Board Members

Britany Affolter-Caine, Ph.D

Chair

Program Manager at University Research Corridor

Lives in: Ypsilanti, MI

Affolter-Caine is program manager for the University Research Corridor, a collaboration of Michigan’s three leading research universities – University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and Wayne State University – to promote the economic vitality and diversity of the state. Prior to the URC, Affolter-Caine was director of talent enhancement with Ann Arbor SPARK. She has also worked as a consultant to the non-profit sector, where her work focused on program management, strategic planning, and policy research.

Michael L. Henry

Immediate Past Chair

Senior Advisor at Cavanaugh Advisors

Lives in: Ann Arbor, MI

Henry is a senior advisor for Cavanaugh Advisors, a Michigan-based company. He is an award-winning writer whose experience can be best characterized as “the business of leveraging technology, media, marketing, and creative tools to influence people and public opinion.” Henry also serves as the chair of the Ann Arbor Democratic Party and is involved with the Ann Arbor Chapter of the NAACP, Washtenaw County Democratic Party Black Caucus and Neutral Zone Teen Center.

David Esau, AIA

Principal at Cornerstone Design

Lives in: Ann Arbor, MI

Esau is the principal architect at Cornerstone Design in Ann Arbor and is a LEED accredited professional (for green design), a member of the American Institute of Architects and a licensed architect in Michigan. Esau helped establish the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living’s ADA IN ACTION service, where he has performed accessibility evaluations of over 200 commercial and government facilities. He also serves as vice chair on the board of the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

Liz Perpich

Treasurer

Director of Administration & Finance at SPARK Ann Arbor

Lives in: Ann Arbor, MI

Perpich is the director of administration and finances at Ann Arbor SPARK where she a key advisor on strategic, development and operational plans. Previously serving as a controller at InterClean Equipment, Inc., Perpich has over ten years of accounting and administration experience in the manufacturing industry.

Kim Easter

Development Director at Michigan League of Conservation Voters

Lives in: Ann Arbor, MI

Easter is an attorney with experience specializing in legislative and political organizing and class action litigation. As the development director for the Michigan League of Conservation Voters she oversees the effort to raise the $1.4 million budget for the family of nonprofit organizations serving as the nonpartisan political voice for Michigan’s natural resources. Formerly, Easter served as the legislative assistant for State Representative Rebekah Warren.

John Haberthy

Director Human Resources at Masco Cabinetry Corporation

Lives in: Howell, MI

Haberthy has more than 12 years of experience in human resource management and strategy development. In his role at Masco Cabinetry – a creative industry business located in Washtenaw County – he oversees human resources, facility functions, security and food service for the corporate headquarters and customer care facilities. Prior to his career in HR Haberthy worked in law enforcement.

Merrill Guerra

Secretary

Realtor at Real Estate One

Lives in: Ypsilanti, MI

In her real estate work Guerra specializes in the Ypsilanti area while also serving the cities of Ann Arbor, Belleville, Canton and surrounding areas. Guerra serves as president for the Depot Town Association Community Development Corporation, works with the board of the Ann Arbor School for the Performing Arts and is the 1st vice president of the Lincoln Band Boosters.

Ruth Lednicer

Senior Director of Marketing & Programs at Michigan Theater Foundation, Inc.

Lives in: Ann Arbor, MI

Lednicer recently joined the team at the Michigan Theater Foundation after moving to Ann Arbor from Chicago. She oversees the Michigan Theater’s communications efforts and directs its specialty film and live performance programs and the Cinetopia International Film Festival. Lednicer previously served the Chicago Public Library’s 80 branch system as director of marketing & communications.

Debbie Locke-Daniel

President at Ypsilanti Convention & Visitors Bureua

Lives in: Brighton, MI

Since 2000 Locke-Daniel has served as executive director for the Ypsilanti Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, promoting Ypsilanti and all of Washtenaw County to potential visitors, conventions, etc. A former trade show manager for the National Truck Association and the Engineering Society of Detroit, Locke-Daniel is a certified destination marketing executive through Destination Marketing Association International. She has served as vice president for Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels, a board member for the CSS Marnee Divine Foundation and a board member for the Michigan Firehouse Museum.

Jay Mullick

Co-founder at PSMI, Inc.

Lives in: Saline, MI

Mullick is the owner of Production Services Management, Inc. (PSMI) in Saline and Mélange Bistro in Ann Arbor. He also serves on the board of Alpha House, an emergency shelter for children and their families experiencing homelessness in Washtenaw County.

Melissa Milton-Pung

Project Manager/Principal Planner at Washtenaw County Office of Community & Economic Development

Lives in: Ypsilanti, MI

Milton-Pung specializes in historic preservation and economic development. As the project manager/principal planner for Washtenaw County Office of Community & Economic Development she creates and administers public outreach programs within the thirteen local historic districts of the Washtenaw County Historic District Commission.

Susan Wagner

VP, Compliance Officer and CRA Officer at Bank of Ann Arbor

Lives in: Ann Arbor, MI

Wagner is an attorney specializing in compliance. In 2014 she joined the team at Bank of Ann Arbor as the head of the Bank’s compliance department. There she coordinates the compliance and Community Reinvestment Act examinations and monitors state law and federal banking regulations. Formerly, Wagner was a staff attorney for Bodman, PLC in Ann Arbor.