Suma Karaman Rosen
Dynamic classroom teacher turned nonprofit leader, Suma’s experience in corporate, nonprofit and educational settings has brought depth to her leadership of InsideOut since 2017. Suma is inspired by the resilient and empowered InsideOut students, and brings this passion to all corners of our work, from managing finances and fundraising, to amplifying students’ voices far and wide.
Lia brings masterful organization to her work as Operations Coordinator, where she focuses on capacity building, marketing, and office-wide systems. Serving as the hub where program and administration meet, Lia is equally skilled in supporting the InsideOut team and providing high quality customer service to external stakeholders. A poet and essayist, her writing has appeared in the Kenyon Review, the Missouri Review, and elsewhere.
Grants & Evaluation Coordinator
Maureen combines her love of numbers and a passion for arts into key processes such as program evaluation, grant coordination and reporting. A social worker by training, Maureen’s an empathic team player who helps us know that our programs work and enjoys telling the story of their impact.
With a deep commitment for finding the perfect intersection between donor passion and organizational need, John coordinates InsideOut’s individual and corporate giving, as well as fundraising campaigns. John previously served as a Campaign Manager at the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields and a Vista Volunteer with Hunger Solutions Minnesota. He experienced the transformational power of writing as a teen and is thrilled to support InsideOut in sharing that power with students throughout Metro Detroit.
Director of School & Community Partnerships
Alise has grown with InsideOut from the ground up. As a former Writer-in-Residence at Cody and Cass Tech High Schools, Alise learned first-hand how to cultivate and empower student voice. She brings this on-the-ground knowledge and many years of non-profit youth program experience to her work as Program Director, which she held from 2009-2019, and in her new role as Director of School & Community Partnerships. Alise is a talented poet whose work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, and is a recipient of a Knight Arts Challenge Detroit award.
A native Detroiter, experienced educator, and lifelong Diversity and Inclusion advocate, Michelle is dedicated to closing the opportunity gap for students and communities. As a classroom teacher, corporate educational consultant, and start-up nonprofit director, she has worked to improve educational equity and expand access to resources. With her passion for youth development and community empowerment, Michelle leads the InsideOut program and directs our program vision.
With a passion for literacy and pedagogy, Shawntai works with Writers-in-Residence and classroom teachers to cultivate impactful and meaningful learning. In addition to attending InsideOut programs as a student and working in the classroom as a Writer-in-Residence, Shawntai has a Master of Arts in Literacy Learning and has worked as an educator with students of all ages as well as adults. Shawntai is a playwright with the Extra Mile Playwrights and poet whose work has appeared in Kaleidoscope, Cactus Heart, and Synaesthesia Magazine.
Pete found his calling as a Writer-in-Residence with InsideOut and has been with the organization since it was founded 1995. In addition to inspiring students in the classroom, Pete partners with schools to create programs that fit their needs. Pete has published widely about the transformative power of writing, co-editing To Light a Fire: 20 Years with the InsideOut Literary Arts Project, and most recently a memoir, Inside My Pencil: Teaching Poetry in the Detroit Public Schools. A Kresge Arts in Detroit Fellow, Pete is the author of the novel Bob, or Man on Boat as well as five other books of short fiction.
Citywide Poets Coordinator
Justin’s journey with InsideOut began first as a student at Cody High School where a Writer-in-Residence encouraged his writing and recruited him to join Citywide Poets. Since then, Justin has performed for international audiences and published his writing widely. Justin now coordinates our Citywide Poets program, elevating youth voice through weekly sessions around the city, guest writer workshops, performances, and open mic opportunities for youth.
Ellen Chamberlain is a journalist and fiction writer. The Southfield native discovered her love of words while working in radio for over a decade in Detroit, Tallahassee and Memphis.
Tony DeGenaro has an MFA in poetry from the University of San Francisco, and is currently a Ph.D. student in rhetoric & composition at Wayne State University.
Robert Laidler is an African American poet who was born in Detroit. He is a graduate of Oakland University and is furthering his education through Wayne State Universities MA program.
Amy Loji first discovered her love of poetry in the seventh grade, when she penned a poem inspired by her favorite grandmother. Today, she writes poetry and short stories, and loves to read and analyze just about anything that takes written form.
Nadine Marshall is a poet, avid reader, collaborator, and curator with an MSW and B.S. in Psychology/African American Studies, and currently lives in Detroit.
Former Writer in Residence of the Hub City Writing Project, her work has appeared in Michigan Quarterly Review, Kenyon Review, New Ohio Review, and elsewhere.
John Rybicki was born and raised in Detroit. He is the author of three previous poetry collections, We Bed Down Into Water, When All the World is Old, and Traveling at High Speeds.
A masterful facilitator, Devin is to uplifting and empowering youth voice, Devin has coached slam teams and performed his own poetry on stages around the country.
Ber-Henda Williams, a Wayne State University graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and minor in International Marketing, has a passion for culture, community and connections.
Crystal J. Zanders
Crystal J. Zanders is a poet-educator from Tennessee. She received her MFA from University of New Mexico in 2018 and is currently a doctoral student enrolled in the Joint Program in English and Education at the University of Michigan.
Board of Directors
Annmarie Erickson, President
Executive Vice President
Van Dyke Horn Public Relations
Teresa McAlpine, Vice-President
Director of Marketing Operations
Plante Moran (retired)
Laura Stevens, Treasurer
Director of Budgeting and Forecasting
Handelman Corporation (former)
Kevin Rashid, Secretary
Honors College Academic Service Officer
Wayne State University
Mercedes-Benz Financial Services USA (retired)
Assistant Corporation Counsel
City of Detroit
Director of Major Gifts & Corporate Partnerships
Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan
Director of Automotive Relations
Children Matter Forever (retired)
Executive Vice President
Chief Human Resources Officer
Flagstar Bank (former)
Detroit Public Schools (retired)