Launched in 2009 and honoring Trustee Emeritus Eugene Miller for his years of distinguished leadership, this program honors outstanding, experienced leaders of McGregor-funded nonprofit organizations in metropolitan Detroit.

The Fund selects, on a competitive basis, up to three agency directors annually to take time away from their day-to-day responsibilities and undertake a self-designed set of activities to rejuvenate themselves and do something of benefit for their work. Eligiblility is determined by the Fund, and eligible applicants are contacted by the Fund about the application process.

Meet the 2017 Fellows

Rev. Faith Fowler
Cass Community Social Services

Dan Carmody
Eastern Market Corporation

Rick Sperling
Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit

2016 FELLOW

Hassan Jaber, Executive Director,
Arab Community Center for Economic & Social Services (ACCESS)

“At ACCESS, we can be satisfied with the incredible success we have, but that will not and cannot create the change our community needs to build a better society for all. Building networks by facilitating collaboration between and across like-minded organizations, and working at the intersections of various issue areas, is required to build scaled impact…As ACCESS builds on its success, scaling up our work requires courageous conversations around moving the dialogue from building the future of the organization to building the future of our society. To be able to move that conversation, we need to start with clearly articulating our theory of change and aligning ourselves behind that thinking.”

Meet the 2017 Fellows

Rev. Faith Fowler
Cass Community Social Services

Dan Carmody
Eastern Market Corporation

Rick Sperling
Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit

2015 FELLOWS

Juanita Moore, President & CEO, The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

“Museums, cultural organizations, and educational institutions serving African Americans are facing tremendous difficulties as they are called upon to expand their services, yet are not sufficiently capitalized to maintain sustainable capacity. Simply put, the needs of the community outpace the recovery of traditional philanthropic models… I intend to use this sabbatical opportunity to become a leader capable of utilizing creative and durable strategies for growth in fundraising and community engagement.”

Maury Okun, President, Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings

“I feel obliged to our stakeholders to help foster long-term success for DCWS. Our structure is complex and evolving. It is succeeding, but it isn’t easy. When I eventually leave the organization, I want it to be stronger administratively and, more important, make even better music than it does today. The sabbatical will help me become a more effective leader while offering our staff and board the opportunity to become better stewards of our artistic mission.”

Anne Parsons, President & CEO, Detroit Symphony Orchestra

“Leading change is exhilarating and can also be exhausting. I believe the DSO is stronger and healthier than when I arrived, thanks in large part to the musicians, board and staff I work alongside. Now is the perfect time for me to take a longed for break, recharge my batteries, invest in family, and pursue new personal and professional development, so that I might continue to learn and grow for the benefit of the DSO, Detroit and my own well-being.”

2014 FELLOWS

Kathleen Hatke Aro, President, Accounting Aid Society

“I have learned that it is really about growth, which is driven by embracing vulnerability, focusing on strengths and being mindful of the questions we ask. These activities determine the stories we tell ourselves and one another, and hence whether we chose to grow or stand still. According to Brené Brown in Daring Greatly, “Vulnerability is not knowing victory or defeat, it’s understanding the necessity of both; it’s engaging. It’s being all in.”

Beth Morrison, President, HAVEN

“Each experience contributed to renewal as well as served as an indicator of how much I needed to address the lack of rejuvenation in my professional and personal life. The teachings within resonant leadership brought much of this to the forefront for me and thankfully has given me a format in which to continue my growth. Sustaining what was gained is obviously key but with my learning skills such as visioning, storytelling and scaling, devotion to writing time, and resonant leadership, I feel better equipped.”

Paul Propson, Executive Director, Covenant Community Care

“Every person I met with and spoke to taught me something new about our new health care system. I am deeply indebted to these individuals and to the McGregor Fund for this experience, which has helped me better recognize my role as an advocate for system change and case management assistance for people who are lost in a complex maze of information, rules and payment denials.”