Geneva J. Williams

Geneva serves as the Co-Chair of GHHI Detroit-Wayne County.  Her career spans more than 35 years, primarily with Detroit non-profit organizations.  She is the CEO and founder of New Season Consultants & Collaborators and the former president and CEO of City Connect Detroit, an organization that facilitates public and private sector solutions to community problems and raises funding to support these solutions. She has also served as Executive Vice President & COO of United Way Community Services in Detroit and President & CEO of United Community Services of Metropolitan Detroit.

Geneva earned a Doctor of Education degree from Wayne State University, a Master of Social Science degree at Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Research, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland. She serves on numerous boards and has received a variety of awards and honors, including being named one of Detroit’s 100 Most Influential Women by Crain’s Detroit Business.

Eric B. Johnson

Eric serves as the Co-Chair of GHHI Detroit-Wayne County.  He has been a vigorous supporter of green and healthy homes for decades and has helped to lead the development of the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative in the city of Detroit.

As chief of the City of Detroit’s Planning and Development’s Housing Services Division he is always striving to help produce healthy homes in the city of Detroit.  Eric has done this through the administering of Community Development Block Grants for housing rehabilitation; developing and implementing HUD funded programs such as the Lead Hazard Demonstration Grant; and spearheading lead abatement program for many years.  He is a State of Michigan Certified Lead Inspector, Lead Risk Assessor, and Lead Abatement Supervisor.

Mary Sue Schottenfels
Executive Director, CLEARCorps Detroit

Mary Sue serves on the leadership team for GHHI Detroit-Wayne County.  Under her leadership, CLEARCorps/Detroit directs the on-the-ground activities of Healthy Homes Detroit–delivering healthy homes assessments and intervention services to Detroit families and their homes. CLEARCorps also plays an important role taking the lead on advocacy activities and supporting enforcement efforts.

Mary Sue has more than 35 years of public service experience, including serving as Executive Director for CLEARCorps/ Detroit since 1999. She has also served as the Associate Director for Community Health at the Greater Detroit Area Health Council and as Director of the Michigan Avenue Community Organization.

Mary Sue is a State of Michigan-certified lead inspector/risk assessor and a certified healthy homes specialist. She has devoted the past 15 years to the issue of childhood lead poisoning and healthy homes. Under her direction, CLEARCorps/ Detroit has grown to a highly successful, well-recognized citywide lead poisoning/healthy homes prevention effort addressing lead and home-based hazards in housing and reaching hundreds of families each year with family-centered training and education.

Lyke Thompson
Director, WSU Center for Urban Studies

Lyke serves on the leadership team for GHHI Detroit-Wayne County.  Since 2003 he has served as the director of the Center for Urban Studies at Wayne State University where he has been a professor for 14 years. Lyke teaches program evaluation, urban administration, Detroit Politics, and Michigan Politics.

Dr. Thompson’s research at the Center for Urban Studies specializes on program evaluation and policy analysis, with recent concentration on community development, the effects of lead poisoning on children, disability policy, and the impact of term limits on state legislatures. He has published in the areas of urban labor markets, citizen attitudes about service delivery, welfare reform, service collaboration, evaluation theory and design, early childhood education, and training for people with disabilities.