Advanced Leadership Institute-3


Patricia Blount, LOXXIII

Director, Ambulatory Rehabilitation Services, Neurological Recovery Systems & Ambulatory Imaging
St. John Providence Health System

Full Bio
As a native of Washington DC, Pat moved to Detroit in 1980 as a new graduate from Howard University with a major in Physical Therapy- subsequently receiving a Master of Science in Health Care Administration from Central Michigan University.  Her career began in the Detroit Medical Center, where she remained for 13 years in leadership roles.  In 1993, she accepted a position as the Director of Physical Therapy at St. John Hospital and Medical Center.  Throughout her career within St. John Providence Health system, she has advanced through numerous positions, most recently accepting a role within the Ambulatory Network. Her areas of responsibility include, OP Physical Rehabilitation (10 sites), Ambulatory Imaging (7sites) and Neurological Recovery Systems (an OP and residential program for traumatic brain injured clients).  

Her passion has always been service to those in need, being a role model for two daughters and aspiring healthcare providers.  This is evidenced by active membership in Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inforum, the American College of Healthcare Executives, The American and Michigan Physical Therapy Associations, Michigan Association of Medical Rehabilitation Programs and most recently a Leadership Oakland graduate, XXIII.  

She currently serves as a member on the Leadership Oakland Board of Directors and Population Health Advisory Commission as chair.

Reggie Harrison, LOXXIV

Development Specialist
Common Ground

Full Bio
Reggie Harrison entered the workforce at the tender age of 18 years old as a Cosmetologist and was managing a busy salon within a year (1983-1988).  After taking a few years off to focus on her young family, she moved to Lake Orion in 1993 and began to volunteer in the schools and in the community.  She served as Outreach Coordinator for Orion Community Television (1995-2001), connecting residents and creating programming that is still in place today.  She then served as Executive Director of the Orion Art Center (2001-2011) for close to 11 years, helping the organization grow tremendously and creating the Dragon on the Lake community festival, which has become one of Oakland County’s premiere summer events.  

She has been in the Advancement Department at Common Ground for three years, first as a grant writer and now facilitating Crisis to Hope presentations.  These bi weekly community presentations spread awareness and highlight the impact that services have on residents of Oakland County.  She is proud to be a part of an organization that helps bring people from a state of crisis to a place of hope.

Reggie is a singer and finds great joy in writing, collaborating, harmonizing and performing.  She has a passion for nature, the arts and community building.  She serves on the boards of the Orion Art Center in Lake Orion and The Art Experience in Pontiac. She is the proud mother of three grown children and one beautiful grandson!

Debra Hendren, LOXIX

Housing Resource Manager
Community Housing Network

Full Bio
Debra Hendren is the Housing Resource Center Director at Community Housing Network, overseeing the Housing Resource Center and various other related programs including the HARA (Housing Assessment and Resource Agency) services through MSHDA ESG funding in Oakland County. Debra serves as facilitator of the Community Interagency Service Team of the Alliance, the local Oakland County CoC, and is an active alumna of Leadership Oakland.  She is active in the housing arena at the state level, participating in the Housing Assistance and Models workgroup through MSHDA, as well as serving on the planning committee for the Building Michigan Communities Conference. Debra received the 2011 Carla Javits award from the Corporation for Supportive housing for her work as an advocate as well as the MCAH Community Champion Award in 2014. Before joining Community Housing Network in 2004, Debra was with Training & Treatment Innovations, serving as Program Manager for Family Support Services and Housing programs, among other roles.  Debra is a native of Michigan and holds Bachelor in Fine Arts and Master of Education in Art Therapy degrees, both from Wayne State University.

Carlos Junca, LOXXIV

Director, Materials Management
Beaumont Health System

Full Bio
Carlos Junca has been Director of Materials Management with Beaumont Hospital – Royal Oak since January, 2014 after serving the same position at Beaumont Hospital–Troy.  Carlos obtained his Bachelors of Business Administration degree from Detroit College of Business and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Madonna University.   He has worked in the healthcare industry since 1996 formerly at  St. Mary Mercy Hospital and St. John Health System.  

Carlos is a Certified Supply Chain Professions (CSCP), a Fellow, Strategic Leadership Program – Advisory Board Company and has received Six Sigma Training.

Paul Landry, LOVIII

Benefits Counselor
United Cebral Palsy of Metropolitan Detroit

Full Bio
Paul Landry has been employed with United Cerebral Palsy of Metropolitan Detroit, since July 1996. Currently, Paul serves as a Community Work Incentive Counselor.  

In the fall of 2012, Paul started a fee for service program aimed at the state’s Vocational Rehabilitation and Commission for the Blind agencies to provide individualized benefit analysis to individuals who wish to have a better understanding of how their Social Security and other public benefits would be affected as they return to work.  

Paul also manages the Work Incentive Planning & Assistance (WIPA) Project which is a nationwide program funded through the Social Security Administration. Paul had been a Benefit Counselor on a similar project which was formally known as the Benefit Planning Assistance & Outreach (BPA&O) Project.  

In August 2003, Paul received his Master’s from Central Michigan University in Public Administration in which he placed a strong emphasis on Nonprofit Management.  Paul started with UCP/Detroit as the Choice Access Coordinator for the National Choice Access Demonstration Project through the Department of Education - Rehabilitation Services Administration. Paul’s duties were to direct a customer driven process using a voucher based model. This was designed to promote customer’s buying and controlling how their public dollars were spent towards employment opportunities within the community.  

After a successful closure of the Choice Access Project, Paul went into the Rehabilitation Renaissance Project working closely with the Michigan Department of Career Development/Rehabilitation Services. The project’s goal was to implement a customer driven process within the state’s vocational rehabilitation system on a statewide approach. This was done by training vocational rehabilitation counselors and outside service vendors. Paul has presented and trained on both projects on both a national and state level.  

Within the community, Paul serves as a board member for: Community Housing Network and is actively involved with Leadership Oakland as a past board member. He serves on the Macomb County ISD Transition Council. In the spring of 2014, Paul received Leader of Leaders award for Personal Leadership from Leadership Oakland.

Dominic Mirabella, LOXXI

Field Advisor / Director
Northwestern Mutual Financial Network

Full Bio
Dominic Mirabella is a Field Director for The Wilshire Financial Group in Troy, MI.  He joined Northwestern Mutual in June of 2009.  He is a 2001 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and received his MBA from the University of Florida in 2006.  Dominic was an Adjutant General Officer in the U.S. Army from 2001-2006.  He is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, The Collaborative Group, Royal Oak Fusion BNI, the Financial and Estate Planning Council of Metropolitan Detroit, and is an alumni of Leadership Oakland XXI.  He is the President Elect for the Royal Oak Kiwanis and is the Chairman of the Business Committee for the Oakland Education Advisory Group.  Dominic sits on the boards of the West Point Society of Michigan, the Detroit Veterans Assistance Council, the Army Grassroots Advisory Board, and the Royal Oak Opportunity to Serve (ROOTS) Committee.

Lisa Reeves, LOXIX

Executive Director
Oakland University

Full Bio
Lisa A. Reeves, Executive Director of Professional Development and Education Outreach, School of Education and Human Services at Oakland University.  Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio and a proud graduate of the Cleveland Public School system.  Obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Finance from the University of Akron and Master of Arts in Training and Development from Oakland University. Currently pursuing a Post Masters Certificate in Higher Education.  Lisa has worked in higher education for over 25 years in positions as Business Manager, Assistant to the Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration, Finance Director and Assistant Dean for Business Affairs.  Prior to higher education Lisa served as a Cost Accountant and Financial Analyst in the automotive industry.  

Lisa is an active member of Plymouth United Church of Christ where she has served as a Trustee, Chair of Easter Tea, Presenter, and currently serves as a member of the Board of Christian Education.  Married to her husband, Julius, for 24 years and has two children who are 21 and 18 years of age that are attending the University of Michigan majoring in Engineering and Howard University majoring in Business.  During her spare time, Lisa enjoys gatherings with friends, walks and movies.

Laurie Renchik, LOXXII

Center for Financial Planning

Full Bio

Laurie Renchik, CFP®, MBA has been active in the financial planning profession since 1992 and is a Partner at The Center for Financial Planning. Laurie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Training & Development from Oakland University and an MBA with a specialization in finance from Walsh College. She received her Certified Financial Planner™ certification in 1995 and holds Series 7, 24, and 66 securities licenses. 

Of special interest to Laurie is staying current with trends women face in and out of the work place.  Laurie works with clients to understand in detail their life goals developing specific financial strategies to accomplish what is most important.  Specialties include:  Comprehensive Financial Planning, Financial Advice for Women and Retirement Income Strategies.

Laurie is a member of Inforum, a Michigan Professional Women’s Alliance. Laurie chaired the Women’s Advisory Commission for Oakland County in 2010 and served on the board from 2007-2010. In 2011, Laurie completed the Leadership Oakland XXII program and is currently a member of the Leadership Oakland Alumni Association. She is on the Board of Directors of Michigan Women’s Media, Inc. as Vice Chair.  

As a long-standing member of the Financial Planning Association (FPA®), Laurie has held various leadership positions. She chaired the Career Development Committee, served 5 years on the Michigan FPA Board of Directors and currently serves on the Government Relations committee.

A frequent contributor to the Money Centered and Center Connections blogs, Laurie has taken on leadership responsibilities on the Center’s Marketing, Communications, and Health & Wellness committees.

Laurie enjoys family activities, getting together with friends, travel, and staying physically active by running 5k’s and practicing yoga. Passionate about life, both on the job and off, Laurie truly believes in following your dreams because they know the way.


Rebecca Sorensen, LOIV

Institutional Consultant, Sr. Vice President Investments and Wealth Advisor
USB Financial Services

Full Bio
Rebecca is an Institutional Consultant, Senior Vice President of Investments, and Wealth Advisor with UBS Financial Services’ Birmingham MI office.  Rebecca joined the firm in June of 2001 and has over 25 years investment industry experience.   Rebecca is a CPA, Certified Financial Planner, and Certified Investment Management Analyst. Additionally, she has completed the Wharton School's IMCA program on Alternative Investments.  

Rebecca received the 2009 UBS Exceptional Client Experience Award which recognizes a financial advisor's commitment to excellence within the firm.  Rebecca holds the designation of Wealth Advisor within UBS Financial Services.  This designation requires highly specialized knowledge in the areas of asset allocation and security selection.  

As an Institutional Consultant, Rebecca is part of the UBS Institutional Consulting Group, a select group within UBS of approximately 100 highly experienced and credentialed industry professionals who have substantial involvement working with institutions and guiding them in the investment areas most critical to their success.  

Rebecca is also a member of the UBS Defined Contribution (DC) Advisory program, eligible to advisors who demonstrate extensive experience and knowledge related to Defined Contribution Retirement Plans. UBS advisors within this program are subject to the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (The Act) including the fiduciary standards of conduct set forth in the Act.  

Rebecca is a 1994 graduate of Leadership Oakland.  She is a graduate of Walsh College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accountancy. Rebecca is a member of the Investment Management Consultants' Association, a member of the Financial Planning Association, and a member of the MACPAs and the AICPAs.  

A specialist in Financial and Retirement Planning, Rebecca assists clients with asset allocation, investment selection, and performance monitoring.  Clients include individuals, foundations, endowments, and corporate and municipal retirement plans.  Rebecca has lectured frequently on the subject of asset allocation and retirement planning, having given presentations to the Michigan Association of CPA’s, employees of Ford and Chrysler - as well as many other companies in Michigan, and to members of various business groups.  

Rebecca is past Chair and current Board Member of the Oakland County Economic Development Corporation, is a current board member of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Michigan, serves on the Legal/Financial Network of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, served on the Foundation Board of Walsh College, and is past Chair and past Board Member of Lighthouse PATH of Oakland County.  Rebecca is also a member of the Distinguished Clown Corps supporting The Parade Company and served as the Grand Jester for America's Thanksgiving Parade in 2012.  

Rebecca is a recipient of the 2003 State of Michigan Governor’s Award for Volunteerism for her work with Lighthouse PATH.

Henry Tanaka, LOXVIII

Academic Dean of Art, Design and Humanities
Oakland Community College

Full Bio
Henry Tanaka is currently an Academic Dean for the Division of Art, Design and Humanities at Oakland Community College. He has been with the college for 22 years serving in various roles including Professor of Art and Department Chair of Humanities.  In his tenure he has received the honor of “Outstanding Faculty Award” and listed in “Who’s Who in American Professors”.  He is currently a State Commissioner on the Michigan Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission appointed in 2012 and a former Board Member for the Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Oakland and the Paint Creek Center for the Arts.  

Henry has been a practicing artist for 20 years exhibiting locally and nationally.  He has served as President of the Michigan Ceramic Art Association from 2003-2007. He has presented workshop and seminars on his personal art work nationally. He received his Bachelors of Fine Arts from Kansas City Art Institute and his Master of Fine Arts from the New York State School of Ceramics at Alfred University.  He currently resides in Auburn Hills, Michigan.