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Board Chair

Erica is a CPA with UHY, LLP specializing in Not-for-Profit attest and tax services.  She has a Masters degree in accounting from Walsh College and a Bachelors degree in Art History from the University of Michigan.  Erica has over 20 years experience in providing accounting and management consulting services; with 15 years specific to nonprofit entities. Erica’s nonprofit experience includes not only accounting, but also development, marketing, strategic planning and governance.  Before returning to CPA work in 2014, she worked at Gilda’s Club Metro Detroit, Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings and the DIA.  She is an active volunteer in the community, currently serving on the boards of Gift of Life Michigan, Detroit Children’s Choir, Signal Return, and The Scarab Club and as an advisory board member for the National Association of Women Business Owners and DIA Friends of Arts & Flowers.  She has served as a grant panel reviewer for Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs and takes an active role in nonprofit education, developing and presenting several workshops over the years. 

Erica is also a member of the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA), the American Association of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Society of Nonprofits

Board Secretary

Dedra Clark comes to the Detroit Children’s Choir Board after many years with AT&T. Her professional experiences include management roles in credit and collections, quality and process improvement and publishing operations.  Her volunteer experience is extensive, currently serving at the Freedom Center at Detroit Metropolitan Airport and as Secretary of the Detroit Children’s Choir Board.  She previously served with the Troy Community Coalition and various volunteer positions in the Farmington Hills school system. She has shown particular devotion to the Detroit Children’s Choir by offering her skills in operations; grant writing and fundraising related to the support of the choir.

Board Member at Large

Tanya R. Allen is the creator and founder of ForeverFresh- a line of disposable undergarments for adults and children, (under the brand name ToddiFresh).  National distributors to schools in 19 states sell the products. In a separate venture, she and partners operate a mix of local and national food and retail brands at Detroit Metro airport. Allen believes that whatever you aspire to do in life is attainable with faith, perseverance and the willingness to continue to learn – never being afraid to think outside the box. She lives life passionately with two credos- “Lift as you climb” and “Live to give”.  As a member of the Board of the Detroit Children’s Choir, Tanya has provided opportunities to sing in several high-profile venues in the Detroit area.

Board Member at Large

Robert Magee is Executive Director of The Engineering Society of Detroit (ESD). Under Robert’s leadership, ESD has refocused its mission to maintain Michigan’s position as a global hub for engineering and engineering leaders.  Before joining ESD, Robert held various leadership positions in the advertising division of AT&T, a fortune 50 company.  Coming from an underprivileged background, raised lovingly by a single mother, Robert knows first- hand the importance of providing opportunities to people and of giving back to one’s community. He is currently a “Partner of Cornerstone” mentor at Cornerstone Schools Nevada Campus and is the Chairman of the Deacon Ministry of his church, Trinity MBC in Pontiac, MI. Robert also serves on the Advisory Board for the Detroit Metropolitan Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, the President’s National Advisory Council at Henry Ford College, the Detroit Children’s Choir Board of Directors, and on the Dean of Engineering Advisory Boards at both Eastern Michigan University and Michigan Technological University.

Board Member at Large

Judith A. Runk is an RN with many years experience in acute healthcare services and in the healthcare consulting arena.  She has been involved with the Detroit Children’s Choir since its inception and has witnessed the growth of student programs and outreach over the years.  She currently volunteers in both the health care arena as a member of the Patient-Family Advisory Committee of Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak and in support for the arts with the Detroit Children’s Choir.  She works with organizations that provide services to special needs children.  “Children are the future.  We know that children who are exposed to music and the arts carry the learning for their lives.  They help us all build a culture of inclusion.”