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Belle Isle Park committee members

The advisory committee consists of three representatives appointed by the governor; one representative appointed by Detroit City Council; two representatives appointed by the mayor of the city; and one representative to serve as chair jointly appointed by the governor and mayor. As outlined in the lease that provides for state management of the park, at least three members of the advisory committee must be residents of the City of Detroit. The chair of the advisory committee, along with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, will provide an annual report about the park to Detroit's mayor and City Council.

Belle Isle Park Advisory Committee Roster and Contact Information

Joint Governor and Mayor appointed committee member

Michele Hodges, Chair, of Grosse Pointe Park, president of the Belle Isle Conservancy since Jan. 2013, will serve as committee chair. She is a joint-appointee of the governor and the mayor. Prior to her current position as the conservancy's first president, Hodges served as president of the Troy Chamber of Commerce for 11 years, held various executive positions within the Detroit Regional Economic Partnership and was executive director of downtown development authority and business development for the City of Southfield.

Governor appointed committee members

Angela Lugo-Thomas of Highland Park is the Garden Development Manager at Keep Growing Detroit and previously worked at Planet Detroit as the Community Engagement Reporter. She is the board president of La Casita Cimarrón y Yuketi de Detroit and a board member of the Detroit People’s Food Co-op. Mrs. Lugo-Thomas is the CEO of Liberty Plaza, a commercial redevelopment project in Highland Park. When she's not busy cultivating and protecting green spaces, she can be found leading walking groups, dancing with the RicanStruction Bomba Drum and Dance group, and capturing life's moments through photography.

Michael Curis of Grosse Pointe Shores is president of Curis Enterprises based in Detroit. He develops grocery-anchored neighborhood shopping centers in and around Detroit. He is also president of Curis Big Boys, Inc., serving in the capacity of owner and operator of Big Boy Restaurants in Metro Detroit. Curis serves or has served on the board of trustees and board of directors of various community organizations including St. John Hospital in Detroit, The Coleman A. Young Foundation and the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation.

Rev. Lonnie Peek, Jr. of Detroit is the president and CEO of eBusiness Strategies. He is also senior consultant to the chancellor of Wayne County Community College and has served as director of religious studies at the college. He serves on the executive committee of the Council of Baptist Pastors of Detroit and Vicinity and is also the chair of their public relations committee. In addition to serving on the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy board of directors, he also serves on the board of directors of New Detroit, Inc., Detroit Economic Growth Corporation and the Board of Visitors School of Social Work at Wayne State University. Rev. Peek is an ordained minister and serves as assistant pastor at Greater Christ Baptist Church in Detroit.

Mayor appointed committee members


Dr. Meagan Elliott is the Deputy Chief Financial Officer for the City of Detroit responsible for development and grants. In this role, she is responsible for over $2 billion in current grants with the City, including the compliant stewardship and implementation of the entire American Rescue Plan Act portfolio ($826 Million). Meagan holds a Ph.D. in Sociology and Master's in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Michigan. Prior to her current role she served as the City's Chief Parks Planner responsible for the development of several key initiatives including the first Parks and Recreation Improvement Plan post-bankruptcy, the Strategic Neighborhood Fund, and the Joe Louis Greenway and is a founding executive board member of the Joe Louis Greenway Partnership.

Detroit City Council appointed committee member

Sommer Woods of Detroit, appointed by the Detroit City Council, is principal consultant at Sommer Solutions and director of external relations for M1-RAIL. Prior to this position, she served as director of film, culture and special events in the City of Detroit Office of Mayor Dave Bing. Woods has worked in the capacity of director of sponsorship services for the Detroit Super Bowl XL Host Committee and tournament services manager of the PGA Tour, Inc.