KENYETTA CAMPBELL- FOUNDER
Kenyetta M. Campbell, Executive Director, for Cody Rouge Community Action Alliance CDC is a servant leader who is a champion of community led development efforts.
Over the past fifteen (15) years, Campbell has served in the roles of chief executive officer and founder of two nonprofits P.E.E.P.S. & Cody Rouge Community Action Alliance, CDC that have been recognized for their ground-breaking work in developing youth, families and communities. With a laser focus on her local neighborhoods, Detroit’s Cody Rouge and Brightmoor communities, Kenyetta has been responsible for co-creating and shepherding the following key initiatives: Cody Rouge College Access Network; Grow Cody Rouge Project; DEXDesign’s Social Innovation Institute; Cody Rouge Youth Council; Life Remodeled Neighborhood Development; ProsperUS Entrepreneurship Academy; Youth Leadership Academy; Keep Cody Rouge Clean and Safe; Detroit Employment Solution Corporation Summer Youth Employment.
Kenyetta M. Campbell led the Skillman Foundation Good Neighborhood Initiative for the past 10 years in the Cody Rouge Community, a neighborhood in which she was born, raised, and still resides. She is an integral part of the initiative that brokered a $400,000 deal to open Don Bosco Hall, a multi-service community center for youth development services to address needs and service gaps identified by the community.
She possesses a strong passion for entrepreneurship, which led her to create an alliance that focuses on leadership experience, entrepreneurial and financial literacy for youth locally, nationally, and internationally.
In recognition of her leadership, Cody Rouge Community Action Alliance CDC was recognized by Detroit Local Initiative Support Corporation as Detroit’s 2016 CDC of the Year in 2016. During the span of her career Kenyetta has been the recipient of numerous awards and has received special recognition for her efforts. Four other awards that are dear to her heart are the Women and Leadership in the Workplace Shooting Star Award, Mayor’s Safe School, Safe Communities Heroes Award in 2012, being recognized by Wayne County Commissioner Alisha Bell as Woman of the Year for District 8 in 2010, and inducted into the Hall of Fame of Cody High School. She served as Vice President of the Cody High School governing council, serves as a member on the Life Remodeled board of directors, and a Advisory Board member of Operation Hope. She holds both a Masters of Arts in Organizational Management and a Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice. Kenyetta is also a graduate of the Leadership Detroit Class 32.
Campbell’s leadership sparked $17.5 millions in investments in Detroit’s Cody Rouge community. Said investments helped leverage partnerships with several foundations, corporations, governmental bodies, and nonprofit corporations, i.e., The Skillman Foundation, First Merit Bank, PNC Bank, Fifth Third Bank, City of Detroit, City Connect Detroit, The University of Michigan, Cody Small Schools (Cody Medicine and Community Health, Cody Academy of Public Leadership, and Detroit Institute of Technology at Cody) Michigan College Access Network, Detroit College Access Network, Life Remodeled, Joy-Southfield Community Development Corporation, Madonna University, Quicken Loans, General Motors, DTE Energy, Youth Development Alliance, Don Bosco Hall, College for Creative Studies, and Community Development Advocates of Detroit.
Kenyetta’s enthusiasm for revitalizing the community is contagious. As a long-time Cody Rouge resident, she has a clear understanding of the local issues. She is also a quick study and has acquired the skills needed to serve as an intermediary between the Skillman Foundation and the local community. She is very helpful in promoting communication and collaboration among the residents and stakeholders of Cody-Rouge and the broader GNI community. She is very skilled at working with youth. Kenyetta M. Campbell stands out as a trusted leader in the Cody Rouge community and across the region. Her work ethic transcends boundaries drawing communities together. It is exciting to contemplate how her efforts will ripple throughout this community over the coming years and decades. She is best described as a “Trailblazer for Transformation.”
MARIA PEOPLES- EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Maria Peoples is the wife of Willie B. Peoples who are the parents of 8 children. She has 30 years experience working in the Detroit Public Schools. She worked 4 years as a reading & math Tutor at Coolidge Elementary; 3 years as a Community Liaison between the school and the community; 10 years experience with adult education at WCCC as a registrar & Liaison between the school, Department of Social Service, and Probation Offices; 3 years experience at Northwestern High School as an Assistant to the Dean of Students; and 1 year with the Safety Net Program; 2 years with Preschool at Hubert Elementary in the Brightmoor area; 4 years with special education as a Special Education Teacher Assistant. She obtained an Associate Degree in Biblical Studies at Log Christian College June 1997, An associate in Science and & Education in December 2005 Completed Leadership in theLocal Church at Grace Theological Seminary March 2009 And has successfully completed the Good Neighborhoods Leadership Academy and Demonstrated the ability to be an outstanding Community Charge Agent.
Maria was a member of the Glory of God Ministries for 7 years, where she served on the executive board and was a Prayer Counselor. She was installed as a Minister on November 8, 1998 at Perfecting Church under the leadership of Pastor Marvin Winans. She has been serving under him for nearly 20 years.
PASTOR LESTER B. JORDAN - ART DIRECTOR
Pastor Lester B. Jordan co-founder has over 30 years of experience as an artist and teacher in the Detroit Public Schools system and Washtenaw Community College. Lester B. Jordan has taught all phases of industrial art including projects in metal, plastics, and wood. He worked for Washtenaw Community College for over 25 years as an auto body instructor. He taught all levels of auto-body repair including auto-body repair fundamentals, refinish fundamentals, applied auto-body welding, flat rate estimating, frame/uni-body repair, advanced body repair, advanced refinishing, and custom painting.
Lester B. Jordan was a business owner of an auto body shop for over 15 years. He was very successful in accomplishing many tasks such as: auto-custom painting including graphics, murals, pin striping, lettering, and window etching, vinyl signs and graphics, design and signage on computer and cut design with a plotter via the computer, transferring work to commercial vehicles, custom vehicles, window signs and indoor/outdoor banners.
He is the current Pastor of New Greater Bethlehem Temple Community Apostolic Church of Inkster, MI.
DARREL HALL - INSTRUCTOR