Rev. Diane Smith – President
As Mission Integration Director at Angela Hospice in Livonia, MI, Rev. Diane Smith is charged with ensuring that Angela Hospice’s ministry maintains its Catholic identity by staying true to the core values of its founders, the Felician Sisters of North America. Her role includes directing the African American Church Empowerment Project, convening the ethics committee, and providing support to staff and volunteers as they work to personify the Angela Hospice mission.
A graduate of Jackson (MS) State University with a BS in Communicative Disorders, and Mississippi University for Women where she earned an MS in Speech Pathology, she holds a Master of Divinity degree from Claremont (CA) School of Theology. She is a Board Certified Chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains.
Rev. Smith began her career in ministry as a Missionary Associate of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), serving as an English lecturer at Osaka (Japan) Junior College for Women. While in Japan she also attended and served as a human rights activist with the Korean Church in Japan, Koreans being the largest minority group in the country.
While in seminary, Rev. Smith was awarded an internship by The Fund for Theological Education (FTE), with a placement at City Mission Society in Boston, MA, where she worked with women involved with the criminal justice system. Later, she worked at Hestia House, a YWCA sponsored shelter in Pasadena, CA, for homeless women and children. An ordained minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Rev. Smith began her career as a hospice chaplain at Community Hospice Care in the San Gabriel Valley of Los Angeles. After moving to Ann Arbor, Rev. Smith served as Transitional Housing Coordinator at SOS Community Services in Ypsilanti, MI. For almost 20 years Rev. Smith was a member of the Spiritual Care team at Arbor Hospice here in Ann Arbor, the last 8 years of which were spent as Lead Spiritual Care Advisor. Through these disparate experiences Rev. Smith has seen the impact of inequality on life choices and on the services available to the disenfranchised from birth through the end of life.
Rev. Smith has served on the board of the Division of Overseas Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and currently serves on the board of the Ann Arbor-based Housing Bureau for Seniors at Michigan Medicine. She is a Golden Life member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and is a member of Journey of Faith Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Ann Arbor.
Rev. Smith will be celebrating 25 years of marriage to her husband, Dr. William Londo, in August 2019.
Jorge Guzman – Board Member
Jorge currently works as an International Adoptions Specialist for a non-profit organization in Ann Arbor. His work background includes special education school teacher, child protective services social worker, a volunteer in a law firm and child custody evaluator/mediator.
Jorge’s educational background. He has a bachelor’s degree on education, a bachelor’s degree on Psychology, a master’s degree on Social Clinical Psychology and a Juris Doctor degree.
Jorge is married to his husband for 8 years and they been together for 22 years. He has four small dogs and a garden.
Jorge was appointed by the mayor of the City of Saline, where he lives, as member of the Arts and Culture Commission where he volunteers his time to expand and promote the arts and culture in his community.
Bethany Freeland – Scribe/Secretary
LaTia Williams – Board Member
Desirae Simmons – Board Member
Nathaniel “Nat” Alston– Board Member
Sharon Irvine- Board Member
Michael White- Board Member
We would like to thank our founding board members, we will be forever grateful for your hard work and dedication.
Douglass Harvey, Justin Carthage, Steve Wilcoxen, Domonic Puffa
Thank you for your commitment and service to all other board members, past and present.
Anne Brown, KaRon Gaines,
Rhonda Palmer – Past President