Leadership

BOARD MEMBERS
  • Mr. Richard Carson
  • Ms. Jacqueline Young
STAFF MEMBERS
  • Ms. Donele Wilkins, President / CEO
  • Ms. Paige Blessman, Digital Media Specialist
  • Ms. Domiana Carter, Project Manager
  • Ms. Deborah Collins, Finance Director
  • Mr. Keith Cooley, Trainer
  • Mr. Keith Green, Trainer
  • Ms. Tyisha Hodges, Project Assistant
  • Ms. Jordan Irving, Program Assistant
  • Ms. Carolyn Mitchell, Office Manager
  • Mr. Jerry Peoples, Job Developer
  • Mr. Gerald Scales, Training
  • Ms. Markyshia Smith, Project Manager
  • Dr. Ronald Tuner, Trainer

DONELE WILKINS, PRESIDENT/CEO

Leader, visionary, result-oriented, Donele Wilkins has demonstrated servant leadership in her hometown Detroit for nearly 20 years. First by leading the local movement for environmental justice on the front-lines, and secondarily expanding to achieving true sustainability for all. Her leadership style has motivated many to take their place in a truly transforming movement. Her achievements include: participating in the development and adoption of an Environmental Justice Policy in the state of Michigan, and conceiving and launching the first Green Jobs Training Program in the city! She’s been an advocate for citizen involvement in Brownfield Redevelopment as well as other environmental policies, placing environmental stewardship on the agenda of many community leaders and decision makers.  Ms. Wilkins is noted for inspiring young people to take a lead in their communities.  As the founder of The Green Door Initiative, Donele plans to take not only the city of Detroit to the next level of environmental stewardship but the nation. GDI stands out as a national model for sustainable living through civic engagement for everyone!


RICHARD F. CARSON

Richard F. Carson has over 15 years of workforce development, media and community relations experience. Richard is a Doctoral candidate and holds a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership. He is a Certified Public Manager (CPM) and Certified Workforce Development Professional (CWDP). Richard has been extensively involved in community organizations. He is a member of the Executive Leadership Committee for the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan. He is a past board member of New Detroit, Inc., the Detroit Urban League, the Pontiac Area Urban League, and BEST Academy.  Richard is an Eagle Scout and past Assistant Scoutmaster. He is a member of several organizations including the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., the National Association of Black Journalist, the National Black MBA Association, the American Academy of Certified Public Managers, and the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals. Richard has achieved many of these accomplishments while a dialysis patient suffering from Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) or a two time kidney transplant recipient.


JACQUELINE YOUNG

Jacqueline Young is an Economic Development Manager at DTE Energy. Her assigned areas include the City of Detroit and Wayne County, Michigan along with the auto, battery, and entertainment industries. The goals of DTE Energy’s Economic Development group is to be a force for economic growth in the State of Michigan. Jacqueline’s background also includes global sales team leadership, account management, strategic planning and process development. Jacqueline is a persuasive communicator, with demonstrated ability to bridge gaps between groups. She believes in win-win solutions and that the best answer often lies in the middle.

Jacqueline has an MS in Electrical Engineering from The University of Maryland at College Park and an MBA from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University. She serves on the boards of the Jefferson East Business Association and The Green Door Initiative.