Center for the Study of Citizenship

Executive Board 


Social Studies Consultant
Oakland County School District

Amy Bloom is the history/social studies consultant for Oakland Schools. In this capacity she has spearheaded a statewide social studies curriculum project (The Michigan Citizenship Collaborative Curriculum) and has provided educational services to local school districts for grades K-12, including over 10,000 hours of professional development seminars for teachers. She was awarded the Spirit of Detroit Award for her contributions to the city’s teen court program. She currently serves on the Board of the Michigan Council for the Social Studies.

Ms Bloom earned a bachelor’s degree and a teaching certificate from the University of Michigan in 1986. After earning a law degree from Suffolk University Law School, she clerked for the Honorable Patti B. Saris (US District Court for the District of Massachusetts) and the late J. Harold "Nick" Flannery.

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Director of Corporate Engagement
Wayne State University

Dennis Atkinson directs Wayne State University's Front Door for Business Engagement. In this role, he serves as the main point of industry contact for the university, develops university-industry partnerships and coordinates corporate outreach efforts for research activities.

Vice President & National Director of Diversity Initiatives
Comerica Bank

Responsible for management of all internal and external diversity program management including market segment business development teams, employee resource network groups, diversity training, image consulting and philanthropic outreach to diverse communities.

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Founder, President and C.E.O.
Greenlark Energy Partners, LLC.

Jim Croce is a Visionary CEO/Business Development Executive with a successful record of leading and accelerating profitability of energy technology, infrastructure, utility and non-profit companies, by building and empowering teams for unsurpassed excellence. Agile, responsive, and consultative, with rare combination of Fortune 300 energy utility and technology innovator/entrepreneur perspectives. Leverages Business Development, Operations, Sales, Marketing, and Talent Management to build organizational and corporate capability. Highly principled relationship builder and leader who positions organizations for the next stage of growth through collaboration, trust-building, enhancing individual growth, and instilling a culture of success.

Editorial Page Editor
Detroit Free Press

Brian Dickerson currently holds a position as Deputy Editorial Page Editor at the Detroit Free Press. Prior to this, Brian worked as a columnist and editor for the Free Press as well as a journalist at the Miami Herald. Dickerson graduated from Princeton University with a degree in Journalism.

Media Genesis

Antoine Dubeauclard manages the creative department and studio at Media Genesis. He provides strategic advice to the company's accounts, including Chrysler, Toyota Scion, the Detroit Regional Chamber, the United Nations Development Program, the University of Michigan and the United Auto Workers (UAW) among others. In 2008, he was one of the recipients of the Crain's Detroit Business 40 Under 40 awards, a tribute honoring business leaders in Southeast Michigan.

Dubeauclard frequently writes and speaks on Internet related subjects and sits on several boards, including ours. Antoine Dubeauclard has three citizenships and speaks and has taught in three languages.

United States Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

A former magistrate of the 45-B District Court, Judge Goldsmith was appointed to the Oakland County Circuit Court in March 2004. In 2010, President Obama nominated Goldsmith for a seat in the federal district court, the Senate confirmed the appointment in a unanimous vote, and he received his commission on June 22, 2010. He was also a former special counsel to the State Bar of Michigan's Committee on the Unauthorized Practice of Law.

Judge Goldsmith is an adjunct instructor at Wayne State Law School and a cofounder of Circle of Friends (teaching language and acculturation skills to immigrants). He is also the secretary and pro-bono chairperson of the Federal Bar Association, E.D. of Michigan Chapter and a hearing panelist on the Attorney Discipline Board. 

Judge Goldsmith is the author of "Federal Opinion Notes - Eastern District," in the Michigan Bar Journal. In addition, Judge Goldsmith has been active in the community, most notably in the Jewish Welfare Federation, the B’nai B’rith Anti-Defamation League, and Forgotten Harvest.

Judge (Ret.)
Sixth Judicial Circuit Court of Michigan

Hon. Fred M. Mester has been a judge for the Sixth Judicial Circuit Court of Michigan in Oakland County since 1982. He also is an adjunct professor for Oakland University, Madonna University and Oakland Community College. Judge Mester has received many awards including Earl W. Kintner Award, Michigan Corrections Association Judicial Award, the John N. O'Brien Memorial Award for Distinguished Community Activities, and a NAACP 1997 Humanitarian Award.

Judge Mester is active in many social service organizations and founded the program Reading to Reduce Recidivism, which aims to improve the literacy of criminal offenders.

Chair, Finance and Economics Department
Walsh College

John Moore has spent the past twenty-five years as in the education field, starting as an adjunct professor before becoming a full-time academic. He was also active on the private sector, starting out in 1979 in public accounting and later as a chief financial officer for small and medium-sized businesses, primarily in the field of commercial real estate. John continues to consult with private sector businesses.

John earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Notre Dame, possesses three master’s degrees, and earned his PhD in history from Wayne State University. His major interests in his academic research consider the impact of technological change on economic activity as well as the impact of technology and demographic change on the political process of shaping economic policy.
Dr. Moore currently serves on the boards of Cedar Real Estate Investment LLC (as chair), the Center for the Study of Citizenship, The Economic & Business History Society, and serves on the Catholic Schools Council of the Archdiocese of Detroit.

Senior Vice-President, Public Affairs
MGM Grand Detroit

As Senior Vice President of Public Affairs for MGM Grand Detroit, Juliette Okotie-Eboh serves as a member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors for MGM Grand. She represents MGM Grand Detroit on policy matters and develops policy recommendations to address those proposals. She oversees all community affairs activities for the property, including community outreach, managing and executing community relations programs as well as diversity initiatives. 

A native of Detroit, Juliette joined the MGM Grand family in 2003 from the Detroit Medial Center (DMC) where she served as Senior Vice President & Ombudsman for the areas of community affairs and Diversity Management. Juliette has a wealth of community affairs and diversity experience. She served for nearly 20 years in Detroit City government as Chief of Research in the Planning Department. She advised the President and CEO of New Detroit, Inc. as Vice President of Policy, and moved on to the position of Civic Affairs Manager and Vice President of Comerica Incorporated.

Executive Board Emeritus

Managing Director
Lion Mobility Consulting Services

As managing director of Lion Mobility Consulting Services, Mr. Loewe provides human resource consulting and administrative services. He has worked in human resources for 35 years with primary interest in international human resources and has written over 50 articles and made over 100 presentations to various professional groups in and outside of the United States. In addition,

Mr. Loewe has been a guest lecturer at Oakland, Eastern, Concordia Universities and the University of Michigan - Dearborn on international human resources topics.

He is a 1973 graduate of Wayne State University, where he majored in history and economics. Mr. Loewe is also a member of the Anthony Wayne Society. 

Director, Wisconsin Historical Society

Formerly Executive Vice President, Museums and Collections
The Henry Ford

As Executive Vice President of The Henry Ford, Christian Øverland is responsible for leading and managing the strategic planning, national positioning and visitor experiences both virtual and on-site. In addition he oversees all historical research, education programs, experience design and is responsible for the maintenance and growth of the institution’s collections. His work focuses on creating quality visitor experiences and building staff excellence, including developing and sustaining a strategic direction for the museum and leading the implementation of annual product and marketing plans. 

Øverland began his career at The Henry Ford in 1992 and has served in a variety of leadership roles, including Director of Greenfield Village and Henry Ford Museum, Director of Public and School Programs, Leader of Greenfield Village Transportation Programs, and Leader of Collections Maintenance. In 2002 he spearheaded the planning, development and implementation of Greenfield Village’s restoration and managed the nine-month construction process and executed the outdoor museum’s re-opening in 2003.

Øverland is committed to community service and dedicates his time to several organizations, including serving as president of the board of directors for the MotorCities National Heritage Area; committee member for the Museum Leadership Institute and Getty Leadership Institute; board member for the Environmental Interpretive Center at the University of Michigan-Dearborn; board member for The Center for the Study of Citizenship at Wayne State University, commissioner of the Ypsilanti Finance Committee; member of the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Leadership Detroit program; and commissioner of the Ypsilanti Historic District Commission.





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