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.
Treasurer / Director
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 teh 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
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.
Ray has been an Allen Park resident for 42 years. He retired from General Motors as the Global Director of the Environmental Services Group, which is responsible for pollution control at GM factories, worldwide. Ray holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from GMI and an MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Wayne State. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in the States of Michigan and Ohio and a Certified Materials Manager (CHMM). Ray has served on the Wayne State University Civil and Environmental Engineering Advisory Board and as a volunteer on the Engineering Society of Detroit Annual Fundraising Committee. He is a member of Allen Park Presbyterian Church and the Engineering Society of Detroit, as well as a number of other engineering associations. Ray chose to serve on the APCCF Board because he is interested in helping to maintain Allen Park as the best place to live in the downriver area.
Rhonda has been a resident of Allen Park for 13 years. She graduated from Northwood University with a B.S. in Business Administration, Marketing/Management. Rhonda is employed at Ford Motor Company on the F150 program, where she works with engineering, suppliers and the Dearborn Truck and Kansas City Assembly Plants to ensure parts are available to keep assembly lines moving smoothly. Rhonda has been a member of Ford Motor Company’s Diversity and Community Service Council for 7 years and received recognition from the Diversity and Community Service Council in 2014. She formed the White Avenue Neighborhood Watch 6 years ago and organizes and hosts quarterly Neighborhood Watch meetings with Sergeant Feltz of the Allen Park Police Department. In her spare time, she and her husband, Mike, and their two dogs, Kimber and Doolin, go to their cabin in northern Michigan, where they enjoy fly fishing the lakes and rivers around their cabin. Rhonda chose to serve on the APCCF Board of Directors to meet more Allen Park residents and to get involved with the City.
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.