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Executive Director of Cass Community Social Services, a nonprofit organization that works with the poor at six sites around Detroit. She’s been on the job 11 years. She is also pastor of Cass United Methodist Church and before that, was a minister on Detroit’s west side for eight years.


WHERE BORN: Detroit.

MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSON: “My dad. He was extremely smart, and he had extremely good values.”

LAST BOOK READ:My Life, by Bill Clinton. Before that, the Jeffrey Sachs book on ending world poverty [The End of Poverty], and before that, the Friedman book, The World Is Flat. I’ve been in economics for a while so it’s time for something lighter.”

WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ME: “Somebody who wants to make a difference.”

WHERE MY FIELD/INDUSTRY IS HEADED: “The social services side, I think more and more there’s an emphasis to do more with less, just like business. People are very concerned about outcomes and a measurable difference. It used to be they wanted to know how many meals you served. Now they want to know what difference is being made. Are you serving the same people over and over or are you leading people so they can get their own meals? Everybody’s asking those kinds of questions today, from government to corporations to foundations. I also pastor Cass Church, and I see the church today, like everybody, being deeply divided right now, whether on personal issues like abortion and gay issues, and on political issues like the war and how you end poverty. You have two ends that are extremely vocal. And people in the middle sort of shaking their heads and kind of hoping it goes away.”

FAVORITE TECHNOLOGICAL GADGET: “Before I came to Cass I had never even used a computer, so I consider just using the Internet technologically amazing.”

FAVORITE PLACE: “I love to travel, and I have many favorite places, from Vail, Colo., to Switzerland. I’d love to go back to Zimbabwe. I just love seeing the world, so I’d hate to say one place is better than another. Any opportunity I have to go, I do. The cultures, the foods, the scenery, it all makes you appreciate home, and it makes you appreciate creation.”

FAVORITE HOBBY: “I’m a runner.”

FAVORITE FOOD: "Chocolate"

MY HIDDEN TALENT: “Photography. I like the old fashioned black and white that I can develop myself and play with.”

HOW I WANT TO BE REMEMBERED: “Most days, I don’t have time to think about that.”

At the annual awards reception in May 2015, one Leader & Innovator from the previous 12 months will be selected as the Leader & Innovator of the Year.