Board of Directors
Executive Director, Founder & Mother of Maurice
As Executive Director, she is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the organization. Before creating this foundation, Petrina worked for over 20 years in the financial sector and has worked with credit unions, mortgage companies and banks. Her latest position was serving as an Administrative Assistant to the Senior Vice President of the Michigan Credit Union League. Her other positions included being a Mortgage Processor, Credit Card Member Service Rep, Collection Representative and Front Desk Service Representative/Teller.
She currently holds an Associate of Arts degree and is scheduled to complete her Bachelor’s degree in Community Development and Public Administration in 2017. In addition, Petrina’s has several years of experience volunteering and working directly with low income and disadvantaged youths and also working with both adults and children with special needs.
Katrina Walton is a ATI Office Manager. Katrina enjoys being a mother to her 3 year old daughter and dedicated wife. During, her free time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family. She has volunteered her time throughout the years with the Salvation Army and COTS serving the homeless adults and children.
Katrina graduated from University of Phoenix with an Associates Degree, certificate in medical records and in office administration. Being the President of this foundation, her goal is to serve the underprivileged youth by assisting them with the necessary skills and knowledge to help them grow and succeed.
Stacey Watson has served the community as an educator and mentor starting in Secondary Education since 2003, starting at Nataki Talibah Schoolhouse of Detroit as a seventh and eighth grade Social Studies teacher. In 2007, she continued to impact the youth at David Ellis Academy West in Redford, Michigan. Here is where she had the pleasure of teaching and forming a close bond with one of her students, Maurice Kirkwood. During this time Watson had already established a four-year mentoring program (D.E.E.V.A.S) where five young girls were handpicked to be mentored by her as well as leaders from the community in life skills, etiquette, college preparation and self-awareness. At the conclusion of the program she continued to mentor those same girls now ladies developing long-lasting relationships.
Watson continued to follow her passion in education by receiving her certification in Secondary Education in History at Madonna University, Bachelor's Degree from Central Michigan University and Master’s in History at Fort Valley State University. Watson lives by a two simple mottos; teach others to teach others and no dream is impossible except the one you do not live.
Jasmine Cardenas is a Treasury Finance Manager for Intel Corporation with over 10 years of finance experience in the Tech/Semiconductor Industry. She obtained her MBA with a concentration in Finance from California State University – Sacramento and a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from Michigan State University. Jasmine is also an active member with Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. – Sacramento Alumnae Chapter. She has a true passion for mentoring youth and giving back to her community
Creative Brand Strategist
As a Founding Partner and Sr. Creative Strategist of The Smith Anderson Group, he operates the daily the task of project management, customer service and sales also managing the creative process of projects from design to print and web. The Smith Anderson Group has serviced ministries, small to mid-sized businesses, entrepreneurs, educational institutions and have also contractually worked with advertising and marketing companies, event planners and entertainment promoters. Jason lends his creativity to The MACK Foundation for the purposes of brand advancement.
Jason also has a passion to serve the community and mentor the youth. He has volunteered as a mentor with The Midnight Golf Program for several years, creatively consults and serves with Cool Smart Incorporated and has served in the youth department at Dunamis Outreach Ministries for many years.
Jasmine McFarland is a Business Administrator for two business units of American Iron and Steel Institute. She is also a Freelance Writer and Editor and has ghostwritten over 100 short stories and poems. She has appeared in many poetry books as a writer, her most recent one being in 2017’s “Michigan’s Emerging Best Poets”. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in 2014 majoring in English – Creative Writing while minoring in Philosophy from University of Detroit Mercy. She will obtain her MBA, concentrating in Management and Information Systems Management, in the summer of 2019 from Wayne State University. During her free time, Jasmine teaches English to Chinese students.
Writer & Content Specialist
Community Relations Manager
Fund Development Manager