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, Advocate Commercial Real Estate Advisors
Greg is the Vice President of the Detroit office of Advocate Commercial Real Estate Advisors, a tenant representation commercial real estate brokerage firm that represents high end users of office space. He originally joined Advocate as an Associate Director of the Chicago office in 2006, focusing his efforts on growing the Detroit presence. Greg has been involved in a number of charities and organizations since the age of six when he started “Toy’s Because We Care,” a toy drive for underprivileged children to help provide for them during the Holidays. Greg earned his BBA from Northwood University in Automotive Marketing Management/Business Management.
Lorron James, (Vice Chair) Vice President, James Group International
Lorron currently serves as Vice President of James Group International, which is an automotive logistics supplier to Ford, General Motors and Toyota. His focus is government work, manufacturing, strategic partnership opportunities and revitalizing the Port of Detroit. He was a member of the Detroit Regional Chamber’s ‘Leadership Detroit XXXI Class’and also served as 2011 Intermediate Council President at the Detroit Athletic Club. Lorron is heavily involved in efforts to revitalize southwest Detroit, including serving on the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy’s Riviere XXVIII Board. Lorron has a B.A. in Marketing from Arizona State University and a Master’s in Science Administration from Central Michigan.
Charles Dabrowski: (Chief Financial Officer) Analyst, Telemus Capital Partners
As a Wealth Advisor at Telemus Capital, Charles 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 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) Business Development Director, MIYAN media
Jaime has made her love for working with and helping people a driving force not only in her career, but also her life. Throughout school and beyond, she embarked on an employment journey with Andiamo Restaurant Group that saw her leadership and loyalty succeed in every facet of their business model. Marketing degree and Sommelier certificate in hand, Jaime was prepared to take her career to the next level. She quickly found her current professional home at MIYAN Media as their Business Development Director and is an integral part of the MIYAN team. Business savvy and driven as ever, she continues laying foundations for helping people all across the country. Jaime brings an unbreakable passion for her community and a keen sense for avenues of cooperation.
Derek J. Sarafa (Board Liaison), Partner, Winston & Strawn
Derek concentrates his law practice in commercial and intellectual property litigation, representing companies such as Microsoft, Guggenheim Baseball Management (purchaser of the L.A. Dodgers), Ernst & Young and Abbott Laboratories. Derek was selected by the Chicago Lawyer from over 1,200 nominees as one of the “Top 40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40” in 2011. Derek is a member of the Board of the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation, serving on the Nominating and Governance Committee and also on the Fundraising and Development Committee. He previously served on the board of Children’s Hospital, during which time he was active in fundraising, lobbying and quality control initiatives. Derek is the proud “cool uncle” to nine nephews and nieces.
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, Assistant Meeting 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, Rosen, Mayoras & Mayoras, P.C.
A partner with Barron, Rosenberg, Mayoras & Mayoras, P.C., Jonathan 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.
Amanda Fisher, President, Amanda Fisher Productions
Amanda is the founder of Amanda Fisher Productions LLC., a full service firm specializing in public relations, for-impact alignment consulting and event management for organizations or brands that want to make an impact on their community. AFP’s project have ranged from providing PR for the Limited Brands at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, to packing the house at Sound Board @ Motor City Casino, to bringing together some of the biggest NBA names of all time to make a difference in the lives of thousands of youth in Metropolitan Detroit.
Her career has only fostered her passion for the city she loves and has brought philanthropy to the forefront of her daily life. She is actively involved in many for-impact organizations, including: The Next Generation Leadership Board of the Max M. Fisher and Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation (Chair), JARC’s Young Adult Event Committee (Chair), Jewish Federation of Detroit, Starfish Family Services, ORT of America (Committee Chair) and Almost Home Animal Shelter.
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.
Gina Karamanian, Account Executive, Verizon Enterprise Services
As an Account Executive for Verizon, Gina sells complex IT solutions to the automotive industry. As a mother of two young children, Gina is also involved in volunteer work through the Birmingham Public School System. She would like to bring her energy and strengths to better serve the community as well as provide leadership and support to grow advocacy programs for children.
Kristina Berger, CEO, Erase the Ink M.D.
Kristina 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 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., Chief Resident Anesthesiologist, Detroit Medical Center
Philip is the Chief Resident Anesthesiologist at Wayne State University/Detroit Medical Center and President of the Michigan Society of Anesthesiologists Resident Section. Philip’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. Philip earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific in California in 2010. He has since returned to his Michigan roots where he plans to complete his residency and pursue fellowship in Pain Management.