Alumni Board

Charise Coats, '10, President

Charise joined the Alumni Board in 2012 and served as the Social Committee chair from 2012 - through the beginning of 2013. In the summer of 2015 Charise began serving as the Alumni Association Board President. 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.

Artan C. Hughes '10, Vice 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. 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.


Aida-Kai Anderson, '13

Aida-Kai joined the Wayne State University School of Social Work Alumni Association Board in November 2013.  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.

Ruby Bowens, '97

Regina Ann Campbell, '99, Treasurer and Funding Committee Liason

At TechTown Detroit, Regina Ann Campbell serves as the managing director for place-based entrepreneurship. She is responsible for the daily operations of TechTown's Blocks business unit, which includes the Retail Boot Camp and SWOT City programs. Retail Boot Camp prepares serious entrepreneurs with strong retail concepts for the successful launch of their brick-and-mortar business in a core Detroit commercial district, while SWOT City combines economic development and start-up acceleration strategies to transform historically underserved neighborhoods into vibrant and dense communities. She holds a Bachelor of Science from Western Michigan University, a Master of Social Work from Wayne State University, a Master of Urban Planning from the University of Michigan and as of December 2015 a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. Regina is was a Wayne State University Detroit Revitalization Fellow Cohort I. She is also a graduate of Inforum Michigan's InGAGE entrepreneurial program and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.; Jack and Jill of America, Inc.; Wayne State University School of Social Work Alumni Board, Treasurer and Fundraising Community; Wayne State University HIGH Program Advisory Board; and the Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute Urban Healthy Families Advisory Board; My Sisters KEYpers Board of Directors. Regina values people as the most important resource, relationships are at the core of progress.

Corey Faulkner, '09, '10

Corey received his BSW in 2009 and MSW in 2010 from the Wayne State School of Social Work and has been an Alumni Board member since 2010. Corey served on the board at treasurer from 2011-2012, vice-president from 2012-2013 and president from 2013-2015. Corey is currently employed at the St. John Providence Cancer Center working with oncology patients and families. He is a volunteer with a children's cranial facial clinic as well as with Wigs 4 Kids. In 2010, Corey was named the MSW Student of the year of Southeastern Michigan by the NASW. 

Danielle Hall, '12

Danielle Hall joined the Wayne State University School of Social Work Alumni Association Board in 2012.  She attained her BSW summa cum laude from Wayne State in 2012 and was awarded the Wayne State University-NASW-Student of the Year Award.  She was awarded a scholarship from Michigan State University and attained her MSW in 2013.  Danielle's area of expertise is substance abuse and she is currently working as a substance abuse therapist within a residential treatment center.  She is passionate about helping individuals and to recover from substance dependency and advocating on behalf of the recovering community.​

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.

TiKisha Lemons, '13

TiKisha Lemons, LLMSW joined the School of Social Work Alumni Association Board in 2014, earned a Master's of Social Work degree from Wayne State University in 2013 and as of Fall 2015, currently serves as Social Committee Chairperson to the board. TiKisha also holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management and Associate's Degree in Entrepreneurship from Davenport University. TiKisha has been employed with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) since 1997. While at MDHHS TiKisha has worked in various departments, including the Disability Determination Services and Medical Review Team Unit, the General Services Administration area and currently serves as a specialist in the Children and Family Services and Adult Services departments. While there, she also served as the Bring Your Child to Work Day Committee Chairperson for several years, served as the Cultural Diversity Committee Chairperson and also provided food, medical and emergency assistance, community resources, and in-home service resources to various groups and populations. TiKisha continues to volunteer at MDHHS. As a social worker TiKisha credits her success to her upbringing in Detroit, knowledge learned over 18 years with MDHHS, participating and volunteering in various community services activities and events. TiKisha desires to "make a difference period" and believes she was "chosen" by the field of social work. TiKisha feels that service to all mankind will forever play a huge role throughout her many endeavors, as she continues to strive towards intertwining purposeful business and social responsibility. TiKisha will continue to mentor and volunteer in the community and university while taking pride in being a social worker, a Wayne State University alumna and alumni board member.

Shawnteal N. Pernell, '08, Secretary

Shawnteal joined the Wayne State University School of Social Work Alumni Association Board in May 2012 and is currently employed as a clinical social worker at Oakwood Hospital & Medical Center as well as Harper University Hospital. Over the years, Shawnteal has worked with various populations within the hospital setting, from the elderly to newborn babies. She has also held positions within juvenile justice, in-home family services and outpatient mental health. Shawnteal prides herself with the fact that she has developed a set of skills that enable her to adapt to difficult situations in a unique fashion.  During her spare time, Shawnteal enjoys shopping and family time. Shawnteal's ultimate career goal is operate a successful private practice.


Tresa Simmons, '07

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 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.

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