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



Associate | Business Development, HED


Entitlements Manager, Lombardo Companies

Past President

Partner, Plante Moran


Vice President, Hobbs+Black Architects
Entitlements Manager, Lombardo Companies


CFO - Aikens Eyrie, LLC, Robert B. Aikens & Associates LLC


Chief Marketing Officer, Lee Industrial Contracting


Sales Associate, Knoll
Vice President, Hobbs+Black Architects
Round Island Consulting
Sr. Interior Designer
Business Development Executive, Haworth Inc.
Principal, Director of Program Management, Plante Moran

Nomination Committee and Process

Each summer the immediate past-president petitions nominations for the coming year’s available board positions and establishes a Nomination Committee. The group is generally made up of four or five select volunteer members, as well as the president-elect, president and immediate past-president.

Nominations to the executive board begin with a confidential application, in which members will state their intentions and select their desired leadership positions.

Members nominating for the president-elect position will undergo a lengthier process, including an in-person interview with the Nomination Committee. This is the only position that requires an interview.

Following the application submission deadline, the Nomination Committee assembles for a full day of application review and discussion and conducts interviews for president-elect.

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

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.

2019 Kelli Herman, Neumann/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