Violinist and music educator, Natalie Frakes, is Director of Orchestras for Oxford Community Schools and believes passionately that music can be used as a vehicle for social change. She has been involved as a teaching artist for Wayne State's String Project@Wayne, Detroit Symphony's Civic Youth Ensembles, MSU's Community Music School, and more. She completed a teaching residency with the Baltimore Symphony's El Sistema-inspired Orchkids program and lived and worked in Costa Rica with their El Sistema program. Natalie graduated from Wayne State and was named a 2014 Michigan Teacher of Promise.
Natalie is also an experienced performer and has worked with the likes of 2Cellos and Trans-Siberian Orchestra. She performs with electro-pop violin band, NUCLASSICA, and is violinist in Midtown Strings, a string ensemble with her closest friends, and aims to make music accessible to a wider audience.
Tonya created World Footprints where she producers and co-hosts the multi award-winning World Footprints podcast with her husband, Ian. World Footprints is the recipient of multiple awards including a prestigious Lowell Thomas award and African Community Service Award for journalistic excellence and socially conscious mission. Tonya is an advocate of transformative power of travel on stages including TEDx, the Women’s Economic Forum in India, and the North American Travel Journalist Association (NATJA). As an author, Tonya has contributed to a career inspiration book with Stephen Covey, co-created a Baltimore travel app, and authored an e-itinerary guide for Washington, DC. Under President George W. Bush, she received an appointment as a Deputy Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of Education; and she was placed as a federal contractor as Senior Legal Advisor in the Office of Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Tonya received a Masters degree from the London School of Economics and a law degree from Wayne State University. She has lived, studied and worked in England, Russia and China. When she is not crossing the globe, Tonya lives in the metro Washington, DC area with her husband Ian and their cat, Irwin.
Antonio Lück serves as the Managing Director for Endeavor’s Detroit Office. He works as a catalyst to long-term economic growth by selecting, mentoring, and accelerating the best high-impact entrepreneurs. He was previously the Director of Business Acceleration, Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Venture Capital at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. At the MEDC, he directed all of the State’s early stage Financial Programs and the Portfolio Management Team in overseeing the state’s investment portfolio of over $100M comprising of for profit, emerging technology companies and research and infrastructure grants.
Antonio Lück was born in Brazil where he is a certified engineer and a licensed lawyer. Antonio served as an advisor to the President of Universidade Tuiuti do Paraná for more than five years where he acquired extensive entrepreneurial work experience and was involved in creating the Entrepreneurship Center and the Intellectual Property Office. He then moved to Detroit to pursue his MBA at Wayne State University on scholarship.
Dr. Annmarie Cano is a Professor of Psychology and Associate Dean of Student Services in the Graduate School at Wayne State University. Dr. Cano conducts research on emotion regulation, empathy, and intimacy processes in couples facing health problems. She has over 60 publications and she has served as PI on grants from the National Institutes of Health. In recognition of her research contributions, she was elected in 2016 as a Fellow of the American Psychological Association in Divisions 38 (Society for Health Psychology) and 43 (Society for Couple and Family Psychology). Dr. Cano has also served the field as Associate Editor at both Health Psychology and Journal of Family Psychology and currently sits on the editorial boards of American Psychologist and Journal of Pain. As Associate Dean, Dr. Cano oversees student services including recruitment, admissions, professional development, scholarships and fellowships, and PhD degree processes and is committed to enhancing access to and equity in higher education. She earned her master’s and doctoral degrees in psychology from Stony Brook University and her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Princeton University.
Dr. Anne E. Duggan is professor of French and chair of the Department of Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at Wayne State University. Working between the French early modern tale tradition and twentieth- and twenty-first century French fairy-tale film, she is author of Salonnières, Furies, and Fairies: The Politics of Gender and Cultural Change in Absolutist France (2005), and Queer Enchantments: Gender, Sexuality, and Class in the Fairy-Tale Cinema of Jacques Demy (2013). With Cristina Bacchilega, Professor Duggan is co-editor of Marvels & Tales: Journal of Fairy-Tale Studies, and she co-edited with Donald Haase Folktales and Fairy Tales: Traditions and Texts from around the World (4 vols., 2016).
Adrian Hatfield received his B.F.A. from The Ohio State University in 1996 and his M.F.A. from Ohio University in 2003. He has been a member of the faculty at the James Pearson Duffy Department of Art and Art History at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI since 2005. Hatfield’s works are included in the public collections of The University of Michigan, The South Bend Museum of Art, Northern Arizona University Art Museum, and The University of Iceland in Reykjavik, Iceland. Solo exhibition venues include The South Bend Museum of Art, South Bend IN, ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL and the Northern Arizona University Art Museum, Flagstaff, AZ. Twoperson and small group exhibitions venues include The Butcher’s Daughter, New York, NY, Jeffrey Leder Gallery, New York, NY and Jack the Pelican Presents, New York, NY.
A student at the Irvin D. Reid Honors College at Wayne State University and a National Merit Finalist, Mujtaba has been tutoring and mentoring students since high school. He is currently pursuing a B.S. in Public Health in preparation for medical school. Mujtaba is particularly interested in the intersection between community efforts, public policy, and healthcare. He is also a researcher at the Wayne State University School of Medicine and has volunteered at: homeless shelters in the Metro-Detroit area, Henry Ford Hospital, and 826Michigan, where he was involved in academic tutoring and teaching creative writing.
Garland Doyle, MPA, CNP is the Deputy Director, Community Development Department , City of Pontiac and a PhD student in the Political Science Department. In addition, he is an adjunct lecturer in the Department of Humanities, Social Sciences and Communication at Lawrence Technological University. Doyle is a certified nonprofit professional (CNP) with over a decade of experience in nonprofit leadership and capacity building. An emerging public administration and nonprofit leadership researcher and philanthropy thought leader. Doyle research centers on place-based philanthropy, high performing urban community development organizations service delivery models and the expanded use of nonprofits in municipal service delivery. He has received awards from the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance and the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration for his research. Doyle beat the odds after being admitted into Wayne State as a Project 350 student in 1989 to graduating in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. He received his Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree with a concentration in Nonprofit Administration from Eastern Michigan University.