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Jeannine Gant, President and CEO
Robert Hennessey, VP Finance & Administration
Cheryl Haithco, VP of Development
President and CEO
Jeannine Gant brings over 2 decades of non-profit experience in the metropolitan Detroit area to her new role as Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit Chief Executive Officer. Most recently she served as Executive Director of Playworks Michigan, a national non-profit organization that leverages recess to support the social and emotional learning for children in elementary schools. Prior she held leadership positions at Wayne State University's School of Business, The Children's Center, The Epilepsy Foundation and numerous other child and family serving organizations. Her for-profit experience, at J. Walter Thompson advertising, includes launching Ford Division's $32 million national cause marketing campaign that promotes breast cancer awareness and research. Jeannine holds a Master's degree in Public Relations and Organizational Communication from Wayne State University.
Robert Hennessey, CPA
Vice President, Finance and Administration
Robert Hennessey has Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Accounting and Finance from Saginaw Valley State University. Mr. Hennessey is both a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Financial Planner; he is responsible for day to day human resource, accounting, finance and budget activities. Hennessey prepares and monitors the annual budget, generates monthly financial reports, cash flow and analysis and completes all grant reporting requirements. His human resource responsibilities include interviewing potential employees, maintaining employee files, and administering agency human resource policies and practices. He also consults and assists senior management with finance and operations related issues.
Vice President, Development
Cheryl Haithco is the Vice President of Development for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit. She previously served as the Development Director of the award-winning Japhet School in Madison Heights and formerly the Development Officer for Think Detroit/PAL. Cheryl is an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), served on the Board of Directors for the Association of Fundraising Professionals Detroit Chapter, the Diversity Committee for AFP International and has served as chair and co-chair of the National Philanthropy Day Dinner. She also serves on the Mercy High School Alumnae Board. Cheryl holds a BS in Business Marketing and will be completing her Masters degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Non-Profit Management.
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