Reaching Higher’s Executive Board is a working board that’s actively engaged in the development and ongoing growth of its programs. Board members provide key expertise in the areas of Finance, Instruction, Marketing, Fundraising, and Ethics. Additional Board members are being sought to lend additional expertise in the areas of media and public relations. For more information, please call (810) 220-8812 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
(Founder / Program Director)
KARA COTTON MOORE
Orlando was apart of the inaugural cohort of the Knight Foundation Emerging Leaders fellowship program with 880 Cities and he was also privileged to be apart of a “Detroit Delegation” of young leaders chosen to learn from renowned artist and community developer, Theaster Gates and his principles of Ethical Redevelopment of Cities. Orlando is also a sought after speaker and facilitator bringing his lived and professional experience and magnetic personality to every audience he stands before.
Orlando also works with Urban Consulate in Detroit as host, where he gets to convene weekly critical conversations around cities and the social and civic life of communities in them. These conversations promote an atmosphere of constant learning where voices can be heard and ideas can be shared.
Orlando serves on many boards and committees. He currently serves as board chair for One Detroit Credit Union and Caught Up Mentoring Inc. He is also a long time board member of Reaching Higher Inc. He is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University holding a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism and Electronic Media/Film Studies.
Orlando is passionate about the city of Detroit and it’s people. He brings a unique perspective to his work on the Eastside as he gets to work in the neighborhoods that he grew up in. He is outspoken in advocating for resident-driven planning and development, equitable community engagement, and preserving neighborhood culture through revitalization.
Susan has been a long-standing volunteer and supporter of Reaching Higher. As a member of the Board, Susan shares her love for teaching by helping to bring new instructors on board.
Susan and her family live in Howell, Michigan.
Greg became a premier homebuilder in Birmingham Michigan who after building a multi-million-dollar company in 13 years decided to close his business to pursue his authentic dreams.
He is a lead instructor for Reaching Higher Inc., a youth leadership course that originated in 1997. Reaching Higher is in over 40 High School, Middle, and Elementary schools and servicing five local counties.
For the last five years Greg has also been a dedicated executive consultant and Life coach. His specialties include: empowering individuals and companies to operate and design an environment that provides the freedom to create a powerful future.
Greg is an active member of Christ our Light in Troy Michigan and is happily married to Carole with two beautiful daughters Sara and Alyssa.
Lisa Masters is a Realtor and Entrepreneur/Business Owner with over two decades of real estate industry experience. She currently works for Signature Sotheby’s International Realty in Birmingham. Lisa resides in Birmingham with her two sons.
Lisa has been with Reaching Higher for over 6 years as a mentor and now as an Instructor in the classroom. She received her degree in Business Administration from Saginaw Valley State University where she received a full basketball scholarship along with All American Honors.
In 2018, Dr. Surrey retired from Brighton Area Schools after 17 years of service. She moved to the beautiful and peaceful north shore of Houghton Lake, MI where she now works with at-risk high school students in the Houghton Lake Community Education program. Laura loves being able to infuse many of the powerful elements of Reaching Higher into her daily interaction with students. In addition, Laura has a launched a consulting/research business, called Learning Studio on the Lake, llc.
In her newfound leisure time, Laura loves fixing up her lake home, hiking, kayaking, writing, and spending time with her children, friends, and extended family.
Dr. Surrey has been a member of the Reaching Higher Board of Directors since spring of 2018.
Karen Swieczkowski is an Ambassador for Livingston County as the Community Relations Director at Brighton Ford. Karen started as a mentor for Reaching Higher in 2014 after attending a Reaching Higher Graduation at Brighton High School. She knew then it was a program she wanted to share with the youth in her community. She was born and raised in Howell, MI and still resides in Howell, now with her Husband and son.
Karen is a Rotarian, Board Member at LACASA, An Advisory Board Member at The Salvation Army of Livingston County, Co-facilitator at 100 Women Who Care About Livingston County and involved with many other local organizations and the face of Brighton Ford.