Where Are They Now?
TaJuana Jeter, was Salutatorian of Mackenzie High Class of 1991. In addition to a Rosa Parks Scholarship, she received a five-year scholarship/internship from First of America Bank. In 1996 she received her undergraduate degree from Michigan State University in Materials and Logistics Management with an emphasis in Procurement and Supply. She also holds a Master of Science degree in Industrial Operations from Lawrence Technological University. TaJuana is currently an Area Manager/Facilitator with Daimler Chrysler. She enjoys being a role model and mentor to young girls, as well as giving back to the community by helping others.
Delani Mann-Johnson, M.D.
Delani Mann-Johnson, M.D., a 1990 Rosa Parks Scholar, graduated from Ypsilanti High School. She received a Bachelors degree in Biology in 1994 from Spelman College. A graduate from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Dr. Mann-Johnson completed her residency in Internal Medicine at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and has been with People’s Health Centers since 2001, handling primary health care for adults. She is a member of the Mound City Medical Forum and the National Medical Association, and participates in community health fairs
Sarah DePlonty, graduated from Henry Ford II High School in Sterling Heights. She is a 1997 Rosa Parks Scholar. She received a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Michigan. She is currently a full-time doctoral student in the clinical psychology program at Central Michigan University. Sarah worked on the Women’s Health Initiative from 2001-2003 in Washington, D.C., as coordinator of the Health Initiative Memory Study (WHIMS), a federally-funded nationwide study on post menopausal women and health. She is a member of the American Psychological Association. She plans to complete her doctoral degree in 2008, and then to work with young children and parent. Her main interest is parent-child interaction therapy.
Douglas Woodham, a 1996 Rosa Parks Scholar, graduated from Coldwater High School. He received a Bachelors of Science degree in zoology from Michigan State University and Honors College. During a semester abroad in Costa Rica his fascination with tropical ecology led to his pursuit of a Ph.D. in the School of Tropical Biology at James Cook University in Townsville, Australia. After completing postgraduate research into the ecology of an emerging fungal disease of rainforest frogs, he continues to study disease ecology and the ecology and the amphibian immune system as a postdoctoral fellow at Vanderbilt University. As an environmental education intern at AuSable Institute in Mancelona, Michigan, Doug was able to integrate his love of nature and Christian faith.
George David Guinn
George David Guinn was a 1989 Rosa Parks Scholar and a graduate of Flint Southwestern Academy. David was hired in 1997 as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Genesee County, assigned to the Drug Enforcement and Forfeiture Division. He graduated from Grand Valley State University in 1994, and then attended law school at Ohio Northern University. While in law school, he was a student teacher for the Street Law Program at a local high school, a member of the Black Law Students Association and served as a tutor for first year law student. David continues to be very active in the community, servicing on various boards and committees in Genesee County, including Youth Leadership Institute, Inc., The Mallory, Scott Van Dyne Bar Association, and the Genesee County Bar Association.
Geri Alumit Zeldes, Ph.D
Geri Alumit Zeldes, Ph.D, emigrated with her family from Baguio City, Philippines to Flint in the early 1970s. She graduated from Powers Catholic High School, and was awarded a Rosa Parks Scholarship in 1989. She earned a B.A. in English Literature and Communication from the University of Michigan in 1992, a master’s in journalism from Indiana University-Bloomington in 1994, and a Ph.D in mass communication from Michigan State University in 2000. She is married to Steve Zeldes, M.D., and welcomed daughter, Jordyn Alexis Zeldes in 2003. Geri is currently helping her husband build his ophthalmology medical practice, and teaches at Michigan State University, where she is a visiting assistant professor in the School of Journalism.
Karla McKanders, a 1996 Rosa Parks Scholar, graduated from Belleville High School. She graduated from Spelman College with a B.A. in political Science in 2000. As an undergraduate, she also studied abroad in Martinique in 1997 and France in 1998. Karla received her Juris Doctor degree in 2003 from the Duke University School of Law. She has worked as an intern in the office of Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney in Atlanta George, as a legislative intern for Congressman John Conyers, Jr., and as an intern for Center for the Integration of Refugees in Strasbourg, France. She worked as a summer law clerk for Legal Aid and Defender Assoc., Federal Defender's Office in Detroit. Karla is currently an Associate with Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, PLC, in Detroit, in their Labor and Employment Group.
Allison (Lavery) Burke
Allison (Lavery) Burke, graduated from Churchill High in Livonia in 1997. She graduated from Michigan State University in 2001 with a degree in Russian Language. After staying home to raise her son, she is now also working as a realtor for Caldwell Banker Hubbell Real Estate in Okemos, Michigan. Allison and her family are actively involved in working with the college group at South Baptist Church.
Steve Warnick, a 1999 Rosa Parks Scholar, was raised in Eastpointe, and graduated as valedictorian from East Detroit High School in 1999. He achieved his Bachelor of Science in both Cellular and Molecular Biology and English from the University of Michigan in 2003. While an undergraduate, Steve performed research in pediatric hypertension, and also investigated urinary tract infections in the MAP-EPID research group. Steve was also a resident advisor, president of Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Health Honors Society, and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He currently attends the University of Michigan Medical School, with an interest in health policy issues.