Board of Directors

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.

Executive Board



Susie Dahlmann is the Founder of Reaching Higher. She has a love for people and a passion for youth, which is why her entire career has been focused on education. She started as a public school teacher working with second graders in the Walled Lake School District, moved to corporate training mid-career, and has been leading Reaching Higher for the past 20 years.


(Board Chair)

Mark Hemeyer has been affiliated with Reaching Higher since 2010. He began by mentoring at Milford High School and Hartland Schools. He also attended the adult Reaching Higher class that was held at Kennedy Industries. Mark currently is the President of Kennedy Industries in Wixom, Mi. He has worked at Kennedy for over 31 years developing a world class environmental company with his 85 amazing team mates. Many Kennedy teammates participate in Reaching Higher as mentors or in the adult Reaching Higher class. Mark is married to Michelle Hemeyer who proudly serves on the Hartland school board. Mark and Michelle’s 14-year-old son Joshua is a student at Hartland Ore Creek Middle School. They enjoy traveling, boating and going up to the Leelanau peninsula.


(Board Member)

Jeff Nachtweih has been affiliated with Reaching Higher since 2007. He began by mentoring in many classes, then cooperate sponsor for Milford, South Lyon and Huron Valley schools.
Jeff is a retired CEO of Kennedy Industries. He has enjoyed his 30 plus year working at Kennedy developing a world class company with his team mates. His greatest joy in his life is his two children and his 5 grand daughters! Jeff is married and enjoys with his wife Debbie, boating, travel, skiing, and the beach.


(Board Member)

Steve has been a Reaching Higher instructor for eight years, and he truly believes in the power of this transformational program. He was a public educator for thirty-two years, including twenty years as the principal of Hartland Middle School at Ore Creek. Steve brought Reaching Higher to his school for his last six years as a principal, and teaching the program at his own school was a true joy. He believes in the power of education to change lives and is passionate about helping others. He serves on the Board of Directors for Reaching Higher, he is a long-time member of the Livingston Council For Youth, and he is very involved with the HERO Hartland Teen Center when he is not spending time with his role at a financial advisory firm in Brighton. Steve and his wife of thirty-two years, Jodie, have lived in Howell for almost thirty years and have two grown sons, Sam and Danny, and one grandson, Cooper. Steve and Jodie love spending time with their extended family playing board games, swimming in the backyard pool, camping, or any excuse at all to get together.



Troy has served as a passionate Instructor of Reaching Higher for the past 6 years. Troy believes in helping others reach their potential as demonstrated by his involvement in numerous non-profit organizations past and present: South Lyon Area Youth Assistance, the Carls YMCA, Camp Michawana and the Big Cat Basketball League. For the past 14 years Troy has served as a member of the South Lyon High School Boys Basketball program where he is currently the Varsity Head Coach. Troy’s love of his life is Debbie Weidman who together they have enjoyed 30 years of being married. They enjoy working out and playing golf together, but most cherish spending time with their three sons, two daughter-in-laws and Granddaughter, Bristol!


(Board Member)

As principal at The Bridge Alternative High School, Colleen Deaven welcomed Reaching Higher into her building 6 years ago.  She was so inspired the she became an instructor and now instructs in her building as well as in other Brighton Area Schools. Colleen is dedicated to the at-risk student, serving on the Michigan Alternative Education Organization’s board and volunteering when time allows. Colleen holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Arts in Education. She has been in education for over 20 years. Colleen enjoys time with her husband and 3 adult children, including a son in law, running, hiking and camping!


(Board Member)

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.