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
As Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Strategy, Yodit oversees NEW’s staff, operations and program initiatives. She also joins the Organizational Development team as a consultant and trainer in the areas of leadership development, non-profit management, strategic planning and diversity, equity and inclusion. She is a nationally recognized speaker, trainer and facilitator having provided workshops and keynote presentations in business development, nonprofit management, social justice and entrepreneurship for nearly two decades. Yodit brings a mix of corporate and entrepreneurial endeavors to this role. Immediately before joining NEW, Yodit directed a statewide entrepreneurial development initiative for the Center for Empowerment and Economic Development (CEED) that focused on advocacy and technical assistance to woman and persons-of-color led businesses. Yodit studied Business and Communications at Eastern Michigan University. She is the 2016 recipient of the Black United Fund’s Epic Leader Award and proudly serves on the IHN at Alpha House and United Way of Washtenaw County boards.
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 Director, Richard is the lead financial consultant and accounting specialist for NEW. He provides financial consulting and training for nonprofits, as well as general bookkeeping and accounting support to NEW’s clients. Richard is an experienced finance professional with management, communication, and organizational skills and has 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 most recently a Regional Credit Supervisor for CRE, responsible for a $1B+ loan portfolio in the upper 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 Hammerman, Organizational Development Consultant, has been providing capacity building support for nonprofit organizations with NEW since 2014. She supports nonprofit boards, staff, and leadership through facilitation and training, assessment, evaluation, strategic planning, and on-site customized sessions. From grassroots organizations to nonprofits with multi-million dollar budgets, Carrie takes a results-driven approach to help guide clients to meet their goals and further their mission. Prior to NEW, Carrie worked for nearly 15 years in the nonprofit and public sectors as a nonprofit program manager, policy analyst, and health educator. She brings this background to her work with NEW in terms of evaluation, facilitation, 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 sharing best practices specializing in board/staff development, fund development, strategic planning, program management and diversity, equity and inclusion. 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, United Way, American Red Cross, and interim CEO roles in organizations in crisis, Judy comes to NEW from years of consulting, public speaking, and providing workshops around the world. Judy received her bachelor degree 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
Chief Development Officer. Lolita lead’s the fund development and business and community engagement efforts for NEW. She supports nonprofits with fund development consulting, coaching, and training. Lolita brings over 10 years of nonprofit experience, and adds a vast amount of philanthropic, fund development and management experience. Prior to joining NEW, Lolita worked for the American Cancer Society, as the Senior Market Manager of Community Engagement, American Red Cross, as the Development Officer of Major Gifts, Branch Manager and Business Officer at KeyBank N.A. Lolita served on the committees of United Way of Washtenaw Capital Campaign and Power of the Purse. 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 of Southeastern Michigan.
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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