Board of Directors

Doug Finch

Doug Finch is an early stage technology investor. He heads up the Ann Arbor Angels, serves on advisory boards for several venture capital and angel investing organizations, is a Mentor-in-Residence with UMich Office of Tech Transfer, and has been a volunteer mentor at both the Ross School of Business and UMich School of Engineering. Previously he was co-owner of Summit Health, Inc., a nationwide provider of employee health and blood testing services. Doug earned BS and MS degrees in Aerospace Engineering from MIT and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Meg Fitzpatrick

Meg Fitzpatrick graduated from the University of Notre Dame, and worked as a Business Consultant at Arthur Andersen in Chicago. While living in Chicago, she served on the Board of Directors for Rainbow House, a domestic abuse shelter.  Meg moved to Ann Arbor four years ago, and is very active at the St. Francis of Assisi Parish School and Church. Meg also serves on the Planning Committee for The Event on Main, a fundraiser benefiting C.S Mott Children’s Hospital.

LaSonia Forté

LaSonia Forté is the Associate Director of State Outreach in the Office of Government Relations at the University of Michigan. She holds an AAS in Computer Information Systems​, a BS in Psychology, and a Master's in Public Administration/Affairs (MPA). LaSonia has been involved with Girls Group in a variety of capacities since 2009, as a parent, mentor, facilitator, and Advisory Board member. LaSonia is the cocreator and cosponsor, along with her husband, Prof. Michael Awkward, of the annual Frank J. Forté Laptop Scholarship.

Jamie Guise (Secretary)

Jamie Guise is a Senior VP at Old National Bank, responsible for community engagement activities for the State of Michigan. Previously, she served as Chief Client Delivery Officer at United Bank & Trust, responsible for overall branding, corporate communications, retail delivery and client experience for the organization. Jamie also spent part of her career in advertising. Jamie graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a master's degree in Advertising from Michigan State University. She consistently serves in leadership positions with professional associations and local non-profits.

Joyce Hunter

Joyce Hunter holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Western Michigan University, a Master of Arts from Michigan State University, an Administrative Endorsement from the University of Michigan and a Computer Science Endorsement from Madonna University. She has been a Teacher, Department Chair, Class Principal and Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Schools in Ann Arbor. In addition to serving on the Girls Groups Board of Directors, Joyce is President of the African American Cultural & Historical Museum, and is currently a member of the Ann Arbor Rotary Club and has been involved in various other community organizations.

Carrie Jones

Carrie Jones leads fundraising initiatives for Mayor Duggan in Detroit. Previously, she was the ED of the Michigan Venture Capital Association, where she focused on marketing Michigan’s growing role as a center of innovation and entrepreneurship. Carrie also spent part of her career as Director of the Michigan Film Office. Carrie received her BA in Sociology from Furman University. She was recognized as a Leader and Innovator by Lawrence Tech/WWJ, “30 in their 30s” by dBusiness, and “40 Under 40” by Crain’s Detroit Business.

Kris Maly

Kris Maly is a corporate communications consultant, and most recently served as the Vice President, Corporate Communication at Synthetic Biologics for six years. Prior to joining Synthetic, she spent 10 years at Vericel Corporation, and 15 years in the public accounting field with a tax practice focus. Kris has served in leadership and volunteer roles with several organizations, including the Junior League of Ann Arbor, United Way, Girls Scouts, C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and the Ann Arbor Public Schools. Girls Group blends well with her commitment to education, mentorship, leadership, developing character and building community.

Bill Mathewson

Bill Mathewson is the former General Counsel of the Michigan Municipal League, a non-profit, non-partisan organization providing numerous services for Michigan’s cities and villages. Bill retired in 2018 after 41 years of service and received the League's highest honor of Life Member. Bill's involvement with the League continues as legal consultant and educational trainer. As General Counsel, Bill was responsible for corporate legal matters, and represented the MML regarding legal and policy issues relevant to municipalities statewide.

Courtney McCreadie (Board Chair)

Courtney McCreadie earned a BS (Magna Cum Laude) and MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan. After completing her undergraduate degree, Courtney worked for Ford Motor Company in Product Engineering and Safety Testing. Her last two years with Ford were spent working in the UK. Courtney is currently a stay-at-home mom with three middle and high school age children. She has been an active volunteer in her children’s schools serving as PTO President and Volunteer Coordinator at Burns Park Elementary. Courtney is currently the co-chair of the Ann Arbor Social Capital Fund, a philanthropic giving circle at the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation.

Diana Mercer-Pryor (Treasurer)

Diana Mercer-Pryor is a product of the Detroit public school system, a graduate of the University of Michigan (Bachelor of Business Administration) and the University of Detroit (MBA-Finance). She is an executive retiree of the Chrysler Corporation where she worked for 34 years in numerous positions in both Procurement and Supply and Finance. One of Diana’s passions is serving the community. She serves as a reading tutor for two organizations; Communities United for Children located in Pontiac and the Mercy Education Project located in Detroit. In addition to serving as Board Chair for Girls Group, Diana also serves on several other non-profit charitable boards, including Mercy High School, Oakland Woods of the Presbyterian Villages and Communities United for Children.

Jan Barney Newman (Board Vice Chair)

Girls Group Board Member, Jan Barney Newman, earned a BA from the University of Oklahoma, and an MA from the University of Michigan. She has been a resident of Ann Arbor for over 40 years. She taught in the Ann Arbor Public Schools, was a Director of the Bank of Ann Arbor and the founder of two businesses: Aristoplay, Ltd., an educational game company and Learning Express, Michigan, an educational toy store. Jan’s community commitments include having served on the Board of the Ann Arbor Chamber of Commerce and many non-profit organizations. She is also currently serving a second term as a Trustee of the Ann Arbor District Library.

Sue Schooner (Executive Director)

Sue Schooner is the founder of Girls Group, and has served as the Executive Director for the last sixteen years.  She holds a BS in Accounting from Ithaca College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.  Sue is a retired automotive executive, and developed mentoring programming at both the Chrysler Corporation and Textron Automotive.  Sue’s experience in networking, strategy, business development, management, finance, and budgeting has helped Girls Group to grow into a well-respected, low-overhead organization with enviable success.  Sue is proud of the excellent staff and Board of Directors at Girls Group.

Julie Lawson Timmer

Julie Lawson Timmer earned a bachelor’s degree from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario and a law degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. After beginning her legal career in Texas, she moved to Ann Arbor, where she worked for the Bodman law firm before working in-house at Maxion Wheels, an automotive wheel supplier. She has four children, is a crisis line volunteer at Ozone House, and a devotee of hot yoga and spinning. She also is an author of four novels.

Rob VanRenterghem

Rob VanRenterghem has helped fuel the growth and success of dynamic companies ranging from Domino’s Pizza and Kraft Foods to Gordon Food Service.  His experience spans marketing, supply chain and finance and he has a passion for driving insights into strategic planning and vision setting as well as staffing and the leadership of growing organizations.  Rob is involved with a number of community organizations and also serves on the UMS Board of Directors.  He holds a BA from Hope College and an MBA from Georgetown University.

Lisa Wetzen

Lisa Wetzen holds a Bachelors of Business Administration from Western Michigan University. During her 30+ year career at the Ford Motor Company, she served as an Information Technology executive in a variety of roles as well as the IT Audit Director for the General Auditors Office. Lisa has been a continuous supporter of Girls Group since the organization’s inception and was an original signatory on the papers of incorporation. She looks forward to applying her previous experience serving on multiple boards of public benefit organizations to Girls Group.

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