Skillman Foundation names 3 new board members

DETROIT - The Skillman Foundation has added three members to its Board of Trustees. The new members are Lizabeth Ardisana, Ralph W. Babb, Jr. and David Baker Lewis.

"As we refocus our grantmaking to become more rooted in the community, having respected community leaders on our Board is critical," said Skillman Foundation President & CEO Carol Goss. "Lizabeth, Ralph, and David are highly respected people in their fields - and in the community -- and I am delighted to have them join the Foundation."

Lizabeth Ardisana is chief executive officer of ASG Renaissance, a technical and communication services firm with offices in Dearborn and Farmington Hills. Ardisana, who holds a Master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Detroit and a Master's in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, was elected chairperson of the Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in 2003, becoming the first woman to chair the Chamber's 30-member board. Ardisana also serves on the Board of Directors of Citizens Bank, Mariah Industries, Kettering University Board of Trustees, and Focus: HOPE — a civil and human rights organization dedicated to overcoming racism, poverty and injustice.

Ralph W. Babb, Jr. is chairman and chief executive officer of Comerica Incorporated and Comerica Bank, and serves as director of both organizations. Babb joined Comerica in 1995 as executive vice president and chief financial officer. He was named president and CEO in January 2002, completed his service as chief financial officer in April of that year, and added the title of chairman in October 2002. Babb has a B.S. degree in business administration from the University of Missouri. Among his professional and community affiliations, Babb serves as chairman of Detroit Renaissance, as a director for the Financial Services Roundtable and the Detroit Economic Club, as a board member of The ClearingHouse, and as the immediate past board chairman of United Way Community Services. In January 2004, Babb was named a director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago's Detroit branch.

David Baker Lewis, a native Detroiter, is chairman and CEO of Lewis & Munday, a Detroit law firm specializing in public finance, corporate litigation and real estate law. Lewis holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration/Economics from Oakland University, a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Chicago Graduate School Of Business, where he concentrated in finance and was president of the GSB's Business Club. He was awarded his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Michigan Law School. Lewis has served his community through his service on the boards of numerous civic, community, and professional organizations such as Henry Ford Health System, Coleman A. Young Foundation, Detroit Regional Chamber and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

Created in 1960, the Skillman Foundation is a private philanthropy committed to helping children in metropolitan Detroit by improving their homes, schools and neighborhoods. Skillman grantmaking supports nonprofit organizations, schools