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ABOUT

Metropolitan Museum of Design Detroit is a non-profit based in Detroit, Michigan .

2015-2019 collaborative programming. In January 2020, Collected Detroit began to host us.

 ACCESS | ENGAGEMENT | IMPACT | OUTCOME  

Provides access to educational enrichment, work-force interest for multiple generations thru mostly free programming and exhibitions.

Engagement for  inclusive, collaborative outreach to diverse communities with historical, current and futuristic insight.

Impact is direct as our ur abilities are as guides in design thinking, environmental awareness and socially

responsive participation.We align our programming with people versed in innovative solutions

in the Design Industry. 

Outcome for all efforts are to discover and explore the valuable talents from the

past, currently and who is working on our future in the Design Industry.

For further conversation and details, please send along

inquiries to info@mm-o-dd.org

ADVISORY BOARD OF DIRECTORS

MARSHA BATTLE PHILPOT
MARSHA BATTLE PHILPOT

ADVISORY BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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DWIGHT PHILLIPS
DWIGHT PHILLIPS

ADVISORY BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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MICHAEL WILLOUGHBY
MICHAEL WILLOUGHBY

ADVISORY BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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ACTIVE

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Design Professionals and Community Strategists 

This diverse group of local-to-global individuals collaborate to provide multi-generational community impact, educational enrichment and an Ah-Ha Spark. This ignited awareness engages the audience about historical references, current innovation and future insight into the Design Industry.

Leslie Ann Pilling
Leslie Ann Pilling

Founder Ms. Pilling is the visionary and principle curator. Her background in Design spans multiple decades. Her inclusive mind-set and devotion to highlight the people who are the Designers or our future Designers is why she has developed the museum.

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Robere' Lett
Robere' Lett

Executive Vice President

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James Sercu
James Sercu

Jim Sercu oversees the financial scope of MM-O-DD.

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Christianne Malone
Christianne Malone

Christianne Sims-Malone (Executive Board of Director's Secretary) and active Detroiter:  is a founding member and one of the first few people to develop MM-O-DD into a community based edutainment platform. She has volunteered her time, energy and insight since 2012.

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Aki Choklat
Aki Choklat

Aki Choklat is on the MM-O-DD Board of Director's and is CEO 'Aki Choklat' and CCS Center for Creative Studies Head of the Fashion Accessories Department

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Rich Altherr
Rich Altherr

Mr. Altherr (Director of Biomimicry) CEO Nature Comes Standard

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Aaron Lee Rosenhaus
Aaron Lee Rosenhaus

Aaron COO at Uniland Corp. which supports MM-O-DD with funding, strategic insight and community connections. He provides community engagement focused on the Build/Construction Design related industry.

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Lynn Roosevelt Wiggins
Lynn Roosevelt Wiggins

Entrepreneur focused on the development of public and human capital, domestically and abroad. Focus Areas: • Community Engagement & Political Organizing • Small Business Development & Capitalization • Public Relations & Special Event Coordination • Economic & Workforce Development • Debt Consolidation & Credit Repair • Policy & Research • Call Center & Sales Team Management • Solar Energy Project Management

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Lynley Honkanen
Lynley Honkanen

Lynley Honkanen is on the Board of Directors and is the MM-O-DD Director of Youth Edutainment. She has been a volunteer since 2016. (7+ years)

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MM-O-DD SOCIAL COUNCIL

Ackeem Salmon
Ackeem Salmon

Ackeem Salmon is an art director, photographer, and multimedia artist. His BFA from the College for Creative Studies in Photography with a minor in Fine Art. He specializes in Fashion and Fine Art portraiture. His work; postcolonial theories, aspects of critical thinking. Why do you like being part of MM-O-DD? "I like being a part of MM-O-DD because it is a space that allows me to work and collaborate alongside like-minded doers and thinkers throughout the Metro-Detroit Area"

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Arkadiy Polezhaev
Arkadiy Polezhaev

Arkadiy is a Fashion Designer.

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Bret Maxwell
Bret Maxwell

Bret is a conceptual artist and the GM at SEE eyewear.

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Bryan Cuello
Bryan Cuello

Bryan is the owner of Channel Iris and the Director of Business for PM1 media.

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Cameron Sucaet
Cameron Sucaet

Cameron: Fashion Designer

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Daphne Kanberoglu
Daphne Kanberoglu

Daphne is an accessory designer and women's empowerment activist.

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Kate Castillenti
Kate Castillenti

Kate is a very engaged MM-O-DD Social Council person who activates some of the Campaigns for our on-going programs and exhibitions. Currently she is working on the BIO-

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David Simonelli
David Simonelli

Simonelli and Assoc. Intellectual property Attorney

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Elisabeth Kassab
Elisabeth Kassab

Elisabeth is a passionate, professional Stylist. Her private clientele range from personal to career driven individuals on a national level.

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Evan Sparrow
Evan Sparrow

Evan is a Fashion Designer and owns his own fashion brand.

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Genevieve Nowak
Genevieve Nowak

Founder of the Detroit River Coalition and the Belle Isle Conservancy Sustainability Department Director

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Ijania Cortez
Ijania Cortez

Ijania is a self-taught Detroit artist. They are featured on HBO.

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Parker Lynch
Parker Lynch

Parker owns Hedgehog Health and is the President of BARD

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Jacob Emmett
Jacob Emmett

Jacob is a Fashion Accessory Designer as well as in a Punk Band called The Seamsters.

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Jem Mellon
Jem Mellon

Jem is the Gallery Director of Collected Detroit. Their life-long passion for Detroit is identified through creativity.

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Juniper Roberts
Juniper Roberts

Juniper is pursuing her studies in Psychology. She will be supporting the MM-O-DD BRIANWORXX programming both as an active volunteer researcher.

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Kelsey Eby
Kelsey Eby

Kelsey is a Fashion Designer.

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Kevin Barranco
Kevin Barranco

Fine art photographer and mixed media artist and member of Lost Artists Collective, plus on the MM-O-DD Social Council.

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Kya Johnson
Kya Johnson

Kya is a fashion stylist and event coordinator.

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Malik Johnson
Malik Johnson

Malik is an environmental Scientist and works with the City of Detroit

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Margaret Henige
Margaret Henige

Margaret is a Fashion and Accessory Designer. CCS Alumni. Sustainability based.

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Marian Reitch
Marian Reitch

Marian is the Executive Director of Global Ties> Detroit.

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Marla Kaftan
Marla Kaftan

Marla owns Kaftan Designs LLC.

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Mary Lubera
Mary Lubera

Mary is a community connector.

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Melanie McClintock
Melanie McClintock

Melanie is the College for Creative Studies Lead for the Colors and Materiels Science Department.

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Mike Han
Mike Han

Mike is an artist and a product designer. He is also from the House of Han.

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Morgan Breon Petersen
Morgan Breon Petersen

Morgan is the President of Heal.Be.Live What does being part of MM-O-DD mean to you? “Imagine an initiative that’s ahead of its time, trail-blazes artistic movements, and empowers the integrity of its artists. This is MM-O-DD. And this is why I love being a part of it.”

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Nancy Wanchik
Nancy Wanchik

Nancy is a fine art mixed-media artist. “ MM-O-DD is an innovative hub for Detroit’s creative art scene and I’m both honored and humbled to be a part of the MM-O-DD Social Council. Once I realized how it integrates art, design, science, and technology I knew I wanted to be involved. “

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Natasha Panina
Natasha Panina

Natasha Panina is a World Champion Ballroom Dancer and global instructor

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Nurten Ural
Nurten Ural

Ms. Ural is the Honorary Republic general of the Republic of Turkey

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Nicole Lindsey
Nicole Lindsey

Nicole is a co-owner of Detroit Hives.

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Shannan Lavozski
Shannan Lavozski

Shannon is owner of Detroit Fashion News, Glamorous Mom's and Lazovski Agency.

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Sofia Proen
Sofia Proen

Sofia is a Senior at CCS Fashion Design Department.

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Steve McBride
Steve McBride

Stephen is Executive Director at Pewbic Pottery.

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Timothy Paule
Timothy Paule

Tim is a co-owner of Detroit Hives.

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Yasmine Olive
Yasmine Olive

Yasmine is the owner of capsule_a mid-century modern furniture store.

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With great honor and appreciation the collaborative group listed  are distinguished professionals, passionate change-agent individuals and founding members who represent inclusive local-to-global communities in the Design Industry and related fields of study.

EXECUTIVE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Founder/President: Leslie Ann Pilling, CEO Leslie Ann Pilling Design, Vice President: Robere' Lett,

Secretary: Christianne Sims-Malone, Treasurer: James Sercu

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Alphabetical order

Rich Altherr: CEO Nature Comes Standard LLC, Aki Choklat: Department Head of the College for Creative Studies Fashion Accessories Program,

Charles (Chuck) Duquet: CEO of Collected Detroit Gallery and venue sponsor, Steven McBride: Executive Director of Pewabic Pottery

Leslie Ann Pilling: CEO/Principle Designer of Presence II Inc., Morgan Breon Peterson: CEO Heal.Be.Live., Aaron L. Rosenhaus: Owner/COO of Uniland Corporation

Nurten Ural: Honorary Consulate General of the Republic of Turkey

ADVISORY BOARD

Marsha Battle Philpot (Marsha Music)

Michael Willoughby CEO of MWA ( Michael Willoughby & Assoc.)

Dwight Phillips

MM-O-DD SOCIAL COUNCIL 

DESIGN | FINANCIAL | INTERNATIONAL | STRATEGIC

Kevin Barranco, Carmen Benevides,Bryan Cuello, Mike Han (CEO House Of Han), Lynley Honkanen, Melissa Johnson,

Kaya Johnson, Malik Johnson, Marla Kaftan (CEO Kaftan Designs),  

, Robere' Lett (Owner Haute' Management), Nicole Lindsey (Owner Detroit Hives), Mary Lubera, Parker Lynch,

Melanie McClintock (CCS olor and Material Science Department Head),

Yasmine Olive (CEO capsule_), Tim Paule (owner Detroit Hives), Milton Putman, CEO of Complete Dominance Athletics,

Marian Reich (Executive Director Global Ties> Detroit), Jessica Saunders (President Royal Oak High School Fashion Club), James Sercu (Financial professional), Mandisa Smith, Evan Sparrow (CEO Sparrow Designs), Nancy Wanchik ( Fine Artist), Mariery Young (Panama City,Panama) 

INTERNS | VOLUNTEERS  

Local-to-global people have been inspired by the message we provide and have joined together in the name of Design. Some volunteer as group, some as individuals.

Our partner Global Ties > Detroit provides international business and diplomacy by inviting many people from countries to participate in programs and events. 

Interested in becoming involved? contact us at info@mm-o-dd.org 

DESIGNERS

Honoring Designers with a life-time of dedication to the industry.

Design awareness of the planet impacts our circular economy.

LEGACY

Honoring the industry whether a passionate or professional for Design, Art and/or a related fields of study.

DESIGNERS/ARTISTS/SCIENTISTS
The list of Designers below have participated in MM-O-DD. The design industry and related fields has historically been a behind the scenes and under the radar platform. We highlight the people who have displayed talent and who are current in the industry and interested in sparking the interest of our future generations. 
abeessa by Rob Lubera + Mary Lubera (Fashion Brand) + Shelley Grech, Adnan Charara (Accessory /Fashion Artist/Designer), Aki Choklat (Accessory Designer), Alore Niemi ( Accessory Designer), Albert Kahn (Albert Kahn Legacy Foundation), Amelia Novella Rennell (Artist), Amineh Ahmad (Accessory Designer), ArkadiyPolezhaev CEO Arkadiy Polezhaev, Artis Lane (Fine Art Painter), Armageddon Beachparty Fashion/Accessory/Product Artist/Designers), Ava Kaloustian ( Accessory Designer),  Boswell Hardwick ( Millenary: Accessory Designer), Bradley Cannon (Accessory Designer), Brennan Brooks (Fashion Photography), Celeste Smith (Millenary), Christian O'Grady(Graphic Designer/Photographer), Cynthia LaMaide Designs (Fashion Designer), Dawn Smith (Textile Design), Dena Salmaci (Salgiano) (Fashion Designer), Denzel Palm (Artists), Donovan Dewberry (Fashion Designer), Elizabeth Youngblood (Accessory Designer), Eric Beamon (Jewelry Designer), Eric Lowry (Designer/Artist), Evan Sparrow (Fashion Designer),  Ewa Markiewicz (Fashion Designer), Fernando Gutierrez (Accessory Designer), Fel3000ft. (Artist),Feyrouz (International Fashion Designer- Luxembourg), Hailey Kasper (Fashion Photography), Heron Robinson ( Fashion/Accessory Designer), Isabelle Foti (Accessory Designer), Jac Bladow (Accessory Designer), Janna Coumoundouros ( Fashion/Accessory Designer), Josie Teachout (Fashion/Accessory Designer), Juan Martinez (Artists), Kelly Grant (Artist), Keiko Koakutsu CEP/Princilple Designer Keiko Koakutsu, Kevin Barranco (Photographer/Artist), Kristen Canda (Artist), Kristine Ferguson (Fashion/Product Designer), Kalom McClure: Kam Dynasty (Jewelry Designer), Kelsey Coleman (Accessory Designer), Kill The Hate (Fashion/Accessory Designer), kirk roda (Artist), Lauren Zapaglione (Accessory Designer), Lynette Haylalah (Fashion/Accessory Designer), Mandisa Smith (Fashion/Accessory/Product Artist/Designer), Marianna Sanchez (Fashion Accessories Designer), Mark Samel (Artist/Designer), Mary Storey (Accessory Designer), Matt Lambert (JewelryDesigner)  Matt Richond (Fashion Designer), Megan Otenbaker (Fashion Designer), Meredith Lorde'-Cole (Accessory Artist/Designer), Meridith Honkanen (Jewelry Designer), Mike Han of House of Han (Modern Vandalism Artist), Olga Babushkina (Accessory Designer), Parker Lynch of HedgeHog Health ( Designer), Peter Kyke (Lighting Designer), Rachel Willnus (Millenary Accessory Designer),Rich Wright (Jewelry/Graphics/Fashion Artist/Designer), Ro Colston (Animate artist),Rob Lubera (Fashion Designer), S.Kay Young (Photographer), Scott Beles of DEF LAB Designs (Metal Artist) Smithmade (Furniture Designers), Tina Tomicic ( Handbag Designer), Tom Carbone (Shoe and accessory Designer), Tori Abrahams ( Accessory Designer),Tracy Reese (Fashion Designer)

Alex Alexander
Alex Alexander

We honor Mr. Alexander an devoted Detroiter. He volunteered for the MM-O-DD professional photographer Council from 2019-2020.

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Gabriel Gonzalez
Gabriel Gonzalez

We honor the life-long passion that Gabe had for the security of his fellow citizens. He survived in the Military for many years. He was our Director of Security for 4 years.

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David Philpot
David Philpot

Artist

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Eric Moss
Eric Moss

We honor Eric who was one of the first people who assisted in the development of the the original vision of MM-O-DD. His talents will be remembered and his loyalty to Detroit celebrated.

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Paul J. Smith
Paul J. Smith

Paul J. Smith (September 8, 1931 – April 26, 2020) was an arts administrator, curator, and artist based in New York. Smith gives MM-O-DD the first piece in our permanent collection.

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Robert S. and Margaret Jones
Robert S. and Margaret Jones

THANK YOU                                Robert C. and Archille Jones for honoring the legacy of Robert S. and Margaret Jones They were both educators. He was a Wayne State University engineering professor and she was a 7th grade Science teacher in the Detroit Public School system for 20+ years. Thank you to the family for their support for the 2016/2017 Biomimicry Design Dare Challenge programming.

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Who do we feature and other questions like How to become a volunteer, intern or docent. We can answer your interest in programming, content or event or about featured people.

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