Detroit Communications Leaders Appointed to M-1 Rail Communications Advisory Board

M-1 RAIL Construction
DETROIT— M-1 RAIL has formed a Communications Advisory Board comprised of leading communications professionals from businesses and major institutions located on or near the Woodward Corridor.  The purpose of the CAB is to help inform the M-1 Rail communications strategy and reach key stakeholders, employees, and visitors who navigate the Woodward corridor area.
“The CAB provides M-1 RAIL with leadership and counsel regarding communications,” said Sommer Woods, director of external relations, M-1 RAIL. “We have already held two meetings and the feedback has been tremendously helpful in informing us in how we can best communicate with constituents, businesses and employees along the corridor regarding construction and construction impacts. We’re fortunate to have such an experienced group of professionals supporting this project.”
The members of the M-1 RAIL Communications Advisory Board are*:

  1. Ted Canaday, Chief Marketing & Communications Officer, Charles H. Wright Museum
  2. Sergeant Michael Woody, Office of Public Information, City of Detroit
  3. Marcus Popiolek, Director of Marketing and Public Relations, College for Creative Studies
  4. Lynne Friman, Director of Strategic Projects, CultureSource
  5. Beth Chappell, President & CEO, Detroit Economic Club
  6. Tiffini D. Smith, Director of Corporate Communications, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation
  7. Bob Sadler, Director of Marketing & Sales, Detroit Historical Society
  8. Ben Manges, Director of Corporate Communications, Detroit Lions
  9. Elizabeth Parkinson, Senior Vice President, Marketing & Partnerships, Detroit Lions
  10. Dee Prosi, Senior Vice President of Marketing & Business Development, Detroit Medical Center
  11. Renee Monforton, Director of Communications, Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau
  12. Kaniqua Daniel-Welch, Program Supervisor of Media/New Media, Detroit Public Schools
  13. Will Butler, Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Detroit Regional Chamber
  14. Marc Pasco, Director of Communications, Detroit RiverFront Conversancy
  15. Gabrielle Poshadlo, Director of Communications and Media Relations, Detroit Symphony Orchestra
  16. Ron Colangelo, Vice President of Communications, Detroit Tigers
  17. Jeanette Pierce, Executive Director, Detroit Experience Factory
  18. Christine Kloostra, Executive Director Marketing and Communication, Detroit Institute of Arts
  19. Heather Kazmierczak, Director of Marketing and Communications, Downtown Detroit Partnership
  20. Amy Chesterton, Landscape Architect, Hamilton Anderson
  21. David Olejarz, Manager, Media Relations, Henry Ford Health System
  22. Doug Kuiper, Vice President of Corporate Communications, Ilitch Holdings, Inc.
  23. Tejaswi Paruchuri, Manager of Communications, Meridian Health Plan
  24. Rob Morosi, Metro Region Communications Specialist, Michigan Department of Transportation
  25. Annmarie Borucki, Special Projects Manager, Midtown Detroit, Inc.
  26. Shannon Mackie, Marketing Coordinator, Michigan Science Center
  27. Michael Kulick, Web + Digital Media Manager, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
  28. Carolyn Artman, Senior Public Relations Manager, Rock Ventures
  29. Denise Drach, Director of BD + Marketing Associate, Rossetti
  30. Bridget Russo, Marketing Director, Shinola
  31. Sandra Knight, Director of Public Relations, Smith Group
  32. Dave Duey, Director of Operations, The Whitney
  33. Terry Merritt, Senior Vice President, Walbridge
  34. Matt Lockwood, Director of Communications, Wayne State University
  35. Benny Sasser, Facilities Manager, Woodward Gardens

*Listed in alphabetical order of organization
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M-1 RAIL Donors & Partners
Bank of America, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, The Chrysler Foundation, City of Detroit, Compuware Corporation, Detroit Downtown Development Authority, Detroit Medical Center, DTE Energy, Ford Foundation, Ford Motor Company and Fund, Federal Transit Administration, General Motors – Chevrolet, Great Lakes Capital Fund, Henry Ford Health System, Hudson- Webber Foundation, Ilitch Holdings Inc., Invest Detroit, JPMorgan Chase, LISC – New Markets Support Company, Michigan Department of Transportation, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Penske Corporation, Quicken Loans, The Kresge Foundation, United Fund Advisors, United States Department of Transportation, Wayne County, Wayne State University.
About M-1 RAIL
M-1 RAIL is the non-profit organization leading the design, construction and future operation of a 3.3-mile (6.6 miles round-trip) modern streetcar along Woodward Avenue between Larned Street and West Grand Boulevard in Detroit, Michigan.  An unprecedented public-private partnership and model for regional collaboration, the M-1 RAIL Streetcar project is the first major transit project led and funded by private businesses and philanthropic organizations, in partnership with local, state and federal governments. Visit for more information.


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