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Vote for Your At-Large Board Members 

Who can vote: Any current Individual member or the official representative for a Practitioner, Partner, Reciprocal or Sponsor member. One vote per organization.

How to vote: There are two ways to vote this year.
  1. Email Lisa Assenmacher at lisa@cedam.info with the names of your three (3) choices by 5pm Friday, May 6, 2016.
  2. Pick up a paper ballot at CEDAM's booth at the Building Michigan Communities Conference on April 25-26. Return it to our booth, mail or fax it to us. We must receive your paper ballot by Friday, May 6, 2016 at 5pm.
What you are voting for: CEDAM's Board has 18 members in total. Twelve are "CDC Regional Representatives" representing Community Development Corporations in our six regions around the state. The remaining six are "At-Large Representatives," who can be from any type of member and any geographic location. Three at-large members are up for election at this time.

Board members serve two-year terms and may serve up to six consecutive years. They meet every other month and participate on committees to direct CEDAM's activities. They also represent CEDAM and its members to the rest of the world.

At-Large Board Candidates in alphabetical order (Vote for 3):

Sonja Dean, Local Initiative Support Corporation (Kalamazoo), Incumbent
Jeremy DeRoo, LINC (Grand Rapids)
Mikki Droste, Capital Area Housing Partnership (East Lansing)
Bonnie Fahoome, TechTown (Detroit)
Anne Grantner, Shelter of Flint (Flint)
Jason Paulateer, PNC Bank (Troy), Incumbent
Cheryl Williams-Kearney, Detroit Association of Planners (Detroit)

Sonja Dean, Local Initiative Support Corporation (Kalamazoo), Incumbent

Ms. Sonja Dean is a Program Officer with the Michigan office of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), with more than fifteen years of experience in community and workforce development. Sonja has been with LISC since 2003, providing technical assistance to nonprofits engaged in neighborhood community and economic re-development, underwriting Michigan LISC lending and managing statewide projects, including the Michigan LISC AmeriCorps program and Southwest Michigan Financial Opportunity Center Network. Sonja came to Michigan LISC through the LISC AmeriCorps program where she gained extensive experience in grass-roots community organizing. Prior to her career in community development, Sonja was the Program Director for the Kalamazoo-St. Joseph Co. MI Works! WIA Dislocated Worker Program at Davenport University, overseeing workforce development efforts to assist individuals impacted by business closure and downsizing to re-train and gain new employment. Sonja holds a bachelor’s degree from Kalamazoo College and a post-baccalaureate certificate in paralegal studies from Davenport University. She is also a National Development Council (NDC) certified Economic Development Finance Professional.

Sonja is recognized as a community development leader in Kalamazoo and beyond, with extensive relationships at the local and state level. Sonja is the former Chair of the City of Kalamazoo Planning Commission, member of the Building Michigan Communities Planning Committee, and sole National Direct representative on the Michigan Community Services Commission (MCSC)-Cross Stream Advisory Team. Sonja currently serves on the CEDAM Policy Committee and the Michigan Vacant Property Campaign Advisory Committee, as well as serving on Kalamazoo-based boards and committees, including the Community Promise Federal Credit Union (founding Board Member), United Way of Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region – Team 2 Allocations Committee and the Douglass Community Association Advisory Team.


Jeremy DeRoo, LINC (Grand Rapids) 

As Co-Executive Director, Mr. Jeremy DeRoo has led LINC in revitalizing neighborhoods through authentic engagement, stimulating economic development, expanding housing opportunities, creating affordable housing and developing leadership and capacity to residents and grass-root organizations. DeRoo has positioned LINC to create intentional connections at the national, state, local and block level to maximize impact in the communities served. Recognizing the community development work with in the urban core American context is connected to racial equity, DeRoo has helped build a diverse team of employees and helped address issues of systemic racialization in Grand Rapids.

Since starting with LINC, DeRoo has helped secure more than $67 million in funding for community improvement efforts resulting in more than 300 families increasing their assets, training over 600 residents, improving more than 750 homes and created more than 120 full time jobs.  ​


Mikki Droste, Capital Area Housing Partnership (East Lansing)

Ms. Mikki Droste is the Executive Director for Capital Area Housing Partnership (CAHP) in East Lansing. She is a 20+ year veteran of affordable housing, having filled roles including developer, contractor, advocate, grant writer, fundraiser, manager and front-line service provider. During her tenure at Capital Area Housing Partnership she has worked to increase organizational capacity to include home buyer and owner programs, multifamily development and third party administration of programs for agencies throughout Ingham County. With the acquisition of Franklin Street Community Housing Corporation in late 2014, CAHP added education, coaching and counseling programs in five mid-Michigan counties.

For the three years prior to joining CAHP, Mikki was the Director at ClearResult, a consulting firm designing/delivering energy efficiency programs for utility companies throughout Michigan. As a short break from nonprofit work it provided experience in corporate start-up and design, team building and in having a budget too large to spend (not a typical problem in nonprofit work!).

Mikki looks forward to the changing landscape of community development, affordable/sustainable housing and asset building in today’s markets and would be pleased to serve on the CEDAM board as a way to assist with progress in these areas.


Bonnie Fahoome, TechTown (Detroit)

Ms. Bonnie Fahoome is a graduate of Leadership Detroit XXXV, a Certified Business Solutions Professional, and an advisor or member of several community nonprofit boards including two business incubators and a community theater. Currently serving as a Portfolio Manager for TechTown’s SWOT City program, she works directly with community stakeholders and individual business owners to support the stabilization and growth of small businesses in Detroit neighborhoods. Bonnie actively collaborates with partner organizations to develop new tools and resources to support the economic and community development ecosystem in Detroit, including BizGrid, and regularly facilitates connections between service providers and their target clients.


Anne Grantner, Shelter of Flint (Flint)

Ms. Anne Grantner is widely known as a bridge builder and innovator in the Flint and Genesee County region because of her history in perpetuating the growth of Shelter of Flint and the streamlining of services for  those in need of housing solutions. She consistently seeks opportunities for agency growth, both in  housing and supportive services. Her most recent success was the creation of Shelter of Flint One Stop Housing Resource Center which is the only entity in Michigan serving as a Housing Assessment & Resource Agency (HARA) that is simultaneously a shelter providing emergency, transitional and permanent supportive housing.

 In her five-plus year tenure as President & CEO of Shelter of Flint, she facilitated the company’s move to  a new facility which nearly doubled the capacity of its emergency shelter. In addition, the agency has  grown from an annual budget of $1.1 million to more than $2.8 million for fiscal year 2015. Grantner has  ensured that Shelter of Flint consistently attains the highest possible outcomes for homeless in Genesee County as measured by state and federal assessments – 90% of Shelter of Flint clients have success in securing permanent and positive housing destinations, whereas the statewide average is less than 30%.

Prior to being selected to the agency’s lead position, Grantner had served in various capacities with Shelter of Flint and has worked as an independent consultant for other nonprofits and as a grant writer for several years.​


Jason Paulateer, PNC Bank (Troy), Incumbent

Mr. Jason L. Paulateer is the Community Development Banking Market Manager for PNC Bank, a member of The PNC Financial Services Group. He is responsible for managing the Community Development team activities for PNC Bank throughout the State of Michigan. Jason’s work has been instrumental to the financing activities in public private partnerships as well as the delivery of financial education programming throughout the state of Michigan.

Prior to his role as Market Manager, Jason served as Development Advisor for PNC in the Greater Michigan region. His work includes the historic rehabilitation of the headquarters of Inner City Christian Federation in Grand Rapids, the construction of the Stadium District project in Lansing, the development of the Heart of the City Health Center in Grand Rapids and the redevelopment of the Metropolitan Center, formerly the 100 Block, in Downtown Kalamazoo, MI as well as additional work on the Martineau project in partnership with Dwelling Place of Grand Rapids, Inc.

In addition to his financing and investment work, Jason is a staunch advocate for Financial Education in the community. He served as an evening volunteer facilitator of Financial Peace University for many years prior to marketing PNC’s robust financial education curriculum.


Cheryl Williams-Kearney, Detroit Association of Planners (Detroit)

Ms. Cheryl Williams-Kearney is the principal planner and consultant at Kearney Development Strategies, LLC. She is also the the Executive Director of the Detroit Association of Planners, which aspires to provide increased economic opportunities for minority and disenfranchised businesses and residents of Detroit. She excels at community engagement and project management, and is Charrette and ServSafe certified. An active member of many community initiatives and volunteer groups, Cheryl has collaborated with several organizations to advance economic development and food security policy in Michigan. 

Cheryl holds a Master of Urban Planning degree from Wayne State University with a concentration in Economic Development. She is an active member of American Planning Association, Michigan Association of Planning, Planning and the Black Community Division, Planners in Private Practice Division, Community Development Advocates of Detroit, CEDAM Michigan, CDAD, Detroit Association of Planners, NAACP, the National Association of Professional Women and the Wayne State University Alumni Association as a mentor to Urban Planning Master’s candidates. 

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