Our Officers…

Donyale Stephen-Atara, Board  Chair

Donyale Stephen-Atara is a Human Resource professional and social and political activist. Ms. Stephen-Atara has over 25 years experience in local government including service as Assistant Ombudsman for the City of Detroit and Deputy City Ombudsperson. She is a retired Deputy Director of the Department of Human Resources for the County of Wayne, and former Chair of the Wayne County Head Start Governing Board. Donyale Stephen-Atara is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She is a past Chair and Secretary and National Board member of the National Congress of Black Women-Greater Detroit Chapter. Donyale previously served on Just Speak’s advisory board and as vice chair before assuming the role as chairperson.


Candace Cooper, Esq.  Board Vice Chair

Candace Cooper is an attorney formerly practicing corporate law for KMart, and Toyota. Ms. Cooper gained considerable board experience as a school board member for five years in Bangkok, Thailand, and Shanghai, China. Her experience included governance, strategic planning,  restructuring, and advising on legal issues and compliance. Candace Cooper’s professional skills coupled with her willingness to serve as an ambassador for Just Speak is a welcomed asset to our Board of Directors. Ms. Cooper is a member of Jack & Jill of America-North Oakland/Macomb Chapter, and Delta Sigma Theta, Inc.

Ashley Quinn, Board Treasurer 

Ashley Quinn is a clinical therapist with extensive nonprofit experience. Ashley is committed to children and youth having worked in both foster care and child care industries as a professional. Ms. Quinn also has a experience in financial management, and is dedicated to the fiscal responsibility of Just Speak as the organization continues to serve youth in the Detroit community. .

TBD, Board Secretary 

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