Board of Directors

Abby L. Freeman, PhD

President

Dr. Freeman began her career in health care as a Director of a respite care center while she was in college earning her degree in the radiologic  sciences. After graduating from Marygrove College, she worked as a radiologic technologist at Sinai Hospital in Detroit: while she continued to pursue her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Siena Heights University and Central Michigan University respectfully. Abby later moved to Missouri and continued to work in the radiologic sciences.  While living in the St. Louis area Dr. Freeman soon became the director of the radiologic sciences program at Sanford Brown College. Under Dr. Freeman’s leadership the radiologic sciences program became the premier program in St. Louis: with a 96% pass rate, 98% retention and 100% job placement.  Abby later moved to Las Vegas and taught on-line while she earned her doctoral degree in Leadership in Higher Education. After 4 years Abby moved to Orlando Florida and became the Director of Education at City College. While at City College Dr. Freeman successfully saw the College through reaccreditation with zero citations and recommendations. As the Director of education Abby also spearheaded the transition for her campus to become part of the Florida Statewide numbering system, allowing her graduates to transfer their credits to any other institution of higher learning in the state of Florida.  In early 2014 Abby returned to her hometown of Detroit  and was quickly hired on at Wayne County Community College District as the Assistant to the Vice Chancellor of Educational Affairs, and moved to Assistant Vice Chancellor of Educational affairs under Dr. Stephanie Bulger. Abby now serves the District as the Provost of Health Sciences. Dr. Freeman’s main focus has been to insure that Wayne County Community College District not only has the premier allied health programs in the state but also a state of the art facility.  Dr. Freeman serves as the President of the Sinai-Grace Guild Community Development Corporation. Her interests include jazz music, yoga, travelling and spending time with family and friends.

Palencia Mobely 

Vice Chair

Palencia Mobley, P.E. was appointed as the Deputy Director/Chief Engineer of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department for Mayor Mike Duggan and approved by the Board of Water Commissioners in January 2016. Mobley is responsible for oversight of the operations, capital programs and implementation of green stormwater infrastructure program for DWSD. Prior to her appointment as Deputy Director, Mobley led the operations negotiations on behalf of the City for establishment of the new Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA). Mobley is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and Wayne State University with a Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering. In 2006, she became one of the youngest minority women to ever attain licensure as a Professional Engineer in the State of Michigan. In July of 2018, Mobley was appointed by Governor Rick Snyder to the Michigan Infrastructure Council, a state led board responsible for implementing an infrastructure asset management strategy for the next 30 years. 

June Mack 

Secretary

June Mack is an active member of Winship Community and consistently devotes time to community involvement.  Ms. Mack shows her dedication to her community by serving within the Winship Community Association Board. Ms. Mack served as a trustee from 2000 -2018. After, Ms. Mack took on the position as membership Chairperson from 2018 - present. Ms. Mack began to be involved with Sinai Grace Guild Community Development Corporation in 2017 and currently serves as Secretary. In addition, Ms. Mack has served on the Sinai Grace Guild Steering Committee and Sinai Grace Guild Community Workshop from 2017-2018. 

Dr. Lawrence Mathews

Treasurer

Presently, Dr. Matthews serves as the Chief Financial Officer of Hartford Memorial Baptist Church. Prior to joining Hartford, Dr. Matthews was the Chief Financial Officer for the Institute for Population Health (IPH), a City of Detroit non-profit organization. IPH assured that all public health services were provided for the region.
Dr. Mathews also served as the General Manager of Finance and Administration for the City of Detroit Department of Health and Wellness Promotion (the Health Department), Associate Dean of Finance for Meharry Medical College, the Deputy Director of Finance-Healthcare Administration for the County of Wayne, Partner-in-Charge of Finance and Administration for the turnaround firm for Clarence Nixon Consulting Group and the CFO for the The Wellness Plan (a managed care organization). 

A registered CPA in Michigan, Dr. Matthews earned his doctorate in public policy/public administration from Wayne State University, where he researched healthcare for the elderly. His MBA is from the University of Detroit and his MPA is also from Wayne State University. His undergraduate degree is from the University of Michigan - Flint.

Ryan Mack

Member

President of Main Street Broadcasting, LLC (AKA “The Financial Evangelist”) has a life mission to build and develop a durable financial empire geared towards educating his community and beyond. Ryan Mack graduated from the University of Michigan Business School (ranked number one in the country) with a concentration in Finance.  His career in equity markets began in Detroit, Michigan as a stock trader and later as a trader for the largest NASDAQ trading firm in the nation, Knight Securities. As a renowned public speaker he has provided keynote presentations to organizations across the country such as Harvard University, Columbia University, Princeton University, NAACP, National Association of Real Estate Brokers, Housing Preservation and Development, National Urban League, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Black MBA Association, the National Basketball Association, Microsoft Corporation, HSBC, KPMG, Johnson and Johnson, Six Flags, and Deutsche Bank. He can be regularly viewed on television networks such as GMTV, CNBC, CNN, Thomson Reuters, and BET discussing economic/social issues that impact American citizens.  Ryan has also authored books “Living in the Village”, the “Playing Smart” financial handbook for athletes, and “The Stop and Frisk Handbook”; has been profiled in Tavis Smiley's Covenant and Action (a New York Times Bestseller); co-authored a book with Kevin Powell entitled “The Black Male Handbook”; and featured in Black Enterprise, African American Family, The Source & NV Magazine; contributes regularly to Huffingtonpost.com, The Network Journal, Fortune, Ebony, Essence, and Black Enterprise. Whether he is counseling a group of doctors at a convention or in Rikers Island providing a free course Ryan Mack’s comprehensive, exciting approach to teaching economic empowerment to all income levels has generated a level of much needed interest in a volatile economy.   

Katrina McCree

Member

Katrina McCree joined Sinai-Grace Hospital in 2009. She currently serves as the Associate Administrator of Operations.  Katrina is responsible for Government and Community Affairs, Patient/Guest Relations, Volunteer Services, Customer Service, Spiritual Care, Environmental Services, Food and Nutrition Services, the Hospital Gift Shop, and additional ancillary services.  Katrina previously served as the Market Director for the ACA Operations for the Detroit Medical Center and the Director of Government & Community Affairs for Sinai-Grace Hospital. Katrina is a founding member of the Sinai-Grace Guild Community Development Corporation and played a major role in securing the initial grant funding to drive neighborhood revitalization in Northwest Detroit. Katrina serves on the Michigan Hospital Association’s Patient and Family Advisory Council. Katrina also currently serves on the Advantage Health Center Board, the Higher Learning Commission, Coleman Young Foundation Board, BLAC Magazine Advisory Board, The City of Detroit Local Development Finance Authority Board, and the Interfaith Leadership Council Healthcare Committee.  In addition, she is a member of several public service and organizations; the Links, Incorporated; and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated. Katrina holds bachelor's degree in Communications and a master’s degree in Human Resource Management.

Crystal Perkins

Member

Crystal Perkins was appointed as a member of the Board of Directors October 2017; as a board member Ms. Perkins is dedicated to serving the community which she also resides in.  During her tenure she’s assisted with the development of the CDC’s Framework, Vision, and Mission Statements.

Currently working as a Project Manager & Analytics Specialist with the City of Detroit, Ms. Perkins oversees the Blight Remediation Division of the General Services Department.  Under her leadership this division has boarded over 23,000 vacant/abandoned structures, removed over 50,000 illegal graffiti tags, signs, and posters, and has assisted with the care, beautification, and maintenance of 24 major corridors.

Ms. Perkins was educated in the Detroit Public School system.  In May 1999 she earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Oakland University in Business Management and her Master’s of Business Administration from Wayne State University in 2008.

William A. Smith 

Member

William A. Smith serves as the chief financial officer for the non-profit Detroit RiverFront Conservancy. 

Smith attended Detroit Public Schools through middle school and graduated high school from Detroit Benedictine. Smith is a graduate of Colorado State University with a bachelor's of science degree in accounting and a graduate of Wayne State University with a master's of business administration. He has over 20 years of accounting and finance experience.  After spending more than 10 years in the healthcare industry, Smith joined the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy in January 2006 as the senior director of finance and administration. After four years of exemplary service, Smith was promoted to chief financial officer. In his role with the Conservancy, Mr. Smith has managed over $100 million of public space construction along Detroit’s riverfront, which has spear headed more than $1 billion of economic investment in the riverfront district. Additionally, Smith has more than 15 years of entrepreneurial experience in real estate, construction and restaurant retail. Smith is currently the owner and operator of DUO Restaurant & Lounge in Southfield, MI.

 

In 2009, Smith was a recipient of Michigan Chronicle’s 2009 “Men of Excellence” Award.  He was recognized by Crain’s Detroit Business in 2013 as a finalist for CFO of the Year. 

 

In 2015, Smith joined fellow leaders by completing the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Leadership Detroit Class XXXVI.  Also in 2015, he completed the Urban Land Institute of Michigan’s Larson School for Leadership program. Both programs are designed to cultivate leadership development among professionals from throughout Metro Detroit and the State of Michigan. 

 

Smith has been a member of the Detroit Athletic Club for more than 20 years. Other memberships include the American Planning Association and Urban Land Institute. Smith also serves as an Invest Detroit Advisory Committee member and on the boards of the Detroit Youth Sports Commission, Black Family Development, Friends of Wayne County Parks and Develop Detroit, Inc.

Hon. Conrad Mallet Jr. 

Member-at-Large

Conrad L. Mallett is the Detroit Medical Center’s Chief Administrative Officer (CAO). His corporate portfolio includes corporate communication and media relations, Michigan Pioneer ACO, security operations, governmental relations and community engagement. 

 

Mr. Mallett was until September of 2019, the President of Sinai Grace Hospital (SGH), a critical asset in the Tenet Health/Detroit Medical Center hospital constellation. Mallett also spearheaded the creation of the Sinai Grace Guild Community Development Corporation. To date the Sinai Grace Guild Community Development Corporation has raised more than $850,000, facilitated the creation of a community/neighborhood strategic plan truly reflective of local community neighborhood aspirations and as its first project fully weatherized/ renovated 11 homes in the SGH service area. This tremendous accomplishment furthers dramatically the concept of population health management, the concept of healthy homes as well as neighborhood stabilization. Driving SGH’s financial success coupled with the implementation of innovative community programming caused Mallett to be recognized as one of the top 100 African American hospital leaders in the United States of America.    

 

Prior to entering the healthcare field, Mallett had a highly distinguished career as a lawyer and Michigan Supreme Court Justice.  He was appointed to the Michigan Supreme Court of Michigan in 1990, and was elected twice state-wide in 1992 and 1994. His colleagues elected him Chief Justice in 1996. Mallett served as Chief Justice for two years before leaving the Supreme Court in 1999 to return to his old law firm, Miller Canfield, Paddock and Stone. Soon thereafter, he was asked to join the Detroit Medical Center as General Counsel and CAO, where he directed the DMC’s legal department, the office of federal and state governmental affairs, human resources, managed care, and community outreach until August of 2003. . 

 

Mallett holds a Bachelor of Arts (English) degree from the University of California at Los Angeles, a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Southern California, a Master’s in Public Administration, also from USC, and an MBA from Oakland University, with a concentration in Healthcare Management.