Staff

Rev. Faith Fowler, Executive Director

  • M.P.A. from the University of Michigan – Dearborn
  • M. Div. in Counseling from Boston University
  • A.B. from Albion College
  • Started at Cass Community Social Services (CCSS) on 7-1-1994
  • Rev. Fowler’s Bio
  • Email Rev. Fowler
  • (313) 883-2277 Ext 201

Erica George, Deputy Director

  • B.S. from Wayne State University
  • Erica joined Cass Community Social Services in 2014
  • She previously worked as the Program Manager for the Antisdel Apartments and as the Director of Permanent Supportive Housing
  • Email Erica George
  • (313) 883-2277 Ext 101

Alicia Elster, Development Director

  • J.D. from University of Detroit School of Law
  • B.A. from the University of Michigan
  • She joined Cass Community Social Services in 2018
  • Alicia also was previously with new Center Community Services, Covenant House Michigan and the College for Creative Studies
  • She is a published author and Kresge Artist Fellow
  • Email Alicia Elster
  • (313) 883-2277 Ext 104

Joey Merchant, Director of Permanent Supportive Housing

  • B.S. from Eastern Michigan University
  • She joined Cass Community Social Services in 2018
  • Joey previously worked as the Program Manager for Cass Apartments
  • Email Joey Merchant
  • (313) 883-2277 Ext 103

Gregory Stokes, Human Resources Director

  • M.P.A from Clark Atlanta University
  • B.S. from Oakland University
  • Gregory’s last position was with the Detroit Public Schools.  He joined the CCSS staff in 2016
  • Email Gregory Stokes
  • (313) 883-2277 Ext 202

Michael Van Antwerp

  • M.B.A. from University of California at Los Angeles, Anderson
  • B.C.E.E. from Wayne State University
  • BA from University of Michigan
  • Michael worked the building and engineering field for 18 years in Michigan and California before coming to Cass.  
  • Email Michael VanAntwerp
  • (619) 719-7209

Rev. Sue Pethoud, Church and Community Relations Liaison

  • B.G.T.S. Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
  • M.A. State University of New York
  • B.S. Central Michigan University
  • Sue taught middle School for 30 years before coming to Cass.  She began working with CCSS in 2010.
  • Email Sue Pethoud
  • (313) 883-2277 Ext 203

Lola Rushin, Donor Relations Administrator

  • B.S. in Business from the University of Phoenix
  • She joined Cass Community Social Services in January 2019
  • Lola has over 20 years of experience as a fundraising professional.
  • Lola has previously worked for The Henry Ford, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit Historical Museum, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Michigan, and Focus: HOPE.
  • Email Lola Rushin
  • (313) 883-2277 Ext 225

 

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