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*:
- Ted Canaday, Chief Marketing & Communications Officer, Charles H. Wright Museum
- Sergeant Michael Woody, Office of Public Information, City of Detroit
- Marcus Popiolek, Director of Marketing and Public Relations, College for Creative Studies
- Lynne Friman, Director of Strategic Projects, CultureSource
- Beth Chappell, President & CEO, Detroit Economic Club
- Tiffini D. Smith, Director of Corporate Communications, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation
- Bob Sadler, Director of Marketing & Sales, Detroit Historical Society
- Ben Manges, Director of Corporate Communications, Detroit Lions
- Elizabeth Parkinson, Senior Vice President, Marketing & Partnerships, Detroit Lions
- Dee Prosi, Senior Vice President of Marketing & Business Development, Detroit Medical Center
- Renee Monforton, Director of Communications, Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau
- Kaniqua Daniel-Welch, Program Supervisor of Media/New Media, Detroit Public Schools
- Will Butler, Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Detroit Regional Chamber
- Marc Pasco, Director of Communications, Detroit RiverFront Conversancy
- Gabrielle Poshadlo, Director of Communications and Media Relations, Detroit Symphony Orchestra
- Ron Colangelo, Vice President of Communications, Detroit Tigers
- Jeanette Pierce, Executive Director, Detroit Experience Factory
- Christine Kloostra, Executive Director Marketing and Communication, Detroit Institute of Arts
- Heather Kazmierczak, Director of Marketing and Communications, Downtown Detroit Partnership
- Amy Chesterton, Landscape Architect, Hamilton Anderson
- David Olejarz, Manager, Media Relations, Henry Ford Health System
- Doug Kuiper, Vice President of Corporate Communications, Ilitch Holdings, Inc.
- Tejaswi Paruchuri, Manager of Communications, Meridian Health Plan
- Rob Morosi, Metro Region Communications Specialist, Michigan Department of Transportation
- Annmarie Borucki, Special Projects Manager, Midtown Detroit, Inc.
- Shannon Mackie, Marketing Coordinator, Michigan Science Center
- Michael Kulick, Web + Digital Media Manager, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
- Carolyn Artman, Senior Public Relations Manager, Rock Ventures
- Denise Drach, Director of BD + Marketing Associate, Rossetti
- Bridget Russo, Marketing Director, Shinola
- Sandra Knight, Director of Public Relations, Smith Group
- Dave Duey, Director of Operations, The Whitney
- Terry Merritt, Senior Vice President, Walbridge
- Matt Lockwood, Director of Communications, Wayne State University
- Benny Sasser, Facilities Manager, Woodward Gardens
*Listed in alphabetical order of organization
Visit www.M-1RAIL.com for updates on construction and traffic closures.
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 www.M-1RAIL.com for more information.