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Our Team  

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 Our board is comprised of individuals who are passionate about philanthropy, giving and education. We believe that it is important to live by the Born and Raised motto, “Love Your City.”

 
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PARKER LYNCH

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CO-FOUNDER

Parker is one of the founding members of Born and Raised Detroit Foundation. He, along with other founding members, helped BARD's fundraising events grow from a single event to its current model of having events from coast-to-coast. 

Parker holds a BA in English from Indiana University in 2006 and his dual MA in Special Education and Childhood Education from New York University in 2013. His love for working with kids and involving youth in philanthropy has shaped his role with BARD. He currently is patenting an education-tech device aimed at helping kids with autism and ADHD in the classroom and has been an elementary teacher for the previous eight years. 

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JAMISON LYNCH

CO-FOUNDER, BOARD MEMBER

Jamison (Jamie) Lynch is a founding member of the Born and Raised Detroit Foundation along with his brother, Parker. He was involved early on but moved away to focus on business studies at the University of Colorado. After graduating he spent years working on experiential software for retail environments.  

Jamie is now living in New York and is married to Ashley Goodman Lynch, who is also from the Metro Detroit area. He has worked on improving technology within the BARD Foundation and has helped grow the New York chapter of the Foundation to its current standing.  

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XANDER STREK

BOARD MEMBER

Xander became a board member of the Born and Raised Detroit Foundation in 2018. He has always been an advocate for, and a lover of Detroit.

Xander had a short stint away from his hometown when he pursued his love for basketball and received his BA in Psychology from Grinnell College in 2012. He couldn’t stay away from Detroit for long, however, and has been working and living in the metro area since his graduation.

Xander and his wife, Anna, live in Birmingham and have two sons—Hudson and Win.


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ALEX WILKERSON

BOARD MEMBER

Alex Wilkerson recently joined Born & Raised as a new board member in 2018. Alex is passionate about giving back to the community, currently being involved in the Big Brothers Big Sister program, the Boys and Girls Club of Central Austin, and St. Jude’s Research Hospital.

Outside of Club Blue, Alex works as a customer success manager at Zilliant, a data science and software company in Austin. He is a jazz and blues saxophonist here in Austin, and is a big sports fan. Alex holds a B.A in International Studies and Chinese Language from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN.

PATRICK THORNTON

CO-FOUNDER, BOARD MEMBER

Patrick Thornton is a co-founder of Born and Raised Detroit (BARD). He attended Columbia College Chicago and currently lives in Los Angeles where he represents the West Coast for BARD. 

MADELYN WISNE

TREASURER, BOARD MEMBER

Madelyn Wisne was inducted in 2017 and helped volunteer at multiple BARD events leading up to joining the board. She has a strong passion for connecting people in Detroit and enjoys doing so through active event planning and networking.

Madelyn graduated from Miami University of Ohio with a BA in Communications in 2012 and currently lives in Royal Oak, Michigan. She holds the position as Program Officer at the Toni Wisne Sabina Foundation, a private, family foundation which focuses on benefitting nonprofits involved in serving the hungry, Michigan veterans and assisting in educational programs.


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JACQUES PERREAULT

BOARD MEMBER

Jacques has supported Born and Raised Detroit since 2016 after being involved with numerous nonprofits. Jacques was elected to be a board member in 2018. Jacques grew up in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan and is very passionate about Detroit. Jacques went to Northeastern University where he played hockey D1 hockey and earned a BA degree with a concentration in finance and accounting. Jacques currently resides in New York City working in the photo and film production industry as a finance manager. 

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JILLIAN NATHAN

Board member

Jillian Nathan is a newly inducted member of Born and Raised Detroit Foundation as of 2019. Her passion for providing support and opportunity to the underserved in the city of Detroit, quickly lead her to BARD.

Jillian earned a BS in Apparel Merchandising and Product Development with a Journalism minor from Bowling Green State University in 2008 and an AAS from the Fashion Institute of Technology in 2007.  She returned to Metro-Detroit  to take part in its resurgence, giving back to the community that helped mold her.

Jillian currently resides in Birmingham for an automotive supplier and continues to volunteer regularly at various charitable organizations and with The Color of Autism Foundation.