We honor trustees for their years of service
The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan appreciates the commitment and dedicated service of four trustees who have completed their time on the board.
• Kouhaila G. Hammer, CEO and president of Dearborn-based architecture firm Ghafari Associates, joined the board in 2013 and served on the Audit Committee.
• Michael T. Monahan — who was president of Comerica Bank from 1992-1999 before he retired to form Monahan Enterprises, LLC, a consulting and investment company — joined the board in 2002. He served on the Finance Committee and the DMC Foundation Board. Monahan will continue to serve as a nonvoting, honorary Community Foundation board member.
• Pamela E. Rodgers — former owner of Rodgers Chevrolet in Woodhaven, which operated from 1996-2017 and was among the top woman- and African American-owned businesses in Michigan — joined the board in 2001. She served as a member of the Audit and Program and Distribution Committees and on the DMC Foundation Board.
• Alan E. Schwartz, a founding partner of the Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP law firm, became a founding member of the board in 1984. Schwartz will continue to serve as a nonvoting, honorary board member.
We thank them for their commitment to improving the quality of life in our region and wish them well.
CultureSource leader Omari Rush, Ruth Ellis Center receive awards
The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan awarded two of the region’s most prestigious nonprofit honors during its June board meeting. CultureSource Executive Director Omari Rush received the 2022 Mariam C. Noland Award for Nonprofit Leadership and Ruth Ellis Center won the 2022 Richard F. Huegli Award for Program Excellence.
The Community Foundation has a long history with both recipients, one arts-focused and one human services-focused. They represent key parts of the nonprofit sector that the Community Foundation supports and demonstrate how people with vision can make a positive, permanent impact in our region.
Noland Award-winner Omari Rush was honored for his efforts to nurture creative and cultural expression and build inclusivity in southeast Michigan’s arts sector. As executive director of CultureSource since 2017, Rush assists artists and more than 170 arts and culture nonprofits with their shared needs for capacity-building, advocacy and marketing resources. Rush also has been a vital partner to the Community Foundation, co-managing the COVID-19 Arts and Creative Community Assistance Fund, and consulting on the $100 million Wilson Arts and Culture Investment.
Since its founding in 1999, Huegli Award-winner Ruth Ellis Center has become a national innovator in addressing the needs of LGBTQ+ young people of color experiencing homelessness and other barriers to success. Ruth Ellis Center helps the individuals it serves to address these challenges and create a positive future where they feel safe and supported. Ruth Ellis Center offers trauma-informed resources that include outreach and safety-net services, skill-building workshops, housing, and health and HIV-prevention programs. The Community Foundation was one of Ruth Ellis Center’s first funders.
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