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Role Model Dinner

Alternatives For Girls CEO, Amy Good, and Role Model Dinner Co-Chairs, Faye Nelson and Pam Rodgers, cordially invite you to attend:

30th Annual Role Model Dinner

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

5:30-8:30 pm

5:30 pm: Reception and Silent Auction

6:45 pm: Dinner, Live Auction, and Role Model Awards

MGM Grand Detroit – Grand Ballroom

Complimentary valet parking provided at hotel entrance (on Third Street)

Tickets on sale now! Click here to purchase your ticket today.

Click here to view the live and silent auction items included in this year’s auction.

Emcee: Rhonda Walker 

Rhonda Walker has been helping Detroiters get motivated and ready for the day with her incredible energy, enthusiasm, impeccable style, and passion for her hometown for the past 20 years.  Since 2003, she has co-anchored the weekday morning newscast at WDIV-Local 4 News. Throughout her life, Rhonda has been committed to serving the Detroit community and is the founder and president of the Rhonda Walker Foundation, not in its 16th year. Rhonda has been recognized by her peers, and received awards and honors from nearly 50 different organizations. Rhonda was also received the Alternatives For Girls Role Model Award in 2008!

Honoring the 2019 Role Models:

Dr. Althea Simpson
Director of Discipleship, Franklin Community Church

Dr. Althea Lynn Simpson has been involved in teaching and training youth and adults for more than 30 years.  Dr. Simpson, who graduated from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor in 1986 and the Syracuse University College of Law in 1989, earned a Master of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry from Ecumenical Theological Seminary (“ETS”) in 2006 and 2009 respectively.  Althea, a licensed attorney and minister, utilizes her diverse educational background to develop curriculum, training materials and workshops for a variety of religious and community service organizations. Althea has been a member of Greater Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan for more than 30 years.  There, Dr. Simpson acquired invaluable education ministry experience, serving as a Sunday school teacher and assistant superintendent, as well as director of the church’s Vacation Bible School program and Director of Christian Education. Dr. Simpson, a firm believer in the power and necessity of education, currently serves as the Director of Discipleship for Franklin Community Church in Franklin, Michigan.  Althea is also employed as a Legal Instructor and a Litigation Project Attorney.

Lashinda Stair
First Assistant Chief of Police, Detroit Police Department

Lashinda Stair is First Assistant Chief of Police in the Detroit Police Department and the first DPD member appointed to the rank of First Assistant Chief of Police. She is skilled in numerous specialized training areas including the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; Michigan Department of Civil Rights on Investigating Complaints of Harassment and Discrimination and  the U.S. Department of Justice Community Policing and Problem Solving. As the highest ranking female executive within DPD, she advises and encourages all officers (especially female officers) and actively supports and mentors young people. She’s intricately involved in the DPD’s Women in Blue and Women Behind the Badge initiatives, honoring female officers for their contributions to Detroit. She actively encourages women to consider a career in law enforcement. Through her involvement in Girls for Global Growth she helps young people with the issues of peer pressure, low self-esteem and bullying.

Linda Taliaferro
Vice President of Global Quality, Meritor, Inc.

Linda Taliaferro is the Vice President of Global Quality for Meritor, Inc. Linda has quality oversight for 40 sites, including joint ventures, located in 18 countries on 5 continents. Prior to joining Meritor, Linda held the position of Global Quality, Environmental Health and Safety Director at Littelfuse, Inc. headquartered in Chicago, IL. Taliaferro’s scope of responsibilities include more than 17 manufacturing, sales, and engineering facilities in North America and Asia, as well as a global network of distribution channels. Before joining Littelfuse, Linda held the position of Ford North America Advanced Quality Director at Johnson Controls, Inc. (JCI) from December 2011 to February of 2013. Linda has also worked for companies such as Bosch, BMW MC and Detroit Diesel, within Operations, Quality, Purchasing and Supplier Development, throughout her 30 plus year career. Linda is the Founder of The TEE – The Extra Effort, LLC, a career advisory service based business that assists women in changing the trajectory of their careers within corporate America. This year, Linda was one of 45 women awarded Woman Worth Watching in STEM by Profiles in Diversity Journal. Linda is the President of the Automotive Women’s Alliance Foundation (AWAF), board member of the American Heart Association Metro Detroit, member of American Society of Quality (ASQ), member of Inforum Women’s Professional Alliance and Women in Manufacturing (WIM), advisory committee member for the Women Who Motor, a member of the Links, Inc., a member of Jack and Jill of America and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She has earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorships offer many benefits. For more details, please see this sponsorship opportunities packet or contact Alexandria Armstrong at (313) 361-4000 etx 223 or

We salute our 2019 sponsors:

(as of 3/11/2019)


DTE Energy Foundation

PVS Chemicals 


Ajax Paving Industries

Ford Motor Company Fund

The Suburban Collection



Beaumont Hospital 

Anne and David Knill

Piston Group

The Rush Group


Argent Tape and Label, Inc.

Comerica Bank

Greektown Casino

Health Alliance Plan

Hodges Subaru

Home Depot

Mercedes-Benz Financial Services

Meritor, Inc.

Metro West Chapter of Credit Unions

Molina Healthcare

Faye and Al Nelson

Pam Rodgers

Ruby and Associates 

The Skillman Foundation

Special D Events

Trinity Health

Willis Towers Watson


George Johnson & Company

Marathon Petroleum Company

Michigan First Credit Union

PNC Bank

With generous support from: MGM Grand Detroit

Design Sponsor:

Union AdWorks

Media Sponsor:

Hour Detroit

Floral Sponsor:

Korash Florist

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