Patterson’s 40 Under 40 Announced
(Oakland County, Jan. 18, 2018)
Pontiac, MI – Beginning Monday at noon, the public can cast an online vote to choose the winner of the Oakland County Executive’s Elite 40 under 40 Class of 2018.
About 220 applications and nominations were reviewed by a panel of judges, looking for the top 40 young professionals and thought leaders who live or work in Oakland County. The 40 honorees have achieved excellence in their field and contributed to the quality of life in their communities. Of that group, the three candidates who scored the highest are placed before the public vote to determine a 2018 winner. This is the seventh year of the Elite 40 program.
“We are fortunate to have so many talented and passionate leaders who are committed to improving their professions and their communities every day,” County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said. “This is an outstanding class and wonderful ambassadors for Oakland County.”
Voting continues through noon Friday, Jan. 26. Individuals may vote once every 24 hours at Elite40.com. Among other opportunities, the top vote-getter will introduce Patterson at his State of the County Address Feb. 7. Online voters may choose between:
Dr. Lucetry B. Dalton, 28, Clinical Health Psychology Fellow, McLaren Health System
Dalton is a Pontiac resident who received her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her master’s and doctorate from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She is employed by McLaren Health System in Flint. Dalton is a board member of Identify Your Dreams, a nonprofit organization that provides victim advocacy, grief support and case management to families and children who have lost a parent to violence. She is chief executive officer and founder of Dalton Sports & Mental Health Training Academy, which enhances the mental and physical performance of young athletes while promoting mental health awareness and its role in the athletic community. A graduate of Pontiac Northern High School, Dalton mentors, counsels and tutors minority youths from low income areas. “I am dedicated to and passionate about transitioning Oakland County into a continuously thriving community by being an inspiration to those around me and encouraging our youth by letting them know, ‘If I can do it, you can do it too,’” she said.
Mat Ishbia, 38, President/CEO, United Shore – United Wholesale Mortgage
Ishbia is a Bloomfield Hills resident and a graduate of Michigan State University with a degree in business management. He was a varsity basketball player at MSU and played in three “Final Four” championships under Coach Tom Izzo. Ishbia is president and CEO of United Shore, a $30 billion company, and its parent company, United Wholesale Mortgage, the No. 1 wholesale lender in the U.S. He oversees the day-to-day sales and operations of all wholesale and retail departments. He has been at United Shore since 2003. Under his leadership, United Shore has won many awards including Fortune 100 “Best Workplace for Millennials” and Crain’s “Cool Places to Work in Michigan.” The companies are active in the community and have contributed more than $300,000 to over 30 nonprofit entities in the Detroit area and built homes for Habitat for Humanity. “Giving back is about more than simply writing a check,” he said. “The way I see it, philanthropy should be a part of the fabric of every company, as essential to running a successful business as great customer service.”
Ann Marie LaFlamme, 30, News Anchor, WXYZ-TV Channel 7
LaFlamme is a Rochester Hills resident and a graduate of Central Michigan University with a degree in journalism. She began her career at WXYZ in 2015 and is a part of the weekday morning news team. Her featured reports include highlighting the heroes in the community, finding families for foster children and working with U.S. Marshals to get more than 50 fugitive felons off the streets. LaFlamme has received multiple awards for her professional work, including honors from the Special Olympics Michigan, the Judson Center, Orchard Children’s Services and U.S. Marshal Robert M. Grubbs. She is also an active volunteer, having spent the past 10 years working with the Special Olympics. She coaches special needs athletes on the baseball field through the Miracle League of Michigan. Other volunteer time is spent with Grace Centers of Hope and Leader Dogs for the Blind. In 2017, she assisted Lt. Gov. Brian Calley and Michigan Supreme Court Justice Richard Bernstein at a workshop encouraging business owners to hire people with disabilities.
These are members of the 2018 Oakland County Executive’s Elite 40 Under 40 class. Ages listed for each class member are as of Jan. 1:
Katie Albano, 24, Artist/Dutton Farm Employment Program
Alexander A. Ayar, 36, Attorney – Foster Swift Collins & Smith
Ryan G. Beale, 38, CEO/Founder, Therapy Live
Janelle Kristen Best, 29, Executive Director, Clarkston Area Chamber of Commerce
Cheryl Boodram, 36, Marketing and Development Manager, Chief Financial Credit Union
Sommer K. Brock, 38, Development Director, Cranbrook Schools Horizons-Upward Bound
Adam Burns, 34, Teacher, Troy Athens High School
Grace Cai, 38, Founder/Executive Director, Michigan Youth Empowerment Foundation
Alex A. Calderone, 36, Managing Director, Calderone Advisory Group, LLC
Dr. Lucetry B. Dalton, 28, Clinical Health Psychology Fellow, McLaren Healthcare System
Aurelia Gooden, 34, Engineer, General Motors Warren Technical Center
Mat Ishbia, 37, President/CEO, United Shore – United Wholesale Mortgage
Dr. Carmine Jabri, 37, President/CEO E.M.M.A. International Consulting Group
Chris Jackson, 28, Site Coordinator – Community Liaison, Accent Pontiac
Sam Logan Khaleghi, 34, Creative Director, Kyyba Films & SLK Media Group
Ann Marie LaFlamme, 30, News Anchor, WXYZ-TV
Claire Lonnoye-Hall, 34, Curator of Education, Detroit Zoological Society
Shimon G. Levy, 32, Founding Principal, Northland Capital
Ky Lindberg, 36, Director – Detroit Metro, Read to a Child Inc.
Mike Losey, 33, Natural Resources Manager, Springfield Township
Jennifer Lucarelli, 35, Chair and Associate Professor, Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, Oakland University
Brad Lukas, 33, Director – Emergency Services, Beaumont Health
Greg Martin, 38, Executive Director, DRAW (Disaster Relief At Work)
Jennifer Meier, 38, Owner, Green Hippo Gifts
Kyle Nieporte, 31, Administrative Manager, Surgical Services, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland
Katherine M. Pacynski, 29, Patent Attorney, The Dobrusin Law Firm, P.C.
Sarah Pazur, 37, Principal, FlexTech High School
Randall J. Peck, 34, Partner, Warner Norcross & Judd LLP
Shantha Kumari Rajendran, 36, Staff Engineer-Systems Lead, Panasonic Automotive
Scott Reynolds, 26, Project Artist, Auger Klein Aller Architects Inc.
Aaron Rzeznik, 30, Owner/Head Brewer, Drafting Table Brewing Co.
Adi Sathi, 27, Chief of Staff, Young Republican National Federation
Sarah Simko, 24, Organ Scholar, Christ Church Cranbrook
Sarah G. Thomas, 24, Owner, New Heights Assisted Living
Tara Tomcsik-Husak, 37, Executive Director, Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit
Dr. Sara Whedon, 33, Owner/Chiropractor, A Place to Grow Chiropratic
Maria Willett, 26, Chief Assistant to the Mayor, City of Rochester Hills
Dr. Alexandra Williamson, 35, Owner/Optomitrist, Michigan Eye and Contact Lens PLLC
Robert Wright, 27, Vice President, Genesis In-Home Care
Coleman Yoakum, 30, Founder/Director, Micah 6 Community
Patterson’s 40 Under 40 Announced