OBA Planning Committee


OBA planning committee members work closely with the Wayne State University Alumni Association to conceptualize, plan, organize and implement activities, programs and communications that align with the strategic focus areas of the Office of Alumni Relations & Annual Giving. Responsibilities of a planning committee member include:

  • Actively participate in the committee's annual planning meeting and subsequent periodic planning sessions.
  • Attend at least two programs and activities sponsored by the Organization of Black Alumni during the academic year.
  • Be a knowledgeable ambassador for Wayne State University, the Alumni Association and the Organization of Black Alumni.
  • Market planned programs and activities to personal and professional networks and through social media channels.
  • Nominate prospective planning committee members for consideration during the annual planning meeting.
  • Support Wayne State with an annual, tax-deductible gift (contributions may be designated to any area of the university).

Committee members

JoAnna BerryJoAnna Berry '17
Customer Service Sales Representative, Xenith





Tiana Dudley '15Tiana Dudley
Marketing and Public Relations Coordinator, The Allen Lewis Agency





Devin DuPree '05Devin DuPress
Licensed Professional Counselor, DuPree Training and Consulting Services





Dr. Felicia Grace, M.Ed. '91, Ed.D. '04Dr. Felicia Grace
Academic Services Officer IV, WSU College of Nursing





Darrell Dawsey '89
Associate Director, WSU Marketing and Communications

Darryl Gardner '04, M.Ed. '07
Director, Emerging & Rising Scholars Programs
WSU Center for Excellence & Equity in Mathematics

Jahquan Hawkins '04
Dean of Campus Affairs, Oakland Community College-Southfield Campus

Maxine Hudgins, M.S.W. '99Maxine Hudgins
Academic College Enrichment Services, WSU Student Affairs





Kimberly McDowell '15Kimberly McDowell
Server/Bartender, Tony V's                                                    





Phil Sherman '98, M.S.W. '03Phil Sherman
Behavior Interventionist, Detroit Academy of Arts and Sciences                                            





Loren Townes, Jr. '17Loren Townes, Jr
College Relations Coordinator, Washtenaw Community College





Patricia Hicks, M.Ed. '10
Teacher, Detroit Public Schools Community District

Dr. Celestine Jackson, M.S.W. '74, Ed.D. '93
Detroit Board of Education