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Role Model Dinner

2017 Role Model Dinner

Celebrating Alternatives For Girls 30th Anniversary!


Thursday, March 23, 2017

5:30 pm

Cobo Center


2017 Presenting Sponsor: DTE Energy Foundation

Role Model Dinner Co-Chairs: Don Manvel and Barbara Whittaker






Meet our Emcee: Rhonda Walker

Since 1998, 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.  A confessed morning person, this award winning talented and versatile journalist starts her day at 2:00 a.m to co-anchor the weekday morning newscast at WDIV-Local 4 News.   A position she’s held for the past 14 years. Throughout her life, Rhonda has been committed to serving the Detroit community.  Rhonda’s passion for uplifting others is shown by the more than 100 appearances she makes throughout the year in support of charitable efforts.  Rhonda has established herself as a leader not only in her profession, but she has come to symbolize a woman who has made giving back to others a basic staple in her life. Born in Detroit and raised in Lansing, Rhonda holds a degree in Communications from Michigan State University.   In her spare time, Rhonda is an avid golfer and loves to travel, shop, dine out, enjoy Michigan summers, volunteer and spend quality time with friends and family.





Honoring the 2017 Role Models:

Cindy Estrada
AFG Role Model Award – Professional
Vice President, UAW

Cindy Estrada was re-elected International Union, UAW Vice President at the union’s June 2014 Constitutional Convention, appointed by newly elected President Dennis Williams to lead the General Motors Independent Parts Supplier, Organizing, and Women’s Departments. Cindy is a longtime union organizer and activist and is the first latina elected to serve as an International officer in the UAW. As a member of UAW Local 174 in Romulus, Michigan, she was appointed to the UAW International Staff in 2000 by then UAW President Stephen P. Yokich. In 2008, she was appointed by then UAW President Ron Gettelfinger to lead the union’s National Organizing Department, her responsibilities included directing the union’s organizing staff in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. In 1999, Cindy led organizers to one of the largest victories in the manufacturing sector by spearheading the successful campaign to organize Spanish-speaking workers at Mexican Industries in Southwest Detroit. On June 16, 2010, Cindy was elected Vice President at the UAW’s 35th Constitutional Convention, she was assigned to guide the union’s IPS/Organizing, Competitive Shop, Public Sector & Health Care, and Women’s Departments. While there she led contract negotiations impacting thousands of workers at major employers, including Dana, Johnson Controls, Lear, Magna International Automotive Components (IAC), Faurecia and the State of Michigan. In 1993, Cindy earned a degree in education from the University of Michigan.


Carol Goss
AFG Role Model Award – Community
2014 Fellow, Advanced Leadership Initiative, Harvard University
Former President & CEO, The Skillman Foundation

Carl Goss was a 2014 fellow in the Advanced Leadership Initiative program at Harvard University. Prior to joining Harvard, Goss served as president & CEO of The Skillman Foundation, a private independent foundation whose mission is to improve the lives of children in metropolitan Detroit by strengthening their schools and neighborhoods.  She is currently working to improve the lives of our most vulnerable women and children through a project named, Warrior Women Against Poverty, a coalition of African American women working to change lives one woman one step at a time. Involved in philanthropy for the past 20 years, Goss joined The Skillman Foundation in March 1998 as a senior program officer. She was named President & CEO of the Foundation in 2004. She retired in December 2013.  She has also worked as a program officer at the Stuart Foundation in San Francisco and as program director at the W. K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, Mich. Goss was named the 2007 James A. Joseph Lecturer by the Association of Black Foundation Executives. Crain’s Detroit Business cited her as one of Southeast Michigan’s Most Influential Women. Goss’ professional career also includes nearly 20 years’ experience in child welfare, family services and youth development in Detroit and Oakland, Ca. A native Detroiter, Goss has a BA in sociology and an MSW from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She is currently a member of the board of directors of the Detroit Children’s Fund, Safe Routes to Schools the National Partnership,  BoardSource, Samaritas formerly known as Lutheran Social Services of Michigan , and Planned Parenthood of Michigan.



Dr. Rosemary Sarri
AFG Role Model Award – Champion
Professor Emerita of Social Work, University of Michigan

Rosemary A. Sarri joined the faculty of the University of Michigan School of Social Work in 1959 as a lecturer. She was promoted to assistant professor in 1962, associate professor in 1964, and professor in 1966.  Professor Sarri is a leading expert in the areas of child/family welfare policy and juvenile and criminal justice systems. She has contributed to international social welfare programs throughout the world, including Australia, Korea, and Russia. Professor Sarri has done extensive research and published widely on public policy issues related to families, children, women, and justice systems. She served in several important administrative positions at the school, including head of the doctoral program, director of admissions, and head of the social welfare administration program.  Honors to Professor Sarri include a Fulbright Senior Scholarship, honorary DHL degree from Western Maryland College, Significant Life-Time Achievement Award from the Council on Social Work Education, School of Social Work Distinguished Alumni Award, NASW Presidential Award for Research, and the University of Michigan Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award. She was named professor emerita of social work in 1993, at which time the Rosemary Sarri Scholarship was established. She continues to carry out research as faculty associate and senior research professor emerita at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research. She has engaged in an extensive amount of international social work, teaching in Australia, the Philippines, Korea, Hungary, China, and Ethiopia. She continues to be involved in training faculty at schools of social work in China. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare.


Live Auction Items

Detroit Tigers Opening Day Package – Detroit Tigers vs. Boston Red Sox!

Who’s your Tiger? Whether it’s Justin Verlander or Miguel Cabrera, the Detroit Tigers Opening Day Package is perfect for and Detroit Tigers fan! Includes 4 premium tickets, 1 executive parking pass to the Detroit Tigers opening day game on April 7, 2017 (vs.the Boston Red Sox!) and 4 passes to the Opening Day Pre-Party at the Fox Theater!

Special thanks to Illitch Holdings, Inc. for this donation


Chicago Weekend Getaway Package

Enjoy a four day, three night stay in a Chicago apartment on the Magnificent Mile. This 2-bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment is near the John Hancock Building and Water Tower Place. Just a short walk to Lake Michigan Beach and all of the amazing Magnificent Mile stores. To be used within one year during a mutually agreed upon weekend.

Special thanks to Jim and Ann Nicholson for this donation


Bed and Breakfast Stay in Italy

Experience Italy like never before for six days and five nights at “La Tana dell’strice” This romantic bed and breakfast is set among the backdrop of vineyards and rolling hills. The B&B owners are on site and will embrace you warmly from the moment you arrive. You and your guest will be treated to cooking lessons, world class wines and tasting and tours of the area. Exceptional dining experiences as well as a guided tour of your choice will be provided. Magnifico! Bed and breakfast located in Civitella D’agliano Viterbo, Italy. Airfare is not included. Based on availability. Expires March 2018. Nontransferable.

Special thanks to Myra Moreland for this donation


Suite at the Little Caesars Arena for the Kid Rock Concert

Enjoy the “Suite Life” inside the brand new Little Caesars Arena at the Kid Rock concert on Tuesday, September 19th! The suite package includes 20 tickets and 3 VIP parking passes to the garage (Food and beverages are not included).

Special thanks to Dakkota Integrated Systems for this donation


Sponsorship Opportunites

Sponsorships offer many benefits. For more details, please see this sponsorship opportunities packet or contact Alexandria Armstrong at (313) 361-4000 x223 or


We salute our sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor:

DTE Energy Foundation



Ford Motor Company Fund

Madison Heights Glass

Mercedes-Benz Financial Services

The Suburban Collection

UAW-General Motors Center for Human Resources



Brooks Kushman

Ideal Group

Jim and Ann Nicholson



Argent International

BW Limited

Carole Ilitch

Comerica Bank

Corporate F.A.C.T.S.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

Home Depot

Karmanos Cancer Institute

Marathon Petroleum Company

Metro West Chapter of Credit Unions

MGM Grand Detroit

Plante Moran

St. John Providence

The Skillman Foundation

Trinity Health

Willis Towers Watson



George Johnson & Company

Melissa Jamal


Design Sponsor:

Union AdWorks


Magazine Sponsor:

Hour Detroit Magazine

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