Thomas J. Sommer, MPP, CFRE
Tom has a passion for bringing great ideas and great people together to affect change. He has spent nearly 20 years of his career as a change agent for nonprofits, governments and private businesses. While getting his Master of Public Policy from George Washington University in Washington D.C., Tom refined his approach to linking strong strategic planning with evidenced-based structured decision making and exceptional operational execution. It is with great enthusiasm and commitment to excellence that Tom will bring these skills and more to Leadership Oakland.
Tom lives in Rochester Hills with his wife Shani and two daughters Lily and Emma. Tom is currently on the Board of Directors of the Detroit Area Association of Fundraising Professionals and is the Chair of the Mentor Program. Tom and his family are members of Congregation Shir Tikvah in Troy, and although he has lived in six states, Tom calls Michigan his forever home. He enjoys playing ice hockey with his daughters, coaching softball in the spring and summer and learning something new every day.
E-mail Thomas J. Sommer, MPP, CFRE
Susan Hollady has always loved being in the action. Before she joined LO as an Assistant Director, she worked for 20 years in the IT industry, traveling throughout the Midwest supporting customers. The LO network was a natural fit for Susan, as she loves to interact with and learn from diverse groups of people. Susan believes that it is important for leaders to be willing to always accept a challenge, but do it with honesty.
One of Susan’s passions has been working with children. She currently sits on the Board of Directors for Crossroads for Youth. They are a non-profit organization that serves at risk youth. Susan also loves to play tennis competitively and travel internationally. When she is home, you can find her dining at her favorite local Chinese restaurant - PF Chang's, or cheering at a Red Wings game with her husband Jason.
E-mail Susan Hollady
Michaela Bishop is an experienced coordinator of volunteers with a demonstrated history of working in the non-profit organization management industry. Additionally, she has worked directly with a Secretary of State and a State Representative, with a focus on constituent relations and as an office assistant. Leadership and service to others is an intrinsic part of who Michaela is; she was recognized by Kohl’s for her numerous hours of volunteer service and was voted on by her peers to receive a leadership award. Michaela looks forward to bringing her experience, energy, and expertise to Leadership Oakland. She is married to her husband Travis and lives in Oakland County.
E-mail Michaela Bishop