Board of Directors

CREW Detroit is managed by a Board of Directors who work together to set and accomplish the chapter’s strategic goals—helping to advance the success of women in commercial real estate. Serving on the CREW Detroit Board of Directors is a unique opportunity for leadership and networking among other ambitious women and men working in the commercial real estate field.

Reasons to Serve:

  • Increased visibility within the CRE industry
  • Leadership skills and experience that benefit you and your company
  • Impact on the future of women in CRE
  • Expanded professional connections
  • Opportunity to influence the direction of CREW Detroit



Director of Development, Lombardo Companies


Vice President, Hobbs+Black Architects

Past President

Associate | Business Development, HED


Project Manager, Strategic Energy Solutions
Vice President, Hobbs+Black Architects


Owner, AKG Services


Director of Business Development, Granger Construction


Senior Project Manager, MovePlan
Senior Facility Manager, CBRE, Inc.
Strategic Relationship Executive, MillerKnoll
Director of Business Development, Granger Construction
Project Manager, Strategic Energy Solutions
Vice President, Hobbs+Black Architects
Owner, Round Island Consulting
Principal, Plante Moran Cresa

Nomination Committee and Process

Each summer the immediate past-president as Chair of the Nominating Committee petitions nominations for the coming year’s available board positions and establishes a Nominating Committee.

Nominations to the executive board of directors begin with a confidential application, in which members will state their intentions and select their desired leadership positions.  A brief virtual interview will be conducted with those members seeking a board director position.

Members nominating for the president-elect position will undergo a lengthier process, including an in-person interview with the Nominating Committee.
Following the application submission deadline, the Nominating Committee assembles for a full day of application review and discussion and conducts interviews.

Appointments are made that day and announced following a membership-wide survey and approval of the selected slate, conducted via email.

The typical timeline is as follows:

  • June – Nominations accepted
  • July – Applications are completed by nominated candidates
  • August – Nominating Committee convenes and determines the recommended slate
  • Self-nominations are encouraged.

One way to prepare for a board position is to join and chair or co-chair one of CREW Detroit’s various committees. Read more about committee responsibilities here.

Past Presidents

CREW Detroit thanks all our fearless past presidents for their continued support and commitment to our mission.

2022 Lisa Robach, HED
2021 Jennifer Chambers, Plante Moran
2020 Jennifer Chambers, Plante Moran
2019 Kelli HermanNeumann/Smith Architecture
2018 Heather Greene, Stantec Architecture
2017 Andrea Burg, Cushman & Wakefield
2016 Dana Kreis Glencer, Dawda, Mann, Mulcahy & Sadler, PLC
2015 Sheila Suppes, T.H. Marsh Construction Company
2014 Leslie Zawada, Civil Engineering Solution, Inc.
2013 Jumana Judeh, Judeh & Associates
2012 Jan Purcell, Purcell Interiors, LLC
2011 Marilyn Nix, Marilyn P. Nix & Associates
2010 Rachele Downs, Downs Diversity Initiatives, LLC
2009 Leanne Bowen, UnitedHealth Group
2008 Gail von Staden, von Staden Architects
2007 Carol Ann Arvan
2006 Debra Osuch, SME
2005 Joan Cleland, Aquest Development Inc.
2004 Susan Mero, CBRE
2003 Jennifer McLean, Kushner Companies
2002 Margaret Van Meter, Trinity Health
2001 Harrell Scarcello, Scarcello Images
2000 Nancy Omichinski, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
1999 Linda Hubbard
1998 Phyllis Riina
1997 Elizabeth Lilley
1996 Catherine LaMont
1995 Cathy Montgomery
1994 Cathy Montgomery
1993 Ann J. Silver
1992 Phyllis Rozof
1991 Barbara Stetter
1990 Kathleen Spillane
1989 Sandra Lea Meyer
1988 Cheryl Lippert
1987 Kathleen Valenstein
1986 Cynthia Sharp