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children should have opportunities and encouragement to move more, eat healthy and enjoy a smoke-free environment. Dr. Wisdom and the Michigan Department of Community Health have created many programs to reach all Michigan residents with information and tips to improve their health. You can learn more about them at leads the project with a vision that   She has also been the lead Project Investigator on many community-based research studies, projects and grants.  In addition to being the Michigan Surgeon General, she is Vice President of Community Health, Education and Wellness at Henry Ford Health System. Dr. Wisdom's training is in emergency medicine and she was an Emergency Department doctor for much of her career.  Dr. Wisdom holds the distinction of being the first state Surgeon General in the nation.  Dr. Wisdom is the first Michigan Surgeon General, appointed by Governor Jennifer M. Granholm in 2002.  is the director and inspirational leader of the Generation With Promise project. Dr. Kimberlydawn Wisdom Dr. Kimberlydawn Wisdom


Barbara Blum Barbara Blum is the Project Manager for the Generation With Promise.  She has masters degrees in Public Health and Social Work from the University of Michigan and over fifteen years of professional experience in the field.  Prior to GWP, Barbara was the Program Director for the Taylor Teen Health Center, a school-linked health center associated with the Oakwood Healthcare System.  She is a founding board member of the School-Community Health Alliance of Michigan and served as board secretary in 2004-2005.  Barbara began her Public Health career at CHASS Center in Southwest Detroit where she managed a project of the Detroit-Community Academic Urban Research Center.  Her special areas of interest include working with diverse, multi-cultural groups of people and thinking about social determinants of health.

Patricia Blake-SmithPatricia Blake-Smith is the Senior Local Project Coordinator for the Generation with Promise.  She has a Master of Science in Public Health from Meharry Medical College with a concentration in Public Health Administration.  Patricia has actively worked in and consulted numerous state and local government entities, schools and community based organizations on healthcare issues for over twelve years.  She received the Community Activist award, "Mosquito Award," from Tobacco Free Michigan in 2005 for her commitment and leadership in advocating for Tobacco Free Environments.  Before joining GWP, she worked as the Health Disparities Consultant with the Tobacco Section of the Michigan Department of Community Health.
Heather Richards Heather Richards is the Local Project Coordinator for the new GWP Level I schools.   She has a bachelor's degree in Biology from Florida A&M University and a master's degree in Public Health from  Florida International University.  Prior to GWP, Heather worked as a food safety inspector and a teacher.

She is also a Certified Prevention Specialist at the Berrien County Health Department.   is the Benton Harbor Local Project Coordinator for the Generation With Promise. Lisa Peeples-Hurst Lisa Peeples-Hurst Lisa is a Michigan State University graduate and has over twenty-one years of experience working with special populations in the areas of education, health, employment and advocacy.  In addition to GWP, Lisa is very active in the Benton Harbor community.  She is immediate past president of the Benton Harbor-St. Joseph Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority; member of the Board of Directors for the YWCA; member of the Race Relations Council of Southwest Michigan; and is the newest commissioner, appointed by Governor Jennifer Granholm, on the Michigan Civil Rights Commission.

Carris Carey Carris Carey is the Student Action Teams Coordinator with the Generation With Promise.  He has a bachelor's degree in Business and Marketing from the University of Phoenix.  Carris also works for Dr. Darrius' projectPRESCRIBE, a youth development organization dedicated to participating in the improvement of the lives of young people in and around the Metropolitan Detroit area, responding to young people's needs as identified and defined by young people.  Before GWP, Carris was employed by various organizations including the Black Caucus Foundation of Michigan and Focus: HOPE.
Pam Woodley photoPam Woodley is the Communications Coordinator for the Generation With Promise. She has a master's degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Illinois and a bachelor's degree in Communication Studies from the University of Missouri. She has more than 20 years of professional experience in the news media and has spent the last several years providing public relations consulting for several Detroit area non-profits. She also teaches online writing classes for the University of Phoenix and volunteers for the Art of Leadership Foundation (ALF), United Way, American Red Cross of Southeast Michigan and Leadership Oakland (LO) of which she is a graduate. She received the Mentor of the Year Award for ALF in 2007 and a Distinguished Leadership Award from Leadership Oakland in 2006.
Jamila Stevens Jamila Stevens is the Project Coordinator for the Generation With Promise Family Enhancement Project, which provides nutrition education and enhancement to families within the Generation With Promise schools in Detroit, Hamtramck, Pontiac, Highland Park and Benton Harbor.  Jamila has a bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan and a master's degree in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago.  Before joining GWP, Jamila worked with school health initiatives as a Social Worker for Henry Ford Health Systems School Based and Community Health Program.
Stacey Withers Stacey Withers is the Parent-School Coordinator for the Generation With Promise Family Enhancement Project.  Stacey has over 10 years of both customer relations and management experience.  She has an associate's degree in Business from Henry Ford Community College and is currently in the process of completing her bachelor's degree in Business Management with a specialty in Finance from Davenport University.  Prior to joining the GWP team, Stacey worked as a Parent Liaison for Henry Ford YouthVille Health Center which is a school-linked health center located inside YouthVille Detroit and was also a substitute teacher and parent volunteer at University Preparatory Academy.
Dennis Medel Dennis S. Medel II is one of the Parent-School Coordinators for the Generation With Promise Family Enhancement Project.  Dennis has a Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Michigan University.  Before becoming a member of the GWP team, Dennis worked with Supplemental Education, under the No Child Left Behind act.  Prior to that, Dennis was a teacher at Cesar Chavez Academy in Southwest Detroit.

Carol AdamsCarol Adams is the Project Assistant for the Generation With Promise - Family Enhancement Project (GWP-FEP). Carol's responsibilities include assisting with the coordination and implementation of all project activities after and during school hours for the GWP-FEP; assisting the Parent-School Coordinator; assisting the Project Coordinator with special event planning; assisting in the recruitment and retention of families into the project; and providing administrative coverage for GWP-FEP.  Carol was most recently employed as a senior executive assistant with Accenture, a global technology and consulting firm. Her extensive background, spanning more than three decades, includes human resources, project management, event planning, and the non-profit sector.

Stella Christian Stella Christian has worked for the Michigan Department of Community Health for approximately 30 years.  She currently works as the Executive Administrative Assistant for Michigan Surgeon General Kimberlydawn Wisdom, MD and is located in the Lansing office.
Angela Wall Angela Wall is the Special Project Assistant for Generation With Promise.  She maintains the project website and helps out wherever her skills are needed.  She also provides administrative assistance in the Lansing office.  Prior to GWP, Angela worked as an acquisitions librarian for a small Missouri college and a desktop services specialist for Pharmacia & Upjohn.
Carla Hogan

Carla Hogan is the Administrative Program Assistant for the Generation With Promise.  Carla has more than 15 years of professional administrative experience as well as an associate's degree in Business with a concentration as an Administrative Assistant/Secretary.  She is currently working on her bachelor's degree in Business at Baker College.  Prior to joining the GWP team, Carla worked as the Assistant to the Director of Community & Economic Development for the City of Highland Park.  She is the newest member the Board of Directors for the Henry Ford Academy: School of Creative Studies in Detroit.  In April 2009, Carla was honored by Communities in School with a Spirit of Detroit Award for her leadership abilities and commitment to community.

Dr. Anne Murphy photoDr. Anne Murphy coordinates evaluation activities for Generation With Promise.  Her passion is developing and using non-burdensome and valid evaluations to track change in the school health environment and for staff and students.  Dr. Murphy was an elementary school teacher before changing careers and obtaining a PhD in Nutrition and becoming a Registered Dietitian.  She has helped hundreds of Michigan schools make changes that help kids be fit, healthy, and ready to learn.
Nate McCaughtry Dr. Nate McCaughtry , from Wayne State University, helps educators develop materials and programs that are culturally appropriate for diverse groups of students.  For GWP, he focuses on improving assessments and teaching methods and materials so they are respectful and appropriate for children of various cultures.  He will observe and interview school teams ( CHST, SAT, CMT), project evaluators, and Health and Physical Education teachers and students to ensure that project activities are as culturally competent as possible.
Sara Flory Sara Barnard Flory assists Dr. McCaughtry with the cultural competence part of the GWP project.  Sara was formerly a PE teacher and is now a PhD student working to earn her doctorate in Health and Physical Education Teacher Preparation with a specialty in urban and culturally diverse education.
Jeff Martin Dr. Jeff Martin is a professor at Wayne State University.  His specialty is fitness assessment and physical activity research.  His team of assistants visits every school in the fall and spring to conduct a fitness assessment with students.  His information helps the team understand what level of fitness our students have and to determine whether it improves during the GWP project.
Barry Checkoway Dr. Barry Checkoway is a professor at the University of Michigan who creates programs that help youth develop leadership skills.  His team from the Michigan Program for Youth and Community facilitated the 2008 Youth Summit to help students learn to be more involved in making positive changes at their schools. 
Katie Richards-Schuster Dr. Katie Richards-Schuster is an Assistant Research Scientist at the University of Michigan, and works alongside Dr. Checkoway as part of the Michigan Program for Youth and Community.  She co-directs the youth leadership development component of the Generation With Promise, including working with the Student Action Teams.
Bridget Christian Bridget Christian worked as the Community & Evaluation Coordinator for the Generation With Promise until November 2008.  She attended many of the Student Action Team meetings, and helped the evaluation team with the health survey.  She is currently employed with the University of Michigan, Michigan Program for Youth and Community.  She will continue to work on the youth leadership development aspect of Generation With Promise with Drs. Checkoway and Richards-Schuster.
Fred PriceFred Price is the Curriculum Specialist providing support to the physical education teachers using the EPEC "Personal Conditioning Program" as part of their school's physical education curriculum.  He is also a member of the Data Collection Team for GWP.  Fred has a master's degree in School Administration from Eastern Michigan University and a B.S. degree in Physical Education and Business from Ball State University.  Fred worked for Livonia Public Schools for 37 years where he was an Assistant Director of Education responsible for Health, Physical Education, Art, Music and Athletics K-12 for twelve years.  For twenty-five years he was a physical education and health teacher and also a coach for basketball and track & field for each of those years.  Since retirement from Livonia Public Schools in 2003, Fred has work as Supervisor for Student Teachers for Eastern Michigan University and Wayne State University.  He has also worked as an Education Curriculum Specialist on special projects for Wayne State University and Michigan Fitness Foundation.
Carolyn McGannonCarolyn McGannon is the Data Collection Coordinator for the GWP project.  She brings to this "second career" a background in physical education, sales and electricity.  After attending Oakland University, Wayne State University, University of Michigan (B.S.), and then Wayne State again (M.S.), Carolyn taught elementary physical education for 30 years at Duffield Elementary where Joe Louis and other great Detroiters once went!  Her father taught her "salesmanship" through his 50 years in the furniture business and her aunt made sure every one in the family learned to wire lamps and switches for her Detroit business.  Carolyn also continues to help in professional development through student teacher supervision for Wayne Stat University.

Detroit's Henry Ford Health System (HFHS) and is a consultant to the Generation With Promise team.  Prior to rejoining HFHS in June 2008,, MA is Director of Community Health, Education & Wellness at Nancy Combs Nancy Combs Nancy was Program Manager in the Office of the Surgeon General, Michigan Department of Community Health where she helped develop the Generation With Promise project and also worked with Michigan Steps Up and the Governor's Blueprint for Preventing Unintended Pregnancies, among other programs.  Nancy has a 30-year background in health communications, provider relations, and program development working both in public and private health care settings.

Betsy Pash Betsy Pash is Director of the Bureau of Local Health and Administrative Services with the Public Health Administration of the Michigan Department of Community Health.  She is a long time state employee who has been involved in the Generation With Promise from the beginning, assisting with funding and contracts.
Henry Ford Health System, Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology  Data specialists at the Henry Ford Health System enter data from the health and physical activity surveys that students complete.  This important task allows the GWP team to conduct analyses to understand the outcomes of the project.