- Mariam Bazzi, president
- Michael Meade, vice president
- Mary Petlichkoff, secretary
- Hussein Berry, treasurer
- James Thorpe, trustee
- Fadwa Hammoud, trustee
- Mary Lane, trustee
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Board Member Profiles
A graduate of the Dearborn Public Schools, Mariam Bazzi attended Henry Ford College and went on to receive her bachelor’s at the University of Michigan – Dearborn. She continued to Wayne State University Law School where she received her Juris Doctor Degree. Mariam has spent her legal career working as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Wayne County where she currently is the lead attorney in charge of the Mortgage and Deed Fraud Task Force. She is a member of the Arab American Political Action Committee (AAPAC), having served as its President from 2010 to 2014, and a member of the Dearborn/Dearborn Heights League of Women Voters. In 2015, she was appointed to serve on the Commission for Middle Eastern American Affairs for the State of Michigan. Through her community work, Mariam has been recognized and awarded receiving the “Advocate of the Year Award” from American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) in 2012 and the “Special Tribute Award” from AAPAC in 2013. Mariam and her husband Abdul, have three children currently attending the Dearborn Public Schools.
Mr. Berry returns to the Board of Education after serving from January 1, 2010 through December 31, 2014. As a Board member, he was part of the team that developed and successfully passed a $76 million SMART Bond proposal. These funds allowed the district to upgrade security, enhance technology, purchase new busses, add on to several schools, and renovate all other schools in the district. Mr. Berry is a long standing and respected member of the Dearborn Community. He has been involved in several local organizations and is active in promoting and running a youth sports program in the city.
Ms. Hammoud is a 2003 graduate of Fordson High School, earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan-Dearborn, her law degree from Wayne State University, and is currently a Wayne County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney. Ms. Hammoud has always strived to go above and beyond and serve her community. While a student at Fordson she served as President of the Key Club and Senior Class, took part in several school clubs and activities, and was awarded “Most Active Student” by the National Honor Society. Her energy and enthusiasm for staying involved in local organizations has remained active throughout her adult life serving as a Board member for the Government BAR Association and at the Islamic Center of America. Fadwa is the Election Day Chair for the American Arab Political Action Committee (AAPAC) an organization she has been a part of for ten years. She is a volunteer attorney for the Woman Lawyers Association of Michigan, and a member of the Lebanese International Business Council.
Mary Lane has served 16 years on the Board of Education and Henry Ford College, Board of Trustees, having been first elected in November 1999. In her work life, Mary is Project Director at The Welcome Mat Detroit, a Kellogg Foundation funded project of Global Detroit. She has worked for more than 30 years with immigrants and internationals. Ms. Lane holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Michigan Honors College. She also has had post-graduate training in immigration law at the Detroit College of Law. Mary notes that her family have long been educators and this compelled her service volunteering with schools. Mary’s sons and daughter, Tarik, Adam and Nadia, all attended the Dearborn Public Schools. Ms. Lane is currently researching and writing a book on legal, religious, and military cases from 1740-1760's in New England.
(John) Michael Meade, Ph.D.
Michael Meade is serving his first six-year term on the board. He received a doctorate and a master’s in guidance and counseling from the Catholic University of America. Michael has served in a variety of leadership roles in the educational community, notably serving one year as Acting President and 23 years as Vice President of Student Services at Henry Ford College, and seven years as Dean of Student Services for Montgomery College in Rockville, Maryland. He has taught as an Adjunct Faculty member at Davenport University, University of Michigan-Dearborn, and George Mason University. Michael has been active in representing the educational, social, and business needs of southeastern Michigan, serving in a variety of roles with Sacred Heart Seminary, the Southern Wayne Chamber of Commerce, the Southeastern Michigan Council of Governments, the Exchange Club, and an educational task force with the Dearborn Public Schools and the City of Dearborn.
Mary Petlichkoff previously served for four years on the Board and has returned to serve a six-year term ending on December 31, 2020. She is a long time member of the City Beautiful Commission and is President of the Dearborn Federation of Neighborhood Associations. Mary has been active for many years with the Dearborn Public Schools as a parent and member of the PTA Council.
Mr. Thorpe is a lifelong Dearborn resident and graduate of Dearborn High. He began his first term as a Board Trustee on December 12, 2016. His term expires December 31, 2018. Mr. Thorpe works as a Financial Advisor for Ameriprise located in Dearborn for more than 15 years. He is active in several community organizations, including serving as Chairman of Dearborn Chamber of Commerce and President of the Dearborn Rotary Club. Mr. Thorpe has also served the district on the Dearborn Education Foundation, strategic planning, and the curriculum council. He is the father of two Dearborn Public Schools students and was vice president of the Lindbergh Elementary School PTA.