Judge Denise Langford Morris
Oakland County Circuit Court Judge
Bria Barker Lewis
Public Policy Professional
Ellen Cogen Lipton
Attorney & elected member of the State Board of Education
Current Elected Position: Michigan State Board of Education
Former Elected Position(s): State House of Representatives
Award(s) / Recognition(s): Legislator of the Year-MIRS News Service
Therese Quattrociocchi Longe
Mayor City of Birmingham
Therese Quattrociocchi-Longe was elected as a member of the City Commission for Birmingham, Michigan in 2019 and is honored to serve as Mayor Pro Tem. Therese brought extensive city government experience to this role, having served for five terms on the City of Birmingham, Parks & Recreation Board (2004-2019, appointed chair nine times) and on numerous ad hoc subcommittees. As a Commissioner, Therese recently worked to champion the passage of a Parks and Recreation Bond, which won approval of 70% of Birmingham voters.
Therese serves as the Director, Foundation & Corporate Relations and Senior Program Officer, Children’s Foundation of Michigan and was named as a Crain's Detroit Business Notable Women in Nonprofits 2018. At the Foundation, she works to raise over $1.5M annually in extramural grant funds to support medical research, medical education, and community benefit programs and helps to manage approximately $6 million in annual grant-making to improve the health of children and families through our region and state.
She is a lifelong Detroit-area resident and earned a B.S. and an M.S. in Biology/Biochemistry from Oakland University and began her career as a Senior Research Associate at the Beaumont Hospital Research Institute. Therese also worked at the Beaumont Foundation where she became the Director of Grant Development and worked to implement a program to support physician investigators with the development and submission of competitive research proposals to federal, state, and foundation funders.
Profession: Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations, Children's Foundation
Current Elected Position: City of Birmingham City Commissioner 2019, Mayor Pro-Tem 2020 & 2021
Former Appointed Position(s): City of Birmingham, Parks and Recreation Board - Appointed five terms 2004-2019; appointed chair nine times.
Award(s) / Recognition(s): Named a Crain's Detroit Business Notable Women in Nonprofits 2018
Editorial Services Company Owner
Social Worker & Oakland County Commissioner, District 16
Current Elected Position: Oakland County Commissioner, District 2, first elected in 2018
Former Elected Position(s): Mayor, City of Clawson 2007-2017; Council Person, City of Clawson 2003-2007
Profession: Social Worker-Clinical Supervisor at Easter Seals
Current Appointed Position(s): Clawson Youth Assistance Chairperson, Boy Scout Troop 1627 Secretary, Oakland County Public Health and Safety Committee Chair, Clawson Farmers Market organizer; Oakland County Airport Committee; Oakland County Senior Ad-hoc committee; Oakland County School Mental Health committee.
I love working with and for people. I have been a social worker (LMSW) at Easter Seals for more than twenty years. I was the longest standing Mayor in Clawson. I organize the Clawson Farmers Market, Trick or Treat Trail and many other events in Clawson, Troy and Royal Oak.
Amara (Mari) Manoogian
Michigan State Representative
Phone: 248-885-5797 (c)
State Rep. Mari Manoogian was born and raised in Birmingham, Michigan, and is serving her second term representing the 40th District, which includes Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield Township, and a portion of West Bloomfield Township. She currently serves as Assistant Minority Whip for the House Democrats.
At 28, Manoogian is the youngest woman serving in the current Legislature, and the first Armenian-American woman to serve in the Michigan House of Representatives. Prior to joining the Legislature, she served in various capacities of public service at the federal level, including interning for then-Congressman John D. Dingell, working with the Council on Foreign Relations, and assisting Ambassador Samantha Power at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations. Manoogian also worked in the Office of English Language Programs and eDiplomacy at the U.S. Department of State where she served with foreign and civil service officers.
Manoogian is a third-generation Armenian-American whose great-grandparents came to America in the 1920s to escape the Armenian Genocide. She earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University.
She is an avid Detroit sports and Team USA fan and enjoys figure skating, reading, traveling, and spending time with her family. Manoogian is a member of Saint Sarkis Armenian Church in Dearborn and lives in Birmingham.
WONF Director and past President, Professional Facilitator, Trainer and Coach
Deb Macon is a professional facilitator, trainer, board governance consultant, coach, and parliamentarian. She has worked for the Michigan Association of School Boards for over 20 years supporting School Board Members as they serve their communities.
Deb was elected to two terms on the Bloomfield Hills Board of Education, serving as Treasurer for several years and also Vice President and Secretary. She served 12 years as a Trustee in W. Bloomfield Township and is now in her 16th year as an appointed official on the Greater W. Bloomfield Cable Communications Commission. She served on the Michigan Community Service Commission during both the Engler and Granholm Administrations.
Deb is an alumna of MSU’s Michigan Political Leadership Program. She earned a BA in Elementary Education from Harris Teachers College in St. Louis, MO and holds a Lifetime Teaching Certificate from the State of Missouri. She earned an MBA from Rutgers University’s Graduate School of Management’s Division of Professional Accounting and passed the CPA Exam in Michigan over 30 years ago.
She taught graduate and undergraduate level classes at three institutions, (1) Wayne State University’s Nonprofit Sector Studies Program, (2) the U of M Dearborn’s Institute for Local Government and Michigan Township Association’s Leadership Program, and (3) the Trustee Leadership Development in Indianapolis, a national nonprofit consulting firm dedicated to advancing principled leadership of individuals and organizations.
Deb is a long-time member of the League of Women Voters and served four years on the League’s National Board of Directors. She served as Secretary of the Board of Directors of United Way for Southeastern Michigan for 10 years and is now Chair of the Board’s Volunteer Engagement Committee. She is a long-time Red Cross volunteer and former Chair of the Board of Directors of the American Red Cross Blood Services Region in Detroit.
Deb is one of the founding members of both the Women Officials Network (1997) and the Women Officials Network Foundation (2008). She served as the WON Foundation’s first President and first Administrator. She passionately works to support positive and forward moving community building initiatives, especially those that empower women and girls to reach their full potential.
She is also the founding President of the Greater West Bloomfield Community Coalition for Youth. Deb is a founding member of the Race Relations and Diversity Task Force serving southeastern Michigan and designed its signature recognition program, The Diversity Champion Honor Roll.
Additionally, Deb works as a Coach and Leader, supporting adults and youth seeking healthy lifestyles and positive behavior change.
Courtney J. Marshall
District Court Magistrate/PT Staff Attorney Lakeshore Legal Aid CALL
I am committed to a career in public service and aspire to hold a judicial seat in the future. I started working in the court system in 1997 while attending U of D law school at night and have spent the entire twenty-one years that I have been a licensed attorney working in the court system in various capacities, most recently as a District Court Magistrate for the 52nd District Courts. I work on the Oakland County Weekend Arraignment rotation, as well as regularly as a substitute magistrate. To broaden my scope of knowledge and experience, while staying in the public service sector, I have accepted part-time employment with Lakeshore Legal Aid CALL and am looking forward to that opportunity.
Attorney and Farmington Commission on Aging Commissioner
Phone: 313-729-8657 (c)
Chief Operating Officer, Girl Scouts of Southeast Michigan
Current Appointed Position(s): City administrator for Lathrup Village, MI
Former Appointed Position(s): City manager in Eaton Rapids, MI; city manager in Leslie, MI; asst. city manager/Community Dev. Director in Owosso, MI
Susan Montenegro started her municipal career as an intern in February 2013 in the City of Owosso and was hired there as the assistant city manager and director of community development in December 2013. Since then, she has served as city manager for the City of Leslie, Eaton Rapids, and now in Lathrup Village. Prior to working in local government, Montenegro served as a pastor in the United Methodist Church for 10 years. Team building, outreach, and service have always been at the heart of everything she does. The move to local government was natural for her with her extensive background working with volunteers and boards to promote growth, inclusiveness, and community spirit. Montenegro is a member of the Michigan Municipal Executives (MME), currently serving as a member of the Board and on the Professional Development Committee. She also belongs to the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and currently serves on their Welcome Ambassadors Committee. Montenegro is an active member of the Michigan Women in Municipal Government Organization and serves as an Ambassador for the 16/50 Project through the Michigan Municipal League (MML). Montenegro holds an Associate of Arts degree in Business from the University of Phoenix, a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services Management from the University of Phoenix graduating with honors, and a Master?s degree in Public Administration from the University of Michigan-Flint.