BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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Mary Honeyman

Mary Honeyman is a newly retired teacher from the Bloomfield Hills School District where she spend 30 years at West Hills Middle School.  Throughout her tenure she taught the Drama, Speech, and Language Arts.  In 1995, Mary earned a Masters in Health Education and began teaching 7th and 8th grade health. Her work with middle school kids did not end in the classroom as she coached Forensics, directed Plays and co-facilitated Count Me In, an anti-bullying group with the 8th graders at West Hills Middle School.

Mary has not only taught Middle School students, but also animals.  She has been a  certified dog trainer  since 1998 and has held group classes for MIchigan Humane as well as Four Legged Rascals.  She currently volunteers at Michigan Humane assisting in adoptions and animal care

Mary lives in Rochester Hills with her husband Mark and their "four pawed" child, Bailey.

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Dr. Ehud (Udi) Kapen

Dr. Ehud (Udi) Kapen was born in Queens, NY in 1969. He has resided for the past 37 years in  Michigan, mostly in West Bloomfield. He has one daughter, Kayla, who is poised to graduate  from the University of Michigan School of Social Work with a MSW. Dr. Kapen is a  pediatrician, having graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine in 1995. He  completed his residency in Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Michigan in 1998, and since then  has been practicing at Southfield Pediatric Physicians. 

Dr. Kapen has served on the Medical Committee of Tamarack Camps. He has been heavily  involved in local community theater with several groups, both as an actor and a playwright, and  has served on the Safety Committee of the Birmingham Village Players, as well as serving on the  Board of Directors of the Bloomfield Players for several years, including as president.

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Rosalie Lavigne

Rosalie Lavigne has been a national, award-winning master barber for 48 years. She’s owned a salon for 22 years and has experience in team building, raising funds for charity, brainstorming new ideas, selling products and making a profit for her business.

 

Rosalie has dealt with many challenges in her past, like being a single parent to her daughter Deanna and caring for her husband, Anthony, until his death in 2013. Rosalie is grandmother to 15 year old Giuliana, with whom she travels as much as possible, including trips to London and Paris.

 

Rosalie brings a strong work ethic, honesty, and passion to any project. She hopes to inspire students who are considering a trade as their life path.

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Rachel Matz
Secretary

Rachel Matz is a high school English teacher in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English degree from the University of Michigan and a Master of Arts in Education Technology degree from Michigan State University. 

 

In addition to teaching English, Rachel is the adviser of the school newspaper and serves on the Global Education Team and National Equity Project Design Team. 

 

When not teaching, Rachel can be found reading or listening to podcasts and musical soundtracks or exploring with her dog.

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Hassan Sheikh

 Hassan Sheikh was born and raised in southeast Michigan. He received his Bachelor’s from  Wayne State University, and his Master’s in Public Administration from Oakland University with a focus on local government management and non-profit management. 

In his prior roles he served as the first Executive Director for the Michigan chapter of Emgage,  and then the Director of Community and Economic Development for the City of Hamtramck. He  currently serves as the Deputy Director of Economic and Community Development for the City of  Dearborn. Hassan also works as a political strategist and is the co-founder of Ahmed and Sheikh  Consulting. 

Hassan comes from a long history of community service, activism, and political advocacy. He  currently sits on the executive board of Wayne County Healthy Communities (WCHC), Emgage,  Leaders Advancing and Helping Communities (LAHC), Michigan Asian American Progressives,  Destiny Defined, and the honorary board of Huda Clinic. 

Hassan resides in West Bloomfield Township with his wife Sumaiya, and his sons Hamza and Ali.

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Jeff Varjabedian
Chairperson

Jeff was born in Beirut, Lebanon and moved to the US in 1968, spending many of his formative years in Farmington Hills, Michigan. After graduating from Wayne State University, Jeff started working for 3M, enjoying a 36 year career with the company that included upper management positions that encompassed national and sometimes even international projects and responsibilities.

 

Among Jeff’s core principles are a passion for helping individuals and teams reach their full potential, a desire to extend kindness and respect to others, a willingness to embrace change, and a commitment to keeping his promises.

 

Jeff has been married to his wife, Jeannine for 35 years, and they have a 28 year old son, Jonathan. Jeff has a soft spot for cars and dogs. You will find an SS-2 Camaro cocooned in his garage, and he dotes, unapologetically, on his current canine companion, Daisy Mae.

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Mark Honeyman
Founder & Executive Director

For 35 years as an educator in the Bloomfield Hills School District, Mark dedicated himself to supporting and celebrating the unique individuals who walked through his door every day. Mark placed particular emphasis on social-emotional learning long before the concept rose to prominence in the field of education - His classes taught as much about life as they did about the curriculum.  ​

Mark has earned numerous accolades for his teaching , including the WXYZ TV & Michigan State Lottery Excellence in Education Award, Oakland County Teacher of the Year,​  and the Distinguished Service Award for Bloomfield Hills Schools. 

One of the cornerstones of the program is conversations with students, and Mark has extensive experience with facilitating small and large group workshops and discussions during club meetings, student and faculty town halls, diversity  workshops , and multicultural retreats.

Through his work with young people, Mark became keenly aware of the challenges teens face as they try to define and achieve their dreams. That is why he developed Destiny Defined. Mark wanted to devise a means by which students could gain a deeper understanding of who they are and how to begin charting a course for a purpose-filled future.

Mark lives in Rochester Hills with his wife Mary - they are parents of a hairy, four-legged mutt named Bailey. Mark obsesses over fantasy football, enjoys traveling, and walks over a thousand miles annually on local, national, and international hiking paths. 

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