Meet the JRLA Board

Jalen Rose  Founder
Founder and Detroit native Jalen Rose is an ESPN/ABC analyst and 13-year NBA Star who has assembled a team of educational experts and community leaders to turn his dream into a reality.  Mr. Rose brings to the Academy his knowledge of the sports and entertainment industries, commitment to philanthropy and his passion to give back to Detroit. A graduate of Detroit Southwestern High School, Mr. Rose attended the University of Michigan where he was one of five freshman basketball players known as the “Fab Five.”  As a college graduate, he is eager to help Detroit youth achieve the same goal.  Mr. Rose has been instrumental on the planning team and serves as the President of the JRLA Board of Directors.

Michael Carter  Co-Founder
Co-founder and Detroit native Michael Carter is a Detroit native and successful entrepreneur. Mr. Carter is managing partner of Pinnacle Construction Partners, a multi-state, pre-construction planning and construction management services firm and the former president and CEO of Athena Health Club and Day Spa in Nashville. As a successful graduate of Project 100, the University of Detroit’s recruitment program to enroll and graduate inner-city youth, Mr. Carter graduated with a B.A. cum laude and a M.B.A. He serves on the UDM Liberal Arts and Education Dean’s Advisory Board. Mr. Carter brings his first-hand experience to the design of the Academy, his commitment to provide resources, and his dedication to improving the future for Detroit youth.  He has been instrumental on the planning team and serves as the President of the Operation Graduation Board.
 Board of Directors:


 Jalen Rose

Jalen Rose (President)

ESPN/ABC Analyst

CEO, Three Tier Entertainment

 Greg Boll Greg Boll (Vice President)


Cummins Bridgeway
Dave Shostak 

David Schostak (Treasurer)


Schostak Brothers & Company      

Dean Brody


Dean Brody (Secretary)

Managing Director


Dennis Archer 

Dennis Archer, Jr (Director)

President – Archer Corporate Service

CEO/Founder – Ignition Media Group


Kim Easterle Mattes

Vice President, Aon Risk Solutions

John E James 

John E. James (Director)

President, James Group International

CEO, Renaissance Global Logistics (RGL)


Wendy Jackson (Director)

Deputy Director

The Kresge Foundation 

Special thanks to our past board members:
Tonya Allen
Rumia Ambrose-Burbank
Honorable Mayor Dave Bing
Tim Gale
Ron Klein
Mick Koster
Diane Manica
Neil Weissman


  • Jalen Rose: Founder

  • Michael A. Carter, Sr.: Co-Founder

  • Mick Koster: Vice President & Philanthropic Advisor Comerica Charitable Services Group

  • Diana Manica: University of Detroit Mercy, College of Liberal Arts & Education

  • Kenneth Perkins & Dale Randels, Jr.: Pinnacle Construction Partners, LLC

  • Michelle Ruscitti-Miller: Executive Director, Operation Graduation

  • Dr. Barbara Smith: F1 – Innovations for Education

  • N. Kendell Walton: Walton Business Management Solutions