Jerry Burton is an Imerman Angels mentor from West Bloomfield, Michigan. He and his wife Nancy joined IA after their son Michael, a highly esteemed Harvard grad, died of lung cancer at age 26 in October 2014. Jerry and Nancy wanted to find some purpose from their loss and have found that purpose with IA. They are both members of the Michigan IA board of directors.
Jerry is an advertising executive for Commonwealth//McCann in Detroit and an automotive historian who has authored three books including Zora Arkus-Duntov, the Legend Behind Corvette, Corvette: America’s Sports Car, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, and 100 Years of Chevrolet.
Burton is a member of National Corvette Museum Hall of Fame after being inducted in 2014. He’s also the author of the Heartbeat of America theme line for Chevrolet in the mid 1980s.
Jerry is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and holds a Masters in Telecommunications and Film from San Diego State.
Joan is president of B Frank Communications. She is well known for fresh ideas, energy, integrity and keen ability to garner stories that make clients stand out. Thanks to a keen ability to determine what’s truly newsworthy, she has become the go-to for many clients and media contacts in Southeast Michigan.
Joan has secured an extensive, diversified client base to B Frank Communications, ranging from high-end retailers to health care and financial institutions. These include Wendy’s, Rock Financial, The Michigan State Fair and Hall & Hunters Realtors. With more than 30 years in the world of advertising and PR, she has developed relationships that enable her to create success for clients.
Joan started her career with a focus on special events such as the Detroit Grand Prix and the Montreux Jazz Festival. She worked for various agencies around town and before opening her own business over 20 years ago.
Her varied background boasts a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Boston University and masters with a focus on health promotion from the University of Michigan.
Joan lives in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and is the mother of three– two human children and one of the fuzzy kind.
Meg is a producer and account manager at o2 Creative Solutions, an experience design firm in Royal Oak, Michigan. Prior to o2, Meg managed enterprise digital strategy and solutions development, including design and program management, on behalf of a number of leading corporations. A graduate of Knox College (Galesburg, IL) with a B.A. in Theatre and Dance, Meg previously held roles in theatre production, development, marketing and event management.
As a Hogdkin’s Lymphoma survivor, Meg was an early Mentor Angel and is honored to serve on the Michigan board and as an Ambassador for Imerman Angels.
Michael is currently working on his master’s degree in human physiology at Wayne State University and is a 2013 graduate of Kalamazoo College, where he earned degrees in biology and mathematics. Having just applied to medical schools for the 2017 matriculating class, he has aspirations to become a physician that is able to demonstrate compassion as well as make decisions with integrity, all while improving the quality of life that a person exhibits. While attending Kalamazoo College, Michael was a laboratory technician at Bronson Methodist Hospital and has worked for the past two years as a nursing assistant at the Behavioral Center of Michigan, an acute inpatient mental health hospital. His clinical exposure has had a profound influence on a potential career in medicine, and he hopes to translate his knowledge to Imerman Angels to help bolster its support and reach to individuals in the fight against cancer.
Nancy Burton is an Imerman Angels mentor from West Bloomfield, Mich., a suburb of Detroit. She and her husband Jerry joined IA after losing their son Michael at age 26 to Stage IV lung cancer. Michael had never smoked, but carried a genetic mutation called ROS1 and managed to fight off the disease for three and a half years.
After graduating from the University of Michigan with a degree in architecture, Michael attended the Graduate School of Design at Harvard. He had just graduated with a Masters in Architecture from Harvard University in June 2014, before he died later that year in October. His Masters project turned out to be a legacy project for the University.
Nancy has enjoyed a successful career as an Intensive Care Unit R.N., for Providence Hospital and Henry Ford Hospital. She also severed as a Cardiac Rehab Nurse for Henry Ford and the University of Michigan Hospital.
Nancy is also a tri-athlete who competed in two Detroit Free Press marathons and the first short-distance triathlon in Michigan in 1983 held in Brighton. She is also a health educator with experience speaking in front of large corporations and community groups on subjects such as exercise, relaxation, meditation and healthy lifestyles. She has also worked as personal trainer for many years, especially for those with disabilities.
After Michael was born in 1988, Nancy devoted much of her life to him while carefully balancing her career and her family.
Nancy holds a Masters in Exercise Physiology from Wayne State University in 1987 and a Nursing and Psychology degree from Belmont College in 1978.
Dawn E. Webb is the CEO, Artist Curator and Lead Organizing Specialist behind First Impressions Events & Entertainment, LLC. She began the company in 2010 as an event planning provider organizing specialty entertainment features and shows for corporate clientele. Upon demand, in 2014, she expanded the company to also offer artist curation and managing services in addition to event organizing services to individuals and businesses alike.
Dawn, who is affectionately known as Ms. Webb, obtained her BS in Business Management Degree from the University of Phoenix. She leveraged it and personal service experience to propel her while serving as a Human Resources Generalist for over 20 years. Her tenure is segmented in leadership as she has an adept knowledge for processes having managed for several industries including Hospitality, Health Care, and Engineering. Having a flair for effortlessly managing the intricate details in schematics, Dawn has been instrumental in streamlining logistics protocols for one of the nation’s leading learning associations for Human Resource development.
With poise and character like none other, Dawn has developed a unique coaching arm officiating her comprehensive Artist Curation Program. She’s worked with Musicians, Singers and Performers including 3-time Detroit Music Award winner, Jazz Singer Nicole “Sky” Covington, Drummer Gayelynn McKinney, of the All-Female Jazz Band Straight Ahead and her band, The McKinney Zone as well as Bassist, Mr. International Ralphe Armstrong, who has played for some of musics biggest names like Carlos Santana, Stanley Clark and the master himself, Miles Davis. The company has contracted supporting talent for several artists such as Duane Parham, Higher Vibe, Straight Ahead, Marqueal Jordan, saxophonist and vocalist for Brian Culbertson, Nathan Mitchell, Soulful Jazz, Funk, R&B, Contemporary, Neo-Soul, Christian/ Gospel Jazz Vocalist and Multi-Instrumentalist, Trumpeter Lin Rountree, and most recently signed Besnik Yzeiri, Viola/Violin-Acoustic/Electric Performer.
While FIEE primarily represents artists whose contribution is Jazz, R&B, and Neo Soul, the company has worked well with those who are independently published. FIEE is a member of the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada and a contributory member of the National Association of Black Females in Music and Entertainment.
Robert graduated from Wayne State University Law School in May 2016 after earning a degree in political science from the University of Michigan in May 2013. While attending the University of Michigan, Robert was a member of the rowing team, during which time the team won four straight ACRA National Championships. Robert currently works in a multifaceted role at Behavioral Care Solutions, LLC, which provides mental health services to seniors in long term care facilities. While in his current role, Robert has overseen major overhauls in the education, technical, logistic, and in-house counsel departments. Pending licensure, Robert will be transitioning to a more permanent role in the in-house counsel department at Behavioral Care Solutions, LLC.