Staff

Christa Funk

Christa Funk

Executive Director

Christa Funk is the Executive Director of Detroit Regional Dollars for Scholars. Since Christa joined Dollars for Scholars is 2012 as the Academic Support Manager, she has expanded the college access program from 40 to over 350 students served annually, increased the organization’s high school partnerships by 70% and created a robust and holistic approach to how Dollars for Scholars prepares students for post-secondary success. Christa holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Language Arts and a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction, both from the University of Detroit Mercy. Christa is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and a National Officer and Character Lead Advocate for Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority.

Jill Marecki

Jill Marecki

Academic Support Manager

Jill Marecki is the Academic Support Manager at Detroit Regional Dollars for Scholars. She is responsible for strategically planning all student programming and events for 10th through 12th grade students, as well as building strong partnerships and enhancing the organization’s data practices. Jill holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Kalamazoo College and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Oakland University. Since 2010, Jill has dedicated her career to education and college access in Detroit. In 2018, Jill was recognized as Detroit 2020 Person of the Week by WXYZ Detroit Channel 7 for starting a scholarship fund and college success program to help her former students enroll and persist in college.
Lindsey Pavlov

Lindsey Pavlov

Communications and Development Manager

Lindsey Pavlov joined the Detroit Regional Dollars for Scholars team in 2019 as the Communications and Development Manager. She is responsible for implementing, coordinating, and supervising the development and communications operations of the organization. Prior to joining Detroit Regional Dollars for Scholars, Lindsey worked as a Press Assistant in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, D.C., where she focused on constituent communications. She has held fundraising positions for congressional campaigns, and has coordinated federal government affairs and donations for a national trade association PAC. Lindsey is glad to be back in the Detroit area, and working with an organization where her work has a direct positive impact. Lindsey holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Grand Valley State University.
Grace Verhines

Grace Verhines

Executive Assistant

Grace Verhines is the Executive Assistant at Detroit Regional Dollars for Scholars. Grace joined Dollars for Scholars in 2016, primarily maintaining records, bookkeeping, and assisting the staff with events and communication. By creating and implementing both financial and record keeping processes, Grace has increased the organization’s efficiency and effectiveness. Grace has worked in office and project management for 6 years, primarily in construction and medical offices. Grace holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biblical Studies from Moody Bible Institute.
Erin Vogel

Erin Vogel

Awards and Alumni Manager

Erin Vogel is the Awards and Alumni Manager at Detroit Regional Dollars for Scholars. Erin joined the organization in 2017 as the Academic Support Coordinator, working to successfully execute the robust and holistic program Dollars for Scholars uses to prepare students for life after high school. Erin moved into the Awards and Alumni Manager role in 2018 with the goal to strategically engage program alumni throughout their post-secondary experiences and beyond. She has also navigated and implemented the organizations first donor-enhanced scholarship, manages half a million dollars in program scholarships each year, and is restructuring the awards policy to provide individualized attention to incentivize post-secondary completion. Erin holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public and Nonprofit Administration from Grand Valley State University.

Detroit Regional Dollars for Scholars is proud to partner with MCAN to work toward the shared goal of 60% college attainment by 2030.

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