Doris Fortier Allen
Doris Fortier Allen is a respiratory therapist at the Henry Ford Health System’s Harry J. Hoenselaar ALS Clinic. She has more than three decades of experience in respiratory care and ventilatory support. Allen’s prior experiences include serving on the board of directors of the ALS Association – Michigan Chapter, management of St. John Providence Park Hospital Cardiopulmonary Services and the Sleep Disorders Center, and as a regional clinical specialist for ResMed, an international medical device company specializing in non-invasive ventilatory support systems. She is a Madonna University graduate with a Bachelor of Science in allied health administration and additional training in respiratory therapy. She and her husband, Dr. William T. Allen, reside in Gregory, Michigan.
Dr. William T. Allen
Dr. William T. Allen is a retired pulmonary and critical care physician. Beyond medical staff leadership positions, he has hospital executive management experience at St. Joseph Mercy Hospitals in Pontiac and Ann Arbor, and has served on hospital boards. He served on the clinical faculty of the University of Michigan (U-M) Medical School and was an adjunct associate professor of executive education at U-M’s Ross School of Business. With undergraduate and medical degrees from Michigan State University, Dr. Allen was a fellow in pulmonary and critical care medicine at the U-M Medical Center. He also received a Master of Health Services Administration from the U-M School of Public Health. Most recently, he worked as a healthcare consultant, developing and implementing clinically integrated networks nationwide. Dr. Allen and his wife, Doris, reside in Gregory, Michigan.
Harold Burrell, Jr.
Harold Burrell, Jr., is partner, senior vice president and account executive of Lighthouse Insurance Group (LIG) in Grand Rapids, Michigan. With more than 30 years of experience in the insurance industry, he served on the board of directors for LIG from 2001-2018. Currently, he serves as an executive board member for the ALS Association – Michigan Chapter. He is also active on the board of directors for Goodwill Industries of West Michigan and the advisory board for the West Michigan Sports Commission. Additionally, he is appointed to the agent advisory board for Donegal Michigan Insurance Company and the advisory board for Horizon Bank. Burrell earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration and management from the University of South Carolina.
Christina Clark lost her son, Peter, to ALS in 2003 after an eight-year battle with the disease. She is a former trustee of the ALS Association and was a member of the National Institutes of Health Director’s Council of Public Representatives from 2005-2009. Clark is the founder and president of the Foundation for Interdisciplinary Motor Neuron Medicine, focusing on innovative therapeutic research for ALS and adaptive clinical trial designs. Clark holds degrees from Cornell, Harvard, and Michigan State Universities. She resides with her husband, Emory, on their farm in Metamora, Michigan.
David Forbes is a partner of The Forbes Company, a nationally recognized developer, as well as owner and manager of luxury shopping destinations throughout Michigan and Florida. He is responsible for all aspects of leasing for these landmark retail properties. A University of Miami alumnus, he is on the board of the University of Michigan’s (U-M) Parent Council, the Cranbrook Schools Board of Directors in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers. The Forbes name is connected to U-M through academics, athletics and the recently announced Forbes Institute for Cancer Discovery. While two of Forbes’ children are U-M graduates, he also has two 17-year-old boys and a 6-month-old girl. Forbes’ close friend and colleague, Derek Wood, was diagnosed with ALS in 2016, which prompted his collaboration with the ALS Center of Excellence.
Garlin Gilchrist, II
Garlin Gilchrist II is an experienced technology and community leader. In 2018, he became the founding executive director of the Center for Social Media Responsibility at the University of Michigan (U-M) School of Information. A Detroit native, Gilchrist spent more than two years serving as the city of Detroit’s first director of innovation & emerging technology. Gilchrist also served as the national campaign director for MoveOn.org. A U-M Engineering alumnus, he spent four years as a software developer at Microsoft. Most importantly, he is a proudly married father of a twin son and daughter.
Lauren Hendel is a senior at the University of Michigan’s (U-M) Ross School of Business, pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration. Upon her father’s development of ALS in 2016, she founded A Lot Stronger (ALS) Together, the first student-run organization at U-M dedicated to supporting ALS research. The club has teamed up with Michigan Medicine’s Office of Development to generate awareness and create fundraising events to benefit local ALS research and U-M’s Multidisciplinary ALS Clinic. Hendel, originally from Scarsdale, New York, recently launched a website to raise awareness and funds for the clinic by selling customized apparel. She looks forward to her last year at Michigan and is excited to expand her horizons post graduation.
Willard Holt, III
Willard Holt III is an of counsel attorney at Plunkett Cooney in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Since joining the firm in 2005, Holt focuses on business law and estate planning. He is also a member of Plunkett Cooney’s Business Advisory Group and is a leading practitioner in the legal formation, structure, and operation of Minority Business Enterprises and Women-Owned Business Enterprises. Previously, Holt was CEO of Phoenix Medical Financial Services, Inc., and partner at Raymond & Prokop, P.C. Currently, he is engaged with The Midnight Golf Program, which helps under-served young people transition from high school to college and into a professional career. A graduate of Detroit Country Day School, Holt holds a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University, as well as Doctor of Law and Master of Laws-Taxation from Georgetown University Law Center.
Hilary King is the current president of Temple Israel, the largest reform Jewish congregation in North America. She has held a leadership role at Temple Israel for more than twelve years. In her capacity as president, Hilary is responsible for overseeing the executive committee and operations, fundraising initiatives and strategic planning. In addition, Hilary served as a past board member of the Anti-Defamation League and spearheaded two major fundraisers for Michigan Medicine. Previously, she organized A Match for Life, a bone marrow drive resulting in more than 15,000 people signing up for the national marrow registry. Before devoting her time to community service, Hilary worked in the broadcast and media industry. She and her husband, Edan, reside in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and have three sons.
Sheri Mark-Slaim is a registered nurse, attorney and writer dedicated to the metro Detroit community. From 2010-2014, she was president of the board of directors for North Star Reach Camp, a non-profit organization providing ill children with camp experiences in Pinckney, Michigan. Previously, Mark-Slaim served as president of the board of directors for Michigan Citizens for Stem Cell Research and Cures, an organization that educates Michigan citizens about stem cell research. Mark-Slaim has lost several loved ones as a result of ALS. She acquired her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Detroit Mercy, and her Doctor of Law from Wayne State University. She and her husband, Mark, reside in Bloomfield Township, Michigan.
Scott Pranger is the principal manager for the Pranger Family Foundation, founded in 2012 to get involved with education, community affairs and religious causes. From 2004-2012, Pranger was the CEO and owner of EQI, LTD., which sources metal castings, forgings, and fabrications from suppliers around the globe to customers in 13 countries. Prior to EQI, Pranger served as vice president of Kurdziel Industries, Inc., for 20 years. In 2015, Pranger lost his wife, Cathleen, to ALS after a nearly 15-year battle. In her honor, he has been a strong supporter of the ALS Association. He is a 20-year board member of Junior Achievement of the Michigan Great Lakes and supports numerous Christian organizations around the world. Pranger resides in Spring Lake, Michigan, and has one son attending college and a daughter living in Florida with three grandchildren.
John Scarbrough, a lifelong resident of the Ann Arbor area, is a retired global automotive supplier executive with many years of management experience in sales, engineering, and manufacturing. He holds a Bachelor of Science in manufacturing technology from Eastern Michigan University. Scarbrough is family-oriented, with children and grandchildren in the area, and has personal experience with ALS, as his wife was diagnosed with ALS in early 2014 at the University of Michigan Multidisciplinary ALS Clinic. Honoring her 2016 passing, John has organized successful individual walking events to raise funds for the ALS Association.
Ari Weinzweig, a Chicago native and University of Michigan alumnus, is a co-owner and founding partner of Zingerman’s Delicatessen, a nationally-renowned restaurant that has grown into a community of more than 10 businesses. He has served as a board member and president of the American Cheese Society and as a board member of the Retail Division of the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade. Weinzweig is also an author and frequent guest speaker in business classes at the University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University, as well as at national and international food and business conferences. Zingerman’s was instrumental in the founding of Food Gatherers, a perishable food rescue program, and continues to be a major supporter of the organization. Weinzweig resides in Ann Arbor, Michigan.