NEW is powered by its people. The NEW team has the skills, experience, and passion needed to make a difference for the nonprofits we serve.
Michael Tyson – President and Chief Executive Officer
Michael’s career path is marked by more than 20 years of demonstrated success in the financial sector. Drawing on this background prepared Michael to join NEW as the President and CEO, with a focus on delivering quality products and services to the nonprofit community. Before coming to NEW, Michael held several executive level positions with J.P. Morgan Chase where he directed strategic planning, budget management, and the sales and service activities of more than 2,000 employees in Southeast Michigan financial centers. He also directed the national policy, risk and compliance activities of ATM operations in Dallas, Indianapolis, Detroit, and Phoenix.
Michael managed and directed the merger activities of several financial institutions, and was responsible for national support in the areas of training development and implementation, policy, systems, and risk for a network of financial centers. Following his commitment to the financial sector, he served as the CEO of a residential building company in the city of Detroit for 12 years.
Michael is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University and was awarded a fellowship to Harvard Business School’s Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management. Michael has held leadership positions with several nonprofit boards including the Detroit Advisory Board of the Brownfield Redevelopment Authority, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Warren Conner Development Coalition, The Parade Company, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, and the Jewish Fund.
Yodit Mesfin-Johnson – Chief Operating Officer & Vice President of Strategy
YODIT MESFIN JOHNSON is Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Strategy for NEW | Solutions for Nonprofits. She has overall strategic and operational responsibility for all NEW programs and manages program directors. As the chief program officer she provides leadership to NEW’s strategic planning process and implements new programmatic strategic initiatives. She is a nationally recognized leader in business development, nonprofit management and social entrepreneurship.
Yodit brings extensive experience, both in corporate and entrepreneurial endeavors, to this role. Prior to joining NEW, Yodit directed a statewide business development program for the Center for Empowerment and Economic Development (CEED). In that capacity and since, she has been a frequent speaker and advocate for nonprofits and socially conscious entrepreneurs.
Yodit studied Marketing and Communications at Eastern Michigan University. She is the 2016 recipient of the Black United Fund’s Epic Leader and Community Conduit Award. A nationally recognized speaker, teacher, activist and on-air personality, Yodit juggles many responsibilities, including being a Mom,while using her voice to champion causes that promote equity and access for people of color.
Victor Semelsberger – Chief Financial Officer
As Chief Financial Officer, Victor is responsible for all accounting, human resource, and administration activities for NEW. With more than 20 years of experience in the private sector, Victor’s expertise is rooted in effective financial management and successful real estate management and development. Prior to joining NEW, Victor began his professional career at National Bank of Detroit (NBD) and by 1990 was Vice President of International Lending where he managed a 100+ million dollar commercial loan portfolio. When NBD became Bank One, he served another decade as First Vice President of Real Estate Construction Lending, where he oversaw underwriting, closing, and managing a $50 + million construction loan portfolio.
In mid 2000, Victor transitioned to real estate management and development as the Vice President and CFO of Residential Detroit, Inc. where he oversaw the financial operations of a company that designed, developed, and built residential condominiums in Detroit. During that same time period he was also the President and CFO of Commercial Detroit, Inc., where he managed the company’s finances, in addition to resolving maintenance and tenancy issues for this multi-unit property management enterprise. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois in with a B.S. in Finance.
Richard Kern – Finance Associate
As Finance Associate at NEW, Richard provides general bookkeeping and accounting support as well as financial consulting and training for nonprofits. Richard is an experienced finance professional with management, communication, and organizational skills and an extensive background in leadership cultivation, coaching and training.
Richard joined NEW in June 2015 after a 32-year career in the banking industry in a wide range of roles. His last ten years were spent with Wells Fargo Bank’s Commercial Real Estate (CRE) Division, where he was Regional Credit Supervisor for the CRE – North Division, responsible for offices covering the Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and Upstate New York markets. During his tenure at Wells Fargo, he provided credit oversight to a $2.7 billion CRE loan portfolio and assisted with the opening and credit supervision of CRE offices in the Northeast, Southeast, and Midwest. Richard received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and Business from Lafayette College in Easton, PA.
Ann Agler – Administrative Coordinator and Tenant Relations Specialist
As the Administrative Coordinator and Tenant Relations Specialist, Ann responds to all phases of building management and is the liaison to the NEW Center’s 21 nonprofit tenants. Ann is a skilled Customer Service Professional who supports the administrative functioning of NEW. Ann joined NEW after eight years as the Office Manager and Seminar Coordinator for Zingerman’s Training. While earning her B.A. from Alverno College in Milwaukee, she was employed by Wisconsin Gas Company as a billing and conservation specialist, later becoming the assistant to the Midwest Sales Manager for Roadway Express in Chicago and South Bend, Indiana.
Carrie Hammerman – Organizational Development Specialist
Carrie works on behalf of NEW to provide capacity building support for nonprofit organizations through NEW’s BoardConnect program. She supports nonprofit boards, staff, and leadership through facilitation and training via workshops, on-site customized sessions, and conferences. Carrie has more than 12 years of experience working with numerous nonprofit organizations and government agencies and has a background in evaluation, benchmark research, best practice analysis, and stakeholder engagement. Carrie has a Master of Public Policy and a Master of Science in Information, as well as a BA in Political Science from the University of Michigan.
Larysa Blysniuk – Organizational Development Specialist
Larysa, previously the principal consultant of the firm The Nonprofit Toolbox, is an experienced attorney and nonprofit leader dedicated to good governance, good data and improving the lives of the underserved. Larysa is recognized in SE Michigan as a thought-leader on nonprofit collaborations. She has consulted on collaboration projects for human service, aging service and cultural agencies, including a recent two year stint with the SE Michigan Senior Regional Collaborative. She has been a presenter on the topic of collaboration to multiple groups, including BEST Project (Flint), 2012 Michigan Nonprofit Association/Council of Michigan Foundations Conference, Nonprofit Professionals Network (Walsh College, Troy, MI), and Rochester Nonprofit Network (Rochester, MI). Larysa also has an expertise in governance and has trained with BoardSource and the BEST Project in Flint on governance issues. Until 2008, she served as the governance director for the United Way for Southeastern. Since that time, Larysa has worked with nonprofits on strategic planning, business development and strengthening data-driven decision-making.
Judy Nimer Muhn – Organizational Development Specialist
Judy joined NEW in November 2017 as an Organizational Development Specialist. Judy’s work at NEW in the OD team includes working alongside our partners, sharing best practices and optimal nonprofit management tools, and she specializes in board/staff development, fund development and program management.
While Judy now has over 30 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, she also worked in the medical and political arenas before joining NEW. With positions on executive staff in Girl Scouting (Director of Public Relations, Adult Development and Volunteer Services), United Way (Community Engagement), American Red Cross (Corporate Gift Officer), and interim CEO roles in organizations in crisis, Judy is passionate about helping nonprofits to work effectively and efficiently while measuring their outcomes. As principal consultant at her company, Rainmaking for Good, Judy led executive directors and nonprofit teams to streamline work and focus on outcomes that will better tell their story.
Judy received her bachelor degree in medical technology from Michigan State University, two masters degrees – one in HR/Human Service Management from Boston University and one in counseling psychology from University of San Francisco – and she currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Baldwin Center (Pontiac) and the Women’s Officials Network Foundation. Judy is also a professor in the MPA-Nonprofit Management and Nonprofit Management Certificate programs at Oakland University.
Lolita Nunn – Chief Development Officer
Lolita joined NEW in April 2017 as the Chief Development Officer. Lolita lead’s the development efforts for NEW, including all fund development, business and community engagement opportunities.
Lolita has over 25 years of diversified experience, and adds a vast amount of philanthropic and development experience to the team. Prior to joining NEW, Lolita worked for the American Cancer Society, as their Senior Market Manager, Community Engagement, where she lead the charge to create awareness, engage corporate partners and individual support throughout Washtenaw County. Previously she worked as the Director of Major Gifts at the American Red Cross, and was in charge of the local chapter’s corporate partnerships and annual giving campaigns.
Lolita received her bachelors of business management degree from Eastern Michigan University, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club and Advisory Council for Growing Hope.
Sarah Work – Program and Communications Coordinator
In her role as Program and Communications Coordinator for NEW, Sarah is responsible for providing support to the organizational development team, communicating with program attendees, and marketing through the newsletter and social media platforms. Her background is in sales and accounting and she is currently pursuing her MBA at Eastern Michigan University with a specialization in nonprofit management. Causes that Sarah is passionate about include permanent solutions to chronic homelessness, leadership development in marginalized communities, and the influence of poverty on access to quality education and healthcare.
Justin Lunning – npServ Director
Justin is NEW’s npServ™ Director and his primary role is the development and support of the npServ program. His responsibilities consist of testing and integrating different open source technologies. Before joining NEW, Justin worked for five years as a Systems Analyst at West Shore Computer Services where he gained experience in application development, networking, and troubleshooting. He is also an A+ certified Computer Technician and a Network+ certified Network Administrator. Justin received an Associate Degree in Applied Science in Computer Programming from Baker College of Muskegon.
Bryon Daley – npServ Administrator
As an npServ™ System Administrator, Bryon is an A+ certified Computer Technician who works with other team members to deploy npServ technologies and provide user support. He also collaborates with NEW’s Director of Business Development to conduct post-deployment evaluations of system performance and gauge client satisfaction.
Before joining NEW, Bryon worked as an aquatic ecologist. And is a founding board member of a nonprofit dedicated to protecting tropical grassland ecosystems by providing Latin American scientists with research equipment and small grants. Bryon earned a B.S. in Zoology from Oregon State University.
Terri McKinnon – npServ Administrator
As an npServ™ System Administrator, Terri provides technical support to npServ clients. In this position she collaborates to deploy npServ technologies and provide technical user support.
Prior to joining NEW’s npServ team, Terri worked in Ann Arbor at the Avfuel Corporation in the Accounts Payable department as the Accounts Payable Supervisor. Terri is a graduate of Washtenaw Community College with an Associates of Science degree in Computer Networking and a certificate in Accounting.
Jivonna Burney – npServ Administrator
As an npServ™ System Administrator, Jivonna provides technical support to npServ clients. She has a Bachelors in Computer Science and Associates in Computer Programming. She previously worked as a Technical Support Representative for H & R Block.
Kevin Sample – npServ Administrator
Kevin is an npServ™ System Administrator, providing team collaboration with NEW staff, and technical support to npServ clients. Before joining New, Kevin worked as the Senior Help Desk Technician for Tiffin University’s online degree programs, primarily providing technology support for students and faculty. Kevin is a Microsoft Certified Professional and received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tennessee.
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