Board of Directors
Mrs. Henry has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2011. During her time on the board she has served on the Strategic Planning Committee, has been the Board Secretary, and has served as Board Treasurer for the last 6 years. Mrs. Henry has been employed for more than twelve years in the healthcare field with Blue Cross Network. She is an expert in the Blue Care Network system and leads product development for large and self-funded product initiatives.
Mrs. Henry is very active in the community spending time tutoring K-8 students in a Hype Athletics program. She is heavily involved at her church working with pre-kindergarten and kindergarten children.
Mrs. Henry is licensed with the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services. Mrs. Henry has a Master of Arts in Social Justice from Marygrove College in Detroit, MI; as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology Michigan State University.
Courtney Lockhart - Vice President
Courtney Lockhart is a loving mother of two and has spent over 10 years in the insurance industry at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Oakland University and a Master of Social Justice from Marygrove College. Her commitment to equity in education is apparent through the various positions that she holds within her community.
Mrs. Lockhart was appointed to the Board at Pace Academy in 2017. She also serves on the Board of Keith Institute, a 501c3 with a mission of supporting economic and educational inclusion. She has been an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated since 2004. She is a loyal, engaged, and dedicated advocate for equity in education with a focus on minority youth.
Ms. Bennett has served on the PACE Academy Board of Directors since 2013 and was elected as the Board President in 2015. She has also served as vice president and currently serves on the Board’s Finance Committee. Ms. Bennett graduated from Mercy College of Detroit with a Bachelor of Science in Finance and furthered her education at Walsh College of Accountancy and Business and is currently an Enrolled Agent licensed by the Internal Revenue Service. Ms. Bennett’s desire for public service and volunteering of her time afforded her the opportunity to serve as a founding Board Member and President of the Board of Directors for the Academy of Westland for over 15 years.
Ms. Bennett retired early from corporate America, after 20 years of service to TRW Inc., to invest her time and talents into her accounting and tax business, Bennett and Associates LLC, specializing in individual and small business accounting. Ms. Bennett has served her community in her church as Treasurer. She has also served in the VITA tax program, as an alternate IRS advocate, and in various other tax assistance initiatives.
Ms. Poole has served on the Board of Directors since 2017. Tina holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication, a Master’s in Education Leadership and Policy Studies, enhanced by a K-12 Administrators Certificate from Wayne State University and is currently pursuing an Education Specialist Certificate in Learning Design and Technology. She has worked in Higher Education for over 16 years.
Having a passion for education and diversity, Tina’s professional portfolio encompasses a broad spectrum of expertise, management, and leadership experience, inclusive of charter school management, higher education, donor relations, project management, research, grant writing, and non-profit sector. Tina has traveled nationally as a speaker and lecturer. She demonstrates efficacy in her work ethics and is known for dealing with sensitive matters with transparency, clarity, diplomacy, and integrity.
Deronda Dinkins, Member
Ms. Dinkins was appointed to the board in 2019. Ms. Dinkins is a Management Analyst for the Social Security Administration where she has been employed since 1995. She has held various leadership positions in her sorority and at her church. Ms. Dinkins also serves on the Board of BetterME Youth Enhancement Center, a nonprofit organization that offers various services and programs for children ages 7 through 17.
In addition, she owns DivaScript and co-owns 3D Sports Academy with her husband. She earned a B.A. degree in Business Administration from Lane College.
Ms. Webb has served on the Board of Directors since 2013. Her entire career has revolved around the field of education. Ms. Webb graduated from Miles College in Birmingham, Alabama with a B.S. degree in Home Economics with an Emphasis on Fashion Design. She began her career teaching high school in her hometown of Fairfield, Alabama, and in the Birmingham, Alabama school district. Ms. Webb moved to Detroit and worked in various education positions. She earned an Education Specialist Degree in Secondary Administration and Supervision as well as a Master’s Degree in Family and Consumer Resources, both from Wayne State University. She retired from the Detroit Board of Education in 2007 after serving for 43 years.
Ms. Webb gives her time to many organizations including serving as 2nd Vice President of the Mission Department at True Love Baptist Church; Vice President of the Detroit National Chapter of Miles College Alumni; member of National Board of Directors of Fairfield Industrial High School; member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc.; and a member of the American Vocational Association.