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Our Neighbors Day
Our Neighbor's Day was held on January 19, 2011 at the University Center located at Macomb Community College. The objectives for the day were to examine the data that aids in better understanding the diversity of people who work and live in Macomb County; identify community issues and assets that arise out of diversity; and to gain awareness of diversity as a business issue that impact companies and their bottom lines.   
Sponsored by Walsh College, the day began with a presentation on "Identifying Perceptions of Diversity" and "Life Lessons' given by Linda West, Center for Working Families, Southwest Housing Solutions.  The morning continued with a few interactive exercises that were led by Karen Decuir-DiNicola Manager of Learning and Development, General Motors Corp. and Mattie Ellis, President Ellis Associates. These exercises helped identify different perceptions of diversity and individual biases toward certain aspects of diversity.  In doing so, the participants were able to discover/reflect on their own personal perceptions and biases of various diverse groups. 

Following the exercises, a video was shown depicting how historically people in the United States have faced many challenges based on biased attitudes towards diversity.  

LM XIV Our Neighbors Day
LM Committe Members & Panel Members

The afternoon session included a diverse  

panel facilitated by Joie West.  The panel members included Harold Core, Michigan Department of Civil Rights; Ozzie Riviera, Wayne County Children Services, Clifford Schrupp, Fair Housing Center of Metropolitan Detroit; Kim Phillips-Knope, Affirmations; Sue Kattula, Chaldean Community and Nancy Bogdan, Jewish Vocational Services.The panel members were given time to discuss the background of their companies/organizations, the issues that they face in Macomb County, how Macomb County's policies and procedures affect their business, the changes that they would like to see in the County and how others can be an ally to their company/purpose. 


Jocelyn Giangrande, Workforce Diversity and Affirmative Action from Henry Ford Health Systems ended the day with a presentation on Cultural Competency Issues in Health care.


LM would like to thank the program day's sponsors, Walsh College; the LM day chairs, Renee Arrington-Johnson, Joel Gibson, Angela Thompkins, Joie West, and Kim Woloszyk; as well as all the presenters and panel members for putting on an exciting, informative, and successful program session!


Macomb 5-8-6 - The Party!  Macomb 5-8-6-The Party, held on January 22, 2011 at the Zuccaros was a GREAT success!  Hannah Vite & SNL




There were a lot of laughs, a hilarious interactive game show, starring Hannah Vite (Kim Woloczyk) and our very own SNL, Stan Simek and Lou Fazzini. Everyone enjoyed great food and drinks, raffle prizes, amazing music by the G-Daddy's, and dancing.

Thank you to everyone who attended the event, and especially to our sponsors: Baker College, First State Bank, Henry Ford Macomb Hospitals, and Mt. Clemens Regional Medical Center.

Alumni Meeting

Interested in learning about the Leadership Macomb Alumni Group?     

Join us for an informational breakfast meeting on Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at Baker College Student Center (15 Mile/Gratiot) at  8:00 a.m.  Find out what the group has been doing and see if you want to get involved.   


The meeting is free, but registration is required by calling 586-790-5255 or by emailing [email protected] by February 17th.  


We hope to see you there!

Discover Leadership Macomb


Leadership Macomb is recruiting members for our next class, LM XV, which will start in September of this year.  If you, or someone you know is interested in finding out about Leadership Macomb,  join us for our annual  informational meeting:


What:  "Discover Leadership Macomb"

            When:  Thursday, May 12, 2011

                     7:30 a.m. breakfast, networking

                     8:00 - 9:00 a.m. Leadership Macomb  

                                              Program Summary,     


            Where:  Ovation Yacht - Jefferson Beach Marina 

St. Clair Shores

24400 E. Jefferson Ave.

St. Clair Shores, MI 48080


The event is free, but registration is necessary by calling 586-790-5255 or emailing [email protected]  by May 6th.

Alumni Corner 

Diana Rascano (Leadership Macomb 1 graduate)

There are those that "talk the talk", and then,  there are those that 

"walk the walk".  

Diana Rascano is the poster child for the latter.

 A retired DTE employee, Diana graduated from Leadership Macomb 1 and has stayed involved with the program ever since (15 years). She chairs the Program Council, which is the group that develops the curriculum for the Leadership Macomb classes. She also serves as secretary of the the LM Board is on the Board of Directors for the Macomb Food Program. Additionally, she is on the St. Clair Shores Communications Commission and participates in a variety of other local committees. But that's just the beginning.


Just over a  year ago,  Diana crossed paths with Gina DeLuca, a vet tech with a heart of gold and a ton of compassion for our four- legged friends.  Through Gina, Diana (a self-proclaimed cat lover), learned that there are many cats and dogs that are rescued from abusive situations and are in dire need of medical help.  She learned that the abuse and neglect occurs more frequently and is more severe than most of us would like to admit.   Further, she learned that these animals are typically put to sleep because getting them back to health is very costly and there is no funding available.   Diana knew that if money was available to get these animals healthy, they could then be placed in a loving home.   Diana began her crusade of educating others about this situation.  She contacted friends and  fellow LM alumni, Cheryl Wojtowycz, and Jimetta Lewis.  "We  agreed that the missing link was the medical piece and this is the niche where we could make a difference", explains Diana.  The group raised money through various fundraisers, and quickly began funding  medical treatment for abandoned/neglected/abused companion animals.  The group adding members Cynthia Wojtowycz, Pam Willer and Jenn Maurin, also formulated relationships with rescue groups and pet care services. 


Once they saw the positive difference they were making, t4Paws1Hearthey decided to go to the next level by forming their own non-profit and "4 Paws 1 Heart" was born.  Over the last year, 4 Paws 1 Heart has helped many, many furry friends.  They've saved several dogs/cats from euthanization by providing funding for necessary medical treatment.  Once these innocent creatures regained their  physical and emotional health, they were able to be placed in "forever homes".   Besides funding medical treatment, the group  continues to build awareness about the seriousness of animal abuse and the lack of proper justice for those responsible for these atrocities.  


As far as Leadership Macomb, Diana says that  "Going through Leadership Macomb was very beneficial for me.  The program educated me as to what was going on in the County at the time and whet my appetite to get involved and affect issues in the region.   The program not only motivates leaders to get involved, but also provides a networking component that is invaluable on both a professional and personal level." 


Diana attends as many Leadership Macomb sessions as she can and participants often have an opportunity to  hear her "talk the talk" about leadership. More importantly, they witness the footprints she leaves behind from "walking the walk"  so eloquently.


To find out more about "4 Paws 1 Heart"  look for their page on face book  Find us on Facebook and also on  Pet Finder.   


Website and Facebook

The Leadership Macomb website has undergone some significant upgrades. Check it out to see more pictures, news and events at .  Archived issues of the LM newsletter are available on our website and on our face book page.

Also, please join us on Face-book for up to date information about Leadership Macomb and interesting things going on in Macomb County.

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In This Issue:
LM XIV - Our Neighbors Day
Macomb 586 - The Party!
Alumni Meeting
Discover Leadership Macomb
Alumni Corner - Diana Rascano
Website and Facebook
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Leadership Macomb, Inc.                                                                                                                     Phone: 586.790.5255
34950 Little Mack Ave., Suite E-104                                                                              
Clinton Township, MI 48035-4701                                                                                         [email protected]