Board of Directors
Ritchie H. Harrison
Ritchie H. Harrison is Co-director of the Great Lakes Leadership Academy (GLLA) at the Michigan State University Extension. Having led programs focused on neighborhood improvement and revitalization in Detroit, his range of experience and expertise includes community and economic development, urban planning and land use, as well as civic engagement. Prior to joining Michigan State University Extension, Harrison was the community planner for the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy, where he led extensive planning and development efforts targeting the Detroit riverfront.
An alumnus of the GLLA Leadership Advancement Program (2011–12), Harrison has a B.S. in Urban Planning and a Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship from Eastern Michigan University, as well as a Master of Community Development from the University of Detroit-Mercy. He has also completed the Larson Center for Leadership Program through the Michigan Urban Land Use Institute and the Detroit Revitalization Fellows Program through Wayne State University.
Saundra Little is a principal with Quinn Evans Architects, Detroit. An architect and project manager, Little has overseen the design of renovation and adaptive projects throughout Michigan. She is a member of the American Institute of Architects, the National Organization of Minority Architects, and New Step CDC. She is a founding member of the Advisory Board of Design Core Detroit, an organization established to promote and celebrate Detroit’s architectural legacy. Her portfolio spans the research and revitalization of historic districts, from the architectural heritage of local neighborhoods, to the sustainable design of 21st-century educational, cultural, and workplace environments.
Her extensive volunteer work and commitment to community includes mentoring students interested in architectural careers. Little holds a B.S. in Architecture and Design and a Master of Architecture, both from Lawrence Technological University.
Maureen S. Martin, Board Chair
Maureen S. Martin serves as Executive Director of Foundation Relations and Program Initiatives for the Office of University Development at the University of Michigan. She is responsible for enhancing and facilitating relationships between foundations and the University’s most important programs, research agendas and institutes. She offers counsel and support to faculty and fundraisers across the University in their relationships with professional foundations and smaller, more specialized, or regional foundations. Martin also works closely with leadership in strategic initiatives such as sustainability and education reform, engaging foundations, as well as individual donors.
An alum of Michigan twice, Martin received her B.A. in Women’s Studies and Journalism, and an M.B.A. in Corporate Strategy and Marketing. A professional fundraiser since 1988, beginning in theater at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and off-Broadway’s Ensemble Studio Theatre, she moved on to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, The Nature Conservancy, and The Henry Ford, prior to joining the University of Michigan in 2001. Martin has also volunteered on several nonprofit boards, including environmental, women’s and arts organizations in southeastern Michigan.
Carey Stanton, Vice Chair
Carey Stanton is Senior Director for Education and Integrated Marketing at National Wildlife Federation (NWF). Stanton oversees the development of national partnerships, campaigns, media and film projects, and is responsible for extensive fundraising to enhance NWF’s mission-driven work. She has 15 years of experience designing and implementing social action and award-winning curricula and training programs for NWF and state agencies.
Stanton has been featured in, and written articles for, many local and national publications, including Nature magazine, Chronicle of Philanthropy, USA Today, the San Francisco Chronicle and National Wildlife magazine, and has appeared on National Public Radio and several video projects for NWF and partners. She has held various BOD and advisory positions including President, Michigan Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education, Climate Counts and Green Community Schools. She has an M.S. in Human Dimensions of Fisheries and Wildlife Management from Michigan State University, and a B.S. in Animal Science and Speech Communications from the University of Tennessee.
A lifelong Detroiter, Sandra Turner-Handy is the mother of six children, eleven grand-children and one great-grandson. Sandra is a graduate of Wayne State University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, and a Master of Science in Leadership Development. She is currently completing a Doctorate of Education in Leadership Development. Sandra has worked in the political arena as a chief of staff for Representative and Senator Hansen Clarke. It is this position that has motivated her to work and engage in the areas of social and environmental justice in the City of Detroit.
Sandra has found her niche in the sphere of community engagement and has fought relentlessly over the years to raise the quality of life of Detroit residents. Sandra is the Engagement director for the Michigan Environmental Council, where she has worked for the past 12 years. Sandra currently sits on a number of boards and coalitions whose goals are to mitigate the impact of environmental damage, as well as to improve Detroiters’ health and their built environment through programs and policy changes. She enjoys reading, landscaping, writing, mentoring youth leaders and working on beautification projects in her community.
Gary Wozniak, Board Secretary and Treasurer
Gary Wozniak has spent his entire adult career in the financial arena. With close to 30 years of hands-on consulting, training and leadership experience, he has helped hundreds of companies achieve economic success. In addition, Wozniak has owned several business ventures from restaurants to the healthcare arena. He has a unique ability to analyze a client’s financial condition and make recommendations regarding strengths/weaknesses, stability and the potential for capacity-building.
As the lead author of the RecoveryPark project in Detroit, Wozniak has brought together a coalition of 125+ government, education, nonprofit and for-profit entities to vision a community-development and large-scale metropolitan agriculture project. Five years in the making, RecoveryPark is poised to define what “triple bottom line” urban projects will model themselves after in the coming years. This project offers insight into financially self-sustainable models offering lifestyle options that end population losses in core city neighborhoods, while attracting employment opportunities that will eventually fuel further development ideas.