CORPORATE BOARD


SAMANTHA JOHNSTON

President

Sam was a 2009 conference participant in MYLead and has continued to volunteer in various roles since. She believes this organization has made such a life changing impact not only to herself but for all those who attend and hopes to help shape future leaders in the years to come.  Sam received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration majoring in Accounting and Finance from Wayne State University and works for Merit Network as a Senior Accountant.  When not volunteering, she loves to spend time with her stupendous family and friends, working out, and traveling the world.

PARKER AUTHIER

Co-Chair

Parker became involved in MYLead in 2015 as a Young Leader, and has been involved with MYLead ever since. Since attending, Parker held the roles of Conference Alumni, MYLead AP Board Treasurer, MYLead Community Board Liaison, Conference Alumni Director, Corporate Board Member, and now Co-Chair. Parker keeps coming back every year because of all the wonderful humans he gets to meet and to help each year’s participants get the most they can out of their conferences. Outside of MYLead Parker is currently pursuing a dual degree program at Kettering University for Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering. He also is a Resident Assistant, University Tour Guide, FIRST Robotics Mentor, and an R&D Co-Op for Endress+Hauser.

MICHAEL FLUEGEMANN

Co-Chair

Michael first attended MYLead as a participant in 2010.  Since then he has volunteered every year since 2012. He has served in several roles including Virtual Support Director during the virtual summits in 2020 and 2021 and GF Director in 2022.  Michael is a licensed Professional Engineer with a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alabama and a Master’s degree from the University of Michigan – Dearborn. Michael loves volunteering with MYLead because he believes in MYLead’s mission of developing young leaders in Michigan.  Outside of MYLead, Michael loves volunteering with the boy scouts, amateur radio, and sailboat racing. In 2022, Michael participated in the Port Huron to Mackinac race for the first time.

KIM MITCHELL

Co-Director of Student Recruitment, Co-Chair

Kim has been involved with MYLead since 2012 when she attended as a sophomore. Since attending, Kim has served as conference alumni, group facilitator, programming intern, transportation coordinator, and is now a Co-Director of Student Recruitment. Kim graduated from Lapeer East High School in 2014 and now attends Lawrence Technological University pursuing dual master’s degrees in Architecture and Architectural Engineering. Kim has loved her time volunteering with MYLead and continues to come back every year because of the positive difference that these conferences make on so many people in MI. Outside of MYLead, Kim is also the Chairperson of Logistics for Lapeer Days, the Vice President of the Architectural Engineering Honor Society, and currently works as an Electrical Engineer at MA Engineering.

CAMERON ROWLAND

Co-Director of Student Recruitment

Cameron is a 2009 conference participant and has returned to volunteer in multiple roles because of the STUPENDOUS time and people he met during his conference experience. Cameron holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration with a Management degree from Grand Valley State University and a Master’s in Business Administration from Western Michigan University. Cameron’s passion is in coaching which he is lucky to do full time for FaR Out Volleyball Club as well as serving as the head volleyball coach at Lakewood High School. In his free time, Cameron enjoys shopping and fine dining!

DAVID SWEETMAN

Co-Founder

David has a passion for helping people develop their potential as leaders. David was one of the founders of MYLead in 2002 and has been actively involved in more than quadrupling the annual impact of MYLead since then.  David earned his Ph.D. in leadership studies from the University of Nebraska and MBA in Management and Organizations from the University of Michigan. He has also authored or co-authored over three dozen articles and presentations on leadership and enabling people to reach their individual potential. David works at the University of Michigan, where he is Executive Director responsible for Education and Training systems for over 26,000 faculty, staff, and students in the Health System. He is also an instructor of strategic change and human resources.  David has twice been recognized with the U.S. Presidential Lifetime Achievement award. He enjoys traveling and is an avid runner.

CINDY ESCH

Treasurer

Cindy first became involved as a MYLead volunteer in 2014 as a Group Facilitator and has been active with the organization ever since! She was appointed Treasurer of the Corporate Board in 2020. Cindy graduated from Northwood University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting degree. She has worked at United Bay Community Credit Union for 21 years and is currently the Accounting Manager. Cindy likes to spend summer days on Higgins Lake and cherishes time with her stupendous children and grandchildren.

HEATHER GREEN

Director of Communications

MYLead became an integral part of Heather’s life story when she attended as a high school sophomore in 2004. Since then, she returned in many roles, including Co-Chair, Communications Director and President. She is excited to return to the Board to reprise her Communications role. Heather graduated from GVSU with a Bachelor of Science in Health Communications and a Master of Arts in Communication. She is currently a Product Change Manager at Farmers Insurance. Heather loves spending time with her husband Ben, baby Charlie, and her pit bull, Ro.

MARK GARMO

MYLead Community Advisor

Mark became involved with MYLead in 2017, where he participated as a Youth Leader. While there, he gained a passion for MYLead and has been volunteering ever since. He has acted in various roles – Conference Alumni, Regional Delegate, Virtual Summit Group Guide, Logistics Director for the conference Planning Team, and, currently, Corporate Board Liaison for the Community Board. Mark is currently in his sophomore year at the University of Michigan where he is studying Microbiology. He is involved in several student organizations, including the Michigan Rifle Team where he is serving as Treasurer. In his free time, Mark enjoys practicing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and spending time in nature.

SECRETARY – APPLICATIONS OPEN

JULIE DARTT

GFWC Liason