Who We Are

The Detroit Children’s Fund is a team of educators, philanthropists and local leaders dedicated to dramatically increasing quality school options for families across Detroit. Our team is housed within the Skillman Foundation, though our independent board of community stakeholders oversees our work.


The DCF Board

KC Crain

KC Crain

DCF Chair; President & COO, Crain Communications

 

Tonya Allen

Tonya Allen

President and CEO, The Skillman Foundation

 

Pernilla Ammann

Pernilla Ammann

Advertising Executive

 

Tony Barra

Tony Barra

Retired Technology Consultant

 

Tony Cervone

Tony Cervone

Senior Vice President, Global Communications, General Motors

 

Phil Cooley

Phil Cooley

Owner, Slows BarBQ and Los Pistoleros

 

Gretchen Gonzales Davidson

Gretchen Gonzales Davidson

Arts and Education Advocate

Tiffany Douglas

Tiffany Douglas

Senior VP, Marketing Manager, Bank of America

 

Bill Emerson

Bill Emerson

Vice Chairman, Rock Holdings, Inc.

 

Carol Goss

Carol Goss

Community Leader

 

Kelle Ilitch

Kelle Ilitch

Educator, Entrepreneur & Child Advocate

 

Wright Lassiter III

Wright Lassiter III

President & CEO, Henry Ford Health System

 

Adam Levinson

Adam Levinson

Managing Partner and CIO, Graticule Asset Management

 

Ryan Maibach

Ryan Maibach

DCF Treasurer; President, Barton Malow

 

Jacques Panis

Jacques Panis

 

Matt Simoncini

Matt Simoncini

Retired CEO & President, Lear Corporation

 

Arn Tellem

Arn Tellem

Vice Chairman, Detroit Pistons

 

Jason Tinsley

Jason Tinsley

Managing Director, JP Morgan Private Bank


The DCF Team

Jack Elsey

Jack Elsey

Executive Director

Jack Elsey is the executive director of the Detroit Children’s Fund. Prior to this role, he served as the chief schools officer for the Education Achievement Authority of Michigan, a district charged with turning around some of Detroit’s historically lowest performing schools. Under his leadership, EAA schools experienced student growth results that outperformed state averages. Elsey has also served as chief of innovation and incubation at Chicago Public Schools, assistant superintendent of Detroit Public Schools, and chief schools officer of Detroit Rising College Prep Schools. He began his career as a middle school teacher in the South Bronx as a member of the Teach For America corps.

Erica Robertson

Erica Robertson

Deputy Director

Erica Robertson is the deputy director of the Detroit Children’s Fund.  Prior to joining Detroit Children’s Fund Erica was a member of the KIPP Memphis Executive Team responsible for Strategy, Data & Technology for the region. Erica also brings seventeen plus years private sector experience as a Strategic Change Executive with a results driven track record working in the fields management consulting with the Big Five, strategy and operations in private equity and more recently as a certified change management practitioner for Nike Inc., successfully launching the Change Management Center of Excellence for Western and Central Europe as the European Director. Erica is veteran of the US Navy and a native Detroiter whose mission is to prove the possible for all Detroit children.

Nick Karmanos

Nick Karmanos

Chief Advancement Officer

Nick Karmanos serves as chief advancement officer, responsible for DCF’s institutional advancement and fundraising. Prior to joining Detroit Children’s Fund, Karmanos served as senior vice president of institutional relations for Karmanos Cancer Institute, where he raised more than $150 million over 16 years.

Lisa Laurin

Lisa Laurin

Corporate Relations Officer

Lisa Laurin serves Detroit Children’s Fund as corporate relations officer, developing relationships with corporate partners and supporting the execution of major gift solicitation strategies.

Karry Dalton

Karry Dalton

Events Officer

Karry Dalton serves as events officer, responsible for planning and executing DCF’s fundraising events.

Additional support provided by the following Skillman Foundation Staff:

Natalie Fotias – communications and marketing.

Lauren Hawkins – finances and fundraising.

Paty Hinojosa – grant-making strategy and partner development.