Raj Kutty – President
Mr. Kutty is a technology professional and has been a member of the Board of Directors since July 2010. He also serves as Vice President on the Board of International Institute of Business Analysis South East Michigan. He has over 15 years’ experience in technology management, business analysis, client relationship, management of strategic business units and financial management.
Mr. Kutty is actively involved and sits on several committees in multiple charities, social and outreach organizations in the Metro-Detroit area. Mr. Kutty was recognized by the Canton Township as the Community Supporter of the Year for 2012 and has represented the township as the Chairperson for Election Inspection during the 2012 US Presidential elections. Mr. Kutty is a firm believer in the Detroit 2.0 initiative and an active investor in the areas of real-estate, engineering design, healthcare and technology.
Mr. Kutty holds a Bachelors degree in Business Management from Bharathiar University in India and Masters in Business Administration from Cardiff Business School, University of Wales.
Siham A. Awada Jaafar – Vice President
Ms. Jaafar is the producer and host of two WDHT-TV cable network shows and is the President and Principal Partner at 3D Consulting and Communications, a multi-dimensional approach to marketing, media, community outreach, training and ethnic markets. She has produced and hosted many televised events and workshops and has organized and helped to create a number of advocacy organizations. Currently, she is the Chairwoman of the AA Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the President of Arab American Women Advocating for Resources and Education. She also sits on a wide variety of Boards and committees and was appointed to the Dearborn Heights Planning Commission in 2009.
Ms. Jaafar has been a member of the Board of Directors since June 2010, and has been a trained mediator since 2009. She has a B.A. in Public Relations and Communications from Wayne State University.
Suresh Pillai – Treasurer
Mr. Pillai is a Finance Executive with Ford Motor Company. He has been with the company for the past seven years working in various finance functions, most recently in Securitizations Operations in their Global Treasury Organization. Prior to becoming a finance professional, he spent several years as a Mechanical Engineer with a focus on Computer Aided Design. He has consulted for several large manufacturing organizations with a goal to make their product development process more efficient and reduce their design to market time.
Mr. Pillai holds a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma and an MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. He has served on the Board of Directors, Wayne Mediation Center since July 2013.
John M. Sier
John Sier heads the Kitch law firm’s commercial litigation and construction practice. With more than two decades of experience, Mr. Sier concentrates his practice on dispute avoidance and resolution of commercial, healthcare and construction contract issues. He is committed to helping businesses and individuals resolve their legal disputes without costly and time-consuming litigation. In addition to being AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell, he has been recognized as a Michigan Super Lawyer since 2007 and has been listed as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in the State of Michigan since 2010. Mr. Sier joined the Board of Directors in June, 2010 and has been a trained mediator since 2005. He holds an A.B. from Loyola University of Chicago, an M.A. from the Drake University Graduate School of Journalism and Mass Communication and a J.D. from Drake University Law School.
Mr. Sier joined the Board of Directors in June, 2010 and has been a trained mediator since 2005. He holds an A.B. from Loyola University of Chicago, an M.A. from the Drake University Graduate School of Journalism and Mass Communication and a J.D. from Drake University Law School.
Mr. Samaroo is a psychologist who practices individual and group therapy and psychological crisis intervention. He is a member of a Traumatic Incident Stress Management Team. He previously was the executive director of an organization serving individuals with developmental and mental disabilities. He also holds a number of certifications, including as a Michigan Department of Health “Trainer of Trainers” and in “Critical Incident Stress Management.”
Mr. Samaroo joined the Board of Directors in June 2010 and has been a trained mediator since 2005. He holds a B.S. in Psychology from Wayne State University and a M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Michigan University.
Kathleen M. McCarthy
Judge McCarthy has been a member of the Wayne County (Michigan) Circuit Court Family Bench since 2001 and as of 2013, she is the Presiding Judge of that division. In that position, she is responsible for 850 active cases concerning divorce, child custody, paternity, and child support, and about 25,000 post judgment cases, as well as helping to manage the 250 employees at the Wayne County Friend of the Court. Since 2011, Judge McCarthy has taught Family Law at the University Detroit Mercy Law School. A life-long resident of the Detroit area, Judge McCarthy attended the University of Michigan and Detroit College of Law.
Judge McCarthy is an active speaker, having presented at IDFA conferences since 2001. She has also been a guest speaker for the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, as well as for local organizations and schools. She is past president of the Dearborn Bar Association, a Wayne County Family Law Bar associate, Advisory Chair of ADC of Michigan, and board member of the Incorporated Society of Irish American Lawyers.
Advisory Board Members
Fawzea Abusalah, Esq.
Law Offices of Fawzeac Abusala
Tim Attalla, Esq.
Dr. Chad Audi
Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries
Corporal Dan Bartok
City of Dearborn Police Department
Honorable Eric Cholack
Third Circuit Family Division
Past Board President
Reverend Julius Delpino
St. Luke’s United Methodist Church
Honorable Charlene Elder
Third Circuit Family Division
Honorable Patricia Fresard
Third Circuit Civil Division
Honorable Katherine Hanson
36th District Court (Detroit)
Laura Berry Harris, Esquire
City of Dearborn Heights
Honorable Milton Mack
Wayne County Probate Court
Dr. Sheila Makhool
Honorable Kathleen McCarthy
Third Circuit Family Division
Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office
Honorable Sam Salamey
19th District Court (Dearborn)
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