Board of Directors
Kurt has been a resident of Allen Park for 48 years. He is an Air Force, EDS (now HP) and TAC Automotive retiree with experience in supervision and management in the fields of Personnel, Project Management and Mainframe Software Development. Kurt has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan, Dearborn. He served on the Allen Park Emergency Manager's Advisory Committee. After serving on that Committee, Kurt realized there was more to do and hopes he can make a positive impact with the APCCF.
While Ed is new to Allen Park, he has found it to be a very welcoming community and has taken to his adopted City wholeheartedly. Born and raised in Livonia to a large family, he developed a strong work ethic and owned and operated a small business to help provide for the family. Other opportunities presented themselves and he worked side by side with the owners and founders of Murray's Ace Hardware/Murray's Discount Auto Stores where customer service was the top priority. His career progressed and he retired from management from Lowe's.
Through the years Ed volunteered for many school functions, coached little league and youth basketball and hosted fundraising events for the U of M Pancreatic Cancer Research Center, the Dearborn Animal Shelter and Frontal Lobe Dementia awareness.
Ed and Pam have been married for over 40 years; have a daughter, a son and daughter-in-law and, of course, the best grandson on the planet. Hobbies include family time in northern Michigan, getting together with family and friends, reading, music and woodworking.
Ed believes in not just living in a community, but contributing to it and getting others involved. After researching the Allen Park Citizens Civic Fund, he felt the organizations which benefited from APCCF's events would benefit Allen Park families for years to come and wanted to be a part of the organization and those efforts.
Treasurer / Director
Maureen is an Allen Park resident who was born and raised in Allen Park and graduated from Cabrini High School. She left the City when she was 19 years old and returned in 2012 to help take care of her aging parents. Maureen retired from Three Rivers Youth, a not-for-profit organization in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, serving youth, adults and families. She also worked at a for profit Board at Southwood Psychiatric Hospital. She has 38 years of experience working in 501(c)(3) organizations and has extensive experience in training and management, including Vice President and Chief Program Officer and Vice President of Compliance and Performance Management. While working in Pittsburgh, she volunteered on the board of Holy Family Institute and at local schools. Maureen holds a B. S. degree from the University of Pittsburgh in Child Care/Child Development and an M. S. degree from Nova Southeastern University in Child and Youth Care Management. Maureen currently serves on the Allen Park Beautification Commission. She enjoys finding and polishing Petoskey stones and planting and maintaining a home garden. She has chosen to serve on the APCCF Board to help raise funds that will improve the quality of life for fellow residents of Allen Park.
Secretary / Director
Gail McLeod, APCCF Secretary, has been a resident of Allen Park for over 45 years. She retired from General Motors in 1998 as HR Manager, Central Office Staffs and has extensive experience in the HR field and in working with all levels of management. Following retirement, she did HR consulting for a small boutique Detroit law firm and was their Office Manager. Gail graduated, Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Detroit with a BBA in Personnel. She served as Co-Chair of the Allen Park Emergency Manager's Advisory Committee from May of 2013 to November of 2014 and was a key member in developing the Visioning Plan which resulted from meetings with Allen Park citizens. Gail was the Mayor, Pro Tem on the Allen Park City Council from 2015 to 2019 and was elected Mayor of Allen Park in November of 2019. Hobbies include travel, bowling, golf and driving her '96 Pontiac Formula Firebird. Gail chose to serve on the APCCF Board of Directors because it is an extension of the work started during the Visioning Process and because she wants Allen Park to remain an attractive and viable community in the Downriver area.
Joyce is a lifelong resident of Allen Park and an Allen Park High School graduate. She was a secretary in the Allen Park Public School System for 18 years, handling confidential information throughout the district. In this capacity, Joyce interacted with parents, students, faculty and school administrators at all levels. A member of the PTA for 15 years, she was Treasurer of the high school PTA for two years. Joyce has volunteered at soup kitchens, Christ Net, the Cabrini Festival, as a Cub Scout Den Mother, Brownie and Girl Scout Leader and assistant coach of the Cabrini Girls Summer Softball League. Over the past three years, she has served on the APCCF Fund Development and Recognition Committees and participated in park playscape builds, mulch spreading, playscape painting and at the annual Pizza, Wine and Beer Fundraiser. She is our liaison with the Allen Park Public Schools with which APCCF has forged a strong relationship. Joyce and her husband, Dave, have 3 children and 7 grandchildren, and enjoy spending time attending their events and activities. Joyce chose to serve on the APCCF Board because she wants to continue to help better our community and become more involved in the decision-making process.
Ashaki Sorrell has been an Allen Park resident since 2018. She is the Owner and Principal Grant Proposal Writer of Write Option, LLC. She has over 10 years of experience with researching grant funding opportunities and creating grant proposals. Additionally, she works as a project manager for the Michigan Conference of Teamsters Welfare Fund.
Ashaki holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Technical Writing from Eastern Michigan University. She also has a certificate in Proposal Writing from Fort Hays University. She is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certified Scrum Master (CSM).
In her spare time, she enjoys karaoke, strolls through the neighborhood and spending time with her son, Jalen.
Ashaki has chosen to serve on the APCCF Board of Directors because she is interested in contributing to the great work already done in the project management and grant writing space. Also, she is excited to serve, meet and be involved in the Allen Park community.
Amanda Wertz has been a resident of Allen Park for nearly 10 years and is a graduate of Wayne State University where she majored in Accounting. She has worked in Accounting and audit for 10 years, starting with KPMC as an Audit Associate, then with Plante Moran as a Financial Specialist. Amanda is currently employed by the City of Allen Park as their Deputy Finance Director. She is a member of the Michigan Government Finance Officers Association and the Michigan Municipal League.
She enjoys spending time with her daughters, watching them learn and grow, keeping up with current events, and trying new activities. Amanda has chosen to serve on the APCCF Board of Directors because she is interested in volunteering in the community and having a positive impact on the things that make Allen Park a great place to learn, live, and work
Kelton has been a resident of Allen Park for over 40 years. He is a graduate of Cabrini High School and was the varsity tennis coach for both boys and girls for 21 years. Kelton has a strong background in marketing and sales as well as being an entrepreneur. He has owned and/or managed a number of photography related businesses throughout his career and currently has a photography business. Kelton is currently the Marketing Manager for the Allen Park Chamber of Commerce and was elected Chamber President ad their June, 2021 meeting. Kelton also serves as the Social Media Director for Dearborn Area Business Builders. He has received awards for his efforts on behalf of Children With Hair Loss, Downriver for Veterans and H.E.L.P., an organization whose mission is to HELP (Heal, Encourage, Love, Provide) children in their fight against cancer. Kelton has been involved with APCCF since their first fundraiser and has been instrumental in promoting their events and projects via social media and the creation and development of marketing tools. Prior to his appointment to the Board, he actively participated in meetings and expressed a desire to continue to serve an organization focused on the community in which he lives.
Jeannette MacDonald is a 33 year resident of Allen Park. Jeannette retired from Allen Park Public Schools after 30 years of service. During that time, she helped initiate and became skilled in Interest Based Bargaining stratifies, which served the district well. She currently serves on the Allen Park Board of Education as the VP of teaching and learning. Jeannette is also a member of the Allen Park Kiwanis. Her hobbies include spending time with her children & grandchildren, reading, sewing, crocheting & travel. She chose to serve on the APCCF Board of Directors in order to actively serve her community!
Jane A. Spellacy
Jane has been a resident of Allen Park for nine years, relocating following her retirement. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh and a Master of Science in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Jane brings a broad range of experiences to the Board, having taught in elementary school, been involved with the child welfare system and serving as Executive Director at Holy Family Institute, Wesley Institute and the Mt. Nazareth Center. She was also the Development Director for the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth and Mt. Gallitzin Academy. Jane has served on the boards of other organizations and has experience in fund development and grant writing. She chose to serve on the APCCF Board because she believes her experience and skills will help APCCF meet their goals and objectives. Jane's hobby is walking her dog, Bailey, twice a day and she also loves vacationing in Florida.