Judge Denise Langford Morris
Oakland County Circuit Court Judge
Bria Barker Lewis
Public Policy Professional
Ellen Cogen Lipton
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
Social Worker-Clinical Supervisor at Easter Seals
Mother of five, grandmother of nine. I love working with and for people. I have been a social worker (LMSW) at Easter Seals for almost twenty years.. I was the longest standing Mayor in Clawson. I organized the Clawson Farmers Market, Trick or Treat Trail and many other events in Clawson. I am now involved in Oakland County and chair the Public Health and Safety Committee.
Profession: Social Worker-Clinical Supervisor at Easter Seals
Current Elected Position: Oakland County Commissioner, District 16, first elected in 2018
Former Elected Position(s): Mayor, City of Clawson 2007-2017; Council Person, City of Clawson 2003-2007
Current Appointed Position(s): Clawson Chamber of Commerce Board of Director member; Area Agency on Aging 1B Board of Director member, Clawson Youth Assistance Chairperson; Clawson Community Coalition Chairperson, Boy Scout Troop 1627 Secretary
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.
WONF Administrator and
Editorial Services Company Owner
Oakland County Commissioner
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.
Government Affairs Consultant
Anne is the President of Mervenne & Co., a consulting firm that she founded in 2003 after working in the Michigan Legislature and the executive office of the State of Michigan for Governor John Engler. She also served as the Co-Director of the Michigan Political Leadership Program at Michigan State University for twenty years providing leadership training to both Republicans and Democrats. Anne is on the Board of Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Michigan where she chairs the Enterprise Risk Committee and sits on Nominations & Governance. She also serves on the Board of Directors of LifeSecure Insurance Company, a subsidiary of BCBSM.
Profession: Governmental Affairs Consulting
Former Elected Position(s): County Commissioner, Ingham County; former gubernatorial staff member & 19 year state employee
Current Appointed Position(s): Michigan Community Service Commission
Former Appointed Position(s): MI Humanities Council; Early Childhood Investment Corporation
Award(s) / Recognition(s) (Please keep your reply to no more than 150 characters): 2013 Wonder Woman Award from the Women’s Official Network Foundation; James Madison College Distinguished Alumni, 2019; National Association of Women Business Owners, Greater Detroit Chamber, Top 10 Businesswoman, 2017