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DPSCD Honors Board Members for Annual Recognition Month

Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) recognizes its seven-member board in January as School Board Recognition Month.  

As a reminder, DPSCD invites you to get to know our seven board members below and their passion for serving students in the City of Detroit! For more information, visit detroitk12.org/board. 

Angelique Peterson-Mayberry, Board President 
DPSCD Alma Matter: Martin Luther King Jr. Senior High School  
Committees and Appointments: DPS Foundation

  • Detroit Library Commission
  • Code of Conduct Hearing Committee
  • Detroit Public Library Appointee Committee
  • MASB Deligate 

"As a business leader, Detroiter, DPSCD graduate and proud mom/wife wearing many hats both at home and in the corporate sector, I've acquired a depth of experience in leadership, service, and advocacy ranging from grassroots level to the C-suite. It's difficult to name one strength over another. However, my passion for students, families, and teachers, along with my drive to deliver positive outcomes in the community I serve, is definitely my guiding superpower." 

Dr. Deborah Hunter-Harvill, Board Vice President 
DPSCD Alma Matter: Cooley High School 
Committees and Appointments

  • Curriculum/Academics Committee
  • Michigan Association of School Boards
  • Detroit Public Library Appointee Committee
  • Code of Conduct Hearing Committee
  • DPSCD Exceptional Student Education Board Representative 

“As a Board Member, I must develop an appropriate policy. Understanding of Board policies, curriculum, teaching and learning policies, exceptional student certification and educational wisdom. I love our District.”  

Sonya Mays, Board Treasurer
DPSCD Alma Matter: Renaissance High School 
Committees and Appointments:

  • Finance Committee, Chair 
  • Policy Ad-Hoc Committee 

“I am trained as an attorney and an accomplished finance and real estate professional. In 2015, I founded a nonprofit (Develop Detroit) that focuses on community development and investment. In the past six years, I have preserved and created several hundred affordable housing units for Detroit. My mother, Daisye Mays, is the educator who has had the biggest influence on me and my life. She was a math teacher for many years at Taft Middle School, before transferring to the Central Office. My passion for learning and reading, as well as my lifelong sense of intellectual curiosity, came from the many hours I spent with my mother in her classroom.” 

Misha Stallworth-West, Board Secretary 
Committees and Appointments

  • Finance Committee
  • Policy Ad-Hoc Committee, Chair 
  • DPSCD Public Safety Oversight Committee 

“I'm a social worker and community organizer by training, plus a policy nerd. Those things coming together make me a leader who genuinely cares about the wellbeing and voice of people and looks to see that reflected in policy and in the fabric of an organization. I also value all of the diversity that exists within our District-gender identity, race, culture, religion, disability, education level, and place a high priority on ensuring we are taking equitable approaches to serving our community and supporting our staff.” 

Georgia Lemmons, Board Member 
Committees and Appointments

  • Curriculum/Academics Committee
  • Code of Conduct Hearing Committee, Chair
  • Detroit Public Library Appointee Committee
  • MASB delegate 

“I have over 30 years of experience as an educator in the Detroit Public School System. I bring dedication and commitment. There were many teachers in my life that influenced me in my educational journey. I became an educator because of the many exceptional teachers who encouraged, inspired and were role models for me in my formative years.” 

Bishop Corletta Vaughn, Board Member 
DPSCD Alma Matter: Bellevue Elementary Miller Jr. High, Cass Technical High School 
Committees and Appointments

  • Curriculum/Academics Committee, Chair
  • Code of Conduct Hearing Committee
  • Detroit Public Library Appointee Committee
  • Wayne County Association of School Boards - Wayne RESA 

“As a Clergy Professional and Educator of more than 40 years, my work in the community goes deep. After-school tutoring programs to assist girls, support for single-parent homes, and counseling classes are some of the offerings made by our church which put me face to face with problem solving with families in the midst of poverty and despair, including bullying, abuse, and conflict. In addition, my ministry relationships with all faith-based organizations and churches in the City of Detroit, my ability to collaborate and get them engaged to DPSCD with volunteers and emotional support to our children and staff are the strengths I bring to the Board.” 

Sherry J. Gay-Dagnogo, Board Member 
DPSCD Alma Matter: George E. Parker Elementary School, Winterhalter Middle School 
Committees and Appointments

  • Finance Committee
  • Policy Ad-Hoc Committee
  • DPSCD Legislative Representative 
  • MASB delegate 

“I'm a former Detroit Public Schools science teacher, community organizer, and policy strategist, with extensive legislative and policy experience as State Representative of the 8th House District. I have 9½ years of experience as a Legislative Aide to Detroit City Councilmembers Alberta Tinsley-Talabi and the late Clyde Cleveland, and serving as a community liaison with the late Congressman John Conyers, Jr. I am a proven leader, with bipartisan relationships, a track record of effective communication, coalition building, and measurable outcomes and the ability to get things done.”