2021 Michigan Chronicle Women of Excellence Honorees Announced

For over a decade, the Michigan Chronicle has celebrated local African American women who inspire others through vision and leadership, exceptional achievements, and participation in community service. This year’s Women of Excellence continue to be those who have shown exceptional success in business, community involvement, and philanthropy. 2021 Honorees will join an elite group comprised of the area’s most influential women. “Each year in character, in manner, and in style; the Michigan Chronicle celebrates phenomenal women who have demonstrated exceptional courage, unwavering conviction, and extraordinary grace,” said Hiram E. Jackson, Publisher of Michigan Chronicle.



Crystal Bailey, Founder and CEO, Walk Fashion Show
Kristen Barnes-Holiday, Ph.D., Faculty, Wayne County Community College District
Melani Bender-Ivery, District Controller & Associate Vice Chancellor, Wayne County Community College District
Saranna Berger, General Dentist, Michigan Center for Oral Surgery
T. Jann Caison-Sorey, MD, MBA, Medical Director, Clinical Quality & Network Management, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
Katrenia L. Camp, Executive Director, Project Dream, Inc.
Robin Cash, Ph.D., President, Founder & CEO, Robin Cash, P.H.D. LLC Consulting
Karen Clark-Sheard, Gospel Artist/Preacher, Karew Records
Cali Crawford, Director of Athletics, Schoolcraft College
Tanisha M. Davis, Attorney at Law, Tanisha M. Davis, Attorney at Law, PLLC
Jasmin DeForrest, Director, Community Sponsorships, Rocket Community Fund
Laura Dickerson, Region 1A Assistant Director, UAW
Denise Z. Fair, Chief Public Health Officer, Detroit Health Department
Rev. Dr. Tia Finney, Supervisor-SOM Medical Testing, Wayne State University School of Medicine
Tatiana Grant, Principal, 2050 Partners, Inc.; Cultivate MI Solutions
Dr. Shekitra Green, Principal, Detroit Public Schools Community District
Audrey Gregory, Ph.D., R.N., Chief Executive Officer, Detroit Medical Center
Sabrina E. Groshek, Director of Engineering – Induction, Controls, Exhaust and Active Thermal Management (ICE-T), General Motors
Dion’trae Hayes, Supervisor, The Charter Township of Lansing
Jerry Hebron, Executive Director, Northend Christian CDC
Tiffany Jackson, Chief Operating Officer, Ignition Media Group
Eunice Myles Jeffries, Chair of Board of Regents, Eastern Michigan University
Paulina Johnson, MBA, Ford Global Account Manager, ArcelorMittal NA
Desiree Jones, Chief Compliance & Revenue Officer, The Children’s Center
Stephanie Jones, Lead Counsel Electric Vehicle Growth Operations, General Motors
Rev. Katrese Kirk, Pastor, Smith Chapel AME Church, Inkster, MI
Amy McClain, Vice President of Client & Community Relations Director, PNC Bank
Krista McKinney-King, Principal, Randolph Career & Technical Center
Rev. Dr. Robyn Diane Moore, Pastor, First Baptist Institutional Church
Jacqueline Munson-Gaines, President and CEO, JMG Connects
Monique Owens, Mayor, City of Eastpointe
Juliana M. Perry, Relationship Manager, Vice President, Fifth Third Bank Corp.
Nancy L. Quarles, Oakland County Road Commissioner, Oakland County Government
Deadra Rahaman, Vice President of Brand Planning, HUGE, Inc
Rev. Cindy Rudolph, Senior Pastor, Oak Grove AME Church
Lauren Sanders, Founder, The Elevate Project Inc.  

Trina Scott, Chief Diversity Officer, Rocket Companies
Casandra Shortridge, UAW President’s Office, Administrative Assistant, International UAW
Khalilah V. Spencer, Inclusion, Equity and Social Responsibility Partner, Honigman LLP
Misha Stallworth West, School Board Member, Detroit Public School District

Kenyatta Stephens, CEO, Black Family Development
Kristi Stepp, partner, Sigred solutions
Georgina Tait, Principal, Detroit Public Schools Community District
Jamila Taylor-Crocker, MD, Family Medicine Physician, Ascension Providence
Joni Thrower Davis, CEO, Jamjomar III, LLC
Rema Reynolds Vassar, Ph.D, Associate Professor, Eastern Michigan University
Terri Weems, President, Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation
Monique Wells, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, DTE Energy
Rhonda Welsh, Executive Director- Detroit Outreach, Central Michigan University
Nikki Wright, Assistant Vice President and Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity, Wayne State University



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