Local Advisory Committee

Gabrial Taylor

Board Chair

Gabrial is very passionate about both youth development and education, and attributes her past mentors to the success she’s had in both her personal and professional endeavors. Gabrial moved to Detroit in 2016 in order to take part in a prestigious community development fellowship program called Challenge Detroit. Before moving to Detroit, she spent two years teaching English to elementary and middle school students in South Korea, which helped to grow her passion for education.
Gabrial also spent time in Chicago, as a case manager for a youth focused workforce development program and as a program coordinator for the Chicago Department of Public Health. Gabrial currently works for the Quicken Loans Community Investment Fund, contributing to the overall community investment strategy. One of Gabrial’s proudest volunteer opportunities was being a tutor for the Center for Success during the 2016-2017 academic school year. Over the year, she noticed that her mentee became more confident in math and reading, received higher marks in school and developed stronger communication skills. After her time as a mentor, Gabrial saw the opportunity to be on the Local Advisory Committee as the perfect way to form a deeper involvement with the Center for Success. In partnership with other committee members, she looks forward to contributing the time and intellectual capital necessary to help the program to grow and improve.

Ian McCain

Vice Chair

Ian is a 24-year-old Experience Coordinator and Tour Guide at the Detroit Experience Factory. In addition to his recent work as a Year Five Challenge Detroit Fellow, he is in the process of becoming a Licensed Real Estate Agent and Community Development Professional. Originally from
St. Clair Shores, MI, Ian graduated from Central Michigan University with a BSBA in Human Resources in 2015, and has lived in Detroit the last two and a half years (currently in Southwest Detroit).

Claire Babala

Claire is a Marketing Coordinator at Brooks Kushman, an intellectual property law firm in Southfield, MI. She recently completed a year-long fellowship with Challenge Detroit, and is a regular volunteer with the Michigan Humane Society. Originally from Plymouth, MI and now residing in midtown Detroit, Claire graduated from Michigan State University with dual BA degrees in Arts & Humanities and in Professional Writing. While at MSU, she helped coordinate a mentorship program called My Brother's and Sister's Keeper that worked with Detroit middle school students.

Chimere Brown-France

Chimere is a native Detroiter and has worked in both manufacturing and healthcare industries. Chimere is a graduate of Wayne State University, where she received a BS and MS in Industrial Engineering. She enjoys international travel and spending time with family. Chimere hopes to encourage the youth to be their best selves and to make a positive impact in their community.

Shaina Davidson

Shaina has been serving in the city of Detroit since obtaining a B.A. in Communications and a secondary concentration in Anthropology in 2014. After graduating she completed a term as an AmeriCorps service member for EcoWorks, a Detroit based non-profit, and currently serves as EcoWorks’ Residential Education Manager. In 2017 Shaina became a Challenge Detroit Alumni & later joined the Local Advisory Committee for the Center for Success in order to continue to serve her community.

Jennyfer Darling

Jennyfer Darling works as an Application Specialist at Ford Motor Company. She has a passion for getting youth involved in STEM activities. She was selected as a Ford Thirty under 30 fellow where she learned about design thinking and civic engagement. She seeks to use this knowledge to help the Center for Success grow and foster new ideas for helping Detroit’s youth.

Haley Sztykiel

Haley is an Individual and Family Therapist currently working at a private practice in Birmingham, Michigan. For the past seven years, Haley worked as a School Social Worker at a charter school in Detroit. Haley has a Masters of Social Work from the University of Michigan, and a B.A in Psychology from Albion College. Haley is passionate about education and supporting the growth of youth in the city.