ABOUT US

Meet Our Team

Leslie Genest
Strategy & Administration Director

With a Bachelor’s in Telecommunications from Michigan State University and a minor in Social Science, Leslie Genest has worked in strategic communications planning, leading brand development and marketing strategy. Her previous marketing positions include an international architectural firm and a full-service advertising and public relations agency. Genest has served on nonprofit boards and led community outreach and fundraising programs.

Lynette Cobb
Program Administrator, Future Build Construction Group & Energy Efficiency Assistance Program

Lynette joined our team in 2009 as a career coach before transitioning to the workforce development program manager. She has more than 25 years combined experience working in Workforce Development, and Environmental Health and Safety. Her experience ranges from curriculum development and customized training for marginalized program participants in pre-apprenticeship construction, to energy efficiency training.

Lynette obtained a BBA from Walsh College, and also has an associate degree in General Science with secondary certifications in process improvement, quality management, and Occupational Healthy and Safety as an Outreach Trainer. Lynette is an Alumnae of MSU, Great Lakes Leadership Academy (Emerging Leaders); and ProInspire Leadership Institute.

 

Clifford J. Terry
Qualified Officer, Future Build Construction Group

With a versatile background in the Building Trades, accounting, and professional musicianship, Clifford has over 50 years of combined experience working in the field of Construction. Over his long journey as an entrepreneur gaining experience in all aspects of his lines of work, he has acquired a wide array of licenses, such as a Residential Trader License, a Lead Supervisor License, a Lead Abatement Contractor License, as well as the titles of Journeyman Carpenter, Asbestos Worker, Trade Instructor, Residential Electrician, Michigan Notary Public, and Cost Accountant.

Prior to joining us at Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice, Clifford worked at SHAR Inc. for 14 years as  Supervisor of Facilities-Maintenance. He is the founder of Terry’s Home Improvements, a renovation company that exclusively hires returning citizens and individuals recovering from addiction. His company is active to this day, 30 years later.

Clifford was brought on as the Qualified Officer of Future Build Construction Group in early 2020. We are very happy to have him join our team and bring his expertise to the table.

Anetha Walker
Energy Efficiency Specialist, Future Build Construction Group

Anetha Walker has over 25 years of experience in administration and a background in post-secondary education. Prior to coming to us, she worked at Lawton Career Institute for 23 years, starting as a telemarketer and working her way up to becoming the On-Site Director. Anetha joined our team in 2017 after completing a joint program through Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice and Operation Able, called the Weatherization Assistance Program, where she graduated with honors.

As an Energy Efficiency Specialist, Anetha performs assessments for DTE customers to see if they qualify for the DTE Energy Efficiency Assistance Program (EEAP). She also educates customers on how to find direct cost savings on their energy bills, such as using LED light bulbs, replacing older refrigerators with more efficient models, and testing and tuning up furnaces and water heaters. Her hobbies are bowling, going to the movies, and spending time with her family.

Carla King
Energy Efficiency Specialist, Future Build Construction Group

Carla King has been working professionally as an Energy Efficiency Specialist since May 16, 2017. She  holds a Masters Degree of Theology from Destiny School of Ministry and an Associate of Arts Degree from Wayne County Community College District. Prior to re-entering higher education, she worked for about 20 years as a Nurse Tech. During those years, she gained administrative experience while working as a Rental Coordinator for supportive services.

After graduating from DWEJ’s weatherization program training, Carla was offered employment with DWEJ’s Future Build Construction Group. As an Energy Specialist, her daily tasks include customer service tasks, such as assisting customers through their application process, taking part in field visits, and conducting assessments of people’s homes.

Her hobbies include attending sports events, concerts, and plays, as well as singing with the Triumph Mass Gospel Choir as its Minister of Gospel for the past five years. Carla treasures her two daughters and two grandchildren, and she strives one day to run her own soup kitchen.

Catherine Diggs
Community Engagement Coordinator

Catherine Diggs was born and raised in Montreal, Canada and obtained a Liberal Arts Degree from McGill University in 2014. She has worked in various fields ever since, from cultural event-planning, to street fundraising for NGOs, to freelance writing. With an urge to share the lives and legacies of often overlooked artists and community builders, she moved to Detroit as a dual citizen in 2016, to experiment with her collaborative storytelling techniques.

Upon moving to the city, she also began working at Recycle Here!, one of Detroit’s first recycling drop-off centers for individuals, which deepened her passion for environmental and sustainability issues surrounding waste reduction and equitable community-driven hard waste management practices. With a natural desire to engage with people, whether through educating locals about best recycling practices or teaching Yemeni women English as a Second Language, Catherine has always had an urge to build and support communities. She is excited to be working as a LISC AmeriCorps Community Engagement Coordinator at Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice and intends to pursue her education in the fields of urban planning, circular economies and environmental justice. 

Brad Ashburn
Communications and Data Manager

Brad has over 20 years experience in the fields of science, academia, social science, public and adult education, as well as business. Prior to joining Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice, he helped build and grow one of the largest private Medicare insurance exchanges in the US. Before that, Brad was working on his PhD in Natural Resources Management and working in the environmental and local government fields of Ohio, Florida and North Carolina. In addition to working with DWEJ, Brad operates a Medicare consulting company.

Renee Elliott
Bookkeeping

Renee has been doing bookkeeping for small businesses and organizations for over 15 years and has been working for Detroiters for Environmental Justice for the past 3 years. Before working with small businesses, she worked in the banking industry for 18 years, primarily in the area of mortgage lending. She is proud of the work Detroiters for Environmental Justice  has done for the community since 1994.

 

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