Karissa Holmes is an in-house commercial attorney at DTE Energy Company. Prior to joining DTE, Karissa was an attorney in the corporate and securities group at Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn, a Detroit based business law firm. She is a Michigan native and received a B.A. in Communications Studies from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor in 2005 and a J.D. from Wayne State University in 2008.
Karissa is very active in her various communities. As a proud Midtown resident, she is an elected member of the Brush Park Citizen’s District Council and an appointed member of the Neighborhood Advisory Council established for the development of the new Olympia Hockey Arena. She also volunteers with the Wolverine Bar Association, University of Michigan Black Alumni Club and Michigan Emerging Leaders. She was honored as an Up & Coming Lawyer by Michigan Lawyer's Weekly in 2013. Karissa is passionate about encouraging the development of emerging leaders and changing the conversation about Detroit through awareness and community involvement.
Brian Cvetkovski, a first generation American and son to immigrant parents from Macedonia was born and raised in the Detroit area where his father worked and retired from a General Motors factory in Hamtramck and his mother working for a local school district. Raised in a blue collar home, it gave him much appreciation and love for the Motor City. Graduate of the public school system and also a graduate holding a BBA and having the entrepreneur spirit, he was always trying new ventures including purchasing a foreclosed home after high school. After failing to settle on a business idea, he enrolled at Walsh College to pursue his MBA/MSF, where career services helped him gain a career in the financial services industry.
At age 24 he started his own financial practice and affiliated with MassMutual Southeast Michigan. Growing up experiencing the financial strains a family goes through being in a blue collar home, and especially here in Detroit where families rely on the Big “Three” (GM, Chrysler, and Ford), he knew he found his passion, to help people achieve their financial goals and protect their families. Brian, a community advocate is an engaged member of the Detroit Regional Chamber, Young Leader at the Detroit Economic Club, board member at UMAD (United Macedonians of Detroit), and member to various chambers of commerce. As for the future, he vows to stay committed to his community, his Macedonian heritage and build his family in Detroit where his heart is.
Whitney Griffin is an Account Manager for Epsilon, managing the General Motors account, and is a marketing maven who enjoys helping businesses increase their brand awareness and bottom lines through marketing and advertising. Whitney lends her digital marketing expertise to help expand DYP's brand by chairing the Communications Committee and managing DYP's social media channels.
Whitney is currently pursuing an MBA in Marketing and Global Supply Chain Management from Wayne State University, where she obtained a Bachelors in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. Enthused about all things Detroit, Whitney keeps her pulse on the city's revitalization efforts and looks forward to promoting DYP in the community.
Justin is the career services managers with Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation, A Michigan Works! Agency. He has participated in numerous social and community service organizations such as Coleman A. Young Foundation, Youthville Detroit, and the Morehouse Alumni Association. In addition, he serves as vice president of the English Village Condo Association. Justin is a graduate of Morehouse College with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. He also holds a Masters of Education and teaching certificate from Marygrove College. Mr. Kimpson is an alumnus of the Michigan Political Leadership Program. He was recognized by the National Workforce Development Association as a certified workforce development professional.
April Payne is a Detroit naive and advocate of the Motorcity. She is a delivery manager for Aerotek Inc., where she manages agency employees at Ford Motor Company and General Motors. She also works as a professional freelance hair and makeup artist. Aside from serving as a board member for Detroit Young Professionals she is also a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. April received her Bachelor of Arts and Science degree from Oakland University in Rochester, MI.
April is passionate about the growth and revitalization of her hometown. She recognizes the positive upward mobility of the city. She enjoys educating and getting other young professionals engaged in this process of change.
Brian Sadek is an in-house attorney for the Wayne County Airport Authority, which oversees Metro and Willow Run Airports. He is also a dedicated mass transit advocate, serving as Chairman of the Regional Transportation Authority’s Citizens Advisory Committee, after previously working on senior staff at Chicago’s Regional Transportation Authority. He is also co-owner of Motor City NYE, which throws a free 20,000-person New Year’s Eve event in Detroit's Campus Martius. He graduated from the University of Michigan and Northwestern Law School, and lived in Chicago for nearly a decade before returning home to Detroit in 2012.
A Texan-turned-Detroiter, Tifani Sadek is the founder and principal attorney of Sadek Legal Services, a Detroit-based law firm that services startups, small businesses and non-profits. She also manages the Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse at the University of Michigan Law School, where she teaches law students civil procedure and substantive civil rights law. In addition to her board position with Detroit Young Professionals, Tifani sits on the board of FoodLab Detroit and mentors a 9-year-old girl through Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit. She is a proud resident of the Woodbridge neighborhood of Detroit.
Michael Wheeler is an analyst for management consulting firm DCG in their healthcare practice. Since graduating from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor’s economics program, Michael has started his career helping mid-size to large health insurance companies and hospitals meet their strategic goals. While attending the University of Michigan, Michael sat on the board of the Black Business Undergraduate Society (BBUS), best known for organizing the annual DivCo career fair that connects thousands of minority students to recruiters from Fortune 500 companies. Before college, Michael attended Detroit Country Day School. Outside of work and DYP, Michael serves on the City of Detroit’s Income Tax Review Board. Michael credits his strong background to the work ethic instilled in him from an early age by his father, Wayne, who founded DCG over 25 years ago. In his free time, Michael enjoys hosting friends, planning events, and is an active member of the Detroit Athletic Club.