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.
- 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, President and CEO, CS Fasteners
Ajay Chawla founded CS Fasteners in 2006. He has served as the CEO of the company for the last five years, driving its retail and automotive business across the country. Prior to founding CS Fasteners, Ajay served in management positions with various companies, including Lason Corporation and CMGI (Internet Incubator). Ajay is 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.
- Alix Chapie, Meeting and Event Planner, Special D Events
Alix Chapie is Meeting and Event Planner for Special D Events. She joined SDE in 2009 and started her career with the organization by working as a contract employee on location at Children’s Hospital of Michigan. It was there that she recognized her event planning skills could also be used for fundraising. She worked in the Development office and worked one on one with donors raising money for CHM. She was also heavily involved in the hospital’s first ever signature event; Rockin’ on the Roof. Just over two years ago Alix moved back to the SDE headquarters; but she realized her passion for raising money for the hospital had not gone away. She is eager to raise money and bring awareness to an organization that is so dear to her heart. Alix graduated from Oakland University with a Bachelor’s degree in Art History. She currently resides in Bloomfield Hills with her husband Nick, son Beckett and (second son) golden retriever, Jack.
- 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.
- Kayla Varcoe, Senior Strategist, MRM // McCann
Prior to joining MRM//McCann as a Senior Strategist, Kayla Varcoe worked as a Global Strategist at Commonwealth//McCann 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 while out of office.
- Cassandra Varcoe, Graduate Student
Cassandra 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.
- 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.
- Kristina Berger, CEO, Erase the Ink M.D.
Kristina Berger brings 15 years of executive management experience. Previously holding a position as a Vice President of Corporate Operations for a leading adhesive manufacturer, Kristina is now the CEO & Managing Partner of Erase the Ink M.D., a medical practice established for laser tattoo removal services. 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.
- Adam Speck, Regional Vice President, Quicken Loans
Adam Speck Adam Speck joined Quicken Loans in September of 2005 after completing his bachelor’s degree in business and finance at Michigan State University. He moved to Arizona to help open the Scottsdale Web Center in January 2007. Shortly after the move, he became one of the top-producing mortgage bankers while helping grow his fellow teammates. In October of 2007, he was promoted to Director of Mortgage Banking. Within one year, he led his team to be one of the top revenue-producing teams in the company. In June 2009, Adam became a Regional Vice President of the new banking development region in Scottsdale, “The Prodigy,” which focuses solely on growing and developing newly hired bankers. In January of 2011 Adam moved back to Detroit to spearhead the Purchase movement. The Purchase region of Quicken Loans started as 27 bankers and now has over 260 bankers that specialize only in purchases, closing on average of a half billion dollars per month!
- 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.
- Philip Khoury, D.O., Pain Management Fellow, Detroit Medical Center
Dr. Philip Khoury’s experiences with children date back to his undergraduate years at The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. There, he began volunteering in the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Unit at Mott’s Children’s Hospital where he coached patients in recreational and educational activities. He planned and participated in fundraising events and recruited sponsors to benefit CAMP-MAK-A-DREAM, a cost-free camp for children and young adult cancer patients. Dr. Khoury graduated from Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific in California in 2010. Upon returning to his Michigan roots, Dr. Khoury found his passion for the treatment of pain while completing a residency in Anesthesiology at the Detroit Medical Center. He is currently taking on a one-year post-doctoral fellowship in Interventional Pain Management at the Detroit Medical Center.