Jeanne Murabito, President
Jeanne Murabito is Executive Director for Student Affairs in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan. She received her B.A. in Humanistic Studies from St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame; studied in Rome, Italy through Loyola University, received her M.A. in Educational Leadership from Eastern Michigan University, and completed all Ph.D. coursework in Higher Education Administration from St. Louis University. Ms. Murabito has 30 years of experience in Higher Education Administration and prior to joining the University of Michigan she served as Dean of Academic Services at Lindenwood University in St. Louis, MO. Ms. Murabito directs the units that comprise Student Affairs: the Engineering Advising Center, the Engineering Career Resource Center, Recruitment and Admissions, the Engineering Learning Center, the Scholarship Efforts in the College, Records and Assessment, Student Support, and all student organizations and activities within the college. She founded the Michigan Engineering Zone (MEZ), an outreach site in Detroit providing exposure for Detroit High School students to STEM fields. The centerpiece of the MEZ is the FIRST Robotics Program, engaging 350+ students a year in a collective build site in Detroit’s Midtown. In 2018, Jeanne collaborated with Qualcomm to develop a Thinkabit Lab at the MEZ, which provides a unique, hands-on STEM experience for middle school field trips during the school year as well as summer camps. Jeanne serves on the board for FIRST in Michigan, is a member of the Dean’s Cabinet, and serves as the point person in the College for issues involving students. She has received the Excellence in Staff Service Award and the Judith A. Pitney Career Award from the College of Engineering, and various recognitions for her service to students through Tau Beta Pi, Epeians, the Spirit of Detroit Award, and most recently, the Distinguished Diversity Leaders Award.
Gina Steffey, Vice President
Gina holds a limited license Master’s of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan. She works in Community Mental Health for Washtenaw County, and has experience as a probation officer for the Washtenaw County Juvenile Drug Treatment Court. She recognizes the multitude of shortcomings within the juvenile justice system and is passionate about making changes.
Kyle Daniel-Bey, Board Member
Kyle D Daniel-Bey is an artist, published author/poet and formerly incarcerated individual. His passion for art & advocacy for youth who have or may come into contact with the criminal justice system are equal. Having been incarcerated as a youth, he understands some of the pressures young people face & wants to help in whatever capacity available.
Ruby Tapia, Secretary
Ruby C. Tapia is Associate Professor of English and Women’s Studies and Chair of Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan. Her research and teaching engage the intersections of photography theory, feminist and critical race theory, and critical prison studies. She is co-editor of Interrupted Life: Experiences of Incarcerated Women in the United States (University of California, 2010) and author of American Pietàs: Visions of Race, Death and the Maternal (University of Minnesota, 2011). Her current book project, The Camera in the Cage (forthcoming, Fordham University Press), interrogates the intersections of prison photography and carceral humanism and puts forth an argument and methodology for an abolitionist visuality. She has facilitated creative writing workshops via the Prison Creative Arts Project at Women’s Huron Valley Correctional Facility in Michigan, is a member of the Theory Group Think Tank at Macomb Correctional Facility for men, and is the lead faculty member for the Critical Carceral Visualities component of the Documenting Criminalization and Confinement project at the University of Michigan’s Humanities Collaboratory.
Nichollette Hoard, Board Member
Nichollette Hoard works in the Juvenile Delinquency Division at the Washtenaw County Office of Public Defender, where she has been for over ten years, and served as an attorney for four years. She sees Criminal Defense work through a different lens and fully understands that any reform to our justice system starts with juvenile work. Her work is centered on restoring and assisting young people from a holistic perspective; addressing their behavior and legal troubles but also mental health issues, self-esteem empowerment, family support, housing, and education/employment. She finds being the voice of young people as truly an honor. She received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Michigan, an M.A. in Criminal Justice from the University of Detroit Mercy, and a J.D. and LL.M. from Western Michigan Thomas M. Cooley Law School.
Jennifer Schilk, Treasurer
Jennifer earned a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Michigan University. She has held various positions within the field of accounting and finance for five years. She is aware of the challenges faced by our at-risk youth and is motivated to contribute towards improving the individual and social experience.
LaTonya Woods, Board Member
LaTonya Woods has enjoyed a portfolio career. Holding a bachelor’s in business administration from Eastern Michigan University, she began her collegiate career at the University of Michigan in the School of Music, Theater, and Dance with a major in viola performance and education. She currently works for the University of Michigan as a senior business systems analyst in the Information and Technology Services department. As a violinist and violist, she has performed with Grammy award winning artists, spanning the genres of classical, R&B and gospel, including Stevie Wonder, Midori and Marvin Winans. She is featured on recordings with critically acclaimed gospel artists, Donnie McClurkin, Richard Smallwood and has performed with award winning, Detroit based world music ensemble, Musique Noire. She continues to perform throughout the metro Detroit area, has been a member of Dexter Community and Ypsilanti Symphony Orchestras. A passionate music educator and administrator, she has served as an instructor in the Ann Arbor Public Schools, and on the faculty of the Sphinx (Organization) Preparatory Program and Michigan State University Community Music School of Detroit. In her administrative capacities, she has worked with the Sphinx Organization and Willis Patterson’s Our Own Thing – a nonprofit organization for which she volunteers as the administrative director. She currently serves on the boards of the University of Michigan School of Music, Theater and Dance Alumni Association, and the University of Michigan Medical School Institutional Review Board (IRBMED). She is inspired and invigorated by YAA’s mission and active community engagement, and is eager to bring her experience and passion to the organization.