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The Skillman Foundation Announces Team Member Promotions

David R. McGhee has been named vice president of organizational excellence and impact after serving for one year as associate vice president in the same role. In his role, David supports the Foundation’s president & CEO and helps shape and support key initiatives and projects, manage external relationships, and ensure organizational alignment in service of advancing the Foundation’s mission. Previously, David served as a program director at the Foundation, responsible for overseeing its Economic Well-Being impact area. David received his bachelor’s degree in public administration & public policy from Oakland University and a master’s degree in leadership from Central Michigan University.

Ashley Aidenbaum has been promoted to the role of program officer, supporting the Foundation’s Economic Well-Being impact area. Ashley has been a Skillman Foundation team member since 2014, serving most recently as an associate program officer. Prior to that, she served as a special projects manager for the Foundation’s Office of the President. Ashley graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in cultural anthropology and a minor in history and serves as the president of the Baldwin Public Library’s Board of Directors.

Simonne Searles has been promoted to the role of human resource and operations officer. She joined the Foundation in 2006, working with the Foundation’s program team before transitioning to Operations in the role of human resources and operations manager. Simonne is a certified human resource professional recognized by the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM). She also earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a Master’s of Public Administration degree in nonprofit management from the University of Michigan’s Rackham Graduate School.

The Skillman Foundation

A voice for children since 1960, The Skillman Foundation is a private philanthropy that serves as a fierce champion of Detroit children. The Foundation works to ensure Detroit youth achieve their highest aspirations by strengthening K-12 public education, afterschool learning opportunities, and college and career pathways.

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