Advisory Board

The Advisory Board plays an important function providing valuable perspectives and recommendations on programs offered by the CHAMPS program. Whenever possible, decisions made by the board will be made by consensus. Advisory Board members serve at the pleasure of the University. 


Angela Aufdemberge Vista Maria
Angela is the President and CEO of Vista Maria. Angela brings 20 years of executive experience to Vista Maria, with a track record of success across various industries including service, healthcare and manufacturing. Prior to starting at Vista Maria, Aufdemberge was the Executive Vice President of Sales Development & Support for Entertainment Publications. She also served as the company's EVP of Operations and Senior Vice President of Human Resources. Aufdemberge earned her master of arts and bachelor of science degrees in business from Wayne State University. She also holds a senior human resources professional certification by the Society of Human Resources Management.


Michelle Fecteau Michigan State Board of Education
Ms. Fecteau is a member of the Michigan State Board of Education, elected in 2012. She is currently the Executive Director the American Association of University Professors, jointly affiliated with the American Federation Teachers, at Wayne State University. Before this Ms. Fecteau worked as labor educator in WSU's Labor Studies Center. She also worked as a Union representative the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, the Service Employees International Union and the International Ladies' Garment Workers Union.

Michelle and her husband Eddie Hejka, a special education teacher in Clawson Schools, live in Detroit and have two children by birth, their oldest with autism. They have been foster parents to 11 children, 5 they adopted. Both she and her husband have been active in numerous programs supporting special needs children.

Carlynn Nichols, LMSW  The Children's Center
Carlynn is the Chief Clinical Officer at The Children's Center of Wayne and an Adjunct Professor at Madonna University. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the University of Michigan and her Masters of Social Work from Wayne State University.  As a  Licensed Master of Social Worker in Macro and Clinical Practice, she has over 25 years of experience in human services working with children, youth and families with complex needs and involved in juvenile justice, child welfare and public mental health.  

Ericka Page  Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation (Desc)


Khadija Walker- Fobbs The New Foster Care
Khadija Walker-Fobbs is the Executive Director of The New Foster Care. She was the previous Director of Development & Community Partnerships for the Michigan Youth Opportunities Initiative (MYOI), the State of Michigan's program for youth aging out of foster care. Prior to her current position, Khadija consulted with the Michigan Department of Human Services and the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative. During that time, she helped implement a new program model statewide for youth aging out of foster care across multiple counties and regions. Khadija also oversees the Education Success Program with a grant awarded from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, which provides educational supports for under-served youth from foster care in Michigan.

Tamarie Willis, LLMSW Wayne State University School of Social Work
Tamarie Willis has focused her social work education in the area of macro practice, with a focus on the community and policy platforms. A speaker at State Supreme Court Administrative Office 10th Annual Child Welfare Services Issues Conference, Tamarie spoke specifically on policies related to college access and retention for foster youth. Tamarie worked for two years as a research assistant for Wayne State University School of Social Work Center for Social Work Research, during her undergraduate and graduate studies. Her current research interest centers on the intersection of incarceration and child welfare. She is currently enrolled in Wayne State University School of Social Work doctoral program, double minoring in criminal justice and statistics.

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