The Youth Connection Leadership

In any organization, leadership is a key to success. As we learned form our beginnings with the Urban Health Initiative, a systems change agent not only needs strong traditional leaders, but also those leaders who are unconventional and whose passion to help youth is extraordinary. Much of our work as an agency can be traced back to the principles of relationship-building, partnering with government, private organizations and individuals to increase opportunities for youth to succeed and old-fashioned hard work.

We have assembled a dynamic leadership team at The Youth Connection. Members of the administration and Board of Directors are listed below.

President and CEO Dr. Grenaé Dudley, Ph.D.

Dr. Grenaé Dudley, Ph.D.
President and CEO
The Youth Connection

 Dr. Dudley has more than 30 years of experience as an advocate for the welfare of children. With a background as a licensed psychologist and non-profit administration, Dr. Dudley brings a wealth of talent and respect as an advocate for children. Read More.



The Youth Connection

Board of Directors


Edward Ewell, Jr.
Third Judicial Circuit Court

Vice Chairman

Andrew Arena
Executive Director
Detroit Crime Commission


Gloria Larkins
Vice President of Finance
Detroit Receiving Hospital


Rick Bergquist
Kellerin Equipment Sales, Inc.


Commissioner Donald Austin
Fire Commissioner
Detroit Fire Department

Nadine Cook
Director of Public and Community Relations and Events
St. John Providence Health System

Chandra Moore
Design Director
CoG Studio

Tonie Bell
Ward-Hill Omni Media

Anntinette McCain
Program Supervisor
Health, Physical Education and Safety
Detroit Public Schools

A. Tom Paglia, III
Director of Operations
Stunt3 Multimedia

Joseph Ciesinski, AAMS
Financial Advisor
America Group Retirement Strategy Centers

Sue McCormick
Detroit Water & Sewerage Dept.

Karen Ridgeway
Detroit Public Schools

Stephen Harris
Molina Health Care

Florine Mark
President and Chairman
Board of Directors
The WW Group, Inc.

Heidi McGlinnen
Director of Community Engagement
Molina Health Care

Durell Hope
Asst. Special Agent in Charge
US Drug Enforcement Agency-Detroit

Rhonda Kennedy
Office of Public Affairs
FBI - Detroit Field Office

Donnell White
Executive Director
Detroit Branch NAACP

Regina Daniels Thomas
Deputy Chief Counsel - Broad Based Advocacy - Civil Law Group
Legal Aid and Defender Association, Inc.

Chester Logan
Interim Chief of Police
City of Detroit




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