DeAndre Lipscomb, Sr.

President of the Board
Joined the Board 5/29/2008

Mr. Lipscomb is vice president of Marketing & Community Outreach at HAP. He leads the strategic direction for HAP’s advertising and marketing, wellness and health promotion, corporate communications, public and community relations and member engagement.

Driven by his passion for children’s issues and mentoring, Mr. Lipscomb serves as an advisory board member for the Metro Youth YMCA and as board president for Spaulding for Children, which connects children with foster care and adoptive family services. He’s a member of both the Council for Michigan Foundations’ Corporate Contributions Committee and Mentoring Program.

He holds a professional certification in Corporate Citizenship Management from the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship Carroll School of Management and he’s also a Leadership Oakland alumni and board member.

He earned a bachelor’s degree from the Wayne State University honors journalism program and a master’s degree in leadership from Central Michigan University.

Bruce A. Henderson, JD

Vice President of the Board
Joined the Board 5/22/2012

Mr. Henderson graduated from Wayne State University Law School with a Jurist Doctor degree and from Wayne State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Bruce is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and is currently Assistant General Counsel at the largest health care insurance company in the state of Michigan. He has an expertise in health care and Corporate/Business law.

David Graham

Treasurer of the Board
Joined the Board 9/25/2012

Mr. Graham is a Wealth Manager at Fifth Third Securities located in Detroit, Michigan. Securities and investments offered through Fifth Third Securities, Inc.; member FINRA (www.finra.org)/SIPC (www.sipc.org), a wholly owned subsidiary of Fifth Third Bank, is a registered broker-dealer and a registered investment advisor registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission – SEC (www.sec.gov). Registration does not imply a certain level of skill or training. Insurance products are made available through Fifth Third Insurance Agency, Inc.

Kenneth Rice

Secretary of the Board
Joined the Board 1/28/2014

Mr. Rice is an Operating Partner at Brian H. Kelemen & Associates, Inc. (dba Wendy’s, Tim Hortons/Cold Stone), offices located in Shelby Charter Township, Michigan. He’s an experienced Operating Partner with a demonstrated history of working in the restaurants industry. Mr. Rice is skilled in catering, food & beverage, multi-unit, customer satisfaction, and the hospitality industry. He is a strong business development professional and studied at St. Petersburg College.

John W. Barfield

Board Member Emeritus
Joined the Board 5/26/1992

Mr. Barfield is the Founder and Chairman Emeritus of The Bartech Group, Inc., formally located in Livonia, Michigan, currently in Southfield, Michigan. Bartech is among the nation’s largest independent human capital staffing and services firms in the United States, employing over 3,500 associates nationwide. The Company operates under five divisions: Bartech Enterprise Staffing, Bartech Workforce Management, Bartech Search Group, Bartech RPO Solutions, and Bartech Managed Services and specializes in engineering, information technology and professional staffing services; business process outsourcing solutions; and vendor management solutions.

Mr. Barfield is active in many business and community organizations. He is a member of the board of directors of Spaulding for Children and Parkridge Community Center, and is a member of the Advisory Board for the Samuel Zell & Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, University of Michigan. He supports many humanitarian causes from eradicating polio, to saving a youth community center locally, to building wells and providing safe drinking water in developing countries such as Haiti and Africa. His concern for the growing dilemma of the hungry and homeless population led him to form Share Products. Share brand products were sold throughout the Midwest and the profits were used to provide free meals and safe lodging for the homeless.
Mr. Barfield holds honorary doctorate degrees from Jackson State University, Grand Valley State University and Cleary College. He and his wife, Betty have six adult children and reside in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Sheryl G. Collier

Board Member
Joined the Board 5/28/1996

Ms. Collier is a retired Business Unit Executive at IBM located in Southfield, Michigan. A highly accomplished Software and Services Technical Sales Leader/Executive; Successful track record driving technical accelerators that identify and progress sales pipeline; Significant Enterprise and SMB experience with focus on mainframe solutions; Ability to create and execute service offerings, negotiate contracts and resolve issues; Client Focused with a strong network of business partners to augment staffing plans to deliver solutions with a focus on competitive displacements; Results oriented leader who is effective at leading cross-functional teams that over-achieve objectives.

Nancy A. Crawford

Board Member
Joined the Board 5/22/2007

Ms. Crawford is Vice President and Management Supervisor at Berline, a marketing firm located in Royal Oak, Michigan. Highly motivated marketing professional with more than twenty years of experience in consumer marketing, specifically the restaurant industry. Has worked on all sides of the business including agency, field and corporate marketing.
Successful in growing the brand, sales and profits for franchise organizations and implementing corporate marketing initiatives. Areas of expertise include account management, creative development, client relations and strategic planning.
She loves to see ideas come to fruition!

Ursula Graham

Board Member
Joined the Board 9/24/2013

Ms. Graham is a Counselor, Life Coach, and Owner of Create U., an online counseling and life coaching business that helps individuals cultivate joy in life, love, and work.

Ian R. Grant, Sr.

Board Member
Joined the Board 7/19/2005

Mr. Grant graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the College of Business-Marketing. He has been with 3M Corporation since 1984 and is currently a National Account Consultant. In addition he is the President of Umoja Fine Arts and is the Principal/Board of Directors with the IBG Group, L.L.C.

Rodenna Hardison

Board Member
Joined the Board 5/22/2007

Ms. Hardison is a Manager of Deployment at R1 RCM, a leading provider of revenue cycle services and physician advisory services to healthcare providers. We help transform and manage the commercial infrastructure of care organizations throughout the country.

During her career, she has acquired over 25 years of experience in Business Process Design, Consulting, and Project Management with emphasis in business transformation for Shared Services Centers. She has lead end to end strategy design for multiple Shared Service Center implementations to support various lines of business. Rodenna has been acknowledged for successfully leading business transformation and optimization initiatives with the receipt of multiple recognitions and awards including the Best of IBM and IBM Means Business awards.

Ms. Hardison is involved in various volunteer activities. She servers on the Board for Spaulding for Children, works with the fundraising committee, chairs the volunteer committee and is also with the mentor team. She has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Management and is a certified Project Management Professional.

Mable V. Jones PhD

Board Member
Joined the Board 5/14/2009

Dr. Jones retired from AAA, located in Dearborn, Michigan, as their Director of Public Affairs and Corporate Contributions. During her 34 years at AAA, she worked in numerous positions, including a Sales Manager, Branch Manager, Director Sales Rewards and Recognition, and Director Sales Support.

Sandra O. Kent

Board Member
Joined the Board 11/25/1997

Ms. Kent has a Master of Science Administration from Central Michigan University and a Bachelor of Science, Nursing from the University of Detroit. She is the president of Women’s Economic Empowerment Group, Inc. (WEEG), which she founded in 1998. She successfully made the transition from health care to food distribution and contract administration providing services for Detroit casinos, health care systems, jails and the City of Detroit. Sandra has expertise in Health Care, Utilization Review Management, Pioneer Managed Care, Community Affiliation/Grassroots Involvement, Cross Systems – Human Services, Politics, and Nursing Administration. She is the past national president of the CARATS, Inc., a member of Sigma Theta Tau, Chi Eta Phi Nursing-Sorority, Detroit Black Nurses Association, Mercy Women in Management, and the Detroit Chapter of the UNCF.

James Krolik PhD

Board Member
Joined the Board 5/23/2000

Dr. Krolik’s professional background includes over 12 years of Human Resource Management (HRM) experience. Responsibilities included functional areas of HR including Staffing, Employee Relations, Training and Development, Labor Relations, and Employee Health. He has been an Executive Director of an accelerated Bachelor’s Degree completion program and Dean of Graduate Studies at Detroit College of Business, now Davenport University. He is currently an Instructor in the College of Business at Eastern Michigan University (EMU) and the coordinator for the Introduction of Business class, a required class for all business students. Dr. Krolik is involved in faculty evaluations who teach this class and assist new part-time Instructors assigned to this class. At EMU, he has taught the HRM classes including Compensation, Staffing, and Labor Relations. At the Graduate level, taught Strategic Human Resources Management.

Dr. Krolik held a licensed professional counselor certification for a period of time. He received a BS and M.A. from EMU in Ypsilanti, Michigan and a Ph.D. from the Rackham School of Graduate Studies of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Joanne Nicholson

Board Member
Joined the Board 5/22/2001

Ms. Nicholson holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan. She has held diverse positions in the human services arena, primarily working with children and adults with mental and/or physical disabilities. Ms. Nicholson currently serves as the Senior Director of Human Resources for a large non-profit organization in Wayne County. She believes in volunteerism and “giving back” to the community and has served on Spaulding’s Board of Directors since 2001.

Kristi Plain

Board Member
Joined the Board 7/21/2009

Mrs. Plain is Vice President/HR, USA TODAY NETWORK, a trusted business partner who collaborates with senior leadership to create strategic solutions for the next-generation media company. She oversees a team of HR professionals who serve 60 media markets in The Network and is responsible for all human resources functions and initiatives. A native of Northern Kentucky, her career began as a reporter and editor and she continues to apply lessons learned from those roles in her endeavors today.

Crystal T. Smith

Board Member
Joined the Board 7/21/2009

Ms. Smith brings over 25 years of Non Profit Management, Major Gift, Signature Events, Volunteer and Philanthropic experience from a diverse background of major Metropolitan Detroit non-profits organizations and has managed and maximized numerous relationships to secure financial goals. She has maintained a $6 million endowment campaign, secured grants bequests, sponsorships and lead multi-year campaigns to reach aggressive goals.

As Development Director, she has served on the Leadership team of the following nonprofits: Spaulding for Children, Henry Ford Health System, United Way, the Children’s Center of Wayne County, Franklin Wright Settlements, and The Music Hall for the Performing Arts, prior to joining Eversight International as Philanthropy Director. Crystal is well respected in the community and has been successful at raising money from major corporations, foundations, signature events and individuals throughout her career.

Crystal’s passion lies in helping and healing others through education and fundraising.

She is on the Board of Spaulding for Children and was appointed as the Fundraising Event chair for the past 8 years. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals-Detroit Chapter, Graduate of Leadership Macomb IX and nominated Optimist Friend Member 2016.

Crystal holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications and Journalism from Western Michigan University.

Veryl Williams PhD

Board Member
Joined the Board 5/19/2015

Dr. Vee is the Executive Director and Founder of Bridges R.E.S.P.I.T.E Services, PLLC where she works to mentor and clinically supervise Limited Licensed Social Workers and provide a wide array of children and Family Services. Dr. Vee is a Deputy Director at a Community Mental Health Organization under the Detroit Wayne County Community Mental Health Authority. She received her PHD from Capella University School of Public Leadership and holds a Masters of Social Work Degree from The State University of New York.

Vicky R. Franklin

Board Member
Joined the Board 7/21/2009

Ms. Franklin is the owner of “Your Financial Insight” has developed financial literacy related curriculums and supplement material for enrichment and after-school programs that serviced over 400 youths in 5 districts in Michigan. Currently doing research in adaptive learning technologies that will help increase academic achievement in low performing students. She provides expertise to Spaulding for children on Advisory Board.

Verna S. Green

Board Member
Joined the Board 5/22/2001

Ms. Green has successfully utilized her executive experience in broadcast, health care, and automotive industries. She has served as a Spaulding for Children volunteer since 1999. Her community service includes a decade of service as a board member of a Detroit-based charter school, a board member of the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit, a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, and a graduate of Leadership Detroit. She represented the state of Michigan on the Radio Board of Directors of the National Association of Broadcasters. She is a proud graduate of Cass Technical High School, Wayne State University (B.S. in Business Administration), and Michigan State University (Master of Business Administration).

Alfred Jordan

Board Member
Joined the Board 5/27/2016

Mr. Jordan is a career public servant, working 30 years through the ranks from an entry level position on a garbage truck, ultimately retiring a high ranking appointee under 3 mayors in the City of Detroit. He is still serving the public with his consulting firm, A JOR-DAN Consulting, LLC in his support capacity with Green for Life Environmental USA, Inc., a waste hauling company with the largest customer base in Southeast Michigan.

Al and his wife Rita have firsthand knowledge about fostering children by opening their home to children in need for nearly 20 years. They share the core belief with Spaulding for Children that every child deserves a quality home where they are loved and nurtured to have an opportunity for success in life.

Al has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Leadership from Baker College that he obtained while working full time, graduating Summa Cum Laude.

Orlandus Smith, Sr.

Board Member
Joined the Board 7/21/2009

Mr. Smith attended Detroit Public Schools and is a graduate of Martin Luther King High School. After graduating he entered the US Air Force. After being honorably discharged he returned to Detroit he was hired at the Tank Automotive Command, (TACOM) as a plumber/pipefitter. After ten years he transferred into the Human Resources field. He retired from TACOM as a Human Resources Manager, specializing in Employee Relations, Recruitment and Labor Management.

Mr. Smith Sr. volunteers his time to ministries within his church and has served as a mentor with Spaulding for Children since 2006. He is an adjunct faculty member with the US-Army Training Center and has agreed to provide training to managers and employees within the Federal Government.

Willie L. Smith

Board Member
Joined the Board 5/21/2002

Mr. Smith has more than 30 years of banking experience in Branch Banking, Business Development and Small Business Lending. Currently he is a Job Developer and Mentor for the Midnight Golf Program.

He has a degree in Business Administration and a Master’s Degree in Management. Willie serves on several non-profit boards, including Spaulding for Children and the Rolling In Golf Club.