The Team Our team of stars!
Khadija Walker-Fobbs has over a decade of experience working in child welfare, education, and community based program development. Currently Khadija works as the Director of Development & Community Partnerships for the Michigan Youth Opportunities Initiative, the state of Michigan’s program for youth aging out of foster care.
Khadija has designed and implemented numerous community-based programs and managed several successful grants. She also works with organizations on creative ways to develop marketing materials and strategies. Some examples include the Expressions Magazine publications featuring youth all over the state of Michigan from foster care and the “Summer In The Village” campaign for a local municipality.
On her Saturdays during the fall you can find Khadija directing a program for K-12 students to improve literacy and math skills. In 2010, she was a community organizer and presenter for the Detroit National Teach-In, a week long event featured on CNN News.
Khadija serves on the board of the Wayne State University TIP program; she is an advisory board member of the Judson Center, an executive board member of Mission 1:17; and an executive board member of the Wayne County MYOI Community Partnership Board.
She graduated from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, holds her Masters from Central Michigan University and has completed post graduate work with the Greater Detroit Area Health Council.
Wilbert Fobbs III
Wilbert Fobbs III co-founded Fobbs & Walker. He consulted several companies on their IT infrastructure and custom software needs. Wilbert worked with Jackson National in 2001 as lead User Interface consultant for their $17 million custom software application of 45,000 users. Wilbert left consulting to work with Edcor to architect, design and implement their next generation E-Learning system named ELMS. ELMS was used on a large scale by several fortune 500 companies including but not limited to, Morgan Stanley, Putnam Investments and Kmart. Wilbert worked for Delphi Automotive, managing their international cost initiative application. Global deployments, large scale team management, and financial cost analysis were under his domain. As Lead Architect at Auto Credit Express, he helped the company become the #1 automotive lead generator in the United States. Their flagship product Lotpro that he designed and managed has been used by 1,200 automotive generating greater than $150M in Revenue. He currently holds a position as Director of Technology at SaveOn.com. Wilbert specializes in strategy, operations (financials), and software architecture/deployments. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan.
With a focus on health innovation and content publication, Omari Bouknight has successfully navigated both corporate and entrepreneurial environments over the past decade. He currently serves as the Vice President of Sales & Marketing at the medical device start-up Cardiac Dimensions. In this role, Omari is leading the global commercialization of the first approved minimally-invasive technology that is capable of repairing a heart valve without requiring direct surgery on the heart itself. Omari is also a co-founder of Match Health, which has the objective of becoming the largest online network of health consumers by matching them to health information, health innovations and to each other. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Cheryl has extensive experience working as an administrator and manager for state programs in Public Health and Corrections, particularly with substance abuse issues, treatment systems and drug testing. She has developed and implemented successful statewide programs. Grant writing and evaluation have been integral to her work. She graduated from the University of Michigan, where she also worked in traffic safety and alcohol abuse research. Her master’s degree is in Public Administration.
After graduating from Carleton College, Leah started out in marketing communications at the University of Michigan’s business school before moving into a social media management position at Organic, primarily working on the Kimberly-Clark and Smucker’s accounts. Most recently, Leah assumed a role heading up social media and advocacy at Microsoft Devices in North America. Leah also has her own blog on Tumblr covering various health topics that has grown to over 115k followers.
Sheila Brown has over 13 years in non-profit and local government experience, primarily in human services; youth program development, career development and education. She holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Oakland University and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Baker College.
Sheila is experienced in several aspects of both public and private administration and management; including business plan development, program proposal writing, volunteer recruitment, strategic planning, and identifying funding opportunities. She has provided several non-profit organizations with consulting assistance by organizing community meetings and focus groups, implemented strategic plans through program development, and provided evaluations and analysis of the quality and efficiency of programs and policies.
Throughout her career, Sheila has been actively involved with serving the community and non-profit organizations locally. Her passion for social awareness and education has assisted in providing services for families and their communities.