City Year Detroit board
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Through a combination of legal and business skills and an unwavering commitment to his clients, Mark Zausmer has become one of the most knowledgeable attorneys in the State of Michigan in the areas of commercial litigation, eminent domain, receivership law, and commercial development.
His work as Managing Shareholder has turned Zausmer, August & Caldwell into one of the most highly regarded litigation firms in Michigan.
In the courtroom, Mark has successfully tried and resolved a number of high-stakes, groundbreaking cases, such as his handling of a $14.9 million settlement on behalf of a client whose property was the target of an eminent domain taking by the U.S. government – the largest settlement in Michigan in 2002 as reported by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. His arguments in two eminent domain cases before the Michigan Supreme Court forged new law regarding acquisition of private property for public purposes.
Mark has also gained prominence for navigating financially distressed businesses through liquidation, rehabilitation, and receivership. He has been appointed as Receiver and Conservator to troubled businesses by the Governor, the Insurance Commissioner, the Attorney General, and the Cemetery Commissioner. He had a leading role in several troubled companies in which the State exercised its regulatory authority, such as The Wellness Plan, OmniCare, and most notably, a collection of 28 cemeteries across the state. In the cemetery matter, the prior owner misappropriated more than $60 million in trust funds, but after Mark instituted a number of measures to avoid financial collapse, recover assets, and restore solvency and profitability, the trust funds were replenished and the business was eventually sold and transitioned to a new owner. He also serves as counsel to Cadillac Insurance Company for one of the largest and most complex insurance company receiverships in Michigan history.
Mark’s influence has also been felt in the region’s economic growth. As counsel for the City of Detroit in the development of the Fox Theater District and the Cobo Hall expansion projects, he has been at the forefront of the revitalization of downtown Detroit. Mark has also represented Detroit and Wayne County in other important economic development projects in the region including the Chrysler Jefferson Assembly Plant, Tiger Stadium, Detroit City Airport, Pinnacle Aeropark, and Veterans Administration Hospital projects. His work has made a substantial impact on future growth in Southeastern Michigan. His participation in resolving budget disputes between the Wayne County Sheriff and the Wayne County Executive have also placed him at the forefront of important political issues in our region.
Despite his many victories and accomplishments, Mark is most proud of the law firm he has built. By assembling a team of talented and credentialed attorneys and fostering a culture of hard work, innovative thinking, and entrepreneurism, Zausmer, August & Caldwell has become the go-to firm for companies, municipalities, and individuals in need of first-class legal representation. For Mark, lists, rankings, and industry accolades are meaningless compared to the business and personal relationships he and his colleagues have cultivated with their clients and the deep trust that those clients place in the firm.
Mr. Acheson operates a private investment company called Interlaken Capital LLC, primarily focused on early to mid-stage venture capital investments. Prior to forming Interlaken Capital, Mr. Acheson was a co-founder and partner of Blue Water Capital, an early stage venture capital firm located in McLean, VA focusing on technology companies. Early in Mr. Acheson’s career he spent 10 years as a 4th generation executive at Acheson Industries, Inc. culminating in a sale of the company in 1998. Mr. Acheson’s current and past non-profit board activity: Cranbrook Educational Community, Cranbrook Institute of Science, Gleaners Community Food Bank, Detroit Public Television, WSU College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and Math Corps.
Amanda Fisher is an avid Detroit philanthropist and successful residential real estate agent at Max Broock Birmingham. Born and raised in the Metro Detroit area, Amanda has an unwavering passion for helping families living in Southeast Michigan. After graduating from the University of Michigan with a specialized degree in marketing and communications, Amanda founded the public relations and event production company, Amanda Fisher Productions (AFP). AFP’s mission was to assist for-impact organizations or companies with their philanthropic goals, such as the American Cancer Society, Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation, Detroit Police Athletic League and Gleaners Community Food Bank. Amanda’s numerous philanthropic passions include leadership roles for organizations such as Child Safe, Starfish Family Services, Jewish News Foundation and Council of Michigan Foundations.
Amanda is a vice-chair and trustee of the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation, where she also serves on committees for Impact Investing and Early Childhood Development. Most recently, Amanda became a board member of City Year Detroit, where she focuses on supporting students at Gompers Elementary in Brightmoor as well as the entire Detroit Public School system. Amanda’s growing social justice interests, as well as her growing success professionally, continue to be fueled by her mission of helping Detroit families succeed now and for many years to come.
Jennifer Granger is a recognized philanthropic champion and thought leaderin driving the missions of nonprofits dedicated to children, community health and wellness, homelessness, women’s leadership and empowerment, and the arts. Her life’s work has beencommitted toharnessing ingenuity and entrepreneurship to champion causes and leverage resources within the community. Jennifer and her husband Chris Granger moved their family to Sacramento from New York after Chris was named president of the Sacramento Kings. Jennifer’s impacts as an advocate and philanthropist have been far-reaching.
Pancho Hall joined TAG Holdings in December 2016. As chief operating officer and group president, his responsibilities include directing and supporting the activities of company leaders in the development and execution of growth strategies.
Mr. Hall completed his undergraduate studies at the General Motors Institute in 1983, earning a BSME. He earned an MSME from the University of Michigan in 1985 and in 1989 he earned an MBA from the University of Chicago Executive Program.
Mr. Hall joined AT&T as a common channel interoffice signaling coordinator in 1985 and converted the largest region in AT&T over to internet. He was later promoted to sales staff director where he led the central region pilot that ultimately launched Lucent Technologies, Inc., now known as Alcatel-Lucent.
After leaving AT&T, Mr. Hall joined PFS supporting PepsiCo Restaurants in 1993 where he served as director of market services responsible for $1 billion in sales. In this position, he launched and oversaw two start-ups; consumer research and worker’s compensation intake call center. Mr. Hall later moved into the position of general manager for Pepsi where he led the national redevelopment of standard operating procedures for all processes from buyers’ office to instore, oversaw all personnel, facilities, plants and resources in his territory including a $5 million local marketing budget. He was recognized for achieving profit target goals each quarter.
Mr. Hall joined Frito Lay in 2003 as vice president of the company’s largest region. He was responsible for over 7,000 people including general managers, vice presidents, sales, human resources and finance. His team was recognized in 2005 for the top people scorecard performance and summer execution.
In 2006, Mr. Hall was recruited by T-Mobile as the US 3PO leader for 10,000-dealer stores and 45,000 people. He was later promoted to senior vice president where he was responsible for a $5 billion P&L, 500 corporate stores, 2500 national account stores and 2500 dealer stores. As a result of growing market share and increasing sales and profits, Mr. Hall and his team won seven JD Power Awards.
Mr. Hall joined Constellation, an Exelon company, in 2013 as the chief sales officer for Constellation and the senior vice president for Exelon. He led a team of vice presidents and senior vice presidents responsible for regional, government and national accounts, as well as all support functions for the $10 billion Constellation deregulated business. His team delivered profit expectations which had been missed since 2007. They successfully generated profit performance better than expectations every quarter, beating full year targets in July for 2014, raising the targets by 40% for 2015 and beating those full year targets by June for 2015.
Mr. Hall currently serves on the executive board of City Year Detroit. Previous board affiliations include Bank of America, United Way, Executive Boards Chamber of Commerce, Wadsworth Academy and Big Brothers.
Rudy Hobbs is principal consultant at RJH Consulting, a firm specializing in governmental affairs and business development.
Rudy began his career as a first-grade teacher in Detroit Public Schools. His passion for politics was sparked in 1999 when former Governor John Engler took over DPS, removing local control and drastically altering the trajectory of the state’s largest school district. It was at that moment that Rudy realized the impact that government and public policy have on our communities.
That transformative experience compelled Rudy to a career of public service, notably as Treasurer of the Southfield School Board and as a Michigan State Representative. During his tenure in the Michigan House of Representatives, Rudy established himself as a committed and passionate public servant. His colleagues, making him the second highest-ranking Democrat in the House, elected him Minority Floor Leader. During this time, he was honored to be named Legislator of the Year by the Michigan Municipal League and Legislative Champion of the Michigan Nonprofit Association.
Prior to launching RJH Consulting in 2017, Rudy served as Chief of Staff for Wayne County Executive Warren C. Evans.
Rudy has run several Democratic campaigns and served as Congressman Sander Levin's Michigan Director, as well as Statewide Policy Advisor to Governor Jennifer Granholm and Lieutenant Governor John Cherry on education and economic development initiatives.
He has served on the Board of Directors of several regional education and nonprofit institutions, including City Year Detroit, Michigan League of Conservation Voters, Botsford Hospital, Art Institute Authority, and Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART).
Rudy attended Alabama State University before transferring to Michigan State University, where he earned both a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and Teaching and a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Administration.
“I stand on the shoulders of giants — my parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, extended family, teachers, mentors and sponsors, all who believed in me and instilled in me the importance of purpose, relationships, connectivity, and being bold and courageous in the face of adversity.
I believe the roots of our tree give us a foundation and footing and change gives us branches that allow us to grow, stretch, reach new heights and connect with others.
These guiding principles are a part of my DNA and they have shaped how I lead. I’ve often taken the road less traveled. Finding my niche meant taking on leadership roles in areas that were new to me and, often, entrepreneurial within an organization. By taking those roles, I have often been one of very few females, and, in most cases, the only woman of color, in the room.
But being ‘the only’ hasn’t deterred me and I haven’t seen it as a disadvantage. No matter the challenge, I believe there is always enough room at the table for excellence.
When mentoring and sponsoring others, I share my strong belief that I may be ‘the only’ in the room, but I won’t be the last! On purpose and with intentionality, I will bring others with excellence along by connecting and partnering. When you are the only one or one of a few, it is even more critical for you to speak for those who do not have a voice. Show the way and inspire others to believe that with every obstacle, there is an opportunity – even if you have to create it!”
Wright L. Lassiter III is the President and CEO of Henry Ford Health System, overseeing the $5.5 billion health system comprised of six hospitals, a health plan and a wide range of ambulatory and retail health services consisting of more than 60 clinical locations and 28,000 employees.
Lassiter joined Henry Ford in December 2014 as president. In his first year, he led the Board and senior management team through a comprehensive strategic planning effort to position Henry Ford for the future. In addition, he oversaw two successful mergers, one with Allegiance Health in Jackson, Michigan, and the other with HealthPlus of Michigan, a health plan based in Flint, expanding the geographic footprint of the System and generating an additional $1 billion in revenue.
A seasoned health care executive, Lassiter has more than 25 years of experience working in large, complex health systems, including Methodist Health System in Dallas and JPS Health Network in Fort Worth, Texas. Prior to joining Henry Ford, Lassiter was CEO of Alameda Health System in Oakland, California, where he was credited with leading the expansion and turnaround of the $865 million public health system, achieving eight years of positive financial performance, The Joint Commission Top Performer status, significant increases in patient engagement and reductions in patient harm.
Lassiter’s work has received many national accolades, most notably “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare in 2016” by Modern Healthcare; 2016/2012 “Top 25 Minority Healthcare Executives in U.S. Healthcare” by Modern Healthcare; 2014 “Top Blacks in U.S. Healthcare” by the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions; and 2011 “20 People Who Make Healthcare Better” in the U.S by HealthLeaders. Fast Company prominently featured Lassiter’s work to rebuild Alameda.
An avid community leader, Lassiter has held volunteer positions at the United Way, Salvation Army and YMCA. Currently, he serves on the boards of the American Hospital Association, America’s Essential Hospitals, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago – Detroit Branch, LeMoyne College, City Year Detroit, and YMCA-USA National Board of Directors.
Lassiter received his master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Indiana University where he graduated number one in his class, and completed his bachelor’s degree with honors in Chemistry from LeMoyne College in Syracuse.
Since he joined Merrill Lynch in 1970, Dana has built an investment group with extensive experience in wealth management for high-net-worth individuals, family offices and institutions. Dana focuses on wealth management, concentrated stock strategies, philanthropic planning, trust and estate planning services.
He has been recognized by Forbes in its list of “America’s Top Wealth Advisors” in 2016 and 2017 and its "Best-in-State Wealth Advisors" list in 2018, Barron’s magazine in its list of Top 1,200 Advisors in 2009-2018 and the Financial Times as one of the Top 400 Advisors in the Unites States in 2013, 2014 and 2017.
Dana serves on the boards of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, the Futures Foundation and City Year Detroit. He is chairperson of the Beaumont Foundation Planned Giving Committee. He is Trustee Emeritus of Detroit Public Television and Beaumont Hospitals Foundation. Dana is also a member of the Robert H. Tannahill Society Estate Planning Council of the Detroit Institute of Arts and an avid volunteer for more than 25 years with Cornerstone Schools. He is a member and the founding president of The Planned Giving Roundtable of Southeast Michigan and a member of the United Way of Michigan Alexis de Tocqueville Society, Detroit Zoological Society and National Association of Charitable Gift Planners.
He and his wife, Christine, currently reside in Birmingham, Michigan.
Joe Mullany, former CEO of six-hospital Detroit Medical Center, has been named CEO of Tampa-based Bayfront Health, a six-hospital for-profit system with regional hospitals along Florida's Gulf Coast, Mullany told Crain's on Thursday.
Mullany, 52, left DMC in a management shakeup in January 2017 after spending six years with the health system. He was hired by former CEO Mike Duggan, who is now Detroit's mayor, shortly after DMC was acquired by Vanguard Health System in 2013 and converted to a for-profit health system.
"Looking across the network, we see a number of opportunities to enhance care delivery and expand access to services," Mullany said in a statement. "Building a more cohesive network will allow us to accelerate strategic priorities to the benefit of our patients and the communities we serve."
Mullany has an MBA and a master's in health science from the University of Florida. He was named a Crain's Detroit Health Care Hero in 2017 for completing the turnaround of DMC, which is now owned by Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare Corp.
He also oversaw a corrective action plan DMC implemented after state and federal inspectors found numerous incidents of improperly sterilized surgical instruments that had gone on for more than 15 years.
At Bayfront Health, Mullany faces a similar challenge as Bayfront's owner, Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems, which has been dealing with financial losses for several years and has sold several of its 130 hospitals.
"We're committed to building upon the proud history Bayfront Health's hospitals have of caring for patients in their communities," Mullany said his statement. "I look forward to supporting Bayfront Health physicians, hospital leadership and employees in their work to deliver quality care and help to improve the health of the region."
Matthew J. Rizik is chief tax officer of Rock Ventures LLC, the umbrella entity formed to provide operational coordination, guidance, and integration to Dan Gilbert’s portfolio of companies and investments. Rizik has responsibility for Gilbert’s family of companies tax strategy and compliance efforts. Rizik provides ongoing oversight and guidance in the areas of financial planning, philanthropic giving, legal structure and tax compliance.
Rizik is a 31-year veteran of PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) where he worked with high wealth individuals and developed a professional Sports and Entertainment practice. He developed a specialization in major automotive corporate work and served as the General Motors Global Relationship Partner, the Ford Motor Company Global Lead Tax Partner and the Ford Estates Lead Tax Partner. Rizik served in various tax positions early in his career with Coopers & Lybrand.
He is active in the community and has served on The Children’s Center Board, the Joe Dumars’ Tennis Charity Event and Fundraising committee, the Isiah Thomas Foundation Board, and the Allan Houston Foundation Board. Rizik currently serves as an advisor and sponsor for the Cornerstone Schools and advisor for the Rhonda Walker Foundation. He was previously a Trustee for the Michigan Center for Theoretical Physics.
Rizik earned both a Bachelor of Business Administration and Masters of Business Administration from Michigan State University. He remains an active business professional in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants.
Karen Sosnick Schoenberg is Principal and Member of the Board at REDICO. Her main focus is on the firm's overall strategic direction and risk management. With two decades of experience on Wall Street and in the financial information arena, Ms. Schoenberg also maintains responsibility for the financial investment portfolios of REDICO and its associated entities.
Prior to joining REDICO, Ms. Schoenberg accumulated broad business experience while serving as a general manager at Compuware Corporation, and as vice president at McGraw-Hill, Knight-Ridder Financial and Dow-Jones Telerate.
Ms. Schoenberg holds an MBA in Finance from the NYU Stern School of Business, and a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from the University of Michigan.
She maintains a number of board and leadership positions in the philanthropic community, including vice chair of The Jewish Fund and board member of City Year Detroit and the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit.
Anthony (Tony) Tedeschi, M.D., is a highly-respected physician leader and senior-level executive with more than 20 years of operational and clinical leadership in health care. Dr. Tedeschi is currently the chief executive officer (CEO) of the Detroit Medical Center (DMC), a leading academically integrated health system in metropolitan Detroit. DMC is the largest health care provider in southeast Michigan with more than 2,000 licensed beds and 3,000 affiliated physicians. Dr. Tedeschi is responsible for ensuring operational excellence throughout the DMC, which is recognized for delivering high quality patient care.
Frederiek Toney is president, Global Ford Customer Service Division, as well as vice president and corporate officer, Ford Motor Company. He reports to Stephen Odell, executive vice president, Global Marketing, Sales and Service.
Toney joined Ford in 2000, and has gone on to hold numerous leadership positions in logistics, operations, and parts and service. His previous role was executive director, Global Material Planning and Logistics, which he held until 2009.
Early in his career, Toney spent 16 years with Caterpillar Inc. in a variety of managerial assignments specializing in parts logistics. He then served for seven years at American Honda Motor Company, rising to the position of assistant vice president of the company’s parts division.
Toney earned a bachelor’s degree from University of Alabama in Huntsville and an MBA from University of La Verne in La Verne, California. He serves on the trustees foundation at University of Alabama and on his alma mater’s school of business advisory council, a seat he holds at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, as well. Toney also sits on the board of directors for National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering.
In 2007, World Trade 100 Magazine named Toney a Fabulous 50+1 decision maker in the global logistics field. In 2012, Black Enterprise named him to its list of 100 Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America. Toney was named an Automotive All-Star both in 2014 and 2015 by Automotive News Magazine. In 2014, he was inducted into the Huntsville Madison County Athletic Hall of Fame, and was awarded an honorary doctorate from University of Alabama in Huntsville in 2015.
Gail L. Warden is President Emeritus of Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, Mich., one of the nation’s leading vertically integrated health care systems.
Warden served as president and CEO of Henry Ford Health System from April 1988 until June 2003. Before joining Henry Ford Health System, Warden served as president and chief executive officer of Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound in Seattle from 1981 to 1988. Prior to that he was executive vice president of the American Hospital Association from 1976 to 1981 and from 1965 to 1976, he served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago.
Warden is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. He served on its Board of Health Care Services, Committee on Quality Health Care in America and served two terms on the Governing Council. He chairs the board of the National Quality Forum, the Healthcare Research and Development Institute and the newly created National Center for Healthcare Leadership. Warden co-chairs the National Advisory Committee on Pursuing Perfection: Raising the Bar for Health Care Performance. He is a member of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Board of Trustees, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement Board and the RAND Health Board of Advisors. He is director emeritus and past chairman of the Board of the National Committee on Quality Assurance. In 1997 President Clinton appointed him to the Federal Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Health Care Industry. In 1995 Warden served as chairman of the American Hospital Association Board of Trustees. He served as a member of the Pew Health Professions Commission, the National Commission on Civic Renewal and past chairman of the Health Research and Education Trust Board of Directors.
Locally, Warden is a director of Comerica Bank, the Detroit Zoological Society and the Citizens Research Council of Michigan. He chairs the Board of Trustees of CityYear - Detroit and is past chairman of the Greater Detroit Area Health Council.
Throughout his career Warden has received several significant awards. In 2002 Modern Healthcare selected him as one of the “100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare.” He was ranked 14th and was the list’s highest ranked leader of a health care delivery system. In 2001 Modern Health Care Magazine named him one of the top 25 most influential individuals in the industry over the past 25 years. Yale University presented him with the first Thompson Visiting Fellowship Award, and the National Committee for Quality Assurance gave him the Health Quality Award. In 2000 he received the American Hospital Association’s Distinguished Service Award, its highest leadership recognition, and the Health Research and Educational Trust gave him the first Walter J. McNerney Fellowship Award for Health System Improvement. Warden received the American College of Health Care Executives’ 1999 Gold Medal Award, its highest honor. Early in his career, the same organization selected him Young Health Care Executive of the Year.
Detroit Lions Owner and Chairman of the Board Martha Firestone Ford appointed Rod Wood as the Lions' team president November 19, 2015. Wood reports directly to Mrs. Ford and oversees the business operations of the organization.
Upon his hiring, Wood immediately began evaluating all business functions within the Lions and Ford Field. Concurrent with his organizational evaluation, Wood assisted Mrs. Ford and the Ford Family with the search and ultimate hiring of Bob Quinn as the franchise’s new general manager in 2016. On February 5, 2018, the Lions hired Matt Patricia as the 27th head coach in franchise history following his 14 seasons with the New England Patriots.
Wood's “everything is on the table” approach to shaping the business affairs of the franchise has made a tangible and positive impact on the business operations for both the Lions and Ford Field on and off the field.
In his three years, Wood has implemented significant changes that range from day-to-day operations to new branding and has done so guided by a mission to improve the team’s competitive financial position, fan engagement and overall customer experience. Wood has strengthened the Lions and Ford Field brands with improved business partnerships and more strategic alliances that positively influence business initiatives and provide necessary financial support to the club’s football operations.
In February 2017, Wood unveiled plans for the first major renovation to the Detroit Lions' home stadium, Ford Field, since it opened its doors in 2002. The $100 million investment incorporated a complete overhaul of the audio and visual experience that features new videoboards as well as a new state-of-the-art sound system. The stadium’s premium spaces also received a complete makeover with expanded offerings to fans.
“After 16 years, we still hear what a great venue Ford Field is from our fans, visiting teams and the great acts that have performed here,” Wood said. “The Ford Family is making a substantial investment to make sure our stadium remains among the best, but ultimately it’s still about winning football games. We want to get fans in the building having a great time and excited about what they’re experiencing so that they can continue to help us create a home field advantage.”
During this time, the team also unveiled a comprehensive rebranding initiative that emphasized the classic colors of Honolulu Blue and Silver. At the forefront of the team’s rebranding and perhaps its most visible assets, the Lions’ new uniforms, revealed in April 2017, now feature Home, Away, Throwback and Color Rush combinations. With the fan game-day experience a primary focus for Wood, his team also implemented a significant upgrade to the stadium’s Wi-Fi and oversaw the return of a team cheerleading squad for the first time in four decades.