BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Lysa Davis, Board President I Compliance and Community Consultants
Michelle Crockett I Miller Canfield
Katy Chapman I KPMG LLP
Derek Edwards I Invest Detroit
Laurie Horvath I Baker Tilly
Thomas Linn I Miller Canfield
Marilyn Mullane I Michigan Legal Services
Quadri Owoiya I Deloitte Consulting, LLP
Jayesh Patel I Talati & Patel PLLC
Khalilah Spencer I Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohan LLP
Glen Zatz I Bodman
Robin Luce-Herrmann I Director Emeritus
Sally Schwartz I Director Emeritus
Shamyle Dobbs, MSW JD I Chief Executive Officer
Shamyle is the Chief Executive Officer for Michigan Community Resources. A native New Yorker and graduate of New York University, Shamyle moved to Michigan in 2001 to complete her masters in Social Work at the University of Michigan, and went on to receive a Juris Doctor from Wayne State University. Shamyle has over 20 years of experience in nonprofit management and has been with MCR for 10 years. Shamyle has extensive experience in Program Development, Project Management, Grant Writing, Strategic Planning, Community Organizing and Engagement. Her passion for social justice and addressing systemic issues facing communities of color motivates her daily.
Ji Sook Sandy Lee I Chief Operations Officer
Ji has worked in the administrative and operations field for 20 years, mainly in the nonprofit sector. Ji currently serves as Chief Operations Officer at Michigan Comunity Resources, overseeing all operational matters for the organization.
Prior to joining MCR in 2012, she served as the Senior Executive Secretary in the development department of Children’s Hospital of Michigan, and as Manager of Governance and Special Projects for the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy.
Originally from New York City, Ji lives in the Boston-Edison neighborhood of Detroit where she has been a resident for the past 13 years. She has a background in the visual arts and finds immense satisfaction in her current field, supporting her team in the amazing work they do, to further MCR’s mission.
Alisha Opperman, MSW I Chief Program Officer
Alisha has worked in community development in Detroit for the past 10 years, with a focus on capacity building for community-based organizations and community organizing & planning. Alisha currently serves as Chief Program Officer at Michigan Community Resources, overseeing all programming at the organization. In her prior role as Senior Program Manager at MCR, Alisha managed Neighborhood Exchange – a platform to provide community-based organizations with resources and a support network for groups to learn, share, and connect with one another.
Prior to joining MCR in 2014, she most recently served as the Community Engagement Director for Warren/Conner Development Coalition. While there, she focused on the implementation of the Lower Eastside Action Plan (LEAP), a community-driven plan for vacant land re-use and neighborhood stabilization. In addition, she has held positions at Creekside Community Development Corporation, the Jefferson East Business Association, and Nonprofit Enterprise at Work. Alisha has a Master of Social Work in Community Organization and a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience from the University of Michigan.
Maureen Krasner, JD I Counsellor at Law
Maureen currently serves as Counsellor at Law at Michigan Community Resources, overseeing all aspects of the Legal Pro Bono programs including consulting with Legal Clinics, the Pro Bono Legal Referral Program, Direct Legal Counseling and Neighborhood Exchange Office Hours. Maureen additionally develops and implements MCR Legal Workshops and Legal Publications and Toolkits. In this role Maureen enjoys working with individuals and community groups living in underserved communities throughout Michigan by providing high quality legal resources and trusted guidance to help build strong communities. Maureen is also dedicated to providing business pro bono opportunities to Michigan attorneys so they can effectively share their expertise with nonprofits, enabling the nonprofits to focus on their missions.
Prior to joining MCR in April 2018, Maureen practiced high stakes corporate litigation with Detroit-based offices of national law firms and worked as in house counsel at a large automotive company. Maureen has a Juris Doctor from the Michigan State School of Law (f/k/a Detroit College of Law) and a Bachelors of Arts degree in Humanities from Michigan State University and is an active member of the State Bar of Michigan.
Amber Umscheid, LLMSW I Program Manager
Amber began her role at MCR two years ago as a Neighborhood Exchange Intern and has since been promoted to Program Manager. Amber manages NEX Office Hours – a program that offers free one-hour consultations for community groups and nonprofits across Detroit to discuss a variety of organizational needs and concerns. In addition, she is providing technical assistance and capacity building to Kresge Innovative Projects of Detroit’s (KIP:D) Round 4 cohort.
Amber is a Michigan Voice Urban Policy Institute Fellow, where she is learning how to inform and empower community groups to create change through their local and state governments. Prior to MCR, Amber has been involved with several nonprofit groups throughout Wayne and Oakland county. Her past work specialized in special education, community building, and policy advocacy. She holds a Master of Social Work in Leadership and Policy from Wayne State University and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Western Michigan University.
Janai Gilmore I Program Manager
Janai rejoined Michigan Community Resources as a Program Manager in 2018. Her responsibilities range from managing collaborative projects to providing one-on-one technical assistance to community- based organizations.
Janai’s diverse experiences working in community development have included working as an intern, Program Associate and Program Manager with MCR. Prior to joining MCR, she was exposed to community development as a community organizer with the AmeriCorps Urban Safety Project, and as an intern with the Duisburg Development Agency in Duisburg, Germany. She has a Master of Science in Inequalities and Social Science from the London School of Economics and a Bachelor of Arts in Public Affairs from Wayne State University.
Hannah Colborn I Marketing & Communications Manager
Hannah came to MCR as a LISC AmeriCorps member in 2017 before stepping into her current role as Marketing & Communications Manager. Previously, Hannah worked at Focus: HOPE on its HOPE Village Initiative, a place-based, holistic community development effort focused on the 100-block neighborhood surrounding Focus: HOPE’s campus in central Detroit. In her Marketing & Communications role at MCR, Hannah is excited to be using her undergraduate degree in Communications Studies (Loyola University Chicago) and to be building on her current study toward a Master of Community Development degree at the University of Detroit Mercy (graduation expected December 2019). Hannah has lived and worked in Detroit for the last four years.
Lydia Richards I Marketing & Communications Intern
Lydia is Marketing & Communications Intern with MCR for Summer 2018. Lydia is an incoming senior at Liberty University majoring in Business Administration: Digital Marketing and Advertising with a minor in History. She has grown up exploring the city of Detroit and has cultivated a great passion to see the city grow to its full potential. Lydia has loved getting to know and serve this organization over the course of her time here thus far. When she is not working or attending classes, Lydia loves photography and being active outdoors.
Albert Pak I Staff Attorney* and Skadden Fellow
Albert serves as a Staff Attorney (bar admission pending) and Skadden Fellow at Michigan Community Resources. He comes to MCR with experience in business, law, and nonprofit management, as well as a passion for empowering underserved communities. Albert graduated with a JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he was a Toll Public Interest Scholar, and a Master in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. Before graduate school, Albert worked as a management consultant for Oliver Wyman, where he specialized in the financial services industry. He then went on to help launch 12+, a nonprofit start-up that creates college-going cultures in Philadelphia high schools, where he served as COO and CFO. During his career, Albert has also worked for Able Lending, Covington & Burling LLP, and the Community Investments Team at Rock Ventures.