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Board of Directors

Siham A. Awada Jaafar

Siham Awada Jaafar, president and CEO of 3D Consulting and Communications, specializes in corporate, law enforcement, educational, and government diversity training.

Raj Kutty

Vice President
Raj Kutty specializes in technology management, strategic business planning, and portfolio management for clients across a variety of industries. A graduate of the Cardiff Business School, University of Wales, Mr. Kutty earned his MBA in Finance and is currently enrolled for Masters in Advanced Analytics in Management Consulting at the University of Michigan.

Suresh Pillai

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.

John M. Sier

John Sier, an attorney for Kitch Drutchas Wagner Valitutti & Sherbrook, P.C., 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.

Roland Samaroo

Roland Samaroo is a psychologist, practicing individual and group therapy and psychological crisis intervention. He is a member of a Traumatic Incident Stress Management Team and was previously the executive director of an organization serving individuals with developmental and mental disabilities.

Kathleen M. McCarthy

Kathleen McCarthy, is a Presiding Judge on the Wayne County Family Court Bench, and has served on the Court since 2001. Judge McCarthy is also an adjunct professor, teaching Family Law and Law Firm Program courses at the University Detroit Mercy Law School since 2011.

David Turfe

David Turfe serves as District Court Judge for Dearborn Heights 20th District Court, first elected in 2006. He previously served as Dearborn Heights City Councilman, 2000-2001, and as Dearborn Heights Zoning Board Commissioner, 1998-2000.

Marifer Calleja

Marifer Calleja recently joined the WCDRC board, bringing years of experience in bilingual/bicultural settings around quality of life issues applied to change management, education, outreach, and mass communications. She holds professional certifications in creative problem solving and in group facilitation.

Youseff Mosallam

Youssef Mosallam, Ph.D., executive director of Student Achievement for Dearborn Public Schools, 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.

Eric W. Cholack

Eric W. Cholack is a Wayne County Circuit Judge with the Domestic Relations division, which handles matters involving divorce, child custody, child and spousal support, property division and domestic violence/personal protection orders.
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