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Business+Impact’s 23-24 Board Fellows and Nonprofit Partners

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During the 2023-24 academic year,  participants in Business+Impact’s 24th annual Board Fellows program will serve as non-voting members of local nonprofit boards while completing major projects.  On Fri, Oct. 6, 2023, all student Board Fellows met 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 Engineering, the School of Education, the School of Social Work, the School for Environment and Sustainability, and the School for Public Health.

See photos of the October 6, 2023 Board Fellows Orientation


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

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.

  • Elizaveta Dorfeeva, MPP ’25
  • Kira Farris, MBA ’24

American Indian Health and Human Services

American Indian Health & Family Services (AIHFS) has been a nonprofit health and community wellness center whose mission is to empower and enhance the physical, spiritual, emotional, and mental well-being of underserved populations in Southeast Michigan.

  • Daisy Ruan, MBA ’25
  • Nicolette Wolny Carillo, MBA ’25

Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum

The Mission of the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum and Leslie Science & Nature Center is to create moments of discovery that inspire curiosity, exploration and respect for STEM and the natural world. Our Vision is a world where curiosity today leads to more purposeful lives tomorrow.

  • Devon Thompson, MBA/MS ’26

Ann Arbor Skyline Athletic Booster Club

Distributing SABC profits to teams. Providing financial assistance for team fees. Keeping families up-to-date with the weekly Skyline Athletics Email Blast.

  • Brett Martino, MBA ’24

Avalon Healing Center

Avalon Healing Center’s new building is officially open for services! We’re so excited to welcome the community to our new and improved location and continue to grow moving forward.

  • Ellie Bai, MPH/MPP ’25
  • Yu-Yu Lin, MPP/MSW ’25

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.

  • Peyton Witt, MM ’24

Center for Success Network

At Center for Success Network, we believe our values of growth, diversity, community, connection provide a strong foundation for building an equitable space where our team, students, families, volunteers, and community are valued, respected, and supported.

  • Jasmin Gonzalez, MA Ed ’24
  • Sam Schmitt, MBA ’25

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.

  • Chelsea Giller, MBA/MPP ‘ 26
  • Elizabeth Gelman, MPP ’24

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.

  • Sam Stead, MBA ’25

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.

  • Brooke Tran, MPP ’25

Disability Network Washtenaw Monroe Livingston

We work with people of diverse abilities and disabilities to help you solve problems and achieve your goals. We also work throughout the community to expand awareness about people with disabilities and promote full inclusion.

  • Mauricio Andrade, OMBA ’26

Friends in Deed

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

  • Christina Rice, PhD Engineering ’24

Groundcover News

Groundcover News exists to create opportunity and a voice for low-income people while taking action to end homelessness and poverty.

  • Aruj Parajuli, MBA ’25
  • Melannie Wurm, MBA ’25

Institute for Population Health

The mission of IPH is to advance positive health outcomes in populations and communities.

  • Jacob Gillis, MPP ’24

International Child Care – Grace Children’s Hospital

Grace Children’s Hospital, founded in 1967, is recognized as Haiti’s leading medical facility dedicated to the treatment of children with tuberculosis (TB). Each year, the hospital receives thousands of children who are suffering from TB, HIV, and other diseases.

  • Dillon Clancy, MBA/MPH ’26
  • Ryan Ko, OMBA ’24

Jewish Federation of Greater Ann Arbor

The Jewish Federation of Greater Ann Arbor is the vibrant hub of a community that celebrates Jewish life. We are the safety net that enables Jews to fulfill our obligations to take care of one another.

  • Ben Shovers, MSW ’24


We support organizations dedicated to young adults on the path to joy… the kind of joy they never knew was possible.

  • Audrey Fok, MBA ’25
  • Divya Ramalingam, MBA ’25

Michigan Disability Rights Coalition

MDRC’s mission is to cultivate disability pride and strengthen the disability movement by recognizing disability as a natural and beautiful part of human diversity while collaborating to dismantle all forms of oppression.

  • Karthik Ramasubramanian, MBA ’24

Michigan United Cerebral Palsy (MI-UCP)

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

  • Saad Malik, MM ’24

Nonprofit Enterprise at Work (NEW)

NEW works alongside leaders, thinkers and visionaries, cultivating transformation in our community through relationships rooted in our values. We believe that learning is continuous, and that sharing systems, space and strategies with our partners builds resilience in our sector and the world at large.

  • Alejandro Villafuerte, MPA/MSW ’24
  • Iris Yuning Ye, MSI ’24

Progressive Lifestyles

Progressive Lifestyles, Inc. is a 501 C (3) non-profit corporation based in Waterford, Michigan, which has been in operation since 1983. Our mission is to provide supportive and caring residential opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout Oakland County.

  • Naixin Kang, MBA ’24

Washtenaw Association for Community Advocacy

Our mission is to empower people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to participate fully in community life.

  • Samantha Madnick, MBA ’25

Washtenaw Housing Alliance

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

  • Jennifer Maxwell Manglik, MSW ’25
  • Shira Hammerslough, MSW ’24

Weiss Senior Fellows

  • Mackenzie Paull (MBA ’24)
  • Qamar Ghani (MBA ’24)
  • Caroline Rourke (MBA ’24)