President & CEO
Steve served as Interim President and CEO from August 2013 until July 2014, Director of Programs from 2008 to 2013, managed the Roundtable's Interfaith efforts from 1996 to 2008 and Walk2gether Michigan from 2004 to 2008. Steve received his Masters in Social Work at Michigan State University, where he studied the role of the faith community in advancing social justice. Steve has worked in community mental health, criminal justice ministry and legislative advocacy. He has received recognition from the World Sabbath for Religious Reconciliation, the Council of Islamic Organizations of Michigan, the Catholic Youth Organization and the Hindu American Foundation
Ramona has been with the Michigan Roundtable for one year. She came to the organization through Aerotek and member of the Board of Directors. She attended Eastern Michigan University where she studied Human Resources/Communications. Her background includes Office Management, Project Coordination & Customer Service. Ramona is very passionate about the youth, grassroots communities and social justice. She says her greatest work is being a mother to 3 beautiful children, Desmond, Dana, and Dreyden.
Cheryl has been with the organization over 11 years. She has a diverse work background having worked in the private and public sector. Her experience includes working in the banking, managed care, and human service fields. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University, Master of Arts in Human Resource Management from Marygrove College and Master of Education in Instructional Technology, with an emphasis in Performance Improvement and Training, from Wayne State University.
Co-Director of Programs
Yusef Bunchy Shakur captures the essences of what life was like for a misguided and angry gang banging boy surviving the mean streets of Detroit in the 80s. In his critically acclaimed memoir, "The Window 2 My Soul", Shakur educates the reader on how he became a social predator and takes you inside the prison walls, where he met his father for the first time, who ultimately redeemed and transformed his own life and passed those lessons on to his misguided and angry son. As a neighborhood organizer Shakur has dedicated his life to community-based initiatives such as the annual Restoring. The Neighbor Back To The Hood Backpack Giveaway that is hosted in his old neighborhood. Over 10 years this neighborhood festival has distributed over 6000 backpacks filled with school supplies to Detroit youth. read complete bio here
Desiree Squire (Dez) is a Suburban Organizer who works with communities and entities interested in engaging their members for a deeper understanding of structural racism as they work towards racial inclusion. She believes that understanding history and the social dynamics for racism and oppression will lead to a better understanding for the experiences of today and create more eﬀective change. Dez has training on crisis response, domestic violence crisis response, mediation, and evaluation. She has a Master’s in Social Work, Macro Concentration, from Wayne State University and a Juris Doctor from WMU Thomas M. Cooley Law School.
Co-Director of Programs
Supporting the organization's efforts to do regional organizing around racial equity and youth voice work in Michigan. During her time at the Roundtable, Stacey co-authored Imported from Detroit, published in The Journal of Law in Society (Vol. 15(1), 2013).
Prior to her work at the Roundtable, Stacey was the Domestic Issues Coordinator for the Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit, building support and awareness of justice and peace issues among Metro Detroit parishes on issues such as urban sprawl and poverty.
In 2015, Stacey was a member of the first cohort of the Detroit Equity Action Lab through the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights at Wayne State University. She is passionate about community organizing, ground up change, and youth. Stacey holds a Bachelors degree in Sociology and Anthropology and is the honored mother to Linnah and Mac.
Sean D. Thomas
Sean has been with the Michigan Roundtable since 2008, where he started as the web and graphics manager. Prior to starting with the Roundtable, Sean worked for The Detroit MOTTEP Foundation for 3 years on a NIH Grant as a Program Coordinator. He then moved on to become the Project Manager for the foundation for 8 years, successfully planning, managing and executing the foundations 4 annual events. Sean received his Bachelor of Business Administration from Eastern Michigan University and studied graphic and web design at Baker College. Sean has over 10 years experience in Web design and Project Management. He has worked with numerous non-profits doing business consulting, web & graphic design and project management. He was also a part of the inaugural class of the Allied Media Project