Dream Makers Youth Foundation has a seven-member Board of Directors with a variety of educational and professional experience. Each member is dedicated to serving their community, and providing assistance to those less fortunate than themselves. Each member was recruited, and then elected, because of their areas of expertise, and the belief that they could help fulfill our organization's mission and objectives.
Nikki K Wilson, MA OTR/L
Founder & President
Nikki is an Occupational Therapist who earned her Master's degree from New York University in 2001; she earned her Bachelor's degree in Biomedical Sciences from Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo, MI) in 1997. She has been providing Pediatric Occupational Therapy services in a variety of settings since graduation, including aquatic, school- and home-based therapies. She has attended several Continuing Education courses, is competent in the stages of childhood development, and was a wheelchair soccer and basketball coach.
Patricia A Wilson
Patricia is a retired middle school English and Reading Teacher who earned her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Michigan State University (Lansing, MI) in Secondary Education (1972) and Secondary Reading (1974), respectively. Ms. Wilson has taught on the secondary level, and in adult education, in the Lansing, Comstock, and Kalamazoo School Districts. She has over thirty years of experience in education, and is competent in curriculum research and development for school-aged children.
Anthony is the Managing Principal for SHEA Engineering and owner of The Bernstein Group, where he provides Project Management Services, Business Consulting, and Import/Export services. He earned an EMBA in International Marketing from Emory University and a degree in Civil Engineering from Georgia Tech with certificates in Materials, Urban Planning & Management. He is a member of the St. Thomas the Apostle Church and served as Grand Knight for the St. Thomas Knights of Columbus from 2008 - 2009 (Council 12386). Anthony looks forward to helping DMYF grow in scope and coverage by leading process development efforts and assisting with corporate development.
Joseph E Graves, Jr
Mr. Graves is a Community Service/Public Service Consultant who studied Urban and Metropolitan Studies at Michigan State University (Lansing, MI). He has over thirty years of Senior Management experience, which includes lobbyist responsibilities, advocating for community-driven agendas, and developing collaborative community initiatives. Mr. Graves also served as Chief Deputy Director of the Michigan Department of Social Services.
Clarence Porter, Jr
Mr. Porter is an Accountant who attended Dekalb College (Clarkston, GA) in 1976. He has been the owner and operator of P-Books, Inc. since February 1978, and provides accounting, tax, and general consultation services to small businesses, their owners, and managers. He is also enrolled to represent taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service.
Gavin is a world-class paralympic wheelchair basketball player, with several years of experience with the National Wheelchair Basketball Association and international play. He played on Team USA during the Paralympic Games in 2004, and won a Silver medal during the World Games in 2006. Gavin is very involved in the wheelchair sports community, and has been instrumental in recruiting wheelchair athletes for our integrated sports events. He believes strongly in the importance of sports for all youth, and is passionate about introducing wheelchair sports to youth in chairs.
Director of Marketing & Sponsorships
A marketing and sales professional, Eric has a diverse background in sales, marketing, business development, and entrepreneurship. He has been fortunate enough to work in the digital media space for over 10 years and has been a leader in helping businesses shift their marketing communication efforts from traditional media to the internet. Blessed with a rare gift for making personal connections, Eric is a skillful communicator in both one on one and group settings. With a strong educational background that includes a bachelor's degree in Management/Marketing and a MBA in marketing and e-commerce from Keller Graduate School, Eric has marketing and advertising campaign management skills that are among the best in the industry.
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