CHRISTINE LAFORGE, Chairperson
Christine is a Program Manager for Meritor in Troy – a leading global supplier of drivetrain, brake and aftermarket solutions for the commercial vehicle and industrial markets. Christine holds a Bachelor of Science degree in packaging from Michigan State University and received an Executive MBA from University of Michigan. She has more than 20 years of experience working with notable companies such as Mazda, Mercedes-Benz and Visteon.
Born and raised in Macomb County, Christine is pleased to work with A Beautiful Me, an organization that gives back to the community in which she lives. Married to her partner and soul-mate, Mike along with his two boys has changed her life in many positive ways. They have strengthened her faith and belief that we all have a special role to play in the lives of those we pass each day. A life-long Catholic, Christine is blessed with a diverse circle of family and friends devoted to their faith.
Christine is proud to promote and be a part of the A Beautiful Me team and its mission and vision.
KIMBERLY PRISBY, Vice-Chairperson
For over 22 years, Kimberly has worked as a client relationship manager and performance consultant in the financial services industry. Her primary responsibilities include facilitating workshops to assist clients in preparing to meet their strategic business objectives, motivating teams to grow beyond their potential, and training service providers to deliver exceptional service that strengthen customer rapport.
As an active volunteer within her community, Kimberly has been involved with Macomb Literacy Partners, the Breast Cancer 3-Day Foundation and Volunteers of America.
Born and raised in Macomb County, Kimberly and her husband, Mark, reside in Clinton Township and are richly blessed with the unconditional love of their many nieces, nephews and Godchildren! Both are avid travelers who cherish diverse cultures and people, especially throughout our Great Lakes State.
ANISSA C. HUDY, Secretary
Anissa started her own law practice focused on the areas of real estate and commercial litigation, after having practiced in large firms, including Warner Norcross & Judd, LLP, for 16 years. She is an accomplished, reliable, solutions-focused attorney with comprehensive, specialized experience in real estate litigation. Her commercial litigation experience includes litigating cases involving breach of contract, fraud, misappropriation, embezzlement, larceny, conversion, unfair trade practices, trade secrets, non-competes and other general civil litigation. She has represented creditors in all phases of commercial and consumer bankruptcy proceedings under Chapters 7, 11 and 13. She also represents contractors in the defense sector on government contracting matters including contract bidding, contract disputes and appeals with emphasis on final decisions resulting from contract audits and appeals relating to contract audits.
Anissa has served on other boards, including the Michael & Jane Cruse Embrace the Day Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research and Women in Defense-Michigan Chapter. She is active in her local Macomb County community through groups such as Leadership Macomb and Inforum’s Macomb Affinity Group. In her free time, she spends as much time as possible with her family, and enjoys biking, yoga and reading.
MATT MATTHEWS, Treasurer
Matt is a co-founder and trainer at colab trainings LLC. As a specialist in conflict resolution and mediation, Matt has facilitated trainings for diverse groups of participants throughout the midwest.
Matt has a strong background in nonprofit organizations, higher education, customer service, and leadership development.
Matt has earned a BS from Central Michigan University and an MS from Northwest Missouri State University focused on team development and group dynamics.
ERIKA COLLINS, Trustee
Erika is the Owner and Licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, and Approved Clinical Supervisor of her own mental/behavioral health private practice, TC Counseling Transformations, PLLC located in New Haven, Michigan. Erika has worked in the mental/behavioral health field since 2008, developing experience in working with children as young as four years of age, thru adulthood, as well as couples, and families; establishing her own practice in 2013. Her experience ranges from treatment of depression, anxiety, trauma, and borderline personality disorder; as well as many other presenting difficulties. She works to provide person-centered, strength based, ethical, professional, and caring services to the patients she services to assist them to reach their identified goals, to redefine and establish being healthy and happy.
Erika obtained her Bachelors of Science degree from Central Michigan University in Public Health Education and Health Promotion; and her Masters of Science degree from University of Phoenix in Mental Health Counseling. In her free time, Erika enjoys spending time with her family, being of service to others and her local community, as well as growing in her faith. It is her strong belief that our personal journeys are what shape us, and sometimes we just require an extra push/support to be the best us we can be.
KARLY HUMES-HURLEY, Trustee
Karly is the Station Manager for EBW TV in Port Huron, Michigan. Karly has a wide variety of experience in the communications field holding positions as a news reporter, news director, media strategist, production specialist and video director.
She is passionate about producing positive, fair media that spreads hope and gives a voice to non-profits, ministries and community focused groups. With a Bachelor’s degree of Communications from Moody Bible Institute Chicago, she has a strong basis for integrating media and ministry.
In her free time, Karly enjoys spending time with her husband and family, traveling and being outside.
MARK MUZZIN, Trustee
Mark loves empowering others and giving youth permission to fail and seek out novel ways to solve problems. He has worked with thousands of students and hundreds of educators over the past 15 years and shares his expertise as a keynote speaker, corporate trainer, featured in several publications and is a co-author in a peer reviewed journal.
As deputy director, Mark co-manages STARBASE One, a Department of Defense youth outreach program aimed at inspiring youth. He is grateful to be surrounded by great people that share his vision to make the world a better place by strengthening our youth.
He developed a love of travel after skipping a few Michigan winters while living on the island of Maui as a science teacher. Mark has Bachelors Degree from Oakland University and a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from Saginaw Valley State University. He has a boundless sense of humor, is a lifelong Detroit Lions fan and appreciates a well-timed prank. Most of all, he is a dedicated family man.
PHILIP PELOSO, Trustee
Philip is the president and owner of Triton Automation Group in Port Huron, Michigan. Triton designs and builds industrial automation machinery that utilizes advanced robotic technologies. Philip attended Lake Superior State University where he earned an Associate’s Degree in Electrical Engineering Technology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Automated Systems Engineering Technology.
Philip is a board member of the St. Clair County EDA, is a 4th degree member of the Knight’s of Columbus and volunteers as a mentor with the Port Huron area FIRST Robotics Team #3667, The Mecanum Knights. His time with the FIRST Robotics program has offered him the opportunity to work with high school level girls and boys to develop lifelong skills. He has been recognized by Governor Snyder as a proponent for his Marshall Plan to develop the talent of our young people to prepare them for the next generation of careers.
Philip is originally from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario but has called Port Huron his home since 1997. He is married to Debbie and has been blessed with two amazing daughters.
JOSEPHINE STARCESKI, Trustee
Josephine is a Computer Information Systems (CIS) professional with a BA in CIS from Walsh College, Troy, MI. She has worked for Kmart Corporation International Headquarters in Troy, Michigan, as a Senior Systems Programmer in the Merchandise Order Processing and Planning Computer Systems. In 1998, she made the choice to stay at home full-time to raise three daughters.
Since then, many volunteer opportunities in her community presented themselves and offered Josephine leadership roles as president of the elementary Home & School Association, treasurer and recording secretary of the high school Mothers Guild and coordinator of several fundraising and social events.
As a 20 year volunteer for Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan, Josephine has guided girls and women in support of the mission to build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. As a troop leader, troop committee team member, district coordinator, trainer/facilitator, troop organizer, outdoor program volunteer, council program volunteer, departmental committee member and GSUSA national delegate, Josephine knows that giving girls and women leadership opportunities (large or small) is the key to helping girls develop courage and confidence to feel empowered to do anything!