Leaders for Kids Advisory Board

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Leaders for Kids is an advisory board created to support the charitable work of Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation. This organization of emerging leaders from southeast Michigan is passionate about the health and wellness of children in the region

  • Peter J. Ginopolis (Chair), Vice President, LSG Partners Peter Ginopolis, specializes in assisting high net worth families, businesses, and professional athletes with insurance planning. Peter provides an unparalleled sense of financial security for his clients, utilizing his experience in Health, Life and Disability insurance consulting. A strong supporter of the metropolitan Detroit community, Peter played a part in creating two endowments aimed at funding hematology and oncology research – the Georgie Ginopolis Endowment and the Endowed Chair for Wayne State University. He currently serves on the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation board and is a member of the Executive Board of CATCH, Sparky Anderson’s Charity for Children, benefiting Children’s and Henry Ford Hospitals.
  • Gregory J. Bockart Jr., (Vice Chair) Vice President, Colliers International Greg Bockart has been representing corporations and individuals on a local and national level in commercial real estate transactions for over 9 years.   Greg leads a team of professionals who primarily focus on investment sales and tenant representation. Greg’s clients benefit from his extensive background structuring and negotiating commercial leases, developing comprehensive and strategic real estate plans and delivering results based on each client’s unique business or investment requirements.  Through creative negotiations, Greg has achieved significant cost reductions and has strategically aligned his client’s real estate requirements with their business and financial objectives. Greg has been involved in a number of charities and organizations since a very young age when he started “Toy’s Because We Care,” a public school system based toy drive for underprivileged children to help provide for them during the Holidays.  Mr. Bockart also currently Chair’s the newly formed board of GLEAM “Guiding Light Eliminating Autism Misunderstandings.”
  • Lorron James, (Vice Chair) Vice President, James Group International Lorron James serves as Vice President of James Group International (JGI), President of Magnolia Automotive Services (Toyota JV in Mississippi) and is President of TLX (Supply Chain Management IT Software). Renaissance Global Logistics (RGL), a subsidiary of JGI, runs the global consolidation export operation for Ford Motor Company, which ships to 16 countries across the world. JGI also has multimodal capabilities for its customers and handles other logistics services for General Motors. Lorron has also been chosen to serve on the Youth of the Year Selection Committee, which benefits the Boys & Girls Club of Southeast Michigan. He also mentors a high school student from the Pontiac based Grace Centers of Hope Program. Lorron is a graduate of the Leadership Detroit XXXI class through the Detroit Regional Chamber and also served as the President of the Intermediate Council at the Detroit Athletic Club (DAC) in 2011. Benefitting the DAC Foundation, he’s also on the Michigan High School/College Athlete of the Year Selection Committee. Lorron is a part of Riviere XXVIII which is an extension of the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy and he also serves on the Conservancy Board of Directors. He was also appointed to the Detroit Wayne County Port Authority Board by Mayor Mike Duggan and also serves on the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council (MMSDC) board, which was decided on by his automotive peers. In late 2014, Lorron was also appointed to the Financial Review Commission by Governor Rick Snyder, to oversee how the City of Detroit re-invests its funds post-bankruptcy and was recently appointed as the Chair of the Port Authority.
  • Charles Dabrowski: (Chief Financial Officer) Wealth Advisor, Telemus Capital Partners As a Wealth Advisor at Telemus Capital, Charles Dabrowski provides clients with investment management and wealth advisory services. He is actively involved in the Detroit Community and at the Detroit Athletic Club where he serves on the Club’s Finance Committee, and as the Treasurer of the Intermediate Board. Charles is passionate about issues affecting children. The son of a doctor who has practiced at DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan for many years, Charles spent a considerable amount of time during his formative years around children with health related issues, which fuels his desire to give back to children in need. Charles earned his B.A. from the University of Michigan, his J.D. from Wayne State Law School, and his Masters of Law in Taxation at Chicago-Kent College of Law.
  • Michael George II, (Chief Social Officer) President and CFO, George Enterprises Michael George is the President and CFO of George Enterprises a collaboration of companies, owned and operated by the George Family. Michael is a key player focusing on strategic direction and new ventures, mergers and acquisitions. In addition to overseeing some of the food related businesses, he is also ventured off into real estate, warehousing, technology, health & fitness, entertainment and philanthropy. Through his event planning company, Future Entertainment, Michael produces some of Metro Detroit’s most well-attended charity and holiday parties, and as president of the Michael J. George Charity, he advances his father’s commitment to the community, focusing on causes such as poverty, terminal illness and education.
  • Jaime Hayes, (Chief Marketing Officer) Development Director, Great Lakes Field Service Council, Boy Scouts of America Jaime Hayes is responsible for the growth and execution of a Special Event portfolio at BSA, as well as the addition of new and innovative events which contributes $1 million annually to support Scouting programs in Southeastern Michigan. Jaime is a graduate of Rochester College with a degree in Mass Communications and displays diverse experience in events, marketing, and non-profit. Previous to the BSA, Jaime served as an Account Manager with pulse220, an experiential event firm based in Ferndale.  In this role Jaime successfully ran multiple events for clients including PepsiCo, Quicken Loans, the University of Michigan and many others. Prior to pulse220, Jaime served as the Business Development Director with MIYAN Media and as both a Manager and Sommelier with the Andiamo Restaurant Group..
  • Ajay Chawla, Co-Founder and President GroupClique Ajay Chawla is an accomplished multifaceted leader with 17 plus years of experience in executive leadership, business development, and account management. Ajay also has an extraordinary blend of business acumen, operational expertise and technological savvy with a profound knowledge of multiple industries.  Ajay was also the founder and Chairman of Toast For Tykes, a non-profit started in 2001. TFT has contributed over $400,000 to various organizations that serve children in southeast Michigan. These organizations include Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Kids Kicking Cancer, University of Michigan Pediatric Burn Unit, Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan, and Catch. Ajay spends his spare time giving back to his High School, Brother Rice, where he has served as the lacrosse coach for the last 10 years., Ajay also serves on the Board of Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation. Ajay is a graduate from Marymount University in Arlington, VA.
  • Renee Lossia-Acho, Owner, Keller-Williams Domain, Birmingham Renee Lossia-Acho has been a lifetime Michigan resident. As a real estate agent, Renee emerged quickly as an industry leader using her skillful, creative, and consultative approach to marketing and sales. Since beginning in 2005, she continues her commitment to her clients by providing insight and guidance far beyond the purchase or sale of their home. Recently named as Brokerage’s Top Producer in 2015 and Birmingham’s top selling agent 2013-15, Renee is also consistently in the Top Producer ranks in Bloomfield year after year. Renee has generated over $350 Million in real estate sales and is recognized by Hour Magazine, Crain’s Detroit Business, and the Wall Street Journal’s REALTrends as being one of the top 1% of realtors nationally. Dedicated to continuously exceeding expectations, Renee developed an expertise not only residential transactions but in architecture, design, and development as well. Because of her vast knowledge, many residential builders seek her collaboration for all phases of the luxury residential development process. Her expertise ranges from property discovery to layout and design, as well as choosing materials to selecting finishes, and ultimately from marketing strategies to completing and closing the sale. Recently in 2016,Renee has accepted an ownership position as the luxury arm of the well-established international Company KW Domain in Birmingham. This new affiliation expands my clients’ global reach to luxury real estate markets worldwide.
  • Kristina Berger, Global Manager, Key Accounts Kristina Berger brings over 17 years of executive management experience and is the Global Manager of Key Accounts for assembly tooling manufacturer Apex Tool Group, Inc. She is an avid supporter of various institutions that promote the well-being of children. More importantly she is passionate about our cause. Being a native Californian, as a child she witnessed the exemplary medical attention and volunteer staff support the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles provided to a family member in turn extending her life. Her experience resonated into a philanthropic desire to fulfill our quest to discover treatments, cures, and most importantly preventative measures that can be implemented within our medical community and taught to the general public so that we can decrease the number of illnesses, disorders and injuries that affect children in Michigan as well as globally. This is a lifetime commitment in which she intends to pass along to her children as future philanthropists.
  • Tom J. Berman, Oakland County Commisioner & Chief Administrative Officer & General Counsel, Reverie Tom J. Berman is the Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel to Reverie, a Sleep Technology company headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Tom is responsible for helping develop Reverie’s overall business strategy and business development efforts and he also handles day-to-day affairs related to all legal matters – including its intellectual property portfolio and real estate management, as well as leading the human resources and IT Teams.Prior to joining Reverie, Tom formed Berman Law, PLLC right out of law school. While practicing, Tom not only served as Reverie’s outside General Counsel, he also served as Dan Gilbert’s Bedrock Detroit’s first General Counsel and “Parking Guru”. Tom graduated from Detroit Country Day School (1997), Michigan State University with a B.A. in Criminal Justice (2001) and Tom earned a J.D. from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law (2004). Tom was elected to serve on the Keego Harbor City Council in 2013, and most recently Tom was elected to serve on the Oakland County Board of Commissioners, representing the 5th District. Tom is the past President of the Michigan Chapter of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (“CCFA”) and continues to serve as a member of the Board of Trustees. In addition, Tom was named in 2014 to L. Brooks Patterson’s Oakland County Elite 40 Under 40. Tom is now a member of the Leaders for Kids Advisory Board to the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation.Tom lives in Keego Harbor with his wife Jenny and two daughter, Alexis and Olivia.
  •  Kathleen Borschke, Senior Account Director, The Fulkerson Group Kathleen Borschke is an accomplished sponsorship sales and fulfillment professional, a proud University of Michigan Alum and a Troy, Michigan native. Having worked nearly 15 years supporting and directing sponsorship efforts for companies such as IMG, the Detroit Red Wings, Arizona Coyotes and the Minnesota Wild, Borschke returned home to Detroit in 2010 to work with a major events agency, The Fulkerson Group.  In this role, Kathleen specializes in negotiating and securing partnerships for many of Detroit’s premier events including the North American International Auto Show, the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, the Parade Company, Jazz Fest and Shell Eco-Marathon. Borschke currently serves on the board of the Networking Business League (NBL) for the Detroit Pistons and was formerly the Co-Chair of the American Heart Association’s young professionals board.  Kathleen was honored to be chosen as a member of the 2014 Class of 30 in their 30s for DBusiness and to Oakland County Executive’s Elite 40 Under 40 in 2016.
  • Jonathan M. Colman, Partner, Barron, Rosenberg, Mayoras & Mayoras, P.C. A partner with Barron, Rosenberg, Mayoras & Mayoras, P.C., Jonathan Colman concentrates his practice in litigation with a focus on trust and estate disputes, probate, and business disputes. Jonathan has been selected as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers Magazine each year since 2012, and has been designated a “Top Lawyer” by DBusiness magazine. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Wayne State University Law School, where he was both a Dean’s Scholar and a Lombard Fellow. Jonathan is particularly committed to youth-focused charities and believes investment in the youngest residents of metro-Detroit will return a better future for everyone.
  • Derek Dickow- Founder Steward Media As the Founder of Steward Media, a local PR and marketing firm, Derek Dickow, is a power connector to reputable organizations and community leaders throughout Southeast Michigan. Steward Media has built its reputation in fundraising and manages Public and Political Relations for municipalities, various businesses, and non-profit organizations. Derek currently serves his community in many capacities as an activist, organizer and fundraiser. His client base includes members of city council, mayors, judges, state representatives, senators, congressional leaders and presidential candidates. Outside of politics, he is most proud of his fundraising abilities for local charities. He and his team have generated millions of dollars in support of worthy causes over the years, and is excited to serve as a Leaders for Kids Board Member.
  • Milan Gandhi, VP, MedShare Milan Gandhi is the Vice President of his family-owned business, Med-Share, Inc. He has been able to drive sales through alignment with key Physician Networks and Independent Medical Groups. He also has been actively working with various key players in the restoration of the city of Detroit. Milan P.Gandhi was born and raised in metro Detroit, attending Detroit Country Day School and The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering and Applied Mathematics.
  • Richard Haddad, Vice President & General Counsel, Palace Sports & Entertainment and Detroit Pistons Richard Haddad is Vice President & General Counsel of Palace Sports & Entertainment (PSE) and the Detroit Pistons.  He oversees legal, business and government affairs for Palace Sports & Entertainment, the Detroit Pistons, and related properties and companies, including the Palace of Auburn Hills, DTE Energy Music Theatre, Freedom Hill Amphitheatre, Meadow Brook Amphitheatre, Roundball LLC, and the Detroit Pistons Foundation. Before joining PSE in 2012, Richard practiced law at Proskauer Rose LLP in New York, where he represented a broad base of corporate and individual clients in the sports, finance, media, entertainment, aviation, insurance, legal, pharmaceutical and real estate industries in connection with complex commercial, civil and criminal investigations and disputes; and clerked for Judge Barbara S. Jones of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.  Richard grew up in Adrian, Michigan, and graduated from the University of Michigan (BA – History) and Columbia Law School (JD).
  • Todd Hohauser,CEO, Harvey Hohauser & Associates Todd is currently CEO of Harvey Hohauser & Associates, an affiliate of the 8th largest retained executive search partnership in the world, JIC Partners. For fourteen years he has worked to support family owned businesses locate, recruit and retain leadership. An acknowledged expert in the assessment. identification and placement of leaders Todd works with family and privately held businesses as a specialist in the coordination and recruitment of exceptional executive talent in the following areas: executive leadership, operations. information technology, engineering, financial management , retail and manufacturing. A graduate of Western Michigan University, Todd also received a Master’s of Science degree in Management from Walsh College. With a deep background within the behavioral sciences, he focuses on the best cultural fit for candidates and clients. In 2009 Todd was a recipient of Walsh College’s Award: Outstanding Graduate of the Last Decade. Currently serves as Vice-Chair, Americas on the Board of Directors for IIC Partners and Deputy Practice Group Leader for IIC’s Industrial Practice Group, Past Chair for The Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan’s and serves on the Board of Advisors of MichBusiness.
  • Matthew Johnston, Global Facilities Risk Management, TI Automotive Matthew Johnston joined TI Automotive in August of 2010.  In his complex role where he oversees over 130 facilities worldwide, he is responsible for finding ways to identify and analyze the financial impact of loss to the organization, employees, the public, and the environment.  Matthew has always had a passion to help those in need and has helped many charities raise money and awareness in the past.  He is excited and honored to work with the LFK team and help grow such a wonderful organization.
  • Daniel Milan, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Cornerstone Financial Services, LLC Daniel Milan left his legal practice in 2009 in order to found Cornerstone Financial Services, a Wealth Management, Estate Planning and Business Strategies firm, and expand the spectrum of services that he could offer his estate planning clients.  As a self-proclaimed “rehabilitated attorney” Daniel concentrates his practice within Cornerstone on estate plan strategies and funding, small business succession planning, executive compensation strategies and qualified plan strategies as well as chairs the Investment Committee within Cornerstone’s Asset Management Group.  Additionally, in 2013 Daniel took over the role of CEO and President of his family’s computer peripheral manufacturing company due to his father’s failing health and managed the business through a turnaround and reorganization process culminating in the sale of the company to a strategic partner after his father’s passing in late 2014.
  • Adam Speck, Vice President Sales, Rapid Advance Adam Speck leads Sales and Marketing at Rapid Advance. Rapid Advance, is a Quicken Loans Family of Company that focuses on Small Business Lending.  Prior to joining Rapid Advance, Adam worked at Quicken Loans for ten years in various roles. In 2007, he moved to Arizona to help open the Scottsdale Web Center for the company where he was the Regional Vice President of New Banking Development. He moved back to Detroit at the end of 2010 to build the home buying division of Quicken Loans.  Adam holds a bachelor’s degree in business and finance from Michigan State University. Adam and his wife, Rani, enjoy spending time with their beautiful daughter Julianna.
  • Cassandra Varcoe, Graduate Student Cassandra Varcoe is a graduate of the University of Detroit Mercy with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She is actively pursing a Masters Degree in Physician Assistant Studies. Cassandra works as a model, actress, and spokesperson for many Michigan based companies in the greater Detroit area such as Chrysler, Carhartt, Art Van Furniture, edmund t. Ahee Jewelers, and BlueCross BlueShield of Michigan. She is also training to receive a Federal Aviation Administration private pilot license. In her spare time, Cassandra enjoys traveling, yoga, golf, boating, and cheering on the Detroit sports teams. She also volunteers for CATCH, Sparky Anderson’s charity for children benefiting Children’s Hospital and Henry Ford Hospital
  • Kayla Varcoe, Senior Strategist, MRM // McCann Kayla Varcoe is a Senior Digital Strategist at MRM//McCann, responsible for designing impactful, integrated, and measurable strategies. Most recently, she launched a multi-touch, trigger-based handraiser communication cadence with 488 unique creative outputs across 19 nameplates for Chevrolet, established an advanced demand generation strategy for Tempur Sealy International’s Tempur-Pedic brand, developed in depth customer journey map for Electrolux’s Frigidaire brand and provided strategic support for Anheuser-Busch’s digital presence across multiple brands including Bud Light, Hoegaarden and Stella Artois. Prior to that, she worked as a Global Strategist at Commonwealth//McCann in Detroit and was responsible for implementing data driven consumer insights and creating strategic POVs for Chevrolet’s global campaigns and nameplates. Kayla graduated from New York University with Honors in Psychology and Business. She was a Collegiate Research Scholar and recipient of NYU Dean’s Undergraduate Research Fund and Banco Santander International Scholarship. Kayla is a member on the Leaders For Kids Advisory Board to the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation, and also volunteers for CATCH, Sparky Anderson’s charity for children benefiting Children’s Hospital and Henry Ford Hospital. Kayla enjoys traveling more than most, and makes jetsetting her number one priority
  • Ethan Weisman, Business Development Manager/Construction Services Liaison, General Development Company Ethan manages business development activities for General Development Company LLC, emphasizing open communication with tenants. Ethan has steady interaction with service contractors and tenants at each property, and provides valuable insight for all of our tenants’ needs. This enables our property management team to affectively direct the activities at each location and maintain a Class A facility. Ethan is responsible for the implementation and management of the company’s Social Media and Marketing approaches. This includes content strategy, develop brand awareness and technical support, to ensure that all of our clients and projects are represented with the latest technology.Ethan attended Michigan State University where he studied marketing and communications. Ethan also sits on three Boards of various charities in the Metropolitan Detroit Area. Ethan also holds a Real Estate Sales Person License.