Our Board of Directors

Affirmations Board of Directors

Frank Aiello

Frank is a graduate of James Madison College at Michigan State University and Wayne State University Law School. He formerly practiced real estate and corporate finance law at Bodman LLP. Frank is now a law school professor, focusing his scholarship on effective land use techniques and land conservation. He joined Affirmation's Board of Directors in 2012.

Jeff Grim
Vice President


Jon Beasley

Jon has an undergraduate degree in Accounting from the University of Kansas and an MBA from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. He began his career as CPA for Andersen, and has since had a variety of experience in Finance and Strategic Planning. Currently he’s employed as a Treasury professional at the Chrysler Group LLC in Auburn Hills.


Karl De Nazareth
Melody "Zip" Johnson
Member at Large

Melody "Zip" Johnson is an accounting graduate of Madonna University and presently works for the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council. Her journey with Affirmations began over 15 years ago when she first volunteered as a greeter in the "old building". She has served as a member of the Board of Directors since 2008 and accepted the position of Vice President in May 2011. Zip also serves on the Multicultural Advisory Committee (MAC).



Jodi Allen

A graduate of Michigan State University with an emphasis in economics and history, Jodi Allen is a native Michigander and current resident of Rochester Hills. Jodi first came to Affirmations in 2011 when she began attending various events and weekly meetings sponsored by the Ferndale facility. As a board member, she is eager to lend her voice and efforts to the chorus of others at Affirmations who are dedicated to ensuring that Affirmations remain an important and prosperous community resource.

Brad Bell


Syeda Davidson

Syeda Davidson is a graduate of the University of Michigan - Dearborn and Thomas M. Cooley Law School. She is currently an Attorney with Burgess & Sharp PLLC where she primarily practices in employment law and civil rights. Syeda first became involved with Affirmations in 2011, through various fundraisers and advocacy events. In the Spring of 2012, she co-authored an article in MIE Journal entitled "Serving LGBT Survivors in Rural Communities." In November of 2012, she joined the Affirmations Board of Directors.





Rev. Steven Archer

To learn more about joining the Affirmations Board of Directors, learn more about the Board By-Laws, or to obtain a board nomination form, please contact us.


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