Meagan Dunn joined Covenant House Michigan in July 2022. She comes to CHM from YWCA Kalamazoo where she was vice president of programs since 2020, managing a $10 million program budget and a team of more than 100 program staff. Among other duties, she supervised a 62-bed shelter for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking and one of the first 24/7 childcare centers in southwest Michigan. Prior to that, Dunn was director of community outreach and partnerships for Detroit-based Henry Ford Health System for nearly 10 years and formerly the deputy director, neighborhood city halls for the city of Detroit. Dunn earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English language and literature from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Michigan State University.
Meagan leads with mission, has a strong track record with fundraising in both Southeast and West Michigan, and is a strategic and visionary leader. We welcome her to the Covenant House Michigan family.
Cynthia Adams, Associate Executive Director, began working for Covenant House Michigan over 20 years ago. When Covenant House opened in Michigan in 1997, she developed programming for the agency that started with Community Service Centers, an Outreach program and a Job Development Center. Ms. Adams also developed the current residential programs (Caritas Center and the Rights of Passage Transitional Living program). She strives to supervise and implement services that reflect the mission and vision of Covenant House. In addition, she oversees operations of the organization in the absence of the Executive Director.
Prior to coming to Covenant House Michigan, Ms. Adams was employed at Boysville of Michigan (now Holy Cross Children’s Services). While there she managed residential and detention programs for delinquent youth.
Ms. Adams has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan and is licensed through the State of Michigan.
In addition, Ms. Adams is actively involved with her church, Word of Faith Christian Center, where she regularly volunteers with the Children’s Ministry.
Jeff Coffey has served at Covenant House Michigan for over seven years. In his current role as Director of Property Management and Auxiliary Services, he handles all aspects of the Covenant House Michigan-owned buildings in the Detroit and Grand Rapids area. He is responsible for all facility construction projects, building maintenance, oversees city & state licensing/code compliance, purchasing, campus security, food service management, housekeeping, transportation, and is also the facility-liaison to four Covenant House Academy Charter schools. Coffey is a member of the CHM Executive Leadership Team & Incident Review Committee.
Mr. Coffey also oversees the CHM Information technology department and is responsible for its network, email, access control, and all other IT-related systems and support.
Prior to coming to Covenant House Michigan, Mr. Coffey worked at Sisters, Servants of IHM as the Facilities Operations Director and Facilities Coordinator at Trinity Health. He has over 20 years of Facilities management experience.
A Veteran of the US Army, Mr. Coffey completed the Bachelor’s of Business Leadership program (BBL) at Baker college and also has an Associates degree in General Studies from Macomb Community College.
Residing near Ann Arbor, MI, Mr. Coffey enjoys spending time with his wife and their young daughter.
Y’vonne is an accomplished and innovative human resources visionary with over 19 years of experience across multiple industries delivering comprehensive HR services. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Cleary University, and holds a certificate as a Professional in Human Resources. Most recently she served as a member of the senior leadership team in her role as the Human Resources Director for a nonprofit company. Using her forward thinking and collaborative approach, Y’vonne has provided guidance to senior management and blended workforces of unionized and exempt employees on workforce issues. Her strengths are talent acquisition, labor management, and staff development. She has a successful track record with execution, implementation and management for on/off boarding and benefit administrative programs, including leave of absence. She embraces best practices that support business needs while also modernizing policies and launching meaningful initiatives that promotes employee engagement.
Kellie is a partner in Plante Moran’s Detroit office. She has more than 20 years of experience serving over 100 not-for-profit organizations in accounting, auditing, tax, and management consulting. Kellie has a particular focus and interest in serving religious institutes, social service organizations, and behavioral health organizations. She has consulted with various not-for-profit organizations with respect to the implementation of new auditing and accounting standards, reporting best practices, and internal control design and implementation.
Kellie is known for her commitment to serving mission-based organizations and providing a practical approach to the application of technical standards. Kellie speaks frequently speaks at the Resource Center for Religious Institutes’ national conference on advanced accounting and reporting topics. Other recent speaking engagements have focused on such topics as upcoming changes in the accounting and financial reporting requirements for not-for-profit organizations, governance best practices, and the current issues facing mission-based organizations.
Kellie holds a bachelor of business administration degree and a master’s degree in accounting from the University of Michigan Stephen M. Ross School of Business. She is committed to the success of Plante Moran’s diverse staff members, serving as a member and partner liaison to Plante Moran’s Affinity Network Staff Resource Group for LGBTQ staff and allies. Kellie serves as a board member for Covenant House Michigan and recently participated in New Detroit’s 50th Anniversary Racial Healing Project.
Victoria Burton-Harris serves as the Chief Assistant Prosecutor for Washtenaw County. Victoria was appointed to this position January 1st, 2021 by Prosecutor Eli Savit.
Victoria M. Burton-Harris is a native of Flint and a graduate of Flint Southwestern Academy. She earned a B.A. in Political Science and African American Studies from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. She graduated from Wayne State University Law School in 2012. During her time at Wayne Law, Victoria taught high school students at Southeastern High School and worked at the Free Legal Aid Clinic as a student advocate for underprivileged families. Passionate about the relationship between law, social justice and equality, she began preparing for a career focused on criminal law and social justice. Victoria served as president of the Black Law Students Association, where she encouraged students to use their legal experience to create positive change for community residents. In 2014, Victoria opened a private firm in the heart of downtown Detroit specializing in family law and criminal defense at the state and federal trial court level. Victoria has represented hundreds of families across Michigan in cases ranging from child custody to murder. Victoria’s work has been highlighted on CNN, Democracy Now, The Guardian, Essence, The New York Times, The Appeal, The Detroit Free Press, The Detroit News and local Detroit news stations FOX 2 Detroit, WDIV and WXYZ Detroit.
Victoria lives with her husband Robert, their three-year-old son, and their dog, Sasha.
Jessica is a Managing Director at Accenture in the Detroit office. She has nearly 15 years of experience working with higher education, public sector, and non-for-profit organizations across the country. Jessica focuses on partnering with institutions on transforming their HR operations to enhance the staff, faculty, and student experience while enabling mission-driven initiatives and operational effectiveness across the business. She brings experience in HR strategy and organization design, shared services, process excellences, and transformation supported by cloud-driven technology.
Jessica holds a Bachelor of Arts in Human Resource Management from Michigan State University and is a lifelong resident of southeastern Michigan. Jessica is known for her commitment to mentorship and service, both at work and within the community. She is a supporter of many organizations and causes throughout the city of Detroit. Prior to her appointment to the Board, she served as the Executive Chair of the Covenant House Michigan Associate Board since 2017. Jessica resides in Royal Oak where she spends her weekends catching up on reading and podcasts while always in search of the best brunch spot in Michigan.
Veronica Davis is a seasoned mortgage underwriter at Quicken Loans, located in downtown Detroit. Veronica plays a key role in changing people’s lives, not only at work with helping people make one of the most important purchases, but also serving as Board member at Covenant House Michigan. She witnessed and experienced the value of helping others as a result of being a part of the population that we serve. Veronica became homeless at the age of 21 and stayed at Covenant House Michigan for six months, moving through the shelter program. Covenant House Michigan helped her move forward while she established full-time employment with Quicken Loans. Since she left the program, Veronica continued her professional growth while climbing the corporate ladder. Veronica is a true success story of how Covenant House Michigan impacts our residents lives every single day.
As an attorney at Weitz & Luxenberg Tiffany has been a vital part of the firm’s opioid litigation team that represents more than 62 Michigan cities and counties as well as others around the country. In addition, Tiffany helps manage the firm’s sexual abuse and human trafficking practice groups. She regularly represents survivors of sexual abuse and human trafficking including those who were abused by Larry Nassar. She is active in the firm’s class action and antitrust work. She has also developed an expertise in all stages of large scale discovery projects including crafting requests and negotiation, ESI protocols and searches, and document review management.
Tiffany attended undergrad at the University of Missouri and earned her law degree Washington University School of Law in St. Louis in 2011. After earning her LLM, also from Washington University, in 2012 and starting her law career in the former office of a now federal judge, Tiffany moved home to Michigan. She specifically moved to Detroit so she could begin to make an impact in the community and region she always referred to and thought of as home.
As soon as she moved home, Tiffany became involved in the Detroit Bar Association. As member, leader, and later President of the of the Detroit Bar Association Barristers Board (young lawyers), and in cooperation with Former Chief Judge Robert Columbo and the Third District Court, Tiffany helped re-establish the DBA’s annual law day program. For the last six years the DBA and the Third District Court have annually hosted hundreds of Detroit High School students at the CAYMC to hear from prominent members of our legal community, participate in mock arguments in real courtrooms with real judges, and develop positive experiences with the law and our court system. Tiffany now serves as a Detroit Bar Association Director and is active in the organization’s Diversity and Inclusion efforts.
Since 2016 Tiffany served on the CHM Associate Board where she helped raise money and awareness of youth homelessness. In 2021, Tiffany joined the CHM general Board of Directors.
Tiffany is also a bridge between the local and national legal communities Tiffany is a member of the Michigan Association for Justice Executive Board and is on the National Board of Governors and Public Affairs Committee of the American Association for Justice – our country’s premier trial lawyer organization. In addition, she holds memberships in Public Justice, the American Bar Association, and the National Lawyers Guild.
Dan is the Global Delivery Lead for Accenture Interactive and is also the Office Managing Director for Accenture – Detroit. He has 25+ years of corporate consulting experience with first-hand knowledge of the challenges and opportunities related to implementing digital solutions in today’s enterprises.
Dan’s skills strike a unique balance between technology visionary and pragmatic business leader. His work has made the difference between failure and success of programs for Fortune 500 companies across several decades. Dan has an uncanny ability to quickly comprehend highly technical topics and communicate them in a way that aligns business and technical objectives to achieve success. He is a collaborative and charismatic leader that knows how to build high-performing teams.
At his core, Dan is a passionate and relevant technologist that has experience in delivering technical programs with up to $1B budgets, headcount management ranging from teams of three all the way to thousands of people, and a global portfolio of client work. He is particularly passionate about people and talent as he sees this focus as core to building high-performing delivery teams in today’s world. He’s changed the way Accenture builds teams and is driving talent initiatives that focus on providing under-served youth professional opportunities both internal to Accenture as well as in the Detroit market.
Dan is on the advisory board for MTRAC (Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization (MTRAC) Innovation Hub for Advanced Computing Technologies), the executive leadership team for Go Red (American Heart Association), the advisory board for the MSU Mobility Program, and is also on the advisory board for several start-ups. Dan is actively looking for new board opportunities that relate to people, talent, and what Michigan businesses will need to be successful in a post-pandemic world.
Melissa is an audit partner at Deloitte. She has over 27 years of public accounting experience and has provided audit services to privately and publicly held clients primarily in the healthcare and financial services industries. She has planned, implemented, and managed the delivery of accounting and auditing services to large clients. Her consulting experience includes acquisitions, divestitures, and statutory reporting. She has extensive knowledge in the health care industry, Blue Cross plans, not for profits, auditing alternative investments, and Single Audit compliance. Most recently, Melissa has been has been the lead on accounting for the Provider Relief Fund under the CARES Act and its related compliance audits. She facilitates Deloitte national training seminars and presents to various groups such as the MACPA and the AICPA on accounting and auditing topics. Melissa is the Industry Professional Practice Director focusing on healthcare provider industry matters and works directly with industry leaders on technical matters and a variety of educational and training programs. She also previously served as Deloitte’s Central Region Women’s Initiative Leader.
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants
Accounting Aid Society of Michigan
Hospice of Michigan Foundation
B.S.B.A. from Central Michigan University
Anne Lehker was educated as an English teacher and social worker with a BA from Kalamazoo College and her secondary teaching certification and Masters of Social Work from The University of Michigan. When Anne and her husband had twin daughters, Anne turned her education and professional skills into a career as a professional volunteer, enabling her to be home with their daughters while being involved in the local and school community.
Anne served on the Huron Valley Educational Foundation Board and on the Curriculum Committee at Huron Valley Schools. In addition, she participated in three different cycles of the Huron Valley Schools Five Year Strategic Plan Committee, which takes a longer term, big picture approach to shaping the direction of the District. Anne was a member of the Carls Family YMCA Board for ten years. She served as Board Chair and was on the Board when the new Y facility was opened in Milford. As part of her Branch Board service, Anne also participated on the Metro Detroit YMCA Board.
In keeping with Anne’s interests, she was a Scholarship Evaluator for thirteen years for the Center for the Education of Women (CEW) at the University of Michigan. CEW awards scholarships to women and nontraditional students who have had an interruption in their education of at least two years.
One of Anne’s most fulfilling positions has been serving as an Area Representative for Youth For Understanding. In that role, Anne works with local host families and high school foreign exchange students, offering guidance and support during the academic exchange year. Working as an Area Representative has enabled Anne to build lasting relationships with students from many countries who relied on her expertise to navigate the excitement and challenges of being an exchange student.
Corporate Director of Airport Services in DTW
Delta Air Lines
Eric began his airline career with Northwest Airlines in 1999 as an AW Customer Service Agent and then moved to the Below Wing operation in LAN. In 2004 he was promoted to the Station Manager of Customer Service in FWA that also included leadership coverage in DAY, CLE, and IND. He moved to DTW in 2005 to take on a manager position within Fleet Services and continued with leadership positions in International and Ramp Operations. In 2008 Eric was promoted to General Manager of the Below Wing Operation and four years later became the General Manager of the DTW Airport Control Center & Tower Operations. In 2014 Eric was promoted to the Director – Below Wing/Cargo Operations. He currently holds the position of Director-Airport Services, Above Wing and Sky Club Operations and is responsible for all aspects of customer service, including ticket counters, baggage service office, International FIS, Sky Club and gates. Eric greets and meets thousands of customers daily and is a fixture at Detroit Metropolitan Airport.
Eric holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Central Michigan University and a Master of Science degree from Michigan State University.
Eric is married with three children. When he is not working he spends much of his time coaching youth sports and going to dance recitals with his daughter.
Nicole Scheffler has been a Tech Diva for almost 20 years professionally. By day, she is a Director for Palo Alto Networks. At night, she puts on her cape to help spark success for super women in technology careers. She spent about 15 years of her career prior to Palo Alto Networks at VMware at Cisco Systems also working in engineering and in a Strategy and Planning role. Nicole is the author of three best-selling books, Pillars of Success with Jack Canfield, 1 Habit to Thrive in a Post-Covid World, and 1 Habit of the Greatest Leaders. Nicole co-founded the Diva Tech Talk podcast in 2015, which has now won eight awards, providing a library of women sharing their inspirational and diverse career journeys to spur more women to enter and/or stay in technology. In addition, Nicole founded the Tech Diva Success podcast designed to offer more diverse perspectives which help ignite a real excitement for careers in tech. She speaks often on this topic as a certified Success Coach and offers goal setting courses. Nicole loves exploring future technologies, remaining committed to the community, and spending time outdoors with her family. Connect with her at www.TechDivaSuccess.com.
Paul Smith is in his final year of graduate school at University of Pittsburg GPSIA (Graduate School of Public and International Affairs). His concentration is Public and Nonprofit Management. Paul has a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice with honors from Ferris State University and College of Central Florida. Paul works for the CDC (Center for Disease Control) Foundation as a School Liaison on the COVID-19 Workforce Surge Staffing Initiative. In addition to the CDC Foundation, Paul works part-time at Volunteers of America as a Case Monitor. Paul currently serves on the Michigan Foster Care Review Board and is an active mediator in Wayne County. During summers in college, Paul worked with Detroit Parent Network as an AmeriCorps VISTA working with families in public schools and BellXcel in Boston working with students in public schools. During college spring break(s) Paul traveled to Miami and Jacksonville, working with local churches and nonprofits completing community service projects. After receiving his undergraduate degree, Paul completed a year of service with AmeriCorps for 11 months completing service projects in five different states. Paul’s first assignment was in New York working with Hurricane Sandy victims as a disaster relief coordinator with the American Red Cross. After completing service projects for a year, Paul received a congressional award from US Congress for his hours of service. Paul then began to work in politics in Florida, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan and Louisiana. Paul worked as a paid intern in the Office of Mayor Mike Duggan, two gubernatorial elections in Indiana and Michigan, two U.S. Senate elections in Michigan and Louisiana and one Presidential election in Ohio. Moving on from the busy political life, Paul returned to his hometown of Detroit and began working with youth and families with the State of Michigan and Covenant House of Michigan.
Michael Sytsma is the KeyBank President of West Michigan. In his role, primary responsibilities include strategic direction for West Michigan, building and leading the West Michigan employee team, growth plans throughout West Michigan, philanthropic engagements, community investments and excellent client service. Sytsma’s banking experience includes commercial middle market, business banking, equipment finance, healthcare, real estate investment and tax credits.
Michael has a history of active community engagement, including current Board Chair of Priority Health, President-elect of Grand Rapids Rotary Club Foundation, Chair of Family Promise advisory board and co-founder & Board Chair of Christophe’s Children. Some other and past organizations to which Sytsma has actively participated include Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan (board member), Humane Society of Kent County (board member), DeColores of Grand Rapids (board member), Mel Trotter Ministries, Degage and Grand Rapids Mayor’s Sustainability Committee.
Michael graduated from Miami University with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance. He has three children and lives in Grand Rapids with his wife, Kristen.
Wayne County Sheriff Raphael Washington’s primary duties are to uphold the constitutional laws of the county. The mandated county duties are the protection of the county parks, courts, and jails. He has nearly four decades of solid law enforcement and management experience. Prior to joining the Sheriff’s Office
in 2009, he worked for 24 years as a Detroit Police Officer. During his 24 years of service to the Detroit Police Department and the citizens of Detroit, he rose to the executive level in that agency. He’s a lifelong Detroit, Michigan, and Wayne County resident with an extensive law enforcement background. He’s
active within the community and serves on several community boards. He uses his knowledge and experience serving as the Director of Security for Greater Grace Temple and Pentecostal Assemblies of the World.
Sheriff Washington is a graduate of Cleary University – earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice Management. He is also a graduate of Eastern Michigan University’s School of Police Staff and Command. Graduating from the National FBI Academy Session 248, Sheriff Washington has also earned an Executive Certificate at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School in State and Local Government. Sheriff Washington is also a member of the National Rifle Association and is MCOLES Certified. He has served as a firearms instructor for many years and is passionate about educating the community on gun safety. He holds numerous local and national certifications and seeks to earn many more. Sheriff Washington’s approach to instruction and his personal attention to his students has earned him numerous accolades from those who have attended his classes. As the top leader within the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff Washington is committed to serving the citizens of Wayne County.
As Vice President of the Industry Solutions group at Cisco, Dan Wiggins is responsible for leading a team
within the Americas that delivers simple, unified and sellable industry solutions to Cisco’s Worldwide
Sales Force. The Industry Solutions group operates globally as a governing body to prioritize and commit
to aligned industry plays, while formulating go-to-market motions to train and enable the field.
Previously, Wiggins led Cisco’s Manufacturing IoT Solutions Sales Area, where he was responsible for
helping Cisco’s largest manufacturing customers create new efficiencies and business value by digitizing
their manufacturing spaces. Prior to that, he served as Vice President of Sales for Global Industries in
Cisco’s Global Enterprise Theater, and was a pioneer in innovative sales and consumption models that
allowed customers to focus on realizing business outcomes from technology.
Wiggins joined Cisco in 1999 with the Service Provider Channels organization and subsequently assumed
various sales and management positions throughout the company including Client Director, and Industry
Director managing a diverse, global team. Before joining Cisco, he held similar sales management
positions at Ameritech Corporation and IBM.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI. Wiggins
lives in Bloomfield Hills, MI with his wife and four children and enjoys running, reading and outdoor