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ARISE Detroit! Team


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Luther Keith, Executive Director

A former award-winning editor and columnist for The Detroit News, and a native Detroiter, Keith served in many roles for the newspaper  before retiring in 2005. He had stints as a sports writer, state capitol correspondent, city editor, state editor, business editor, assistant managing editor, public editor and columnist. 


In many of those roles, Keith developed and coordinated stories and special reports on quality of life issues affecting Detroit such  as crime, education and neighborhood revitalization. 

In 1985, Keith took a leave of absence to become the founding director of Wayne State University’s Journalism Institute for Minorities, a program to recruit and train minorities for careers in the media. Keith was inducted into the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame in 1995. Keith is a former vice-president with the Detroit chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists.

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Carrecia Watkins, Operations Officer

As the Operations Officer, Carrecia will work with the Executive Director to advance the organization's mission, vision, core values, strategic priorities, and growth goals.  She is responsible for leading programming, events, promote volunteerism and community activism.


Dr. George Swan III

Retired Vice Chancellor

Wayne County Community College

ARISE Detroit! Board Chairman

Dr. Annie Adams


AYSIACDC Youth Leadership

ARISE Detroit! Board Member

Toni McIlwain


McIlwain Consulting

ARISE Detroit! Board Member

Leslie Andrews

Chief Executive Officer

Leslie Andrews Consulting

ARISE Detroit! Board Vice Chairwoman

Ron Wood

Retired Vice President

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

ARISE Detroit! Board Treasurer

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Linda Smith
Executive Director
ARISE Detroit! Board Member

Marge Sorge

Executive Director

Detroit Unspun

ARISE Detroit! Board Member

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Robin M. Wilson


Robin Wilson Educational Consulting
ARISE Detroit! Board Member

Eleanor C. Smith

Lead Council

Vanguard Legal Associates
ARISE Detroit! Board Member

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Russ Russell


w/Russell Communications Group

ARISE Detroit! Board Member


In Memoriam:

Honoring Jane Thomas, posthumous. Trustee Emeritus, the Skillman Foundation, ARISE Detroit!, secretary, 2006-2016 

Honoring Randy McNeil, posthumous, ARISE Detroit!, Chair, 2010-2016

Honoring Julius Bender, ARISE Detroit!, Board Member, 2017-2018

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