Our History

Impact100 Metro Detroit was formed in July, 2015 by a small group of women who wanted to fuel positive change in the community by uniting with other women in collective giving. We strive to award high impact grants and provide exposure to nonprofit heroes in Metro Detroit. Impact100 Metro Detroit is working to be a leader in collective philanthropy, and to build a strong presence in our community. Our overall granting goal is to grow to 500 members who each donate $1,000, and to collectively award 5 grants of $100,000, one in each of our focus areas.

 

For more information about how Impact100 started, see our council story.

Our Goals
  • To harness the power and talents of women through direct participation in the process of philanthropy, and to equip future leaders and givers by encouraging all of our members to become engaged in all aspects of the granting process.
  • To award high impact grants ($100,000), and to focus that impact on our own community by funding local organizations that work in the tri-county area.
  • To build new relationships among our members, and to be representative of the broad range of women who make up our community. We are mothers, daughters, sisters, friends; and our faces reflect those of all who make metro Detroit the varied community it is.
Our Promise

We promise our members:

You are part of something BIG – impacting lives in Metro Detroit for generations to come.

Our Strategic Plan

2023 Strategic Goals

 

In July of 2020, the board of directors developed a strategic plan.

The plan contains short and long term goals supporting the objective of giving five $100.000 grants in 2023.

The Impact100 Model

The Impact100 model is readily available to all communities who wish to implement it. The model is designed to empower women to see themselves as philanthropists and overcome the barriers women have historically faced in this arena. The model is designed for transformational grant-making within local communities, with a minimum grant size of $100,000.

At Least 100 Women
Come Together

Each Woman
Donates $1,000

Every Member Votes

$100,000
is donated to a
Local Charity

Focus Areas

We provide nonprofit organizations with grants in increments of at least $100,000 across five broad Focus Areas:

Arts & Culture

Education

Family and Individual Support

 

Health & Wellness

Revitalization, Recreation and Environment

How it Works

The annual $1,000 donations made by Impact100 Metro Detroit members are pooled into a grant fund to be given away to nonprofit organizations in our community. The number and size of grants awarded are dependent on our membership number, but our goal is to give incremental grants of $100,000 each year. Grants can be awarded in the areas of Arts & Culture, Education, Family & Individual Support, Health & Wellness, and Revitalization, Recreation & Environment. Grants are awarded based on a vote of the Impact100 Metro Detroit membership at our annual meeting. Every woman who gives $1,000 or more has one vote.

Board of Directors

Kelly Walsh
President
Kelly Walsh
President

Kelly Walsh is Michigan Marketing Leader at PwC.  A native of Columbus, Ohio, Kelly has lived in Chicago and Washington DC where she provided leadership in advocacy, public affairs and fundraising. Kelly is a member of the 2019 Harvard Business School Young American Leader program and a graduate of Leadership Detroit. She is active in her community, serving on the board of the Grosse Pointe War Memorial, and is a Girl Scout Troop Leader.  Kelly and her family reside in Grosse Pointe.

Amy Bouque
Past President
Amy Bouque
Past President

By day, Amy Bouque is the Chief Human Resources Officer at Kelly Services, a workforce solutions company headquartered in Troy. Additionally, Amy is a dedicated community volunteer and mother of two. Her community involvement spans from having served on the board of Cass Community Social Services, being a founding board member of Impact100 Metro Detroit, and coordinating and volunteering for Focus Hope Delivery. Amy has degrees from both Michigan State University and Wayne State University.

Nadeen Nabolsi
Secretary
Nadeen Nabolsi
Secretary

Nadeen is a Senior Analyst at Ally Financial where she serves various Employee Resource Groups, one of which is Women Employee Resource Group. Nadeen comes from a diverse background of Lebanese and Palestinian origin and was born and raised in Dearborn. She is an alumna of U of M where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in marketing.

Nadeen is passionate about giving back; her community involvement extends to teaching literacy to children through volunteer programs such as TutorMate. Nadeen looks forward to sharing her time and talents as she joins forces with the amazing women of Impact100 Metro Detroit.

Barb Kaufman
Secretary, Operations and Governance
Barb Kaufman
Secretary, Operations and Governance

Barb has been a member of Impact100 Metro Detroit since 2016 and previously served on the board as the Chair of the Financial Review committee.  She returns to the board for 2022 as Secretary for Operations and Governance.  Full bio coming soon.

Ligia Kennedy
Treasurer
Ligia Kennedy
Treasurer

Ligia has a B.S. in Business Administration Finance from Eastern Michigan University. She has over 20 years of experience working in finance and accounting in various roles, with her last position being Director of Finance for Dialog Direct. In 2018 she made a personal decision to step away from her corporate position to spend more time with her family and on philanthropic opportunities, which led her to join Impact100 and serve on its board. Ligia lives in Macomb County with her husband of 15 years. She has 4 children, and enjoys traveling and boating.

Unyime Ekpenyong
Controller
Unyime Ekpenyong
Controller

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.

Debora DiCicco
Chair, Membership
Debora DiCicco
Chair, Membership

Deb was born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil. In 2003, she accepted an assignment in Detroit where she met her husband, and many years and 2 kids later, she calls Michigan home. Deb spent most of her career working in IT and IT Procurement, and is currently Director of Compliance at Ally Financial. She has a graduate degree in IT Management and an MBA. Deb has a passion for community service work.  Growing up in a country with much social disparity and poverty, she has seen first-hand how philanthropy can help transform lives.

Cheryl Harewood
Chair, Membership
Cheryl Harewood
Chair, Membership

Cheryl Harewood is a Client Account Manager at Merkle, Inc., a digital marketing agency and Dentsu Aegis Company. She also serves as a Lead for the Race and Ethnicity Pillar for Merkle’s Diversity and Inclusion Council, and a Brand Ambassador for Dentsu. Prior to Merkle, Cheryl spent two decades in Information Technology, Project/Program Management, and IT Governance for the automotive, consulting, healthcare and nonprofit industries. She holds Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Computer Science and Software Engineering from the University of Detroit Mercy. She is passionate about expanding her philanthropic work, volunteering at her church’s food pantry and working on racial and social justice causes with a focus on the African American community. She is an active member of the Alpha Kappa Sorority. She lives in Oakland County with her husband of 21 years. They have two children. With one child now in college, Cheryl is looking forward to working with the smart and talented women of Impact100 Metro Detroit.

Lisa Samerdyke
Chair, Membership
Lisa Samerdyke
Chair, Membership

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.

Kathryn Bentley
Chair, Membership Data and Analysis
Kathryn Bentley
Chair, Membership Data and Analysis

Kathryn is a founding member of Impact100 Metro Detroit and past chair of Grant Review. With a B.S. in Marketing from Northern Michigan University, she worked 25+ years in the financial services industry, holding leadership positions in Sales, Operations and Process Improvement. In 2017, she retired from Ally Financial as Sr. Director of Business Systems. The following year her husband joined her in retirement and they moved full time to their home in northern Michigan. Kathryn is excited about becoming involved in her new community and continues to be active with the inspiring women of I100MD.

Kellie Davis-Patton
Chair, Membership Communications
Kellie Davis-Patton
Chair, Membership Communications

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.

Tricia Skapyak
Chair, Marketing and Public Relations
Tricia Skapyak
Chair, Marketing and Public Relations

Tricia is a native Detroiter who now lives in Macomb County with her husband of 22 years and their two, not so young anymore, children. Tricia is the Director of Automotive Remarketing Partnerships at SiriusXM, with over 25 years of experience in business operations, marketing & sales. She holds a B.A. from Grand Valley State University. She has served on many philanthropic committees over the years through her work, church, and children’s schools. Nearly an empty nester, Tricia is looking forward to sharing her time and talents as she joins forces with the amazing women of Impact 100 Metro Detroit to give back to the communities where she and her family, live, work, and play.

Betira Shahollari
Chair, Events
Betira Shahollari
Chair, Events

Betira Shahollari was born and raised in Albania. She moved to the United States in 2010 and now calls Michigan her second home. Betira graduated from Oakland University with a degree in finance, and is now a data analyst on the pricing team at Ally Financial. She serves as Community Outreach Pillar Lead for the Diverse Abilities Employee Resource Group at Ally and is also a member of the Ally Women Employee Resource Group. Betira is passionate about giving back to her community and empowering women to reach their full potential. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, dancing, and working out.

Carla Chennault
Chair, Focus Area Growth
Carla Chennault
Chair, Focus Area Growth

Carla has worked in K-12 education for the past 20 years, first as an English teacher at University Liggett School, then as an English Department Chair at Detroit Country Day, and finally as a Principal at the Southfield Christian School.  A member of Impact100 Metro Detroit since 2018, Carla enjoys working with like-minded women committed to fueling transformation, and is excited to be serving on the board.  She holds a BS in speech communication from Northwestern University and an MA in teaching from Wayne State.  Carla lives in Bloomfield with her kind and supportive husband Bret.  She and Bret enjoy an empty nest and are incredibly proud of their two daughters, Courtney and Blaire.

Erica Peresman
Chair, Grant Review
Erica Peresman
Chair, Grant Review

Erica is a lawyer and voting rights activist. She was on the leadership team of Promote the Vote, which got Ballot Proposal 3 passed overwhelmingly by Michigan voters in 2018, and is now the Voter Protection Director for the Michigan Democratic Party. Erica has been active in community organizations since junior high. She currently serves on the board of the Detroit Jewish Community Relations Council/AJC, and mentors at-risk girls at Eastpointe High School through Women of Tomorrow. Erica graduated from the University of Chicago and earned her law degree at Stanford. She and her husband David Jaffe are the proud parents of two adult daughters.

Heidi Smith
Chair, Grant Review
Heidi Smith
Chair, Grant Review

Heidi Smith is Senior Vice President of Program Delivery at Bounteous, Inc., a digital marketing agency headquartered in Chicago. Prior to joining Bounteous, she spent 17 years in IT at Ally Bank. Heidi holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial & Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan and is a certified Project Management Professional. Heidi lives in Troy with her husband and two children.

Liliana Stoneback
Chair, Grantee Relations
Liliana Stoneback
Chair, Grantee Relations

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 Hersey.  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.

Brooke Kircher
Chair, Financial Review
Brooke Kircher
Chair, Financial Review

Brooke Kircher, CFP, has been involved with Impact 100 Metro Detroit since its formation, and serves as the co-chair of the Financial Review Committee. Brooke has 17 years experience in the financial services industry, and is currently a Senior Vice President for The Huntington Private Bank. She and her team of specialists help high net worth individuals and their families with their unique financial needs. With a passion for serving the community, Brooke is also an executive board member for FAR Therapeutic Arts and Recreation, teaches financial literacy programs largely through Junior Achievement, and serves as a Sunday school teacher in the children’s ministry program at the Clarkston United Methodist Church. She is a 2002 graduate of Michigan State University and lives in Clarkston with her husband and three daughters.

Liz DiGregorio
Chair, Financial Review
Liz DiGregorio
Chair, Financial Review

Liz currently serves as a Portfolio Manager at The Huntington National Bank in Southfield, where she is responsible for managing a book of Commercial Middle Market clients. She has over 13 years of experience in the financial services industry. Liz holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Central Michigan University, and an MBA from Wayne State University. Liz serves as the co-chair of the Financial Review Committee for Impact 100 Metro Detroit.

Jaclyn Jackson
Chair, Nonprofit Relations
Jaclyn Jackson
Chair, Nonprofit Relations

Jaclyn Jackson, CAP® is a Portfolio Manager at Center for Financial Planning, Inc.® Jaclyn works in the Investment Department, managing client portfolios and performing investment research.

Jaclyn is a member of The Center’s Charitable Committee and is passionate about giving back to the community.  In addition to her Board Membership with Impact 100 Metro Detroit, Jaclyn is an active volunteer as a City Year Detroit Alumni Board Member and ELITE Women Youth Mentor.

Jaclyn has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan and the Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy® (CAP®) certification.

Carly Campbell
Chair, Nonprofit Relations
Carly Campbell
Chair, Nonprofit Relations

Carly is a Senior Analyst on the HR Compensation team at Ally Financial. Carly holds a Bachelor’s degree in Labor Studies and a Master’s degree in Dispute Resolution, both from Wayne State University. Carly is passionate about food insecurity, local food, and the local pollinators. She supports local food cooperatives such as City Commons CSA and the Detroit People’s Food Co-op. She enjoys cooking and eating local foods, and growing foods and native flowers.

Kim Huttenlocher
Chair, Technology and Website
Kim Huttenlocher
Chair, Technology and Website

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.