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Neal ShineThe Shining Light Regional Cooperation Awards are fittingly dedicated to, and named in honor of, the widely respected Neal Shine who promoted his love for Detroit and his vision for stronger ties among all metro communities during his 45-year career with the Detroit Free Press. Mr. Shine passed away in April of 2007.


The eigth annual Shining Light Regional Cooperation Awards recognized four regional heroes:

Monique Stanton
Monique Stanton, President & CEO, CARE of Southeastern Michigan, is the 2014 Dave Bing Future Leader Award honoree. Ms. Stanton was nominated by her Board as the perfect example of a regional leader. As CEO of CARE, Monique leads a staff of 75 employees and manages a $2.7 million budget. Monique Stanton
CARE’s 25,000 clients receive services ranging from substance abuse recovery and prevention services and mental health support to employee and youth assistance. She excels at fundraising and motivates others to engage in her projects and passions. Her state and governmental relationships have helped to positively influence policy and human service initiatives across the region and state. Monique has a special passion for regional collaboration. Since becoming CEO in 2012, CARE has expanded in scope and geography and made traditional Macomb County programs available across the region, including programs focused on peer recovery, employee assistance, Mental Health First Aid, and an added focus on fund development. Monique’s career, volunteerism, faith, and strong family ties are consistent. She holds a master’s degree from Marygrove College in social justice, and has worked with the poor and homeless from Portland, Oregon to rural Ireland to the Brightmoor community in Detroit. Monique resides in Wayne County, is headquartered in Macomb, volunteers across the region for St. Jude’s Research Hospital, and creates partnerships and collaborates across county lines on grant-writing and conference planning. She is young, dynamic and committed to serving the greater Detroit community and beyond.

Sheilah Clay
Sheilah Clay, President and CEO of Neighborhood Service Organization, is named the 2014 Eleanor Josaitis Unsung Hero Award honoree. Ms. Clay, a graduate of Spelman and Wayne State, joined NSO in 1996 and has been serving in her current role since 2000. Sheilah P. Clay
This $31 million nonprofit human service organization provides services in mental health, addiction treatment, crisis intervention, suicide and violence prevention, homelessness, early childhood education, youth leadership, workforce development, and more to individuals and families in Wayne and Oakland Counties. One of her major accomplishments has been spearheading the $52 million restoration of the former historic Michigan Bell Building into a permanent supportive housing facility for 155 formerly homeless adults and headquarters for the organization. With this development, NSO became a part of Focus: HOPE’s Hope Village neighborhood revitalization effort. A regional and national model of a public-private funding collaborative, tenants and clients of NSO receive services on-site, and many residents have gone back to school, are employed, and seeking treatment for their issues. Sheilah is President of the Farmington Board of Education, where she founded the African American Parent Network with the aim of closing the academic achievement and opportunity gap for African American Students. She also serves on the Boards of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago-Detroit Branch, Michigan League for Public Policy, and is immediate past chair of the Michigan Nonprofit Association (MNA), among numerous other volunteer commitments. She is a true visionary and an inspirational leader both for NSO and the larger nonprofit community.

Congressman John D. Dingell
Congressman John D. Dingell, U.S. House of Representatives is named a 2014 Neal Shine Award for Exemplary Regional Leadership honoree. Congressman John D. DingellMr. Dingell is the Dean of the House, the longest serving and one of the most effective members of Congress in history. He currently represents Michigan’s 12th district, which includes Dearborn – where he and his wife Debbie make their home – and parts of Wayne and Washtenaw counties. Throughout his career, he has also represented parts of Detroit, Monroe and Lenawee counties. He chaired the powerful Energy and Commerce Committee for 18 years, and is known as a tireless fighter for civil rights; healthcare; clean water; and protecting jobs, workers’ rights, and consumers. He is a champion of the auto industry and American manufacturing. He cares deeply about the Great Lakes, conservation, and the environment, himself an avid outdoorsman, and authored the Endangered Species Act, the 1990 Clean Air Act, and legislation to build North America’s first international wildlife refuge in our own backyard along the Detroit River. He received Bachelor’s and Law degrees at Georgetown University, served in the United States Army, and began his career in the House of Representatives as a Page in 1938. He is retiring at the end of this year, completing 59 years of service which began in 1955 when he won a special election to succeed his late father. He was reelected 29 times, has cast more than 25,000 votes in the House Chamber, and has served with 11 presidents – from Eisenhower to Obama. A great believer in bi-partisan cooperation and working across the aisle, upon the announcement of his retirement he took the occasion to promote these closely held values. “Congress means coming together, the great coming together of the American people,” he said. “Compromise is an honorable word.” Congressman Dingell is a revered leader who has dedicated his life to public service and the people of our region and state.

Senator Carl M. Levin
Senator Carl Levin, United States Senate, is named a 2014 Neal Shine Award for Exemplary Regional Leadership honoree. Senator Carl M. LevinSenator Levin has often been described as the “Conscience of the Senate.” Mr. Levin comes from a family of public servants and began his career as general counsel of the Michigan Civil Rights Commission in 1964. He was elected to the Detroit City Council in 1969 and served there for nine years. His home is in Detroit with his wife Barbara. They have three daughters and six grandchildren. He ran for U.S. Senate in 1978 and was reelected five times. His top priority has been the economic well-being of Michigan families. He has been a consistent voice for support of American manufacturing, believing it is the backbone of Michigan’s and the nation’s economy. He Chaired the Senate Armed Services Committee and has maintained a strong focus on taking care of the men and women of our military and their families, fighting for pay raises and better care and treatment of wounded troops. He has worked to clean up and protect the Great Lakes. He holds degrees from Swarthmore College and Harvard Law School, and his legal background is evident in his tough, vigilant oversight of government and the private sector. The hallmarks of Senator Levin’s career are speaking up for working families, holding powerful institutions accountable, and working to build an America that lives up to the ideals of its founders. He is one of the nation’s most respected experts on national security, a powerful voice for equality and justice, and a fighter for economic fairness. He is a principled leader who has worked across the aisle with any and all willing partners to find fair bi-partisan solutions to achieve the greater good for the people of Michigan and our country.

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