Welcome TRU’s Board Members; Thank you to departing ones

As a membership-based organization, TRU members vote each year on our Board of Directors, who in turn oversee the organization’s priorities, resources, and Executive Director over the coming years. The current Board reviews all candidates and recommends a slate for the membership to vote on during our January Annual Meeting, which occurred January 25.

Anyone who has made a donation to TRU of $5 or more in the past 12 months is considered a member of TRU and can vote for the Board members. Please join with a donation today!

Welcome to TRU’s New Board Members for 2022!

After not bringing on any new board members in 2021, TRU is proud to welcome a large, diverse slate to join this year. This group brings our 2022 board to 53% female, 35% black, and 65% Detroit residents.

  • Adriel Thornton – Executive Director of MoGo Detroit bike share; substantial PR and community engagement experience
  • Charlesetta Wilson – Labor Organizer working as an Organizing Coordinator for SEIU Local 1; previously part of AFL-CIO
  • Corey Rowe – co-founder of Rochester Riders; Rochester resident and activist; student Pharmacist completing study at Wayne State
  • Emily Thompson – Director of Economic and Community Development at Wayne State University, lead multi-year effort to get free transit passes for Wayne State staff and students
  • Gregory Jakub – Manager of Community Relations at Henry Ford Macomb Hospital Macomb; past president of the Macomb Chamber of Commerce
  • Justin Snowden – Director of Engineering at DWM Holdings; former Project Manager with Detroit’s Office of Mobility Innovation
  • Martha Potere – Community and Economic Development professional, currently focused on Public-Private Partnership for the City of Detroit
  • Dr. Myra M. Tetteh – public health expert; founder of Detroit Complete Streets Coalition; Senior Program Officer for the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation; co-chair of the Mobility team of the Detroit City Council’s Green Taskforce
  • Rourke Pattullo – Autonomous Vehicle & Mobility Strategist at Ford Motor Company; previously worked at Waymo; recent U of M engineering grad

Returning Board Members

After a three-year term, board members must be reelected. These three members were re-elected for another three year term.

  • Nicole Brown, community engagement specialist with Detroit Future City, from Southfield
  • Kristen Milefchik, disability rights organizer, originally from northern Oakland County
  • Nick Schroeck, Environmental Law Professor at University of Detroit Mercy Law School, from West Bloomfield

Two others returned for one additional year:

  • Kelly Kozlowski, COO of TechTown Detroit, from Birmingham
  • Susan Titus, Social Work faculty at Wayne State University

Departing Board Members

This year we say a very fond farewell to three departing board members, each of who served TRU with his own passion, diligence, and commitment:

  • Donald Stuckey, a regular Detroit bus rider and political and policy activist, who received his Masters of Public Policy while serving as TRU’s Board President. He plans to stay involved with TRU’s Transit Metrics action team.
  • Dave Gifford, the region’s foremost promoter of public transit on social media, founder of Transit Guide Detroit website and social media channels, while raising young kids in Macomb County
  • Stephen Maiseloff, an endlessly creative activist who lead TRU’s website overhaul, expansion into video, and board recruitment for many years

Each man’s personal commitment and involvement in TRU has been enormously appreciated by our staff and fellow board members!