Alumni Board

Artan C. Hughes '10, President

Artan joined the Alumni Association Board of Directors in 2012 after attaining her M.S.W from Wayne State in 2010, served as secretary for the Board and in 2015 began serving in the role of Vice President until she began her tenure as President in Fall 2017. While at Wayne State, she was an active member of the student chapter of Greater Detroit Association of Black Social Workers. Community involvement is extremely important to Artan and is exhibited by her active participation in various community organizations. Artan is an active member of the House of Prayer and Praise, where she serves on various ministries, a member of the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. and is a Vice President of the Board for Supreme Transitions, a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring total self-sufficiency through referral leads. Past organization memberships include Michigan Association of School Social Worker, Detroit Association of School Social Workers, and Greater Detroit Association of Black Social Workers. Artan is currently a school social worker, working with a diverse population of students. Artan's professional goals include the publication of professional journal articles and the establishment of a private practice serving disenfranchised populations.

Paul Hudson Mack '11, Vice President

Paul graduated from Wayne State's community practice and social action Masters in Social Work program in 2011.  During his time at Wayne State, he developed a passion for the city of Detroit and youth empowerment and development work.  Upon graduating he joined Teach for America to gain more experience in direct service with youth in the city - teaching for two years at Western High School in DPS and helping found University YES High School, where he served as a founding teacher and worked in administration for the district office.  Paul currently works at Deloitte as a Senior Consultant in the Human Capital Organizational Transformation and Talent practice, serves as the Founding Board President of Detroit Horse Power  - a non-profit that teaches Detroit youth character skills through riding and caring for horses, and is working to develop a vacant facility into a family services center on Detroit's east side.  He lives with his two children in New Center that he renovated from the demolition list into a fully restored historic home.

Aida-Kai Anderson, '13, Treasurer

Aida-Kai joined the Wayne State University School of Social Work Alumni Association Board in November 2013 and began her role as Treasurer in Fall 2017.  Aida-Kai earned her MSW in 2013 from Wayne State University and her Bachelors of Arts in Social Work from Auburn University in 1997.  She also earned a MA in Family Studies from Spring Arbor University in 2011. Currently, Aida-Kai is a Children's Protective Services Supervisor with the Department of Health and Human Services. As a social work professional Aida-Kai's employment has included being a Foster Care Worker, Children's Protective Services Investigator, Parent and Community Advocate, Wrap-Around Worker, and Case Manager.  Aida-Kai is a Certified Peer Recovery Coach, "Healthy Breather" facilitator with the Asthma and Allergy Foundation, "Love and Logic Parenting" facilitator and Youth Mental Health First Aid USA Instructor.  In her spare time, Aida-Kai enjoys volunteering and spending time with her family.

Tresa Simmons, '07, Secretary

Tresa joined the Wayne State University School of Social Work Alumni in January 2015 after serving on the Wayne State University School of Social Work Social Committee from May 2013. Tresa began her roled as Secretary for the Social Work Alumni Board in Fall 2017. Tresa earned her Bachelors of Social Work degree magna cum laude in 2007 from Wayne State University and her Masters of Arts in Forensic Psychology in 2011.  Tresa has worked in the human service field since 1987, and she currently works for the State of Michigan Department of Human and Health Services with the adult population after servicing children for about four years.  Tresa also serves as a board member for A.E.G. Enterprise, which is a coaching and business consultant organization established to make personal development services affordable. The organization provides life coaching services for women and girls through their Positive S.I.S.T.E.R.S. branch and supports emerging and established small business owners with effective marketing strategies under All Things Small Biz. The goal is to make these life-changes services affordable to empower both business and residential communities to excel.  Tresa has a passion for social justice issues and believes that working on the board will give her a chance to make a difference and advocate for change.

Jessica Lennon, Student Liaison

Charise Coats, '10

Charise joined the Alumni Board in 2012 and served as the Social Committee chair from 2012 - through the beginning of 2013. Charise served as the Alumni Association Board President from Summer 2015 - 2017. Charise attained her B.S.W. from Ferris State University in 2004 and her M.S.W. from Wayne State University in 2010.  She currently works for the State of Michigan working with Older Adult Services/Independent Living Services.  Charise's areas of social work specialization include the homeless population and community resources, pervasive and persistently mentally ill adults, licensing for foster homes and providing assistance to children in foster care and their families.  Charise is passionate about service and empowerment especially with the younger generation.  She has started a Non-Profit organization called TrishAnn's House Inc.  This organization teaches girls ages 8-18 basic living skills.  As a mentor, Charise believes that, "Imparting Wisdom to Expose Greatness" is a key motto to effecting change in this new generation.

Mary Glass, '15, '16

Brandon Ivory, '00

With a diverse background in human service and community development, Brandon Ivory has over 15 years of experience working for the betterment of youth, families and communities. Ivory joined the Detroit office of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) in 2004 and has performed a variety of duties including; organizational development, grant and loan management, national service learning, and assisting Detroit communities in addressing various quality of life issues. Prior to joining LISC Ivory worked as a community planner for United Way of Southeast Michigan (formerly known as United Way Community Services).  In addition Ivory has experience in child welfare and youth development. Ivory has a BSW from Saginaw Valley State University and a MSW from Wayne State University with macro-level concentrations.

Lindsay McCracken, '16
Amber Thomas, '17
Diane' Townsel, 11'
150 years in the heart of Detroit