Our Team

Brandon Gleaton

Brandon Gleaton

Executive Director

Brandon joined the Promise Program in summer 2019. Access and opportunity are central to Brandon’s work. He worked as a Program Manager leading a team of Americorps members providing instructional support in Detroit schools. He has taught in public and charter schools, taught young adults pursuing their GED, coordinated SAT academic programming, and served as a peer mentor teaching assistant in Wayne State University’s College of Education, collaborating with faculty to facilitate a course titled “Becoming an Urban Educator,” which explored the intricacies of urban schools. Brandon is an alumnus of Wayne State University and University of Michigan – Dearborn obtaining a B.A. in Education and Master in Public Administration and Policy.

Moussa Traore

Moussa Traore

Postsecondary Success Coach

Moussa joined the Promise Program as its first-ever Postsecondary Success Coach in January 2019 after previously serving as the Hazel Park High School College Adviser from July 2016-June 2018. While serving as college adviser, Moussa was honored by the Michigan College Access Network as an Ombudsman Award winner at its 2018 College Access Impact Awards Dinner. Moussa is originally from the West African country of Mali and holds an Associate of General Studies degree from Lansing Community College and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Arts and Humanities with a minor in Peace and Justice Studies from Michigan State University.

Mady Berns

Mady Berns

College Adviser

Mady joined the Promise Program team in summer 2018 as a College Adviser. She is originally from Buffalo Grove, Illinois and is excited to assist Hazel Park students with post-high school plans. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology with a minor in Health Promotion and a minor in Communication Science and Disorders from Michigan State University.

Monica Rattee

Monica Rattee

Bookkeeper

Board of Directors

Bill Hitchcock

Chair

  • Hazel Park High School Alumnus
  • Owner, Re/Max in the Park

Ed Klobucher

Vice-Chair

  • Hazel Park High School Alumnus
  • Hazel Park City Manager

John Harvey

Secretary

  • Senior Pastor, Serenity Christian Church

Ellen Cogen Lipton, JD

Treasurer

  • Attorney
  • Former MI State Representative

Leon LaBrecque, JD, CPA

Board Member

  • Hazel Park High School Alumnus
  • Founder/CEO, LJPR Financial Advisors

Steve Haddad

Board Member

  • COO, Capital Sales Co.

Walter Roman

Board Member

  • Hazel Park High School Alumnus
  • General Motors Retiree

Nowfal Akash

Board Member

  • CIO, Trucenta

Amy Kruppe Ed.D

Board Member

  • Superintendent, Hazel Park School District