Cast your vote for Soulardarity's Innaugural Board! You may also do so in person at our annual meeting on Saturday June 4th - location TBD.
Read on to learn about our prospective board members and cast your votes at the bottom of this page. You must be a Soulardarity member whose dues are paid in full in order to vote. You can become a member by clicking here.
Each member has one vote for each available board position. Through the survey function below, you will be able to vote "Yes" or "No" for each prospective board member.
Juan Shannon (Highland Park Member)
Being a citizen, born & raised in the Historic city ofHighland Park, I believe that my passion and knowledge for the city will be an invaluable asset to the realization of Soulardarity's mission. I have worked with Highland Park United Neighborhood Association, participated in city-wide clean-ups, procured donations for city events, supplied musical artists for Highland Park Music Fest 2013, 2014 & 2015, and I am currently involved in developing a for-profit community resource center ( Parker Village) to address the many lagging needs of the community in Technology, Human resources, Organic Food availability, Career training and Media communication.
Diane Crawford (General Member)
As a dedicated and committed public servant of the great city of Highland Park, it would be a privilege and honor to serve on Soulardarity's Board. I can use my knowledge and experience to help enhance the residents of Highland Park to continue to move forward. My mission is to further advance the LET THERE BE LIGHT campaign. I have a Doctorate of Philosophy in Human Services from Walden University and a Masters in Social Work from Wayne State University. I have served as a social worker in Detroit Public Schools, Mental Health and Medical Centers, and Settlement Houses. I currently work as the service coordinator for Labelle Towers, serving the seniors of the City of Highland Park.
Sharmaine Robinson (Highland Park Member)
I immediately came on board with Soulardarity because I was excited about my great city having lights, as opposed to being in the dark. The point of having a natural source of light amazed me. I also sat on a number of other committees in Highland Park - the Housing and Senior Advisory Committee. I participated in the City wide clean up. I AM H.P. These are some of the reasons that I should be elected to the Board of Soulardarity. I have an Associates in Science of Criminal Justice and am a certified customer service professional, nurse assistant, and massage therapist. I worked 17 years at Ford Motor Company and am currently employed with Oakwood/Beaumont Healthcare Systems.
Bridgett Townsend (Highland Park Member)
Let’s together TAKE the first step in achieving what our community deserves LIGHT for a futuristic, innovative and a healthy city!!! I am a lifelong Highland Park resident, Class of 1981 Graduate. I am also like the majority of you tired of being in the pitch dark which jeopardizes our safety for our loved ones which effects potential investors and our population. As DTE has repossession the city lights and held us hostage with a setup for failure with their outrages rates, poor infrastructure and no added value to our children or the community. My community work has been supporting and facilitating Town Services children’s events for the past 3 years and serving Soulardarity as a board member, Tennyson block leader, and representative at the Sustainable Communities Champion luncheon and Municipal Energy Commissions meetings. I have volunteered my time in many areas of Highland Park to try and make a difference for our children and our community. I am a current Board Trustee at Detroit Unity Temple.
Christine Cowan (Highland Park Member)
It is my personal belief that the most effective way for a person to make changes and solve problems within their communities is to become involved; let your voice be heard; become a part of the decision making process. Coming together with others to identify and solve problems helps to improve and maintain the overall health, safety and well-being of those being represented. Please allow me to continue my involvement as a member of the Soulardarity board, working with others to bring lighting back to the streets of Highland Park. I have been a citizen of Highland Park for 35 years, am a current Soulardarity board member, am a 30 year employee of the State of Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. I have previously worked with the Detroit Area Agency on Aging and the Detroit Parent Network. I have Bachelor degrees from Michigan State University, a Masters degree from Wayne State University and am a small business owner.
Frankie Davis (Highland Park Member)
I am interested in being a Board Member for the Soulardarity Organization because I am committed to returning the City of Highland Park to its former glory and I believe lighting our streets is a first step in making the Community safe for its residents. I appreciate you considering me for a Board Member position and I look forward to working with you to help make our Highland Park streets safe with lighting. I am a life-time resident of the City of Highland Park, former City of Highland Park employee, and retired Family Independent Specialist for the State of Michigan for 23 years. I have been a volunteer for many organizations including: The Highland Park School District Head Start Program, Red Cross, AARP, Highland Park Senior Advisory Council, and Community Organizer with The Committee to elect President Obama and the Committee to re-election President Obama.
Margaret Lewis (Highland Park Member)
I have been involved with the organization of Soulardarity since its inception as, first, an advisor, then an advisory board member, and currently serving on the initial Board until the members elect Board members. Am conversant with and helped to formulate the duties and responsibilities of the organization’s personnel, purpose, and vision, and can assist in fulfilling its mission. My community work has included publishing a monthly newspaper of community news from 1999 through 2013 and serving on several boards and commissions in the city.