The Flint Jewish Federation will honor three people who have worked to make their communities better during the 27th annual Donald Riegle Community Service Awards on September 15th at the Flint Institute of Arts.
Anne Gregory is a native of the State of Alabama and a high school graduate of A.H. Park High School in Birmingham. She is the first of eleven children born to Harvest and Annie Mae Newby. Anne earned a degree in Elementary Education from Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio and a Masters Degree in Elementary Curriculum and Administration from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Her professional experience began sixty years ago in Flint, Michigan as a first grade teacher at Martin Community School. During the summer she was fortunate enough to pilot the first Head Start Program in the Flint area. The program was funded by the Mott Foundation. The successful pilot ensured the institutionalization of Head Start in the Flint Community Schools and surrounding areas.
After ten successful years were spent in the classroom I was assigned the responsibility of Instructional Specialist at Clark Community School. Following the assignment she attained the position of Assistant Principal at Freeman Community School. In 1968 as the first principal of Manley Community School. Anne welcomed the first staff and on March 17, 1969 the school was dedicated to the Flint Board of Education.
In 1972 Kindergarten through twelfth grades were merged with Community Education (The Mott Program) and Flint School District was completely reorganized. I became the first African American and first woman to serve on the Superintendent’s Cabinet and the first African American to serve as Executive Director of Elementary Community Education for Flint Community Schools. The responsibilities included the total day to day operations of supervising forty four elementary school principals, community school directors, and home school counselors.
During this assignment the position of assistant principal of instruction was instituted as well as off site retreats for principals and home school counselors. The Federal Government in 1976 stated Flint was a segregated School District and the District was directed to desegregate the staffs and students (65% White and 35% Black in each building). Transporting students began as well as staff transfers were made in effort to comply with the directive. Citywide community meetings were held to keep the community informed.
During my tenure as Principal at Manley Community School, my family was invited as special guest of Bud Wilkinson for a visit to the White House.
I have served on the State of Michigan Conference Planning Committee for Elementary and Middle School Principals, State of Michigan Early Childhood Committee, State and National Committees for Career and Vocational Education, Developed at Manley Community School the State Accountability Model ( Now MEAP) and served on many local School and Community Education Committees.
Anne’s community involvement includes being named Educator of the Year by the Sales and Marketing Executives, serves on Goodwill Industries of Mid-Michigan Board of Directors, served on Hurley Board of Managers, Ennis and Associates Board of Directors, Humane Society Board of Flint, Fair Winds Girl Scouts Council, chaired the Hurley School of Nursing Committee for sixteen years, Charter Member of Sunrise Rotary Club of Flint, Member of Phi Delta Kappa and NAACP and League of Women Voters. She is a golden soror and active life member of Zeta Beta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and Past President. Anne is also an active member of Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church for more than fifty years where she attends Sunday School, Bible Study, Mothers Ministry and Married Couple Ministry.
She is blessed with an amazing and supportive family. She has been married to her husband Melvin for sixty years. They have two daughters, Lenice and Lori both of whom have terminal degrees in their respective professions. They have one granddaughter, Victoria, who brings special joy to our lives. She is now a junior in highschool.
Chris Flores is currently the Vice President for Business Development with the Sacred Heart Rehabilitation Center and Team Leader for Sacred Heart Outpatient and medication assisted programming in Flint Mi. Mr. Flores has been very active in the health care field. Some of his accomplishments include the founding of Community Recovery Services, Executive Director of Insight Recovery Centers and Odyssey House Inc.
Mr. Flores’ education includes a Paralegal Certificate in 1977 from the Adelphi University in New York, NY, and past certifications and training in Substance Use Disorders in 1978. Mr. Flores has extensive training in Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) Board governance, conflict mediation, labor relations, strategic planning, community health planning, coalition building and public speaking. Mr. Flores completed the Mich. Health and Hospital Association Excellence in Governance Fellowship in 2009.
In addition to his accomplishments, Mr. Flores is quite active in community affairs as well as at the State and Federal levels. Christopher J. Flores has been a member of the Hurley Medical Center Board of Managers since 1990. Former Board member of Health Plus of Michigan where he served as chair of Health Plus Partners Medicaid Plan. Greater Flint Chamber of Commerce serves as chair of Global Action Committee, Flint Institute of Arts Board Member, Food Bank of Eastern Michigan Board Member and Hurley Representative to the MSU School of Research, Greater Flint Health Coalition Mental Health and Substance Abuse Task Fiorce, and current Finance Committee Chair Court Street United Methodist. He has received several awards, including the Genesee County Hispanic Leadership Award in 1997& 2010, the Clayton Stroup Foundation Award in 1989, and the Distinguished Person of the Year – Michigan Association of Alcohol and Addiction in 1989. In 2008 he was appointed by the Governor of Michigan to serve on the Michigan State Board of Psychology (2008-2011).
Chris has been married to Pamela Diment-Flores, LMSW, for 37 years. He has two children, Austin Flores and Alexendria “Ali” Flores.
At age, 88 David Miller studied a new language and prepared for a religious experience he should have had at age 13, his Bar Mitzvah. A slow learner?
David Miller grew up in New York City, the youngest of six siblings, during the “Depression” years. At 91 years, David is the last of his immediate family and of the gang of his lifelong friends from the Lower East Side.
David’s connection to Flint began in 1945, when he met Eileen Goldenberg, who grew up in Flint. They married when he was about to finish his undergraduate work at Fordham University, in New York City.
In 1948, David & Eileen moved to Flint and he enrolled in the University of Michigan’s Graduate School of Social Work. David’s educational achievements include a B.S. Ed. (Fordham University, 1948) and an M.S.W. (U.M. Graduate School of Social Work, 1951). At age 45, while running a very large child protection agency, David went to law school at night. He holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Akron, School of Law (1975).
In addition to his degrees, David’s Licensure and Certifications include: the Academy of Certified Social Workers (Charter Member, 1967); admitted to the Practice of Law, (State of Ohio, 1976); Licensed Independent Social Worker (State of Ohio,1986); Certified Social Worker (State of Michigan, 1990).
David devoted his life’s work to the care and protection of abused, dependent and neglected children. His graduate training in Flint included placements at the Donald M. Whaley Home and the Michigan Children’s Aid Society.
After receiving his M.S.W., David worked at MCAS. He was invited by his former mentor, the former Executive Director of the Whaley Home, to join the staff of the public agency in Akron, Ohio.
David and Eileen moved to Ohio with their two children. David advanced through various positions at that agency. When the Executive Director retired, the position was opened to national competition. David won. He served as Executive Director of the Summit County Children’s Services Board and Children’s Home from 1975 – 1983.
After 25 years with that agency, David’s only plans were to retire there. What he did not know was that consultants for the “Child Welfare League of America” had given his name to a prestigious agency searching for a highly qualified executive. David well-knew and respected the work of that agency. He struggled with the idea of beginning again and with again uprooting Eileen but, with her support, he accepted the position of Executive Director of the “Jewish Children’s Bureau of Chicago”.
David served as the Executive Director of JCB from 1983 – 1987.
In 1987, due to Eileen’s health situation, David retired so he could meet her needs. They returned to Flint in 1988, where he has devoted himself to his wife, his congregation, and to community service.
David’s office walls at home are filled with his degrees and plaques recognizing his contributions to the public good, wherever he lived, including: ~~the “Child Care Association of Illinois”; ~~the “Public Children Services of Ohio”; ~~the “Council of Summit County, Ohio”; ~~the “Summit County Children’s Services Board” (1986); ~~the “Inaugural Peppy Rosenthal Human Services Award” (JFCS, 1997); ~~the “Certificate of Recognition”, Flint Executive Service Corps (1993) and subsequent recognition of his service on the FESC Board,1996); ~~Jewish Family & Children’s Services, in honor of his terms of service as Vice-President and for his service as the first Chairman of Russian Resettlement Program for six years, (1997).