Board of Directors
Kelly Walsh is Chief of Staff, Human Resources at Ally Financial. Her professional background includes leadership in strategic growth, project management, corporate responsibility, marketing, advocacy, public affairs, and fundraising. A native of Columbus, Ohio, Kelly lived in Chicago and Washington DC before moving to Michigan. She is a member of the 2019 Harvard Business School Young American Leader program and a graduate of Leadership Detroit. Kelly is active in her community, serving on the board of the Grosse Pointe War Memorial and as a Girl Scout troop leader. Kelly is a proud mom of three young children that keep her and husband Brendan laughing and on their toes.
Melanie Dunbeck is a senior leader with a passion for bringing technology solutions to organizations. She is currently leading Kelly’s Automation Center, focusing on strategy, design, and delivery. Melanie provides skilled leadership to organizations, sharing her expertise in architecting and managing innovative practices and complex, global programs. She specializes in both solution design and data. Raised in Detroit and an alumni of Cass Tech and Wayne State, Melanie gives back to the city she loves by being an ambassador, volunteering, and enjoying cultural and sporting events.
Unyime Ekpenyong is an Assurance Director with PwC’s Private Company Services group. She currently serves companies across multiple industries including manufacturing, retail, and service. She holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Walsh College, and an MBA from Wayne State University. Unyime is married with three amazing sons.
Liz currently serves as a Director at Peninsula Capital Partners, a private equity investment firm based in Metro Detroit. She has over 15 years of experience in the financial services industry, including roles at both Huntington National Bank and Comerica Bank. Liz holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Central Michigan University, and a Masters in Business Administration from Wayne State University. Liz serves as the co-chair of the Financial Review Committee for Impact 100 Metro Detroit.
Kelsey Arvai, MBA, is an Associate Financial Planner at the Center for Financial Planning, Inc. After graduation from the University of Michigan in 2016, Kelsey worked in research at the Wayne State University School of Medicine. She earned her Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from Wayne State in August, 2020. Kelsey enjoys yoga, reading and food. She’s always the first to know when a new restaurant opens in Detroit – thanks in part to her Eater Detroit newsletter subscription.
Eileen Vernor is Director of Wellbeing and HR Systems for Urban Science in Detroit. Her
professional background includes 30+ years HR experience across industries specializing in
global mental health wellbeing, compensation, benefits, and HR technology. She holds a BA in
International Relations and Spanish from Syracuse University, an M.Ed. Industrial
Counseling/HR from Northeastern University, and several HR certifications (SHRM-SCP, SPHR,
GPHR, and CCP). Growing up as part of an expat family, Eileen has lived in China, Indonesia,
Iran, Spain, and Venezuela. With a passion for volunteering, Eileen has served on several
nonprofit boards including Vista Maria, Community Care Services, and several local HR
professional association boards. In addition to serving as Chair, Grant Review Committee,
Eileen hosts Impact100 Metro Detroit’s Fueling Transformation podcast interviewing nonprofit
heroes including grant recipients. Eileen is married with a son, daughter-in-law and 2 energetic
Liliana is passionate about social justice and civil rights. She enjoys helping nonprofits develop funding strategies to achieve their mission and create social change. She began her career with the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, and currently works as a grant writer and fundraising consultant. Liliana is from Colombia and grew up in New Jersey. She has a BA in economics and political scheme from Villanova University, and an MA in public administration from Michigan State University. She lives in Orchard Lake Village with her husband and four kids. In her free time she enjoys traveling, running, and volunteering.
Julie DiCicco has been with TD Bank (formerly Chrysler Financial) for 20+ years, and has been involved in the front and the back end of the business. She has worked in integration and in overseeing daily functions. Her current role is Operation Manager supporting the US Data and Analytics team, promoting consistency, overseeing talent development and employee engagement, and working closely with TD’s Canadian partners on various initiatives. She has been a part of the TD Women in Leadership group for 12 years, recently serving as the co-lead and establishing community partnerships with the Mercy Education Project and Impact100 Metro Detroit. Julie graduated from Central Michigan University with degrees in Sociology and Family Studies. She resides in Grosse Pointe Woods with her husband and three sons. She loves to entertain and to spend time with family and friends.
Linda Jones is the Senior Manager of Global Operations Talent Care for the Science and Clinical Functional Service Provider workforce solutions at Kelly. Jones leads employee engagement, performance management, and talent mapping strategies that support the retention of the highly skilled life science professionals on assignment with Kelly clients. Throughout her career, Linda had a diverse history of job roles in many industries, including at Merrill Lynch in Detroit and Harris Bank in Chicago. She has a Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs Management from Michigan State University, and is currently enrolled at Walsh College pursuing her Master of Science in Management with a concentration in Human Resources. In her spare time, she is an active board member of Impact 100 Metro Detroit, plays tennis, enjoys kickboxing and cycling classes. Linda is a resident of Detroit, Michigan with her husband Carlos and daughter Clare.
Lisa Samerdyke is a Detroit area health care executive who actively participates in many of the multi-
stakeholder organizations focused on improving health for area residents. She is a philanthropist and
board member for community organizations serving southeast Michigan with a focus on improving quality of life. She has a strong sense of devotion to the non-profit sector and is a passionate advocate. Lisa also enjoys hitting the gym, reading and spending time with family and friends.
Kellie is an Account Director at McCann Detroit. She graduated from Michigan State University, earning her Bachelor of Science from the College of Communication Arts and Sciences. Her passion for creating authentic consumer marketing and building strong client partnerships have landed her at Major League Baseball All-Star and World Series games, Country Music Award Festivals, and Manchester United Pitch events! Her love of messaging and connection also extends to her community and philanthropic work. When not lending a hand to the dynamic women of Impact 100 Metro Detroit, she can be found outdoors with her husband of 12 years and their two children.
A founding board member of Impact100 Metro Detroit, Kim is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a BA in English. She has spent the last 25 years raising two children and volunteering for a wide variety of organizations, churches and schools. She is past president of the Clarkston Community Historical Society, and serves on the Board of Directors for Blessings in a Backpack-Waterford. She is currently co-authoring a history textbook for 2nd grade students in her local school district.