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.
McKenzie Bade, Director of Communications
McKenzie 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 co-advising MYLead AP and now serving as Director of Communications. The passion, enthusiasm and leadership that is shown in all of the volunteers and especially the Young Leaders is what keeps her coming back and striving to be more involved. Currently, she is the Executive Director at Camp Chickagami in Presque Isle and the Facilitator of Youth and Young Adult Ministry Networks for The Episcopal Diocese of Eastern Michigan in Saginaw.
Liz Enselman, Director of Student Recruitment
As a sophomore, Liz was very fortunate to attend a program similar to MYLead that had a profound, positive impact on her and the course of involvement in all her future endeavors. Liz remembers one speaker in particular that talked about throwing a pebble in a pond and all the ripples that are created by that simple action. The speaker said to imagine yourself as the pebble and how the ripples created are the positive change that you could foster in the world. This speaker’s message has stayed with Liz since 2001 and why she continues to volunteer for the MYLead. Liz graduated from Lapeer East High School in 2003 and then attended the University of Michigan. (GO BLUE!) She earned a B.S. in Athletic Training in 2007 and a B.S. in Sport Management and Communication in 2008. She then went on to study at the University of Virginia where she earned a MEd in Kinesiology in 2009. Liz has been employed at the University of Michigan as a Clinical Research Coordinator since 2010. She works with a lab that studies ACL injuries, femoroacetabular impingement, rotator cuff disease and other areas related to sport medicine research. Liz and her husband, Matt, live in Saline, MI with their highly energetic son, David and puppies, Coco and Cosmo. They love attending sporting events, traveling and chasing David, Coco and Cosmo around!
Abby Lieberman, Director of Student Recruitment and Conference Chairperson
Abby believes in the power of helping others reach their fullest leadership potential. She joined MYLead in 2010 as a Group Facilitator and has since served on the board as Director of Recruitment and Conference Chairperson. Her work with recruitment has resulted in 40% growth in conference attendance during her time in recruitment. Abby earned her Bachelors in Business Management from Michigan State University and her senior certifications in Human resources – SCP and SPHR. 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 coaching for professionals seeking to reach their next level. Abby enjoys traveling and finds inspiration in the natural beauty of sunrises and sunsets.
Olivia Ghislain, Conference Chairperson
Olivia has been involved with MYLead since she participated as a sophomore in 2007. She loves MYLead and the positive impact it has on students. She has returned every year in progressively responsible roles to help other students receive the same positive experience she when she attended MYLead. Outside of MYLead Olivia has attend 3 national leadership conferences and was the class president throughout high school. Olivia graduated from Michigan State University with a double major in psychology and criminal justice and recently completed her MS in Business Continuity, Security, and Risk Management from Boston University. She now works for Michigan State University Credit Union. Olivia enjoys reading and watching movies, but her favorite thing to do is travel and experience new cultures.
Jen Spellman, Conference Chairperson
Jen joined the MYLead team in 2011 as a Group Facilitator and has been at every conference since then. She has seen the post-MYLead change in the lives of many of the conference attendee’s and is excited to have the Conference Chairperson role to help to make sure more students are afforded this stupendous opportunity. Jen graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Communications, in the day she works at Home Point Financial as a Licensing and Compliance Specialist. She has recently taken on the role of Alumni Adviser of Chapter Development for Alpha Omicron Pi’s new chapter at University of Michigan. In her spare time you can find her playing general knowledge trivia or curled up on the couch with her puppy Nala.
Erika Trigg-Crews, Conference Chairperson
Erika caught the MYLead bug after attending the conference in 2008 during her sophomore year at Saginaw Arts & Sciences Academy. She’s been back with MYLead each year since in various roles, inspired by the passion and dedication from volunteers and participants. With everything happening in the world, MYLead is a step into a stupendous experience she appreciates each year and sparked her commitment to engaging students around topics of leadership, involvement, and community. Erika graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a BA in communication and recently obtained her master’s in Student Affairs Administration from Michigan State University. She currently works in the Honors College at MSU as an academic specialist.
Mike Brewer, Member at Large
Bio coming soon.
Alex Ngo, MYLead AP Liaison
Alex is from Sterling Heights, Michigan and is currently an International Studies, Spanish, and Political Science student at the University of Michigan, where she serves as a tour guide, works in the Student Union, and referees in the intramural sports programs. She was a participant in the MYLead program in 2012, and comes back as a volunteer every year. Alex loves making connections with the participants and seeing how they progress after the conference. Outside of MYLead, Alex finds leadership roles in the Girls on the Run of Southeastern Michigan 5k Committee and within the collegiate Model United Nations club at her university. Alex loves when people are united for a better cause, which explains her dedication to this program. When Alex is not working, studying, or volunteering, she finds herself spending her time focusing on more of the simple things of life. Alex loves spending time with friends and family, exercising, and reading books.
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 quadrupling the annual impact of MYLead over that time. David earned his Ph.D. in leadership studies and MBA in Management and Organizations. 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 degree-granting as well as continuing education of 26,000 faculty and staff in the Health System. He is also an instructor of strategic change and human resources. David had been recognized with the U.S. Presidential Lifetime Achievement award. He enjoys traveling and is an avid runner.
Rob Spellman, Member at Large
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. Currently he leads Organizational Development at Home Point Financial in Ann Arbor. 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.
Julie Dartt, GFWC Liaison
Bio coming soon.