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Business+Impact’s 22-23 Board Fellows and Nonprofit Partners

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During the 2022-23 academic year,  participants in Business+Impact’s 23rd annual Board Fellows program will serve as non-voting members of local nonprofit boards while completing major projects.  On Fri, Sept. 30, 2022, all student Board Fellows with nonprofit partner organizations for a morning-long orientation to the program. This year’s cohort features students from Michigan Ross, the Ford School of Public Policy, the School of Information, the School of Education, the School of Medicine, and the School for Environment and Sustainability.

See photos of four Nonprofit Board Fellows onsite at three regional nonprofits!


Below are the regional organizations and the students assigned to them:

Accent Pontiac

Accent Pontiac’s mission is to strengthen Pontiac’s youth and community through equitable access to intensive and consistent music making.

  • Angela Yim, MD, MBA ’24
  • Gabe Baskin, MPP ’24

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 for their lives.

  • Rediat Mersha, MEd ’23

Ann Arbor Civic Theatre

A2CT’s mission is to provide individuals and the community with opportunities to participate in all aspects of live theatre.

  • Lillian Brandt, MBA ’23

Ann Arbor People’s Food Co-op

The mission of the Ann Arbor People’s Food Co-op, includes promoting the local economy, environmental sustainability, health, and economic justice, and enhancing and encouraging cooperative community by fostering participatory ownership through volunteer opportunities and educational experiences.

  • Isabel Bonnyman, MBA ’24

Big Brothers, Big Sisters

Big Brothers, Big Sisters’ mission is to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth.

  • Landry Ndahayo, MBA ’24
  • Liam Sullivan, MBA ’24

A Brighter Way

ABW is dedicated to reducing recidivism rates in Washtenaw County by creating a supportive community for our friends and family returning home from incarceration through mentoring, programs, resources, advocacy and stigma reduction.

  • Alexa Pete, MBA ’24
  • Alexia Carrillo Villalobos, MPP ’23

Brilliant Detroit

Brilliant Detroit creates kid success neighborhoods where families with children ages 0-8 have what they need to be school-ready, healthy, and stable.

  • Dani Moragne, MBA ’24
  • Serena Bidwell, MBA/MD ’24

Classic Stage Company

Classic Stage Company (CSC) challenges the traditional perception of classic work by exploring and reimagining great stories across the world’s repertoire that illuminate our common humanity. As a home for the classics, we collaborate with artists to produce work that is inclusive, relevant and accessible. We believe that theater can both reflect and improve our society by reaching across cultural divides in order to foster shared empathy and understanding.

  • Caroline Rourke, MBA ’24

Difficult Dialogues National Resource Center

The Difficult Dialogues National Resource Center  advances innovative practices in higher education that promote respectful, transformative dialogue on controversial topics and complex social issues, thereby reflecting a commitment to pluralism and academic freedom and strengthening a democratically engaged society.

  • Radhika Arora, MBA ’24
  • Vivian Nguyen, MPP ’23

Detroit Theatre Organ Society

The Senate Theater, home of the Detroit Theater Organ Society (DTOS), preserves the art of theater pipe organ music by maintaining and showcasing the Mighty Wurlitzer at concerts, film screenings, and events hosted at the theater.

  • Rebecca Barabas, MSI ’23
  • Sydney Mark, MBA ’24

Friends in Deed

Helping people in need; and building community to end poverty.

  • Sammi Vittert, MBA/MEd ’23

Henry Ford Learning Institute

HFLI creates innovative educational environments and immersive learning programs that prepare individuals to thrive and leaders to drive positive social change, equity and empowerment for all.

  • Qamar Ghani, MBA ’24

Library of the Great Lakes

The mission of the Library of the Great Lakes is to inspire and support exploration of the science, history, literature, arts, and cultures of the Great Lakes region.

  • Dwayne McFarlane, MBA/MSI ’24

Michigan United Cerebral Palsy (MI-UCP)

MI-UCP enables all Michiganders with disabilities to live to the best of their abilities and ambitions.

  • Hannah Orban, MPP ’23
  • Mackenzie Paull, MBA ’24

Michigan Center for Civic Engagement and Advocacy

Our mission is to promote equity and reduce barriers to civic engagement in local government, education and matters like public safety.  We work to strengthen community structures by advocating for people and causes of great merit and need.

  • Taylor Whittaker, MBA ’23
  • Ariel Freed, MPP ’24

Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition

The Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition (MEJC) works to achieve a clean, healthy, and safe environment for Michigan residents most affected by inadequate policies.

  • Kyra Reumann-Moore, MPA ’23
  • Nikunj Bhimsaria, MBA ’24

Potlikker Capital

We are committed to preserving and increasing the diversity of America’s farmers, ranchers and agricultural managers who covenant to increase equitable access to healthy food for their communities, build wealth and knowledge within their local BIPOC farming communities, and farm to address climate change through adopting regenerative farming practices

  • Abigail Johnson, MPP ’23
  • Sophie Geoghan, MBA/MS ’25

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

  • Sachin Shriyan, MBA ’23

SCRAP Creative Reuse

SCRAP is an arts, environment and education nonprofit with a mission to inspire creative reuse and sustainable environmental behavior by providing educational programs and affordable materials to the community.

  • Coreen DeFever, MBA ’23
  • Ryan Rounick, MBA ’24

Serenity House Communities

Our mission is to advocate for people in recovery and provide holistic options for those recovering from substance use disorder, codependency, and trauma;  to create communities free of substance use disorder, codependency and trauma

  • Kelsey Angus, MBA ’24
  • Somali Vij, MBA ’23

Sistahs Reachin’ Out

The overarching mission of Sistahs Reachin’ Out (SRO) is to promote proven pathways out of cyclical poverty, under-education and limited economic advancement for identified single parents in the city of Detroit, Michigan. We primarily do this by providing community-based programming that prepares our target population to access and attain a post-secondary education degree or launch a small, community-based business.

  • Sharon Ceron Espinosa, MPP ’23

SOS Community Services

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

  • Jamie Morgenstern, MBA ’24
    Rebecca Hagos, MPP ’24

Ten Thousand Villages

Our mission is to promote dignity, hope, and a living wage for artisans around the world by ethically buying and selling their handicrafts

  • Smarak Dash Bhattamishra, MBA ’24

United Way of Washtenaw County

We bring people, resources and agencies together to create a thriving community for everyone

  • Avery Waite, MBA ’24

Washtenaw Housing Alliance

The mission of the Washtenaw Housing Alliance is to end homelessness in Washtenaw County, MI.

  • Zach Nerod, MBA/MS ’24

Weiss Senior Fellows

  • Sarah Hagan
  • Kate Salomon
  • Anna Haas