Bill Palladino – Board President, Traverse City, MI. Based in Traverse City, Michigan, Bill has spent decades assisting both for-profit and nonprofit businesses around the world. He has sustained roles as CEO, Executive Vice President, Executive Director, Business Consultant, Executive Coach, Instructional Designer, Economic Development Director, and Keynote Speaker with over 30 years of management and business ownership experience. His client list includes Fortune 500 companies, nonprofits, community groups and governmental agencies.
For the past decade, Bill has focused his attention on innovation, change management, and employee engagement through his work developing and delivering training content with the International Thought Leader Network and their author/partners. He has worked closely with John Kotter, Shawn Achor, Vijay Govindarajan, and Chris Trimble to bring their research and intellectual property to life.
When he's not traveling the globe, Bill also remains engaged in his home community of Traverse City, Michigan, helping to use his expertise to lead the growth of Michigan's local food system as executive director of the Grand Traverse Food Innovation Hub and acting as board member for Blackbird Arts and other nonprofits.
Samir Moubarek – Board Vice President, Traverse City, MI. Samir is a community activist and is passionate about disability rights and advocacy. He is a member of the Disability Network Advocacy Council and has served as co-chair of the RIC through Michigan Disability Rights Coalition. As an artist with cerebral palsy, he has advocated for inclusion in the arts in schools, recreational facilities, and performance venues.
Dayna Valpey – Board Member, Traverse City, MI. Dayna is an avid supporter of the arts and environment. She relocated to Traverse City from southeast Michigan in 2009, and has worked several years in event management, communications, and marketing. Dayna currently oversees Disability Network’s Fund Development program and the Access for Everyone campaign, which focuses on making beaches and natural areas accessible for all abilities to enjoy. She graduated from Western Michigan University with a degree in Textile and Apparel Studies, and studied abroad in London, UK. When not working or volunteering, Dayna enjoys spending time with her husband, Rody, and their dog, Moon. She also loves getting into creative projects, usually including elements of creative reuse. She believes in building inclusive communities, celebrating diversity, and considers art an important part of all communities
Lynn Geiger – Board Treasurer, Traverse City, MI. Lynn works as an assistant trainer for Northwestern Michigan College Training Services, the corporate training arm of the college. Prior to that she spend nearly 20 years in the media industry as a writer and editor, and continues to freelance for several local publications. She also has a background working with children and adults with disabilities, and volunteering for programs serving the senior population.
Joshua Davis, Board Member, Traverse City, MI. Joshua is a musician and songwriter. He has gained recognition as a successful guitar and songwriting instructor and folk historian. Mr. Davis held a private studio at Michigan State University’s acclaimed Community Music School for a number of years before moving to the Traverse City two years ago. He is active in community social justice efforts, most recently as a music ambassador to Palestine and continues to work in music education/outreach for youth in underserved communities.
Brianne Farley, Board Member, Traverse City, MI. Brianne is a freelance illustrator and picture book author who grew up in Traverse City, Michigan, where she spent most of her time in the woods, in Lake Michigan, drawing, or reading. She earned her BA in Creative Writing from Macalester College, and then received her MFA in Illustration from the Savannah College of Art and Design. She moved to Brooklyn to work for Random House Children's Books and, as luck would have it, sold her first picture book to Candlewick Press that same year. Now she lives in Michigan once again writing and illustrating picture books for a living, and spends most of her time in the woods, in Lake Michigan, drawing, or reading. Her editorial clients include The New York Times, McSweeney's, The Rumpus, and Junior Great Books. Local clients include The Little Fleet, Darling Botanical, Grocer’s Daughter Chocolate, and the Traverse Area District Library.
Lisa Newhouse, Board Member, Traverse City, MI. Lisa is the Owner of The Ancillary Marketing Studio, and she is a Traverse City local. She brings creative innovation to her marketing projects, while working diligently to create unique branding for each project. Ms. Newhouse received a BA in English from the University of Montana, Missoula, and an MFA in Creative Writing from New York University's Creative Writing Program. At NYU, she received a Starworks Foundation Fellowship, and a Goldwater Fellowship. Ms. Newhouse was formerly an english and writing teacher at The Putney School and the Ashley Hall School. She is active in the Northern Michigan tennis community, and enjoys hiking with her dog.