Mary Schusterbauer, Chair
Oakland County Circuit Court, Family DivisionMary Schusterbauer is currently the chief of Oakland County Youth Assistance, the prevention arm of the Oakland County Circuit Court – Family Division. She has worked for the Court since 1986 where she has served in several communities as a caseworker and then supervisor. She was appointed to the chief's position in 2003. Earlier in her career, Mary worked at several agencies such as Vista Maria, Boysville, Barat Family Center, and the Orchards Children's Services.
Lisa Bottomley, Vice Chair
MSU Extension - Children & Youth InstituteLisa Bottomley is the 4-H Mentoring Specialist at Michigan State University Extension in the Children & Youth Institute. She has been a mentoring professional for more than 15 years and has been a member of the Mentor Michigan Providers Council since it was created. Ms. Bottomley provides training and support to mentoring professionals through face-to-face trainings, webinars, online courses, and by designing curriculum and other resource materials for mentors and staff. Lisa also teaches a graduate course on youth mentoring for the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Michigan State University.
Dara T. Munson, Vice Chair
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan DetroitDara T. Munson serves as the President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit and has been with the organization since 2007. She became acquainted with the organization when she volunteered as a "Big Sister" with the organization, starting 2004. Ms. Munson obtained her Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice from Eastern Michigan University and her Masters of Public Administration from Central Michigan University. Prior to joining BBBSMD she worked as a Senior Director at United Way of Southeast Michigan. In 2009 she received several honors, including inclusion on the Crain's Detroit Business 40 Under 40 list and the Vanguard Award from Detroit Young Professionals.
Child Safe MichiganJennifer Brubaker is currently the supervisor for Child Safe Michigan's mentoring program in Madison Heights, Michigan. Her community-based mentoring program serves youth ages 7 - 23 who are in the foster care system. Additionally, Jennifer oversees a school-based mentoring program for elementary and high school students. Jennifer received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Central Michigan University, where she also minored in Youth Studies. After graduation, Jennifer began her career at Vista Maria's residential facility as a Volunteer Coordinator and Case Manager for teenage girls, before taking her current position with Child Safe Michigan. She is also a scholarship alumni winner from the 1999-2000 Winning Futures program and has personally mentored a variety of children throughout her life, which she continues to do so through her mentoring programs at Child Safe Michigan.
Volunteers in Prevention, Probation and Prisons, Inc. (VIP Mentoring)Jerry Dash currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Volunteers in Prevention, Probation and Prisons, Inc. (VIP Mentoring) where he began his nonprofit service in 1989. Since 1991, VIP has operated mentoring programs in the Detroit area that work to improve the lives of youth who are most vulnerable for involvement with the criminal justice system, with a special focus on truant youth and youth with incarcerated parents. Professional affiliations have included: Board Member, American Probation and Parole Association; Inaugural Member, Mentor Michigan Providers Council; Chair, Michigan Prison Fellowship Statewide Ministry Leadership Team; Advisory Board Member, Federal Mentoring Children of Prisoners (MCP) Support Center; and Peer Monitor Reviewer, Federal Mentoring Children of Prisoners Program.
Bethany Christian ServicesKristen Kremer has coordinated the Life Skills Mentor Program at Bethany Christian Services in Grand Rapids since October 2008. This program is community-based and serves youth ages 14 to 21 who are aging out of foster care. Prior to her current position, Kristen served as a Michigan's AmeriCorps member at Bethany under the 4-H Mentor Michigan Initiative. Mrs. Kremer also currently serves as the Education Chairperson of the Kent County Mentoring Collaborative.
David R. Martus
Goodwill Industries of Mid-Michigan, Inc.David R. Martus received his Bachelor Degree in Political Science from the University of Michigan. Over the years he has worked on a variety of youth-related projects: he created, facilitated, and managed the Mott Foundation Leadership Academy for at-risk youth in Flint; created "Following the Leader!" a leadership development training/workshop for high school and middle school students throughout Michigan; and designed and instructed numerous customized employability skills training programs for businesses and nonprofit agencies. Mr. Martus is the owner of Creative Communications, a full service marketing and public relations company that provides training as well as motivational speaking. He is also a member of the Flushing Zoning Board of Appeals and St. Robert School Education Commission; mentor of the Flushing City Youth Council; and current Program Manager for GoodGuides Youth Mentoring Program, a partnership between Goodwill and the U.S. Department of Justice that helps students ages 12 through 17 finish school and transition into productive careers.
Maggie M. Munch
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Western Upper PeninsulaMaggie A. Munch has been serving as the Program Director at Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Western Upper Peninsula since 2000. Prior to working for the agency she volunteered as a "Big Sister." She is still matched with her original "Little Sister" and has been for almost 10 years! Ms. Munch serves her U.P. community in a variety of other ways as well, including the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Superior Child Abuse Prevention Council, the Board of Directors of Keweenaw Heritage Center, and is an American Red Cross instructor and trainer.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monroe CountyLynda Nickelson has been serving as the Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monroe County since 2007. Prior to her joining Big Brothers Big Sisters, Ms. Nickelson worked as the program designer of a Monroe County Juvenile Mentoring program working closely with youth directly involved with the 38th Circuit Court. In 2010, the two programs merged and Ms. Nickelson was appointed the Executive Director of the merged programs. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monroe County operates both community based and school based programs serving all youth ages 7 through 17, including those youth involved in the Juvenile Court system.
Carson City - Crystal Mentoring ProgramKelly Pringle is the Mentor Coordinator for the Carson City/Crystal Mentoring Program and has been since 1997. Among other things, Ms. Pringle also runs a peer mentoring program for high school and middle school students in Carson City/Crystal; advises the High School Wellness Team; and acts as an intervention specialist, service-learning coordinator, and grant writer. In 2008 the Carson City/Crystal Mentoring Program received the Outstanding Mentoring Program Award at the annual Governor's Service Awards.
Big Brothers Big Sisters in the Heart of MichiganSusan Putnam is the Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters in the Heart of Michigan, serving Midland and Isabella Counties. Ms. Putnam joined the organization in 2006. Prior to that she worked as the Campaign Director for the United Way of Midland County and the Community and Government Relations Department at IBM Corporation in both Washington, D.C. and Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater FlintReta Stanley is the president and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Flint. She began her tenure at the organization as a service-learning program facilitator in a partnership with Flint Community Schools Youth Projects. She assisted the district in establishing school-based mentoring programs. She also served as the agency's assistant director and interim executive director. Ms. Stanley has served on a number of boards, including the Salvation Army, Junior League of Flint, and the Fairwinds Girl Scout Council. She is a founding member of the Woodrow Stanley Youth Foundation and currently serves on the Flint Community Schools Youth Projects advisory board. Her other memberships include the Youth Leadership Institute and the Genesee County Mentoring Collaborative.
Denise Demers Stein
ART of Leadership FoundationDenise Demers Stein is the President and Founder of the Art of Leadership Foundation. Art of Leadership's mission is: "To inspire vision and leadership in young people, giving them the skills to succeed in their lives and to be leaders in their communities." As one of the founding partners with PMP, Personal Mastery Programs, Denise has been an executive coach and trainer for more than two decades, supporting leaders in business, government, nonprofit organizations, and education in producing extraordinary results in their enterprises. Combining her commitments to leadership excellence, the arts, and young people, Denise brought them together to form the ART of Leadership Foundation. Now in its ninth year of operations, ALF has grown to include cities across Michigan, with additional programs on the horizon. Denise has enjoyed seeing her vision become a reality as well as sharing this dream with countless others who support the organization through volunteerism, sponsorship, and program operations.
Selene V. Wadhawan
Isabella/Midland Department of Human ServicesSelene V. Wadhawan has an extensive background in child welfare, especially youth exiting foster care. Ms. Wadhawan is currently employed by the Michigan Department of Human Services in Child Welfare. She has spent the last four and a half years also serving as an Adjunct Instructor for the Social Work Department at Central Michigan University.