The DCF Team

DCF is powered by a deep partnership between our board of bold civic leaders, the experienced Skillman Foundation staff and proven nonprofit partners.

DCF and Skillman share staff so DCF will naturally leverage Skillman’s deep relationships and knowledge in its investments.


The DCF Board

KC Crain

KC Crain

DCF Chair, EVP, Crain Communications Inc.

Tonya Allen

Tonya Allen

President and CEO, The Skillman Foundation

Pernilla Ammann

Pernilla Ammann

Advertising Executive

Phil Cooley

Phil Cooley

Owner, Slows BarBQ and Los Pistoleros

Gretchen Davidson

Gretchen 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

Adam Levinson

Adam Levinson

Managing Partner and CIO, Graticule Asset Management

Ryan Maibach

Ryan Maibach

President, Barton Malow

Jacques Panis

Jacques Panis

President, Shinola

Arn Tellem

Arn Tellem

Vice Chairman, Palace Sports & Entertainment

Jason Tinsley

Jason Tinsley

Executive Director, JP Morgan Private Bank


The DCF Team

Punita Dani Thurman

Punita Dani Thurman

Executive Director

Punita Thurman is the executive Director of DCF and works closely with the board to develop strategy and vision for the organization. She has over 20 years of experience working in both the private sector advising Fortune 500 corporations around strategy and organizational effectiveness and the education and nonprofit sectors.  She is a recognized as a leader in both education and human capital strategy. She holds a BBA in finance and management from the University of Michigan and an MBA focused on organizations and strategy from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.

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

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

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.

Maria Woodruff-Wright – finance and serves as treasurer for the DCF board.