INKSTER, Mich., September 30, 2010 – John Colina, president of the Colina Foundation, was recently elected to the Board of Directors of Inkster, Mich.-based Starfish Family Services (Starfish), a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating brighter futures for the children of at-risk families in metropolitan Detroit. Starfish Chief Executive Officer Ann Kalass made the announcement.
“Mr. Colina is a wonderful addition to the Starfish Board of Directors,” said Kalass. “His experience in and commitment to the creation and management of several other nonprofit organizations will be of great value to the Starfish family as we continue to grow and set goals for the upcoming years.”
In addition to his role as president of the Colina Foundation, a family foundation dedicated to improving the lives of children in southern Wayne County, Mr. Colina also acts as president of Everybody Ready!, a coalition of various sectors that focuses on children ages 0-5, their parents and caregivers. John is also actively involved in the United Way Early Learning Communities and is the immediate past chair of the Great Start Collaborative of Wayne County.
Mr. Colina received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University in 1964 and holds a Master’s degree in History and Religion. He is currently a member of various groups and sits on multiple boards including, the Board of Directors of the Guidance Center, the Board of the Grosse Ile Education Foundation, Trustee of the Council of Michigan Foundations, and a is member of the Southeast Michigan Early Childhood Funders Group.
Starfish also announced the addition of five other members to their Board of Directors, including: Boyd Pethel, senior vice president and head of commercial banking at PNC Bank; Margaret Marchak, associate vice president and deputy general counsel for the University of Michigan; Hilliard L. Hampton, mayor of the City of Inkster and president of the Hampton Security Group; Janet Lawson, director of the Ford Volunteer Corps; and Ronald A. Sollish, shareholder at Maddin Hauser Wartell Roth & Heller, P.C.
Founded in 1963, Starfish Family Services is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty by creating family success. Based in Inkster, Mich., Starfish serves vulnerable children and families throughout metropolitan Detroit, providing early childhood and parenting programs, after school programs, children’s mental health services, and emergency shelter to teens and youth in crisis. Each year, Starfish helps more than 9,000 individuals, children and families.