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Business+Impact Announces the 18-19 Board Fellows

Meet the 2018-19 Board Fellows and Nonprofit Partners.

5 Healthy Towns

5 Healthy Towns operates four wellness centers and five wellness coalitions in the Chelsea area. The organization seeks to cultivate improvements in personal and community wellness through collaboration, innovation, and stewardship.

  • Emmeline Cardozo, MBA

Alternatives for Girls

Alternatives For Girls helps homeless and high-risk girls and young women avoid violence, teen pregnancy, and exploitation, and helps them to explore and access the support, resources and opportunities necessary to be safe, to grow strong and to make positive choices in their lives.

  • Hannah Heebner, MSW
  • Avril Prakash, MPP

Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living

The mission of the Ann Arbor CIL is to provide hope, offer support, and transform lives with dedication to the success of children, youth, adults, and seniors with disabilities at home, at school, at work and in the community.

  • Gunjan Jain, MBA
  • Taylor Pahl, MSW

Ann Arbor Track Club

The Ann Arbor Track Club is a nonprofit organization founded in 1968 and focused on encouraging outdoor running in the Ann Arbor area and known for its signature event: the Dexter-Ann Arbor Run.

  • Erin Finn, MPH

Arts & Scraps

Arts & Scraps provides hands-on learning and creative experiences through programs at our facility and in Southeast Michigan with an emphasis on STEM (science, technology,engineering, math) education.

  • Alexandra Husted, MBA/MPP
  • Jodi Richard, MBA

Common Ground

Common Ground is dedicated to helping people move from crisis to hope through counseling, safehouses and advocacy.

  • Baylee Miller, MSCM

Community Action Network

Community Action Network partners with children, youth, and families from under-resourced Washtenaw County neighborhoods to create better futures for themselves and improve the communities in which they live.

  • Carrie Boyle, MBA
  • Selene Ceja, MPP

Corner Health Center

CHS provides judgement-free, high-quality, affordable health care, mental health and supportive services to young people aged 12 through 25.

  • Jessica McClain, MBA

Detroit Horse Power

Detroit Horse Power is a nonprofit founded in 2015 by former Detroit elementary school teacher, David Silver. The org teaches urban youth to ride and care for horses as a way to develop critical skills that will set them up for future success.

  • Torre Palermino, MBA

Eastern Market Development Corporation

EMDC manages operations, develop programs, build facilities, provide critical infrastructure, and collaborate with community partners — shepherding Eastern Market’s rich history to nourish a healthier, wealthier, and happier Detroit.

  • Timothy Trollope, MPP/MAE


EcoWorks is a Detroit based nonprofit with over thirty years of providing services at the intersection of community development and sustainability. While its roots are firmly planted in energy conservation, they have grown to emphasize all aspects of sustainable development as it relates to building affordable, energy efficient residential housing and commercial buildings.

  • Carly Kadlec, MBA/MS

Ele’s Place

Ele’s Place is a healing center for grieving children and teens. Four branch locations support families throughout the Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, Flint and Lansing areas and beyond.

  • Katherine Nagley, MBA

Family Learning Institute

FLI provides free tutoring in the areas of math and reading for students in grades 2-5 who are from economically disadvantaged families and are struggling in school. This nonprofit’s focus area is Washtenaw County

  • Jennifer Wiener, MBA

Foundations Preschool of Washtenaw County

Foundations Preschool offers high quality education and care on an affordable sliding scale in Washtenaw County.

  • Yuwei Li, MBA

Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County

JFS has since grown into an organization providing programs and services ranging from older adult caregiving to immigrant resettlement and career services. As an agency in Washtenaw County that serves a diverse, international population, the mission of Jewish Family Services is to create solutions, promote dignity and inspire humanity.

  • Daniel Kurzner, MBA

Kiwanis Club of Ann Arbor

The Kiwanis Club is dedicated to changing the world, one child and one community at a time.

  • Georgia Cassady, MBA
  • Theo Pu, MBA

Matrix Human Services

Inspired by its heritage since 1906, Matrix Human Services advocates for and serves the most vulnerable in the metropolitan Detroit community and empowers individuals and families to enhance the quality of their lives and achieve self sufficiency.

  • Vishnu Suresh, MBA

Michigan Abolitionist Project

MAP is everyday people who are making a difference in communities across Michigan by using gifts and talents to address the root causes of slavery and working to prevent human trafficking — transforming the culture that causes slavery to exist and thrive.

  • Daniel Kaplan, MSW

National Network of Depression Centers

The NNDC develops and fosters connections among members to use the power of our network, to advance scientific discovery, and to provide stigma free, evidence-based care to patients with depressive and bipolar illnesses.

  • Hridya Turlapti, MBA

Neutral Zone

The Neutral Zone is a diverse, youth-driven teen center dedicated to promoting personal growth through artistic expression, community leadership and the exchange of ideas.

  • Rodion Stolyar, MBA

Nonprofit Enterprise at Work (NEW)

NEW seeks to improve the impact and performance of nonprofits by creating high-quality strategic solutions.

  • Alex Reinthal, MBA
  • Jonathan Rodriguez, MBA/MPP

Old Newsboy’s Goodfellow Fund

Since 1914 the mission of the Old Newsboy’s Goodfellow Fund is “No kiddie without a Christmas.”

  • Grace Kendra, MM


Ponyride is a catalyst for deploying social capital to a diverse group of artists, creative entrepreneurs and makers who are committed to working together to make communities in Detroit sustainable from its 28,000 square foot building in Corktown.

  • Kevin Finnegan, MPP

Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor

The Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor provides a robust Waldorf education for students, PreK–12. Through a consciously designed, age-specific curriculum, Rudolf Steiner strives to cultivate curiosity, analytic thinking, empathy and initiative.

  • Hanna Zlotnick, MPP

Salvation Army — Eastern Michigan Division

The Salvation Army is a faith-based organization dedicated to serving people in need without discrimination.

  • Jenna Fiore, MSW
  • Daniel Heckman, MBA

SOS Community Services

SOS promotes housing stability and family self-sufficiency through collaboration, care, and respect.

  • Tim Bier, MBA

Sweet Dreamzzz

Sweet Dreamzzz offers a simple approach to alleviating the multiple negative effects that plague our kids, schools, families and our every day lives.  That simple solution is sleep.

  • Jillian Crowley, MBA

Ten Thousand Villages 

The Thousand Villages creates opportunities for artisans in developing countries to earn income by bringing their products and stories to US markets through long-term, fair trading relationships.

  • Nicole Crosby, MBA
  • Amrit Rathi, MBA

Treeline Conservancy

The Treeline is an urban trail connecting the best of Ann Arbor. It will be a defining feature of Ann Arbor’s geography, providing a common place to explore, bike, run, and reconnect with nature—and each other.

  • Karen Goldburg, MS

United Way of Washtenaw County

The United Way of Washtenaw County connects people, resources, and organizations together to create a thriving community for everyone.

  • Cepha Nixon, MBA

Senior Fellows

  • Tim Carter, MBA ’19
  • Emma Barrasso, MBA ’19