BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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. Having the entrepreneur spirit, he was always trying new ventures. After failing a handful of times in those ventures, 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 a large insurance company. 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. In 2017 Brian opened a new office in Shelby Twp, MI - Cvetkovski Financial, LLC where he is focused on helping families and business owners with insurance and financial services. Brian, a community advocate is a Young Leader at the Detroit Economic Club, board member at UMAD (United Macedonians of Detroit), United States Golf Association (USGA) member and member of The Golf Association of Michigan (GAM). In his spare time he enjoys spending quality time with loved ones and fitting in 18 holes at this local golf club. 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.
Chanel Hampton's educational, professional, and civic career have built and honed her expertise in diversity, equity, and inclusion, education, leadership development and performance management, operations optimization, and recruitment (including exceptional expertise in diversity recruitment). Her career has taken her across the country and globally to impact missions and offer her expertise to a large and diverse array of clientele. In 2015, Chanel transitioned from a lucrative career as a senior leader managing a national recruitment team and launched Hampton Consulting. Since launching, she has built a robust firm and team. Her client roster ranges from The Skillman Foundation and United Way for Southeastern Michigan to the Michigan Department of Education and national organizations such as the Campaign for Black Male Achievement and President Obama's My Brother's Keeper Initiative.
Chanel has Bachelor’s Degrees in African-American Studies, Psychology, and Sociocultural Anthropology. She also has a Master’s in Secondary Education and a second Master’s in Education Administration. She is currently working on her Doctoral Degree in Organizational Leadership and Policy.
In 2014, Chanel moved back to her hometown of Detroit. In addition to serving as the Board Chair of Detroit Young Professionals, Chanel also serves as a National Advisory Council Board Member with the National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE), as well as the Chair of the National Board of Directors of Zeta Sigma Chi Multicultural Sorority, Incorporated. Chanel’s lifelong passions for Detroit, social justice, education, and diversity drive her personally and professionally and motivate her to continue, as well as expand.
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.
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.
Taylor Nelson a native of Metro-Detroit, is currently a graduate student at Princeton University, where she is studying to obtain her Master in Public Affairs. She most recently served as executive programs coordinator for the City of Detroit’s Office of Immigrant Affairs. In this role, she focused on integrating refugees into Detroit and connecting immigrant communities to city and community resources.
Prior to returning to Detroit, Taylor, worked in education and spent a year teaching English as a Second Language in France and two years as a Teach For America corps member in Georgia. Taylor is a 2011 graduate of the University of Michigan, where she studied English Language & Literature and French and Francophone Studies.
Taylor currently serves on the Board of Directors for Black Family Development, Inc. Most recently, Taylor served on the repopulation committee for the City of Detroit’s Immigration Task Force, was co-chair of Detroit Young Professionals’ enrichment committee, and was on the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s steering committee for its Classical Roots Celebration, an annual concert that celebrates African-Americans’ contribution to classical music.
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.
Shannon D. Smith currently is a global philanthropy associate for JPMorgan Chase & Co, focused on supporting organizations address major economic and social challenges by expanding opportunity and driving more inclusive economic growth, through grant portfolios that he develops and maintains. Specifically, Shannon helps manage a $150 million commitment to Detroit, which seeks to spur economic growth. His projects include overseeing the JP Morgan’s small business and financial capability portfolio, which works to create investments to small businesses in Detroit, and to improve the financial health of Detroit residents. At JPMorgan Chase & Co. he also serves as a Co-Chair for the firms Equity & Inclusion working group.
In addition to his work priorities, Shannon is very involved in the community. He is currently a board member for Detroit Young Professionals (DYP), an organization that seeks to develop an informed, engaged and empowered network of young professionals in the Metro-Detroit region through professional development and community engagement programming. For DYP, he spearheaded the #DetroitYouthVote initiative, which focused on educating and engaging millennial voters in the local voting process. He is also a board member for Black Family Development, Inc., a private, non-profit comprehensive family counseling agency; a board member for Water Access Volunteer Effort which provides income assistance to low-income families by ensuring uninterrupted access to safe drinking water and sanitation services; a board member for the Youth Development Commission , an initiative of the Skillman Foundation whose mission is to strengthen the quantity and quality of youth sports and recreational programs and facilities; and a board member for TechTown Detroit, the city’s most established business accelerator and incubator for entrepreneurs.
For his work and community efforts, Shannon has been recognized by Business Insider in the publication’s 2014 feature 14 People Who Are Changing the Face of Detroit and was also recognized as a Crain’s Detroit Business 2015 20 in their 20s honoree.
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.