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Dr. Muwonge has participated in several student success initiatives at Macomb, including the African American Males Excellence Society (AAMES) initiative as a success coach/facilitator. Most recently, he leads the student success coach pilot. Prior to Macomb, Dr. Muwonge worked as a fundraiser for Christian Foundation for Children and Aging (Unbound), as a student adviser and adjunct instructor at Middlesex Community College, and as Chaplain/Director of Campus Ministry at Ave Maria College where he served as counselor and disciplinarian. His teaching and research areas of interest include: International and Comparative studies, Management and Organizational Behavior, Organizational Change and Ethics.

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 Carol Allen Sullivan, Executive Director

Carol brings over 40 years of administrative experience in the education and non-profit communities She has led amazing organizations such as Women's Justice Center/My Sisters Place, the National Domestic Violence Hotline, and the Michigan Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Created resident and non-resident programs for Turning Point. Also serving many years as an educator in NJ urban school districts .

As the executive director of ICRJ, she is focused on further developing programming that serves youth initiatives, parent initiatives, and interfaith initiatives. Beyond her current roles, she also serves as Committee Chair for Clinton Township Diversity Committee, and a Steering Committee Member for RACE Matters led by the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan, member of Macomb Student Diversity Summit Committee, member of the Macomb Health Equity Council.

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Dr. Muwonge has participated in several student success initiatives at Macomb, including the African American Males Excellence Society (AAMES) initiative as a success coach/facilitator. Most recently, he leads the student success coach pilot. Prior to Macomb, Dr. Muwonge worked as a fundraiser for Christian Foundation for Children and Aging (Unbound), as a student adviser and adjunct instructor at Middlesex Community College, and as Chaplain/Director of Campus Ministry at Ave Maria College where he served as counselor and disciplinarian. His teaching and research areas of interest include: International and Comparative studies, Management and Organizational Behavior, Organizational Change and Ethics.

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Lynette Powell Holmes, President

Lynette is a lifelong resident of Macomb County and no stranger to serving her community, Lynette is a charter commissioner for the Clinton Township Historical Commission, a charter member of the Clinton Township Cultural Diversity Committee, a founding member of the Clinton Community Club (The neighborhood association that sponsors the annual Quinn Road Reunion) and Chair emeritus of ICRJ’s annual Martin Luther King Holiday Celebration of Macomb County.

 

A 30-year career in the auto industry at both General Motors and DTE, she is experienced in coordinating logistics of large scale events, off-site meetings, conferences, and workshops along with providing expert C-Suite level executive support.

 

Loving it when a “plan” truly comes together, Lynette is a Six Sigma Green Belt with a profound sense of organization that fuels her passion for all things process-driven. She is a proud Western Michigan University alumna and mother to two other WMU alumni, her son Aldo II and daughter-in-law CiErah.  – “Go Broncos”

 

If you are looking for Lynette during the summer and fall – head for northern Michigan. Lynette is third generation Idlewild.

 

Her mantra – “Dare to Dream – Then Live It”…………..

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Dr. Muwonge has participated in several student success initiatives at Macomb, including the African American Males Excellence Society (AAMES) initiative as a success coach/facilitator. Most recently, he leads the student success coach pilot. Prior to Macomb, Dr. Muwonge worked as a fundraiser for Christian Foundation for Children and Aging (Unbound), as a student adviser and adjunct instructor at Middlesex Community College, and as Chaplain/Director of Campus Ministry at Ave Maria College where he served as counselor and disciplinarian. His teaching and research areas of interest include: International and Comparative studies, Management and Organizational Behavior, Organizational Change and Ethics.

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Deon Gray, Vice President

 

Deon is a Grand Rapids native who has earned degrees from GRCC, WMU, and his MBA from Spring Arbor University. Deon works at LinkedIn as a Mid-Market Relationship Manager, where he partners with Mid-Market and Fortune 500 Enterprise organizations who are reskilling/upskilling their organizations via LinkedIn Learning. At LinkedIn, Deon has been recognized with an Integrity Award, an Inspire Excellence Award, and was selected for LinkedIn's LEAD Program, which focuses on attracting, engaging, and developing high performing, high potential Latino and Black talent at LinkedIn. Deon also serves on the Board of Directors of Interfaith Center for Racial Justice (ICRJ) and chairs their annual MLK Celebration

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Dr. Muwonge has participated in several student success initiatives at Macomb, including the African American Males Excellence Society (AAMES) initiative as a success coach/facilitator. Most recently, he leads the student success coach pilot. Prior to Macomb, Dr. Muwonge worked as a fundraiser for Christian Foundation for Children and Aging (Unbound), as a student adviser and adjunct instructor at Middlesex Community College, and as Chaplain/Director of Campus Ministry at Ave Maria College where he served as counselor and disciplinarian. His teaching and research areas of interest include: International and Comparative studies, Management and Organizational Behavior, Organizational Change and Ethics.

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Dr. Charles Muwonge, Treasurer

Dr. Muwonge has participated in several student success initiatives at Macomb, including the African American Males Excellence Society (AAMES) initiative as a success coach/facilitator. Most recently, he leads the student success coach pilot. Prior to Macomb, Dr. Muwonge worked as a fundraiser for Christian Foundation for Children and Aging (Unbound), as a student adviser and adjunct instructor at Middlesex Community College, and as Chaplain/Director of Campus Ministry at Ave Maria College where he served as counselor and disciplinarian. His teaching and research areas of interest include: International and Comparative Studies, Management and Organizational Behavior, Organizational Change and Ethics.

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Dr. Muwonge has participated in several student success initiatives at Macomb, including the African American Males Excellence Society (AAMES) initiative as a success coach/facilitator. Most recently, he leads the student success coach pilot. Prior to Macomb, Dr. Muwonge worked as a fundraiser for Christian Foundation for Children and Aging (Unbound), as a student adviser and adjunct instructor at Middlesex Community College, and as Chaplain/Director of Campus Ministry at Ave Maria College where he served as counselor and disciplinarian. His teaching and research areas of interest include: International and Comparative studies, Management and Organizational Behavior, Organizational Change and Ethics.

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San Juanita Barajas, Secretary

San Juanita is a graduate of the University of Michigan and has a Master of Education with a focus on Counselor Education, School Counseling, and Guidance Services. San Juanita has recently retired from the Social Security Administration office with over 35 years of management experience. In addition to her role with ICRJ she also serves on the board of the Anton Art Center and the Clinton Township Cultural Diversity Committee.

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Dr. Muwonge has participated in several student success initiatives at Macomb, including the African American Males Excellence Society (AAMES) initiative as a success coach/facilitator. Most recently, he leads the student success coach pilot. Prior to Macomb, Dr. Muwonge worked as a fundraiser for Christian Foundation for Children and Aging (Unbound), as a student adviser and adjunct instructor at Middlesex Community College, and as Chaplain/Director of Campus Ministry at Ave Maria College where he served as counselor and disciplinarian. His teaching and research areas of interest include: International and Comparative studies, Management and Organizational Behavior, Organizational Change and Ethics.

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Aldo Holmes, Board Member

 

Aldo is a lifelong Macomb County resident originally from the historic “Quinn Road” area and graduate of L’Anse Creuse high school. Mr. Holmes acquired his undergraduate degree from Western Michigan University and is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from WMU.

Aldo’s career interests are in building administration for primary and secondary education.

 

Mr. Holmes has played an instrumental role in the implementation and continuous improvement of restorative practices at Chippewa Valley high school; educating students and staff alike on the importance of cultural competence. As a Student Behavior Interventionist and “be the change” (student leadership group) coordinator, Aldo has the awesome job of interacting and mentoring students for overall positive outcomes.

Aldo has served over 10 years as an MLK Holiday Celebration of Macomb County volunteer and was the 2019 Entertainment Co-Chair for the event.  Aldo is a firm believer that you have to “set up, and support those who come after you”

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Dr. Muwonge has participated in several student success initiatives at Macomb, including the African American Males Excellence Society (AAMES) initiative as a success coach/facilitator. Most recently, he leads the student success coach pilot. Prior to Macomb, Dr. Muwonge worked as a fundraiser for Christian Foundation for Children and Aging (Unbound), as a student adviser and adjunct instructor at Middlesex Community College, and as Chaplain/Director of Campus Ministry at Ave Maria College where he served as counselor and disciplinarian. His teaching and research areas of interest include: International and Comparative studies, Management and Organizational Behavior, Organizational Change and Ethics.

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Naquann Range, Board Member

    Naquann has worked on the ICRJ Event Committee for three years before joining the ICRJ board. As co-CEO of “Range Visions Film”, we partnered with ICRJ to provide the best quality of video and photography. He also takes part responsibility in staging the “Students of the Summit” keynote during the annual MLK events.  
   As a musician, his focus is to introduce the mission of ICRJ to a younger audience through all media outlets. In accepting the position of Chair for the Podcast Committee, his thoughts were to have ICRJ connect with people and their businesses in the community. From there, we will create a conversation based on each other’s missions. It’s one of the best ways to build a personal connection and trust between the two. 
   Naquann also helps generate more revenue for ICRJ. He has had the opportunity to get to know a lot of people in these neighborhoods through music. With the idea that people would be more than happy to support community-based events thrown by an organization such as ICRJ. Naquann is motivated and committed to bringing more awareness to their mission.