Siham Awada Jaafar, President & CEO of 3D Consulting and Communications, offers cultural competency and diversity training for various organizations. She has created projects for community and public affairs programs, women in leadership, scholarship programs, and underserved communities. Siham is a certified mediator, former Dearborn Heights Planning Commissioner, and NAWBO Public Policy Chairwoman. Siham was appointed to the Judicial Tenure Commission in Michigan in 2019 by the Governor and was reappointed in 2023, serving an additional 3-year term. She and her husband, Hassane, have two wonderful children, Gina and Alex, and an adorable, intuitive and brilliant grandson, Jordan, who are her priorities.
Raj Kutty is an expert in technology management, strategic business planning, and portfolio management for clients in various industries. He graduated from Cardiff Business School, University of Wales. Mr. Kutty has an MBA in Finance and is currently studying for a Masters in Advanced Analytics in Management Consulting at the University of Michigan. Mr. Kutty has been with WCDRC since 2010, serving in various roles. Mr. Kutty collaborates with Directors and staff to support WCDRC's mission and align finances and operations with strategic plan.
Suresh Pillai, a finance executive with Ford Motor Company, has served on the WCDRC board since 2013. He currently works in Securitizations Operations in Ford’s Global Treasury Organization. Prior to becoming a finance professional, he spent several years as a mechanical engineer with a focus on computer aided design. He has also consulted for several large manufacturing organizations to develop efficiencies in the product development process and reduce design to market time. Pillai holds a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma and an MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.
Marifer Calleja, a Public Affairs professional with DTE Energy, joined WCDRC board in 2018. She is a Community Affairs Sr. Program Manager serving the counties of Washtenaw, Monroe, and Lenawee, MI. Marifer‘s previous experience includes government, non-profit, education, media, and the private sector. Marifer has a Master’s degree in Creativity and Change Leadership from SUNY and a BA in Communications and Art History.
Hon. Eric W. Cholack is a Wayne County Circuit Judge in the Domestic Relations division, handling divorce, child custody, child and spousal support, property division, and domestic violence/personal protection orders. He has experience as an Assistant Wayne County Prosecuting Attorney, conducting over 50 jury trials and hundreds of bench trials. Cholack has also worked in private civil practice, focusing on labor and employment law and mediation. He is an adjunct professor at Wayne State University, University of Detroit-Mercy, and WMU Cooley Law Schools, teaching counseling and negotiation courses.
The Hon. Kathleen M. McCarthy served on the Wayne County Family Court Bench since
January of 2001. She was named the Presiding Judge of the Family Division in 2013 and
served until August of 2021 in that capacity, until moving to the Civil Division. She was
recently presented with a Marilyn J. Kelly Award for Outstanding Service to the Practice of
Family Law, by the State Bar of Michigan, Family Law Section as well as received a 15 Years
of Judicial Service commendation from them. As an adjunct professor, Judge McCarthy
taught the Family Law and Law Firm Program courses at the University Detroit Mercy Law
School from 2011-2019. In addition, she has taught around the country from 2001 – 2015
for the Institute of Certified Divorce Financial Planners. A life-long resident of the Detroit
area, Judge McCarthy earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and her
Juris Doctorate from the Detroit College of Law.
Judge McCarthy is an active speaker on issues involving family law having presented at
AAML, ICLE, the Michigan Inter-Professional Association (MIPA), Images and Perceptions
Diversity Conference and MJI conferences over the past two decades. She currently sits on
the Board of the Wayne County Dispute Resolution Center Board. She is past President of
the Wayne County Family Law Bar Association and the Dearborn Bar Association. Among
other positions of leadership, Judge McCarthy sat on the Executive Board of the 3 rd Judicial
Circuit Court, Board of the Furniture Bank of Southeastern Michigan, Board of the
Mediation Tribunal Association, Board of Michigan Legal Help, Board of the Arab-American
Civil Rights League, and was a member of the MJI Leadership Team, MJI Family Division
Academic Advisory Committee (AAC), and Mentor team. Prior to taking the bench, Judge
McCarthy was a partner in the law firm of Boulahanis & McCarthy, PC.
Judge McCarthy is married and has two children.
Youssef Mosallam, Ph.D., was appointed to Superintendent of Crestwood School District in November of 2019. Youssef has 20 years of experience in education as a teacher and administrator. Mosallam is also an LEO adjunct professor at the University of Michigan-Dearborn with a focus on Public Administration and working with English Language Learners. He is currently involved with outreach programs that have a focus on diversity education. Mosallam earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Wayne State University, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Michigan-Dearborn, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Wayne State University.
John Sier, an attorney for Kitch Attorneys & Counselors, PC concentrates his practice in dispute avoidance and resolution of commercial, health care and construction contract issues as well as counseling clients on cyber risk exposure. Sier is head of the firm’s construction and commercial litigation group and serves as the pro bono coordinator. Sier has served on boards of several charitable and community organizations. He earned an A.B. in Political Science and Communications from Loyola University Chicago, an MA in Mass Communication and Journalism from Drake University, and J.D. from Drake University Law School.
Sier has published, presented and facilitated programs across the country on dispute avoidance and resolution, construction, health care and commercial issues.