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.


Tyson_headshot200_170Michael 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_staff_picYodit 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.

Version 3Richard Kern – Finance Director
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.

Carrie 2Carrie Hammerman – Organizational Development Director
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.

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.

Bryon_Take5Bryon Daley – IT Director
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.

TerriTake2Terri McKinnon – Helpdesk Manager
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.

Hillary Watson – Building Coordinator
As the part-time Building Coordinator, Hillary manages conference room bookings; office space leasing; and maintenance of the New Center (“1100 building”) in Ann Arbor. She comes to NEW with a background in building management and collaborative partnership in arts organizations and religious communities. Hillary holds a bachelor’s degree from Goshen College (Ind.) and a Master’s of Divinity from Emory University.

Will Jones III – Relationship Manager
As Relationship Manager, Will serves as a liaison between NEW’s key stakeholders and partners, like our peer clients, fellow capacity-building organizations, and generous contributors. In support of NEW’s vision of “vibrant communities”, he strives to build multi-faceted relationships with the other people and organizations that make up the social sector ecosystem, believing that the complex challenges facing today’s nonprofits require collaborators in capacity-building to create bonds that transcend the transactional. Having joined NEW as Program Coordinator in February of 2018, Will gained first-hand insight into the needs of other nonprofits and the ways in which our organization is positioned to help address them. This experience has been vital in helping him foster connection and bring the people of the sector closer together in ways that help improve the impact of our work in the communities we serve. Believing that relationships in today’s world often are built before people meet face-to-face, Will also manages the bulk of NEW’s marketing and social media communications, including our regularly distributed newsletter. Will is a proud graduate of both Eastern Michigan and Michigan State Universities, having received his Master’s of Business Administration with a concentration in Entrepreneurship from EMU in 2019, and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from MSU in 2011. He currently resides in Ypsilanti with his wife and their two dogs.



Board Chair
Linda Blakey
Vice President, Student and Academic Services
Washtenaw Community College

Vice Chair
Lila Asante-Appiah
Chief Administrative Officer
THAW (The Heat and Warmth Fund)

Kathy Laird

Jason Gourley

Rosemary Bayer
Co-founder and Chief Inspiration Officer
ardentCause L3C

Alok Sharma
President and CEO
Sharma Analytics

Daniel P. Foss
Vice President, Commercial Relationship Manager
Old National Bank

Kimberly Hurns
Dean of Business and Computers Technology
Washtenaw Community College

Curtis Iorio
Client Executive, Commerical Lines
Hylant Group, Inc.

Diane Kaplan Vinokur
University of Michigan School of Social Work

Christopher Myers
Chief Technology Officer and Co-founder

Michael Tyson
President & CEO
NEW: Solutions for Nonprofits

W. DeWayne Wells
Project Director
Detroit Food and Fitness Collaborative

Kristopher Wiljanen
New Dominion Capital