MiDEC Board of Directors

  1. Tedi R. Parsons
    Tedi R. Parsons
    President & CEO MiDEC [email protected]
  2. Cindy Whittum
    Cindy Whittum
    Vice-Chair Davenport University
  3. DeMarcus Evans
    DeMarcus Evans
    Director Lansing Community Social Work/Advocate
  4. Chris Knapp
    Chris Knapp
    Director Knapp Strategic
  1. Gina Pons-Scultz
    Gina Pons-Scultz
    Chair T.A. Forsberg, Inc. [email protected]
  2. Richard Howard
    Richard Howard
    Secretary/Treasurer Big Brothers Big Sisters Capital Region
  3. Carrie Rosingana
    Carrie Rosingana
    At-Large Capital Area MI Works!
  4. Kim M. Raiford
    Kim M. Raiford
    Director Lansing Community Refugee Advocate
Why We Serve

"I serve on the MIDEC board because I believe that everyone deserves the opportunity be happy and provide for themselves and their family, we are all responsible for ensuring everyone in our society feels accepted and included."  
​                                                                           ~ Gina Pons-Schultz, Chair

"Serving as the President & CEO of MiDEC is a great honor, one I do not take for granted.  I have the ability to use my skills and privelege in services to others, helping to change lives and the world around us."
                                                              ~ Tedi R. Parsons, President & CEO

"The mission and vision of the MiDEC and the work we do is critically important because it will allow for making actionable change in our communities to support the creation of more welcoming environments and inclusive opportunities."   

                                                                            ~ Carrie Rosingana, Director


"Serving as a catalyst to promote awareness, helping provide resources and removing barriers to equal access for ALL individuals, is why I serve and support the mission and vision of MiDEC."                                                                                       
                                                                       ~ Cindy Whittum, Vice-Chair

"Being involved with MiDEC is important to me because I want to be part of something that does good work in my community and throughout the State of Michigan.  Diversity work isn't something that you simply choose to do, rather it is a part of the fabric of who you are as a person."  

                                                         ~ Rich Howard, Secretary/Treasurer

"It's my pleasure to serve on the MiDEC board to affect positive and equitable changes that cause people and communities to flourish...making the world a better place for us all. It's critical that we work together to eliminate barriers that put anyone at risk for injustice, inequity, or disadvantage." 

                                                                          ~ Kim M. Raiford, Director

"I serve because I believe that in order to have a life fulfilled, one should begin with the hope that a fulfilled life is possible."  

                                                                       ~ DeMarcus Evans, Director