Leader of Leaders Awards

The Leader of Leader Awards are intended to identify outstanding Alumni Association members with impressive achievements personally, professionally, and/or in their public lives.  Three winners are chosen each year because of their exemplary leadership contributions specifically to this region.

Awards are presented each year at the Taste of Leadership Oakland networking event, which takes place in late March.

PERSONAL LEADERSHIP: Jason Paulateer

Jason Paulateer, LOXXVI - Nominated by his entire Leadership Oakland class, Jason Paulateer's impact and generosity is felt by many. He and his wife, Chapri, are parents to 10 children, ages 1 through 18. After having three children of their own, they felt called to adopt and welcomed siblings into their home. They soon discovered there were more siblings from the same mother in foster care and have opened their hearts and homes to the entire family so they could stay together. Jason's commitment to impacting lives continues with his work at PNC as Vice President and Marker Manager focusing on Community Development activities throughout the state. He is also an active volunteer in financial education. For these accomplishments and more, we are proud to honor Jason Paulateer for excellence in PERSONAL LEADERSHIP.

PERSONAL LEADERSHIP: Mary Mbiya

Mary Mbiya, LOXXIV - Mary is described as having "a willingness to help and an overwhelming compassion for others." As Vice President, Senior Branch Manage, with Flagstar Bank, she is committed to fostering financial well-being. With a dedication to creating financial literacy and self-sufficiency, Mary volunteers with the Pontiac Schools and Rochester Neighborhood House. She also helps advance business and community development through her role as Board Chair for the Greater Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce. For these and many other accomplishments, we are proud to honor Mary Mbiya for excellence in PROFESSIONAL LEADERSHIP.

PERSONAL LEADERSHIP: Tina Barton

Tina Barton, LOXXV - Community service is at the core of Tina Barton. She has dedicated more than 26 years to public service throughout Oakland County, currently as clerk of the City of Rochester Hills. Under her leadership, the office has received all perfect scores on election audits over the last four years. Students and at-risk populations fuel her passion to change lives. She is a mentor for Women of Tomorrow inspiring at-risk girls to live up to their potential, and is on the board at Crossroads for Youth where she has implemented volunteer efforts for landscaping, furniture replacement and the construction of a commercial kitchen. These are just a few of the many reasons we are proud to honor Tina Barton for excellence in PUBLIC LEADERSHIP.