Board of Directors
Lysa Davis, Board President I Compliance and Community Consultants
Michelle Crockett I Miller Canfield
Christopher Dine I Bodman PLC
Derek Edwards I Invest Detroit
Laurie Horvath I Baker Tilly
Rochelle Lento I Dykema Gossett PLLC
Thomas Linn I Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone PLC
Marilyn Mullane I Michigan Legal Services
Andrew Pride I Ford Motor Company
Khalilah Spencer I Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohan LLP
Glen Zatz I Bodman PLC
Robin Luce-Herrmann I Director Emeritus
Sally Schwartz I Director Emeritus
Shamyle Dobbs I Chief Executive Officer
Shamyle Dobbs is the Chief Program 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 16 years of experience in nonprofit management and has been with MCR for 7 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 Operations Manager
Ji Sook Lee joined MCR in 2012. Originally from New York, she has been a resident and homeowner for the past eight years in the Boston-Edison neighborhood of Detroit, where she voluteers and serves as the secretary of its radio patrol. Ji has been in the nonprofit administrative and operations field for over 15 years. Ji has worked for such organizations as the Trust for Public Land; the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, as its Manager of Governance and Special Projects; and Children’s Hospital of Michigan, as a senior executive secretary in the Development Department. While in New York, she served on the Board of the Korean American League for Civic Action (KALCA), an organization that works to promote civic awareness, involvement
and engagement in the Asian-American community through education. In Detroit, she has volunteered with the Michigan Humane Society and Recycle Detroit.
Amanda Gregory I Director of Community Legal Resources
Amanda Gregory is an attorney admitted to practice in Michigan and New York. Her legal career has been focused on service. As the Legal & Policy Program Manager for Michigan Community Resources (MCR), she is dedicated to helping connect nonprofit organizations in need of legal counsel with volunteer attorneys seeking service opportunities. Formerly serving as Officer in Charge of Legal Assistance for the 26 state Eastern Recruiting Region of the U.S. Marine Corps, she was in charge of the provision of legal aid to Marines, retirees, and their families in over 15 areas of legal need. Prior to joining MCR, she created the Sunday Street Market at Detroit’s historic Eastern Market, creating a stable retail platform with a low barrier to entry for metro Detroit entrepreneurs and a vibrant local alternative to the shopping mall for Detroit residents and visitors.
Her primary scholarship focuses are food law, public education policy, public service law, and military law. In addition to her work at MCR, she is a Major in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves serving as Regional Judge Advocate for the Great Lakes Region and an adjunct professor of law at University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. She is a member of the State Bar of Michigan’s Animal Law, Food Law, and Military Law sections and a council member for the Agricultural Law section. She is a Veteran’s Administration (VA) authorized attorney.
Alisha Opperman I Senior Program Manager
Alisha has worked in community development in Detroit for the past 5 years, with a focus on community organizing & planning, business organizing, and healthy food access & physical activity. Prior to joining MCR, 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.
Brittany Foley I Program Manager
Brittany Foley joined MCR in 2015 as a Planning & Technical Program Manager. Here she manages programs related to neighborhood commercial capacity development. Prior to joining MCR, Brittany was a Project Manager at Rock Ventures, an umbrella entity owned by Quicken Loans Founder Dan Gilbert’s that focuses on economic and real estate development. In this capacity, Brittany was responsible for overseeing the implementation of a multi-million dollar placemaking strategy in Downtown Detroit and worked on a variety of projects related to real estate development finance for complex and mixed-use projects. A graduate of William & Mary School of Law, Brittany is a licensed attorney and also holds a masters degree in Urban Planning and graduate certificate in Real Estate Development from the University of Michigan. Brittany is chair of the Communications Committee and an Advisory Board member of the Urban Land Institute’s Michigan Chapter. She is a Deacon at Fort Street Presbyterian Church in Downtown Detroit, coach of Detroit PAL’s 10U Astros baseball team, and treasurer of the Parducci Society. Brittany lives with her husband, Ray, and two dogs, Virginia and Tank, in a home they are rehabbing in the North End of Detroit.
Joseph Uhl I Legal Referral Coordinator
Prior to joining Michigan Community Resources, Joe spent eight years practicing law at the Miller Canfield law firm in Detroit where he counseled and advised companies and organizations on all matters related to labor and employment. While there Joe maintained a robust pro bono practice, culminating in his being awarded Pro Bono Attorney of the Year. But, Joe quit his position at Miller Canfield to work directly with farmers in China, Taiwan, India and Sri Lanka and to produce and import some of the world’s best handmade tea. These efforts were recognized last year when the World Tea Awards nominated Joe’s tea importation company as one of the top tea brands in the world. When not traveling throughout Asia, Joe continued his legal practice by representing individuals who were unlawfully retaliated or discriminated against because of their race, age, religion, or gender. Joe recently published a book about tea that has been translated into four languages and is sold around the world. He co-founded Detroit’s annual Marche Du Nain Rouge and initiated various other Detroit neighborhood initiatives. Father of two, husband of one, Joe spends his free time pursuing random and meaningless endeavors that he finds interesting.
Ashley Street I Operations Associate
Before joining Michigan Community Resources in 2014, Ashely Street worked in banking. She is the official Office Spirit Captain and is currently pursuing a double major in Forensic Science and American Sign Language. When she is not working or in class, Ashley loves to travel. She has been to twenty-eight states on her way to completing her goal of visiting all fifty.
Kathleen Reilly I Program Associate
Katie Reilly joined MCR in 2015. Katie’s work has focused on the implementation of local business tools and community development. She recently received her Masters of Urban Planning from the University of Michigan in the spring of 2016. Katie has previous experience in transportation planning through her work with the City of Ann Arbor and environmental land use planning through a capstone project focusing on renaturalizing vacant land in Detroit. Katie is a published author with two pieces in Agora Journal of Urban Planning and Design. Katie has a B.A. in Political Science and Global and International Studies from Western Michigan University