Sophia Chue

Sophia Chue

President

Born and raised in Jamaica, Chue migrated to the U.S. in May 1982 where she began her nursing studies at Russell Sage College in Troy, N.Y. She is a Veteran of the United States Army where she served as a Non-Commissioned Officer for eight years.  She moved to Metro Detroit more than 21 years ago and is currently employed by Process Control & Instrumentation (PCI).  She also operates an Independent Insurance Agency as well as a Professional Consulting firm providing event planning and other services.  She serves as President, Carnival Manager, Program and Project Manager for Caribbean Cultural & Carnival Organization (CCCO) of Metro Detroit, is on the board for Global Detroit, is a member of The City of Detroit Immigration Taskforce, and serves as a Commissioner for the City of Detroit Entertainment Commission (DEC).

What inspires you to be a board member for Southwest Detroit Community School? My passion is providing students the tools and opportunity to be successful in life. This entails all aspects of education (i.e., cultural and artistic involvement and interactions).

What is your vision for the school?
To afford the students a well-rounded educational experience, while using the networks we have access to and impacting the life of the students and the community we serve.

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George Bradford

Treasurer, CAO

Which teacher made an impact on you, and why?

“Live your dreams, or spend the rest of your life dreaming.” I would often hear this quote from my 6th grade teacher, Ms. Carley. These words inspired me to believe that anything was possible. In addition, she really believed in my ability to achieve greatness in whatever I decided to become in life.

Why are you a board member for Southwest Detroit Community School?

I have a great passion for educating today’s youth, especially in the inner city of Detroit. I want to have an enormous impact on the quality of education they receive and help sharpen their minds for the future.

What is your vision for the school?

I envision the school achieving greatness through an excellent curriculum and a strong administration focusing on leadership and the success of the students. I want to see all students achieving and maximizing their potential in a motivating and stimulating learning environment.

Robert Shimkoski

Board Member

Who am I? 

I am the Director of Policy Planning and Resource Development for the Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation (DESC), a Michigan Works! Agency that administers Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Family (TANF) Programs in the city of Detroit. I hold a B.S. degree in Public Administration from the University of Scranton and a M.A. degree in English from Wayne State University. I have served as a volunteer with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and worked for the city of Detroit’s Workforce Development and Housing Departments.  I currently serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the United Community Housing Coalition, as well as a Board Member for the Caribbean Community Service Center and Mary Turner Center.  In 2017, I completed a fellowship with the Aspen Institute’s Detroit Workforce System Leadership Development Academy.

Why am I a Board Member? 

I live in Southwest Detroit and want to see my neighborhood thrive.   Schools are the center of any community.  I hope to add value to the ongoing efforts at the school.

Which teacher impacted you and why?

Mark Clark was an English Teacher I met in High School.  He was a Renaissance Man with a deep interest in politics, literature, culture and science.   We often engaged in memorable political discussions.  He once suggested that I start reading the New York Times on Sunday.   I have been doing that for nearly 40 years since.

My vision for this school?

I see a high performing school within walking distance for most students.   The shared values and community culture will provide a supportive environment, propelling the students to productive lives.

 

Sandra Zull

Board Member

Who am I?

I have held positions as a college administrator, chaplain at major teaching hospital, freelance writer, and have been a teacher who is certified and experienced in three states including Indiana, Pennsylvania, and Michigan. I love to travel in the United States and abroad and have been to many interesting places. Of course, I love to read and write My biggest success was the years I spent in the classrooms of Detroit schools!

Why am I a Board Member?

I am passionate about educational excellence for Detroit’s children.

Which teacher impacted you and why?

One teacher from high school and one teacher from grad school stand out for the same reason: they demanded excellence, assumed we would succeed, and motivated us to do so.

What is your vision for the school?

To socially, emotionally, and intellectually challenge students igniting curiosity and a love for learning in a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment.