he was tapped to develop the technology resources and curriculum at Detroit Cristo Rey High School, the only coed Catholic high school in the city of Detroit. In addition to his work at the high school, he is a founder of St. Jude’s Anglican Mission (Midtown), an active member of his neighborhood timebank and is pursuing a Masters degree in theology. He lives with his wife in the historic Corktown neighborhood of Detroit.

La’Leatha Spillers
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit
La’Leatha Ryan Spillers is a resourceful strategic thinker with proven skills in community collaborations and partnerships, fundraising and development, event planning and communications. With 10 years of experience in the non-profit field La’Leatha has worked both in academic and community settings. Together these environments have enabled her to work closely with parents, youth, volunteers, board members and other key community constituents.

La’Leatha currently serves as Program Manager of Youth Outreach and External Engagement at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Detroit. She has also held fund development positions at Alternatives For Girls and Wilberforce University. A product of a military family, having lived in 10 different places, both domestically and internationally, La’Leatha holds a graduate certificate in non-profit management from Eastern Michigan University, a Master’s of Science degree in Communications and Strategic Planning from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Media Communications from Wilberforce University. She is also a board member with the Sojourner Foundation and an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Pontiac Alumnae chapter.


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