Board & Staff


Aja Abney, Community Engagement Coordinator

Aja Dier, Teaching Artist

Alfreda Liles, Programs Coordinator

Aleesa Searcy, Programs Administrator

Amber Griffin, Resident Teaching Artist

Andrew Huff, Associate Director of Theater Programs

Annette Madias, Grant Writer

Charlene McNary, Finance Manager

DeLashea Strawder, President & Artistic Director

Devin Woodson, Teaching Artist

Janine Williams, Volunteer Coordinator

Jason Gong, Teaching Artist

Joe Bailey, Executive Administrative Assistant

Keir Ward, Resident Teaching Artist

Lumumba Reynolds, Back Stage Tech Coordinator

Kaitlin Sarnacki, Stage Management Mentor

Maurice Draughn, Music Assistant and Accompanist



Cornell Batie

Board Chair
The Balancing Act

 Monica Kleszcz

Vice Chair
Chief Managing Partner and Consultant
SMB Innovative Group

Gabriel Doss

Digital Marketing & Advertising

Christopher Sheeren

Longhouse Partners, LLC

Sjonne’ Badgerow
Manager, Premium & Membership Development
Detroit Pistons

Elliott Broom
VP of Operations
Detroit Institute of Arts

Melissa Davis
Vice President of Digital Strategy, CRM and Innovation
UniWorld Group, Inc.

Meagan Dunn
Director, Community Outreach & Partnerships
Henry Ford Health System

Prentis Edwards, Jr.
Presiding Judge
Wayne County Third Circuit Court Criminal Division

Diane Green, M.A., N.C.C.
Licensed Professional Counselor
Henry Ford Community College

Beverly Maddox
Director, Signature Events
Detroit Regional Chamber

Patricia Nemeth
Partner, Attorney at Law
Nemeth Law PC

Roy Sexton
Senior Marketing Manager
Clark Hill PLC

Marty Singer
Senior Advisor

Kate Spratt
Chief Financial Officer
Neighborhood Service Organization

Kathy Thompson
Corporate Project Manager Emerita
HAP Health Insurance

Kelli Van Buren
Dual Enrollment Faculty
Wayne County Community College

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