Board of Directors
Donna joins the First Tee- Greater Detroit board with a passion for golf and the First Tee life skills curriculum incorporating the nine core values. Her focus will be to help the chapter grow to its fullest potential.
As a native Hoosier, Donna graduated from Indiana University and relocated to Michigan in 1977 to work at the University of Michigan Mott Children’s Hospital as a respiratory therapist. Over the years, her husband’s auto industry job has taken them to many international destinations to live (Germany/China/Thailand) where she immersed herself in the local culture and joined the various Women’s clubs that were available.
Donna and her husband Craig reside in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Their daughter Stephanie is married and resides in nearby Birmingham, Michigan. Donna also serves on the board of the Ben Hogan Foundation in Fort Worth, Texas and is a member at Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and Shady Oaks Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas.
Chuck is a founder of the firm Stevenson and Bullock, P.L.C. and has been practicing law for over 20 years. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and the Tennessee Bar Association. He is a Trustee for The Pewabic Society, Inc. (Pewabic Pottery), the Michigan Opera Theatre, and the Historical Society of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. Chuck is well known in the Metro-Detroit Philanthropic Community. He enjoys the social benefits of membership at the Detroit Athletic Club and the Detroit Club. He resides in Detroit, Michigan. He is the proud father of David, Katie, and Michael.
A Detroit native, Lawrence J. Burns returned to Detroit in January 2017 to lead The Children’s Foundation in their efforts to make a lasting, positive impact on Michigan’s children. The Foundation is now a statewide foundation for children and families with over 140 partners, providing grants to community-based organizations. The Children’s Foundation has surpassed the $75 million level of community support since 2011.
Mr. Burns hosts the popular WJR radio program known as “Caring for Kids” and recently began a new radio series “Pathways to Wellness” on WWJ. The Foundation continues to have multiple partnerships with the likes of Crain’s Detroit Business, the Detroit Tigers, Central Michigan University, Michigan State University, and the Grand Rapids Gold. All partnerships are designed to spread the word about the programs and organizations the Foundation and our affiliates support, including First Tee – Greater Detroit among others, to assist children, young adults, and their families.
Mr. Burns is a graduate of Central Michigan University and previously served as Vice President for Advancement at the University of Akron following more than two decades of healthcare and higher education leadership at the University of Toledo and the Medical College of Ohio.
Shawn is the vice president of Sales, Americas and Global Account Executive at MSX International. His responsibilities include leading the company’s sales strategy and growth in the Americas region and driving a global account strategy for MSX’s largest customers.
Coyle has more than 20 years’ sales and marketing experience in the automotive industry. Before joining MSX, Coyle served as the senior vice president of manufacturer relations at Penske Automotive Group (PAG) for over five years. In this role, he was responsible for developing and executing company initiatives, while working with OEM and PAG resources to ensure market representation, standards, and dealership performance were maintained. Prior to this, Coyle worked for Ford Motor Company, where he worked with the company’s dealer network before moving into field strategy.
Coyle earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing from Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI. He is also a graduate of the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Dealer Academy’s Dealer Management Program and the Dale Carnegie leadership and communication training program. Coyle was recognized in 2015 by Automotive News as an Automotive Rising Star.
Paul is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, investor, and former Professional Basketball player. Paul serves as Partner at Podium Risk Management and oversees the Private Client, Brokerage and Executive & Worksite Benefit Groups. The experience of playing with and competing against the most elite athletes around the world, to battling through 7 surgeries while winning the European championship has allowed him to make the transition to lead Podium’s national brand that serves the top performers in their industries…active/retired Athletes, Entertainers, C-Suite Executives & Business owners. Podium specializes High Net Worth Insurance Planning, Legacy Creation, Wealth Transfer, Executive & Worksite Benefits within Life Insurance, Disability Income Protection and Long-Term Care solutions.
Paul grew up in Rochester, MI where his basketball career began, where Paul was ranked one of the top players in the nation and named Michigan’s Mr. Basketball in 2002. He was recruited to Michigan State University by legendary Tom Izzo and then went on to play in the NBA for the L.A. Clippers and Washington Wizards. Paul also serves on the Board of Fleece & Thank You, a non-profit which provides handmade fleece blankets to children staying overnight in Michigan hospitals.
A passionate entrepreneur, Tanya Hill developed and patented ForeverFresh Disposable Undergarments and later launched a line for children- ToddiFresh. Both products are used in schools and hospitals in the U.S. Tanya is also an airport concessionaire. She and her partners operate local and nationally branded retail and food and beverage concepts at Detroit Metro Airport.
Hill has received numerous awards and recognition for her entrepreneurial accomplishments. Hill serves on several boards including The Heat and Warmth Fund (THAW) and the Oakland Schools Education Foundation. A sought-after motivational speaker, Hill freely uses her knowledge and life lessons to inspire and mentor those around her. Other recognitions include The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Top Ten Award, Women of Excellence and induction in Who’s Who inaugural edition of Vital Signs: “A Tribute to African American Achievement In Healthcare”, the Powerful Women of Purpose award from the Rhonda Walker foundation and the Esteemed Women of Michigan.
Steve is an Executive Vice President with Hylant Group, a family owned, regional insurance brokerage with 16 offices in seven states. Steve founded the Michigan offices which has grown to over 150 employees. He also has served for several years on the board of the Worldwide Broker Network which services international clients in over 100 different countries across the globe. In addition, Steve sits on the board of the Hylant Family Foundation as it supports dozens of charities across the Midwest.
A native Toledoan, Steve graduated from the Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science degree and has lived in the Detroit area for over 30 years.
Kara James has 16 years’ experience in the financial services industry. Kara James is a Partner in the Assurance Practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP serving clients within the banking industry, with particular focus on consumer lending. Kara has provided services to PwC’s largest clients that participate in mortgage banking, auto lending, credit card and student lending. These services include providing accounting, regulatory, strategic and operational advisory services. Kara has experience in providing both auditing and consulting advice to her client base on current accounting issues, regulatory developments and actions as well as mortgage and auto operations.
Kara currently serves as the PwC Detroit office’s Giving and Parenting Network Partner Champion. She also sits on the Diversity and Inclusion Committee working with her colleagues to discuss issues in the community around racial and social inequities. Kara lives in Northville, Michigan with her husband, David, Cooper 5 and Kennedy 3. She also has three fur babies, two Shih Tzus Sparty and Bella and a cat named Shuri. She enjoys traveling to different countries and loves a good book. She is passionate about Financial Literacy and helping underprivileged students. Kara also currently sits on the Board of Detroit Cristo Rey High School.
Donna M. Joseph, President of DMJ Group, LLC has provided marketing services for 35 years both while in the corporate sector as well within her own business. Donna created DMJ Group, LLC in the year 2004 and immediately became immersed within the integrated marketing business practice area with major corporations and philanthropic organizations nationwide. Several important assets are her ability to lead, listen, communicate and be a solution provider. Her primary initiative is to create a viable and cohesive processes whether in the corporate or philanthropic sector. Her ability to “Think outside of the box “are critical in developing a durable message.
Other organizations include, American Heart Association, Arab American Chamber of Commerce, MS Society, Detroit Institute of Arts and has participated in numerous speaking and panel discussions over the years. She consistently offers her event management expertise by chairing numerous fundraisers and worked closely with several other philanthropic organizations.
David joined the Children’s Foundation leadership team as its Chief Financial Officer in June of 2019, after a 34-year career in the financial services industry. He is responsible for all aspects of the Foundation’s financial stewardship and works with the executive leadership team on the development and execution of strategic partnerships.
He was most recently President of Huntington National Bank’s East Michigan Region. There he was responsible for revenue growth within the Bank’s consumer, commercial, and private client customer segments operating within a region encompassing the eastern half of the state of Michigan, as well as the execution of the bank’s various community engagement and brand development strategies. Previously, he was President of FirstMerit Bank (Michigan) and was responsible for the bank’s Commercial, Industrial, Commercial Real Estate, and Not-For-Profit lines of business.
David holds a Master of Business Administration in Finance from Washington University in St. Louis, and a Bachelor of Instrumental Music Education from Eastern Michigan University.
He currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Samaritas, and is also a member of the Board of Directors of First Tee-Greater Detroit.
Anthony R. McCree has more than 26 years of public accounting and auditing experience. He joined GJC in 2016 as Managing Partner. Prior to GJC, Anthony began his career in 1996 at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), formerly Coopers & Lybrand. In 2002, he joined UHY LLP CPAs as Principal for over 13 years, where he was one of UHY’s leading members of the Audit and Assurance Department and member of the firm’s National Health Care Practice and SEC Practice. Anthony’s industry expertise ranges in nonprofit, manufacturing and distribution, health care, financial services, real estate and retail.
Anthony has extensive experience in the auditing of public companies, privately held organizations, tax exempt organizations as well as organizations in the manufacturing and distribution, health care, financial services, real estate, and retail industries, as well as employee benefit plans. He has experience assisting companies with public offerings, SEC reporting, due diligence services, and accounting for complex transactions such as business combinations, share-based compensation, complex debt and equity transactions, and revenue recognition.
As Managing Partner, Anthony continuously oversees ongoing staff development, service delivery strategies, and implementation of the firm’s strategic plan. Anthony has been the recipient of honors including recognition in the Michigan Chronicle’s “2010 Men of Excellence Awardee” and in the 2011 edition of “Who’s Who in Black Detroit”.
Tom McInerney is Senior Manager at Detroit’s PGA TOUR event, The Rocket Mortgage Classic. Tom focuses on leading corporate partnerships, hospitality sales, and brand activation. In addition to First Tee – Greater Detroit, Tom currently sits on boards for BuildUp STEAM & Chicago Reach.
Mark Montgomery is the owner and senior technology consultant for MSM Networking Solutions, a technology solutions company offering IT consulting, including network managed services, cloud solutions, document management and Voice and Data sales and implementation consulting.
Mark manages all client relationships and provides strategic guidance to organizations with respect to technology, IT infrastructure and the development of business process through IT enhancements. He has specialized in serving nonprofit customers and small businesses. Mark has operated MSM networking solutions for more than twenty years.
Mark’s company has been a longtime participant with Focus Hope’s internship placement program, accepting students for work at MSM Networking Solutions. Through this work he has contributed to the training of many young IT professionals in Detroit, hiring some full-time at MSM Networking Solutions or supporting their placement in other companies.
Mark is a member of the Detroit Athletic Club and has served on the IT committee for many years. He is an avid golfer and member of the TPC Dearborn Golf Club. Mark lives in Detroit with his family in Detroit University District and is involved in several community-based initiatives.
Danielle Russell is the Managing Director for Google’s Marketing Platforms in the Americas. Since joining Google in 2007 she has driven adoption of digital technologies and solutions within the C-Suite across the US and Americas. Currently, she oversees the strategic direction and growth of Fortune 500 companies in digital transformation and with this, consulting clients and their partners to orchestrate durable data & technology, privacy readiness, advanced measurement, predictive analytics, and organizational strategies & solutions. Danielle has extensive experience in the Finance, Travel, Pharmaceuticals, Health Systems, and Automotive sectors.
Danielle is also the Site Lead for Google’s Detroit, Michigan office where she focuses on partnering with Googlers on culture & connectivity and serving the Detroit and extended Michigan community.
She was recognized as one of the top 16 Technology Executives in Michigan by DBusiness magazine’s Detroit 500 in 2020 and 2021.
Danielle graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the College of William & Mary where she was a member of the Varsity Women’s Tennis Team and three-time NCAA Championship qualifier. She also has an MBA from Wayne State University.
Kim serves as COO at Visioneering and has over 20 years of investment banking, private equity and leveraged lending experience across a variety of industries with a particular focus on aerospace, industrial manufacturing, automotive and building products businesses.
Kim graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Finance where she was awarded a four-year scholarship on the Michigan State Varsity Women’s Soccer Team.
Ann Marie Uetz is a Partner and Vice-Chair of the national litigation department of Foley & Lardner LLP. Practicing for nearly three decades and recognized since 2013 in The Best Lawyers in America© for her work in commercial litigation, and since 2018 for her work in bankruptcy and creditor/debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law, she represents upper and middle market businesses in their contracts and business disputes, as well as debtors, creditors and secured and unsecured lenders in all facets of financing and restructuring.
Ann Marie works with an extensive network of business leaders and professionals, and in 2015 was included in Crain’s Most Connected list, highlighted as one of the 100 most connected businesspeople in metro Detroit. Ann Marie also dedicates her time to philanthropic and artistic endeavors in Southeast Michigan and has held leadership positions on the boards of several professional organizations. Ann Marie volunteers on a pro bono basis for Cap & Conquer, a non-profit startup whose mission is to raise funds to help subsidize Cold Caps, a scalp cooling technology to reduce hair loss during chemotherapy treatment, for those who cannot afford the treatment.
Kevin M. Washburn is an experienced real estate and corporate transactional attorney who focuses his practice on continually surpassing client expectations.
As a Senior Attorney in Clark Hill’s Detroit office, Kevin’s real estate practice involves representation of buyers, sellers, developers, investors, and lenders (among others) in a variety of sophisticated transactions. He has served as lead counsel on multiple acquisitions, dispositions, and rehab/restoration and development projects in downtown Detroit, throughout Michigan, and in other states across the Country. Additionally, he has significant commercial leasing experience in settings ranging from standalone single tenant buildings to shopping malls and mixed-use properties.
Kevin’s corporate transactional practice often begins with the formation of business entities, including the drafting and negotiation of appropriate operating agreements and/or bylaws. He has developed deep experience with mergers & acquisitions, including serving as lead counsel on both buy-side and sell-side multi-million-dollar transactions.
Kevin is adept at conducting diligence and issue spotting and believes that identifying and resolving issues before they become “problems” is critical to getting the deal done right.
Lyle is one of the founding partners of Telemus Capital – one of the nation’s largest independent investment advisory companies in the country. He has more than 22 years of industry experience across all facets of financial wealth planning and investment management. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Lyle has been named as one of Crain’s Detroit Business “40 under 40” – its annual list of emerging leaders in Southeast Michigan. In addition, Lyle is a Certified Financial Planner. He is on the board of directors of Sterling Bancorp and is a Past President and Co-Founder of the Berkley Education Foundation. Lyle is an accomplished amateur golfer and also loves to travel with his wife and three children.