We are a team of individuals who embody the values of the organization; we are resourceful, empathetic, dedicated, and empowering.
Edie was born and raised on Detroit’s east side, where she attended Finney High School. Her B.A. and M.S. degrees are from Michigan State University. She has been a writer and grant writer for most of her professional life. One of her proudest accomplishments is receiving Mentor of the Year award from Volunteers in Prevention, Probation and Prisons, Inc. (VIP Mentoring) for serving as mentor to three Detroit girls with incarcerated parents. Edie loves spending time with her four volleyball-playing Border Collies.
Betsy Beltran, married to husband Frank for 26 years and mother of five children, was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and moved to Chicago as a child. By the time she graduated from high school, Betsy was honored for the most volunteer hours (400 hours) of any high school student in the entire City of Chicago. Betsy graduated from Robert Morris University with an Associate’s Degree in Computerized Business Accounting. When she and her husband moved to Detroit, they founded Leap of Faith Community Church/Center, leading the biggest collaborations Southwest Detroit had known at that time. Betsy continues to do the work of giving back to the community and launched Detroit Parent Network En Español last year.
Holli was born and raised in Detroit, a graduate of Mumford High School and Wayne State University. She is the proud parent of Braylon, which she cites as her proudest accomplishment. From her son, she has learned that little things matter so much. Her advice to parents: Create memories with your children! And that is what she loves best about Detroit Parent Network, the family events where fun family memories are created. When Holli started at DPN, she was not yet a parent. She says DPN was like a road map for her as a new parent, showing her how to teach, fight, and be involved in her child’s education.
Toyja began championing for her community as the Membership Marketing Manager with Michigan Metro Girl Scout Council, overseeing programming for 10,000 girls and 2,000 volunteers in the city of Detroit. She has also served as a YMCA Manager, and as a Juvenile Detention Specialist/Supervisor with Wayne County Juvenile Detention Facility, where she empowered the children in her care. Toyja received her BS in Business Management from the University of Phoenix. She continues to uplift and empower parents to use their voices on issues related to their children’s education and well-being. Toyja lives by the motto: “Be somebody who makes everybody feel like somebody!”
Eric was raised in Royal Oak, Michigan, where he attended Royal Oak High School. In 2016, he graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in International Relations and Muslim Studies. Eric is currently earning his Masters in Community Development from the University of Detroit Mercy, which he hopes to use to build a career in neighborhood-centric economic, physical, and human development. Additionally, he is a 2017-2018 Challenge Detroit Fellow. Though he isn’t a parent himself, Eric is an advocate for the empowerment of parents and children.
Shaun is the father of six children from toddlers to teenagers. He says he has learned from his children patience and the beauty of difference. A Detroit native and graduate of Osborn High School, Shaun is also an Air Force Veteran who became a Restorative Justice facilitator in the Detroit Public Schools before joining DPN as a Parent Organizer. Shaun’s proudest accomplishment is his service in and honorable discharge from the U. S. Air Force. His motto for life is, “With God all things are possible.” And his advice for successful parenting is, “Enjoy every moment with patience and understanding.”
Theresa is mother of two beautiful toddlers, Eva and Ethan. A Detroit native who lives in the community she serves, Theresa started with the Girl Scouts of Metro Detroit and worked her way up from troop leader to Program Specialist before coming to DPN, where she is the Team Leader of the Area Directors. Theresa received a BA in Language Arts from Madonna University with a focus in elementary education and received her MBA from the University of Phoenix with a focus in Business Administration and Human Resources.
Born and raised in Detroit, Mike has had a life-long calling to make Detroit a better place to be a kid and to raise a family. A graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, he co-founded an organization that now serves 14,000 children each year, served on the Board for Detroit Public Schools, helped a charter school district graduate more than 90% of its first high school class, created a plan and led the effort to turn around the city’s most challenged high schools. He is CEO of Uncommon Solutions, LLC, a consulting firm helping urban schools, churches and impact organizations create strategies to improve conditions and outcomes for kids.