Board of Directors

Carrie Jones

City of Detroit - Mayor’s Office, Chief Campaign Fundraiser
Carrie Jones

Senior Advisor to Mayor Mike Duggan

Carrie Jones serves as a Senior Advisor for Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan. She advises on a number of programs and initiatives for the Mayor including project Clean Slate – an initiative by the City of Detroit Law Department which works to expunge the records of Detroiters in an effort to connect them with better jobs and opportunities.
Previously, Jones was the Executive Director of the Michigan Venture Capital Association, where she worked with more than 115 member organizations on educational, networking, and advocacy activities. She was especially focused on marketing Michigan’s growing role as a center of innovation and entrepreneurship and elevating Michigan’s voice in the national venture capital conversation. Jones spent part of her career as Director of the Michigan Film Office, where she successfully administered Michigan’s then-new film and digital media incentive and spearheaded an initiative connecting the state’s film industry with the popular Pure Michigan campaign. Prior to her role in the Michigan Film Office, Jones spent 11 years working for statewide elected officials including Governor Jennifer M. Granholm and U.S. Senators Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow.
Raised in Michigan, Jones received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. She has been recognized as a Leader and Innovator by Lawrence Tech/WWJ, “30 in their 30s” by dBusiness, and “40 Under 40” by Crain’s Detroit Business.

Amy Peterson

Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer Rebel Nell
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Co-Founder and CEO Rebel Nell

“Let your passion be your motivation”- Amy Peterson, Co-Founder, and CEO of Rebel Nell believes in those exact words. Amy’s entrepreneurial spirit and passion for helping others lead her to co-found one of her greatest accomplishments, Rebel Nell in 2013. Rebel Nell is a jewelry company with a purpose, that employs women with barriers to employment to help them transition from a life of dependence into one of self-reliance. As Co-Founder, Amy’s background in law and business has significantly contributed to the success of Rebel Nell in its early stages.

Living next to one of the city’s most well-known shelters gave Amy the unique opportunity to build relationships with many of the residents. The inspirational stories many of the women shared of overcoming emotional, physical, and financial abuse were the catalyst for creating Rebel Nell.  Amy was adamant about providing women in the shelters with an opportunity to lead an independent life.  She believed that employment paired with financial literacy, business education, and a focus on life wellness would help them regain the confidence they need to lead them on the path to success.

Prior to taking over as CEO of Rebel Nell, she served as Vice President of Special Projects and General Counsel for the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE).  RISE and as the Associate Counsel for the Detroit Tigers.  She achieved her Bachelor of Arts in History from Kenyon College, her Juris Doctorate from New England School of Law, and her Masters of Business Administration from Suffolk University.

Amy has been recognized for the impact she has had in the city of Detroit in Dbusiness Thirty in Their 30s Detroit’s Premier Business Journal, Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year: 2016 Michigan and Northwest Ohio

Tim Fisk

Fisk & Partners LCC, President, Treasurer
Tim Fisk

Tim and his family are proud supporters of and advocates for T.E.A.  Professionally, Tim has 25+ years of experience leading global organizations through transformation.  His experience spans multiple industries and has held leadership positions across a wide variety of functions – program management, supply chain/operations, sales, and business strategy.  Tim has lived and worked overseas beginning with Toyota in Japan and subsequently with McKinsey & Company in Singapore.  He has also held product development and enterprise transformation roles at Ford, ITT, and Delphi Automotive as well as executive positions in Program Management and Sales with SMW/Chassix Automotive.  He is a graduate of Texas A&M and holds Masters Degrees in Business and Engineering from the University of Michigan. He is married to his wonderful and accomplished wife, Kristin, and they have two children, Sam and Annabel, whom they cherish

Trish Dewald

Executive In Residence, EarlyWorks
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Trish designs strategic approaches that connect people and organizations to the right audiences, resources, and funding; all with the goal of helping them grow and succeed. Trish’s knowledge, talent, and charisma have influenced the teams she has led to delivering proven, effective, revenue-generating solutions for organizations that are serving the community’s most critical needs – the nonprofit sector. Trish has raised millions of dollars for mission-driven organizations, helping them become more sustainable and resilient. And she walks her talk as a volunteer, raising money and enthusiasm. Trish’s heart-driven and strategic focus are her gifts. When not building sustainable revenue strategies for clients, Trish enjoys traveling the world with her family. She is a graduate of Michigan State University and is currently pursuing a Master's in NGO Management at Johns Hopkins University.

Karen Hopes

City Wide Peer, Associate
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Karen Hopes serves as a Certified Peer Support Specialist and Certified Peer Recovery Coach within the Community Mental Health Services of Michigan.  Karen has worked with Central City Integrated Health/3rd Judicial Court Systems (Mental Health Court/Reentry Program), assisting with diverting individuals who suffer from mental illness from jail and preventing them from cycling through the criminal justice system by connecting them with the mental health and/or co-occurring substance abuse treatment they need to maintain a stable and healthy lifestyle.  Karen has worked with Neighborhood Service Organization-Homeless Recovery Services, providing permanent supportive housing/resource services to formerly homeless adults.  Karen continues to help individuals with mental illness, substance use disorder, and those at risk for homelessness, find the resources and recovery tools necessary to get back on their feet.

“I have found my time as a Board Member where I will be able to utilize my own personal and professional experiences and make differences that truly impact the lives of persons served in our community every day.”

Carl Bentley

Strategic Staffing Solutions, Executive Vice President
Carl Bentley

People promotor,
Tech guru,
Globe-trotting golfer

Carl Bentley is attracted to all aspects of the S3 culture, particularly its entrepreneurial spirit. As an executive vice president, Carl is the executive lead for operations at several branches. But what really excites Carl is how S3’s culture encourages people to stretch and grow into new roles.

Carl embodies that. Although he spent nearly 30 years of his career in the IT business, Carl is a natural at building strong relationships within S3 and with its customers. Today, that’s a huge part of his role and he does it with a great deal of expertise and charisma. His attention to customer service and marketing has been central to the company’s continued growth and success.

While Carl is clearly motivated by daily hire statistics and weekly benchmarks, he is even more passionate about people. He appreciates the human aspect of his work – the opportunity to impact individual lives by providing jobs that buy groceries, pay mortgages, or put a child through college.
He also readily welcomes a good challenge, seeing it as a hidden opportunity or yet-unleashed success that others haven’t figured out. Nothing is impossible in Carl’s eyes; the glass is always half full.
A Detroiter, through and through, Carl attended Wayne State University. He served as vice president of the Telecommunication Services Division at Comerica Inc. and as director of the Information Technology Services department for the City of Detroit before joining S3 in 1999.

Outside of work, Carl is buoyed by helping the underserved. He volunteers his time and leadership skills to help nonprofit organizations, especially those that create a platform for success for people with high odds of failure or debilitation. He serves on the trustee board for Mariners Inn, a Detroit shelter and substance abuse treatment center for homeless men. He also serves on the board of Junior Achievement of Southeastern Michigan, and on the board of trustees for T.E.A. which teaches women to empower themselves and to achieve through jewelry crafting. Carl is also a member of the Detroit Athletic Club’s Cigars for Veterans Committee, Detroit Receiving Hospital, and Harper-Hutzel Board of Trustees.

Angie Kelly

EY Detroit, Office Managing Partner
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Angie Kelly is an Assurance Partner and is the EY Detroit Office Managing Partner, responsible for leading client and community engagement and managing the Detroit office practice of over 750 professionals. She previously served as the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® Program Director for the Michigan and Northwest Ohio region, recognizing outstanding business leaders and family businesses in the community. Angie currently serves on the Board of Directors of Teach. Empower. Achieve. (T.E.A.), the Detroit Regional Chamber, the Detroit Economic Club, and Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve, and previously served on Michigan State University’s External Advisory Board for the Department of Accounting and Information Systems.

In 2021, Angie was recognized by Crain’s Detroit Business as one of the 100 Most Influential Women in Michigan, and in 2020, was recognized by Crain's as a Notable Woman in Finance. She was also recognized by DBusiness in the 2021 Detroit 500 as one of the Most Powerful Business Leaders in Metro Detroit and was the recipient of the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants 2019 Women to Watch Experienced Leader Award.

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Donovan Neal

Donovan Neal

Executive Director

Donovan Neal became the Executive Director of T.E.A. on September 1, 2021, and holds his graduate degree in Nonprofit Management from Walden University and his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Donovan has served as an Adjunct Professor at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor.

Donovan has spent his entire 35-year career, helping underprivileged and disempowered populations ranging from abused and neglected children, and adults with disabilities, to survivors of domestic abuse and sexual assault. He has worked in a variety of nonprofit organizations overseeing multimillion-dollar budgets and personnel.

Prior to coming to T.E.A. Donovan served eight years as the Executive Director of one of the largest food pantries in South East Michigan, the Hospitality House Food Pantry in Commerce, MI where he grew that organization's programs, resources, and physical space.

Serving the food insecure and distributing over 40,000lbs of food monthly to over 450 families each month. Donovan was selected to assist T.E.A. in taking it forward in its next step of growth and development. Donovan is currently a resident of Commerce Township, Michigan.

In his spare time, he is an Amazon bestselling independently-published author and when he is not writing enjoys, video games, epic fantasy movies, and sci-fi. Donovan’s professional background and personal endeavors can be found on LinkedIn and on his personal website. http://www.donovanmneal.com

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LaTonia Walker

Self-Sufficiency Coach

LaTonia Walker is a Detroit native and a leader in women’s empowerment. She is the Director of Coaching & Engagement at COTS, a family homeless shelter in Detroit. She is also a Self-Sufficiency Coach for T.E.A. In both of her roles, she Coaches individuals in transition, partnering with them in their efforts to set goals, accomplish their dreams, and ultimately identify purpose. LaTonia leads the team of Coaches at COTS and manages their engagement strategies for The Passport to Self-Sufficiency. She also provides training and presentations to educate the community about areas of poverty including the effects of childhood trauma, trauma-informed care, and executive function skills.

In addition, LaTonia is the Founder and C.E.O. of The Ladies League Social Network for Women. The home offices and founding chapter is The Ladies League of Detroit est. 2018, and is now expanding its reach nationally.

The Ladies League of Baltimore was founded in 2021, The Ladies League of Jacksonville is launching in 2022, and other Sister Chapters will be developed in the near future. More information can be found at www.theladiesleagueofdetroit.com.

LaTonia is a motivational speaker and regularly shares her personal testimony of overcoming early life challenges and using those challenges to find purpose. She was a teenage mother at the age of 14, lost her first child when she was 4 years old, experienced homelessness, and other major life challenges. She has overcome all of those trials through her relationship with God and personal development. She now operates full-time in her purpose to support, inspire, and mentor women.

LaTonia lives in Detroit with her daughter Imani. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Baker College and a Master of Social Work from Wayne State University.