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LeAnne Shelton - President
LeAnne is a graduate of Carnegie Institute, Dean’s List. LeAnne served as Goodwill Ambassador for City Year Detroit for many years, and played various important roles within the organization. She is active in the Detroit Tabernacle Church, serving in the ministries for Young Adults and Evangelism. She has also worked with Youth Ministry leader Chris Blankenship to improve the lives of local children.
Yating Hu, Ph.D.
Vice President. An innovative researcher, Dr. Hu received her doctorate in Electrical Engineering from Wayne State University, where she now teaches Engineering Programming. She serves as EVONA’s Technical Liaison Officer and chairs the Technical and Guideline Templates Committee; recruits and trains tutors; coordinates with parents; and plans neighborhood outreach events and fundraising activities.
Christopher M. Williams
Chairman of the Board of Directors. Having earned a Master’s degree in Manufacturing Engineering from Wayne State University, Chris has worked for 16 years at General Motors, where he is now a senior level engineer. A GM Chairman Honoree, Chris is passionate about youth programs, and has served as a HOST Volunteer Leader, a Youth Ministry Leader, a Youth Baseball Coach, and a Boy Scouts of America Den Leader.
Tye Ukpong, Ph.D. - Executive Director, Enterprise Network Administrator
Tye is the Executive Director and Member of the Board. He received a doctorate in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Missouri at Rolla and plays an active part in Community outreach. Tye actively participates in the EVONA Tutoring/Mentoring and Educational Adoption programs and is one of the coordinators of to know is to believe education campaign.
Vice President – Communications is an artist, curator, arts educator and entrepreneur. Ms. Johnson received her Bachelors of Studio Art from Wayne State University. Her background as an educator also involves working as a language and reading comprehension tutor with the former supplemental education services program, “No Child Left Behind” presented by Carter, Reddy and Associates. She recently brought her wealth of education experience to EVONA.
Leslie Monplaisir, Ph.D.
Member of the Board of Directors. Dr. Monplaisir is an Associate Professor at Wayne State University (WSU), also serving as Chair of the Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Department and Director of the Engineering Management Master’s Program, as well as a leading researcher for the WSU Product Development and Systems Engineering Consortium.
Program Manager/Treasurer. With a BA in Business Administration from Ohio State University, Sharon provides efficient organizational management, and also serves as a Community Outreach Coordinator. She is a co-founder of EVONA, and a passionate advocate and practitioner of community action.
Isabel Arsenault - District Manager, Acosta Sales & Marketing
Born in Montreal, Canada, Isabel brings her people’s passion to EVONA. She is Professional member of the Quebec’s alternative medical board, Personal growth coach. She is passionate for several non-profit organization and advocate of several humanitarian causes such as homelessness, domestic violence and bullying. She is a Board member of EVONA.
Joey Meng joins EVONA as an Intern bringing his organizational skills and academic excellence to help move forward
EVONA’s 2 know is 2 believe education campaign. Joe is specifically handling the tutoring component of the program.
He also provides motivational guidance to the students in the program especially in Oakland County.
He currently attends Troy High School, Michigan.
Valicia Ward - Director of Operations
Born and raised in Detroit Michigan, Val Ward brings professional administrative support to the EVONA team. Val is a former Broker assistant and Office administrative manager. She is also a graduate of the Specs Howard School of Broadcasting Arts and was certified in Radio Broadcasting. Val uses her voice to motivate, encourage and inspire change, through promoting the values of education. Val is affiliated with WROSES,INC; a non-profit organization that serves as a common resource hub for women from all walks of life. Val is currently studying to receive certifications within the Information Technology program at Focus: Hope.
Errick Wilson - Technology Manager
Errick was born in Detroit, MI. He has over 20 years experience in Audio & Video production. He utilizes his knowledge and discipline in the fundamentals of technology, to bring innovative and relatable ideas to the EVONA team.
Mrs. Akeisha Charleston - Account Executive
A proud wife and mother of two children, Akeisha brings energy, passion, and commitment to Detroit area children. She has been a long standing member of Detroit Parent Network and serves in the parent resource center department. Her most recent endeavor was at the American Red Cross where she earned a certificate in First aid and CPR/AED.