Our Team

Our Stewardship Board and Board of Directors bring diverse perspectives of community leaders to offer counsel and guidance, while helping to enable a sustainable and comprehensive network of educational, non-profit and civic organizations.

Our Stewardship Board

Nicole Adelman
Former Director, Corner Health Center of Ypsilanti
Raymond Alvarado
Assistant Principal, Ypsilanti Community High School
Alan Oman
Director of Early Childhood Programs, Washtenaw Intermediate School District
Mike Sayler
Dean, College of Education, Eastern Michigan University

Our Governing Board

Thomas D. Biggs

Treasurer, Finance Specialist, Founder of the Student Development Program
Tom Biggs has always been active in the community; working with children and young adults as well as with uninsured and underserved populations. He was Senior Associate Hospital Director and Chief Financial Officer, University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers, before retiring in 2006. Tom’s previous work with his own consulting firm, BiggsWorks LLC, led to various leadership roles including Senior VP of Finance and Administration, University of Toledo; Executive Director, Packard Health; and CEO, Joint Venture Hospital Labs. He currently serves on the Boards of several local health-service organizations. Tom is a former commissioner, City of Ypsilanti Human Relations Commission, as well as an active participant in the Mott Golf Classic and other charitable groups. He is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University and an Ypsilanti resident since 1973.

Anthony T. Harbin II

Project Manager, Entrepreneur Specialist
Anthony T. Harbin II, has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (Entrepreneurship Major) and a Master’s Certificate in Business Management from Eastern Michigan University. Anthony is the founder and president of Aseptic Solutions, LLC, a company that specializes in cleaning and properly disinfecting indoor spaces for Sars-Cov2/Covid19 contaminants, using the electrostatic sprayer technique. He is also the president of Harbin Steel LLC, a minority certified business which supplies, fabricates, and installs steel components and structures throughout Southeast Michigan. Anthony has worked as a consultant, assisting ex-felons and those with disabilities with their job skills and job placement. As a recruiter for Cranbrook Horizon Upward Bound Program (HUB), he was an advocate for first generation high school students developing academic skills to equip them for college scholarships. He also coordinated and managed the daily operation of various student programs. In addition, Anthony served as a basketball coach for middle school students at Cranbrook Schools.

Scott Heister

Michigan STEM Region 2 Director,  Washtenaw Intermediate School District
Scott Heister has over 27 years of experience as a classroon teacher in the urban District Ypsilanti, Michigan. He is the lead designer of a the STEM-based Middle College where he has also served as Director for 5 years. He has spent over 15 years as Lead Mentor for a FIRST Robotics Program. Scott has been a speaker and presenter at numerous local, state and national conferences. He is a State of Michigan Woodie Flowers Finalist Award Winner as well as an MSTA Science Teacher of the Year Award Winner. Scott currently serves as Michigan STEM Region 2 Director for the Washtenaw Intermediate School District.

Emmanuel Jones

Founder, Mentor2Youth, Entrepreneur
Emmanuel Jones founded Mentor2Youth in 2011, with a mission to impact the futures of disadvantaged youth throughout Southeast Michigan by supporting them holistically through each phase of their lives. Mentor2Youth’s school-to-career intervention programs, grounded in the principles of personal, academic and professional development, have served more than 450 boys and girls ages 8-18, throughout Southeast Michigan. Over 25 high school students have been employed through Mentor2Youth.

Sandy Williams

Executive Director, Foundations Preschool of Washtenaw County
Sandy Williams is a fourth-generation Washtenaw County resident. She is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University and has taught elementary grades and all levels of preschool. Sandy often felt limited working with children in the classroom, when they clearly needed more than she could provide as a teacher. After taking off some time to start her own family, she worked as a teacher consultant in the non-profit world. Sandy quickly discovered the magic of charitable work and the critical impact it can have on the families of Washtenaw County. In her position of leadership, Sandy is passionately committed to providing equitable opportunities for the children and families of our community.

Althea Wilson

Early Childhood Specialist, Washtenaw Intermediate School District
For more than a decade, Althea Wilson has volunteered, advocated for, and worked with families in Washtenaw County to promote the successful transition of children into school and to advance overall family well-being. Althea has worked as a Parent Liaison representing the voices of parents before local and state government. She has served as a Parent Educator, an Early Head Start Home Visitor, and is currently the Early Childhood Specialist for Washtenaw County’s home-based Head Start program. Althea is a graduate of the University of Illinois and Eastern Michigan University. She has been a citizen of Jamaica, Canada, and now the United States. She resides in Ypsilanti with her partner of 24 years and their 3 daughters. 

Robert P. Ufer

Co-Founder, Washtenaw Promise
Bob Ufer is an attorney specializing in commercial litigation, sports law, and environmental law. He started his own firm in 1987, after working as a partner in the Detroit firm of Dickinson Wright. Bob’s interest in hockey, his experience as a college player, and his business acumen led him to serve as President, CEO, and Commissioner of the International Hockey League. He is also a former President and owner of Service Brands International, LLC. Bob is a Yale graduate and earned a law degree from Harvard. For the past decade, he has been an Advisory Board member of Horizons-Upward Bound (HUB), a program that brings inner-city high school students to the Cranbrook School campus each summer for college preparatory courses and growth experiences.

Tim Wilson

Co-founder and Executive Director, Washtenaw Promise
During a 35-year career in education, Tim Wilson taught children of all grades in all subject areas, specializing in the sciences. He served as Headmaster of Emerson School in Ann Arbor, where he worked on collaborative, team-building efforts to bring Emerson to prominence. It is now Washtenaw County’s largest independent K-8 school. Tim earned Teacher of the Year awards; served on Presidential advisory committees in science education; and founded programs on nature preservation, the Science Olympiad, and other science-related topics. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan, attended Eastern Michigan University, and is a certified teacher at all levels, K-9. Tim is a lifelong resident of Washtenaw County.

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