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Board of Governors

About Cranbrook Schools' Board of Governors

The Board of Governors advises the Director of Schools in achieving and maintaining programmatic excellence of the division. The Board's larger purpose is to sponsor and lead the division in the service of its constituents and the broader needs of the public in a dynamic society. The Board of Governors shares in the responsibility of advocating for the best interests of the School's Division and Cranbrook as a whole.

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  • Pamela Applebaum

    '83,  P '14, '16

    CEO & President, Applebaum Ventures & Applebaum Family Philanthropy
    Residence: Bloomfield Hills, MI
    Chair

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  • Deborah Wahl

    '81,  P '21

    Retired
    Residence: Bloomfield Hills, MI
    First Vice Chair

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  • Neil Armstrong

    P '20, '22

    Chief People Officer, Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America
    Residence: Bloomfield Hills, MI
    Vice-Chair

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  • Kelle Ilitch

    P '22, '24, '28

    Child and Education Advocate
    Residence: Bloomfield Hills, MI
    Vice-Chair

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  • Ernest Adams

    '94

    Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer,
    Ford Motor Company
    Residence: Royal Oak, MI

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  • Barbara Askar Kouza

    P'25 ,P'26, P31

    Brand Ambassador, Askar Brands
    Residence: Bloomfield Hills, MI

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  • Kristen Baiardi

    '02

    Senior Attorney, Dawda Mann 
    Residence: Bloomfield Hills, MI

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  • Chase Brand

    '79,  P '24

    Asset Manager/Broker, Norris & Stevens Real Estate, Inc.
    Residence: Portland, OR

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  • Robert Bryant

    P '24

    Strategic Account Executive, Midwest, Renaissance Learning
    Residence:  Pontiac, MI

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  • Seran Chen

    '94

    Vice President of Research, Meta Reality Labs
    Residence: Berkeley, CA

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  • Amber Dawkins

    '97

    Vice President, North America Small Business for Mastercard
    Residence: Maplewood, NJ

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  • Allison DeCapite

    P ’22, ’24, ’26, ‘28

    Educator
    Residence: Birmingham, MI

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  • David DeMuth

    P '21, '23, '29

    Chair, Doner Partners Network; CEO, Doner
    Residence: Bloomfield Hills, MI

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  • Rob Edwards

    '81

    President, We Happy Few, Inc
    Residence:  Beverly Hills, CA

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  • Lee Ghesquiere

    '82,  P '14, '16, '19

    President- Mercedes-Benz of Bloomfield Hills
    Residence: Bloomfield Hills, MI

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  • Charlene Reuss Grandelius

    '78,  P '14, '21

    Retired from General Motors
    Residence: Bloomfield, Hills, MI

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  • Sam Haidle

    P ’19, ‘23

    Attorney and Counselor, Howard & Howard Attorneys
    Residence: Birmingham, MI

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  • Carl Klemmer

    '89,  P '23, '25

    Investor
    Residence: Bloomfield Hills, MI

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  • Ben Meeker

    P'25, P'27

    Senior Vice President, CFO & Treasurer,
    The Taubman Company
    Residence: Bloomfield Hills, MI

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  • Seth Meltzer

    '94,  P '24, '27

    President, SRM Corporation 
    Residence: Bloomfield Hills, MI

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  • Shelley Padnos

    '71

    Chair of the Executive Committee, Padnos
    Residence:  Douglas, MI

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  • Alex Paul

    '07

    Director of the Investment Committee and Portfolio Management, GLP Financial Group
    Residence:  Birmingham, MI

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  • Viveka Peter

    P'28, P'30, P'31, P'36

    Residence: Bloomfield Hills, MI

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  • Ryan Polk

    '13

    Tech Ops Manager, MentorcliQ LLC
    Residence: Royal Oak, MI

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  • Latonya Riddle-Jones

    '97,  P '27, '30

    Vice- Chair, DEI Wayne State University School of Medicine; Associate Center Director DEI - Karmanos Cancer Institute
    Residence: Farmington Hills, MI

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  • Lilly Epstein Stotland

    P '31, '33

    President & CEO, Vesco Oil Corporation
    Residence:  Birmingham, MI

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  • George Tepe

    '10

    Associate, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
    Residence: New York, NY

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  • Alyson Timko

    P '21, '23, '25, '28

    Vice President, Talent, Bain & Company
    Residence: Bloomfield Hills, MI

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  • Yang Wang

    P'24

    Partner , Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP 
    Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity Group
    Residence: Beijing & Hong Kong

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  • Ekta Wilcox

    ’89,  P’19,’23,’25 

    President & CEO, Wilcox Consulting Services, LLC
    Residence: Bloomfield Hills

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  • Kamau Williams

    '90

    Lead - Customer Experience Specialist at Delta Air Lines
    Residence:  Fort Worth, TX

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  • Barbara Yolles Ludwig

    P '23, '24

    Chief Executive Officer, LUDWIG+
    Residence: Birmingham, MI