The MYLead Leadership Team have responsibilities ranging from overall MYLead strategy to carrying out tactical details of the planning and implementation of MYLead conference and AP programs. All positions are volunteer and eligible for re-election every two years.
Heather Lake, President
Heather was a 2004 participant in MYLead, and has returned to volunteer in various roles since then. She believes that developing young leaders is one of the most important things she can do to make a difference in this world. Heather is a two time alumnus of Grand Valley State University, receiving a B.S. in Health Communications and a M.S. in Communications. She is currently a Program Manager at Farmers Insurance, and a mom to two pit bull rescues. In addition to volunteering with the stupendous MYLead organization, Heather enjoys baking, reading English classics, watercolor painting, the Detroit Red Wings and running.
Jeffrey Mills, Secretary
Jeffrey is from Lansing, Michigan and is currently a Criminal Justice student at Michigan State University, where he also is a member of Beta Upsilon Chi, a Christian fraternity. He was a participant in
the MYLead program in 2012, and comes back as a volunteer every year. Jeffrey loves the MYLead family and how supportive and loving everyone is! Outside of MYLead, Jeffrey holds two part-time jobs: Campus Life Director with DeWitt High School and Strategic Support Associate with Jackson National Life Insurance Company. Jeffrey also volunteer teaches at his church, Riverview in Holt, Michigan. When Jeffrey is not working, studying, or volunteering, he finds himself sleeping (most of the time). Jeffrey loves spending time with friends and family, traveling, and thinking about Harry Potter.
Chelsea Ellis, Treasurer
All her life Chelsea has wanted to help people and thus volunteerism has come naturally. Chelsea attended MYLead in 2005 and has volunteered ever since then. She is a two-time alumnus of Central Michigan University where she graduated with a bachelor degree in biomedical sciences and a master degree in physician assistant studies. She is a physician assistant at a small family practice office in downriver Detroit.
Hannah O’Mara, Director of Communications
Hannah has been involved with MYLead since 2015 when she first volunteered as a Group Facilitator. Since then she has continued to serve as a Group Facilitator, while also serving as the Director of Programming and now serving as Director of Communications. She has a great appreciation for leadership and the impact that a conference of this magnitude can have on the future of hundreds Michigan sophomores. Hannah graduated from Michigan State University in 2015 and now works for the College of Education at Michigan State University in Human Resources. She enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, supporting the Spartans (Go Green) and reading what some may say is an obscene amount of books.
Kim Mitchell, Co-Director of Student Recruitment
Kim has been involved with MYLead since 2012, when she attended as a sophomore. Since attending, Kim has served on the recruitment team, as a conference alumni, group facilitator, transportation coordinator, and is now a Co-Director of Student Recruitment. Kim graduated from Lapeer East High School in 2014, and is now attending Lawrence Technological University perusing dual masters 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 this conference makes on so many people in MI. Outside of MYLead, Kim is apart of the Architectural Engineering Honor Society and various other organizations on and off campus.
Olivia Ghislain, Director of Advancement
Olivia has been involved with MYLead since she participated as a sophomore in 2007. She has returned every year in progressively more responsible roles to help other students receive the same positive experience she when she attended MYLead. Olivia loves MYLead and the positive impact it has on students and their communities. Olivia graduated from Michigan State University with dual degrees in Psychology and Criminal Justice and completed her MS in Business Continuity, Security, and Risk Management from Boston University. She now works for Michigan State University Credit Union as the Director of Physical Security. Olivia enjoys reading, playing sports, and watching movies, but her favorite thing to do is travel and experience new cultures.
Rob Spellman, Conference Chairperson
Rob has been involved with MYLead since 2011. Rob has served in many roles in MYLead including Group Facilitator, Speaker, Fundraiser and Board Member. He is always awed by the energy, enthusiasm and passion that the MYLead participants bring to the conference as well as the growth that occurs over the three days. He is a two time graduate of the University of Michigan. His professional career has been in mortgage banking since 1985. Having worked in Michigan, Washington DC and California he has honed his leadership skills. MYLead offers a unique community to share these lessons and influence the next generation of leaders in our state.
Samantha Nadwie, Conference Chairperson
As a participant in the 2009 MYLead Conference, Samantha continues to
be involved with MYLead through various roles. With great gratitude towards this organization, she would like to give back in a positive way to those who have supported her and to help inspire others as she as been by so many. Sam Graduated from Wayne State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, majoring in Accounting and Finance. Currently, she is working in Detroit at a non profit, Southwest Solutions, as a staff accountant. In her free time, you will usually find her spending time with her family/friends, traveling, working out or cooking. She is very proud to be a part of such a stupendous organization with a supportive team and continuing to be part of the change we want to see in the world.
Abby Lieberman, Conference Chairperson
Abby joined MYLead in 2010 as a Group Facilitator and has since served in leadership roles for recruitment and conference planning. Abby earned her Bachelors in Business Management from Michigan State University and has her SCP and SPHR certifications. Abby works independently with organizations and their leadership to design programs that develop team members for management and leadership positions. She also provides one on one and small group leadership coaching for professionals seeking to reach the next level in their career. Abby enjoys traveling and finds inspiration in making a difference in peoples lives.
Alex Ngo, MYLead AP Advisor
Alex is from Sterling Heights, Michigan and is graduating from the University of Michigan with double majors in International Studies and Spanish, where she serves as a tour guide and works other jobs on campus. She was a participant in the MYLead program in 2012, and comes back as a volunteer every year. Within MYLead, Alex has been a Conference Alumni (CA), AP Board Liaison, and now serves as the AP Board Advisor. Alex loves making new connections with the participants and seeing how they grow personally during and after the conference. Outside of MYLead, Alex finds leadership roles in the Girls on the Run Southeastern Michigan 5K Committee and within in her different communities on campus. Alex loves when people are united for a better cause, which explains here dedication to the program. When Alex is not working, studying, or volunteering, she spends time focusing on improving her health and her attitude of those around her.
Dr. David S. 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.
Julie Dartt, GFWC Liaison
Bio coming soon.