Nov. 13, 2014, Dearborn, Mich. — The Henry Ford College (HFC) Foundation Board of Directors appointed two new members for three-year terms beginning Dec. 11: Jacqueline Lovejoy and Abe A. Munfakh.
“We are very honored to have these two gifted individuals join the Foundation Board of Directors. They bring a very unique perspective and years of experience that will – no doubt – benefit the Foundation and the College as a whole in the long run,” said A. Reginald Best, vice president of Development.
Lovejoy, of Beverly Hills, is currently the president of the Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce. Prior to her appointment at the Chamber, she worked at Davenport University in Dearborn for 15 years. She is a 1988 alumna of Wayne State University (WSU) in Detroit, where she earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology, a member of the Dearborn Optimist Club, as well as a board member of the West Dearborn Downtown Development Authority (WDDDA), the Dearborn Education Foundation and the Friends for the Dearborn Animal Shelter.
“After working for 15 years at Davenport, education has always been near and dear to my heart. I’m honored to be a part of the HFC Foundation Board of Directors. After working in higher education and seeing the transformation from student to valued employee, I know the good work we do in Southeast Michigan. As the president of the Chamber, I recognize the enormous contribution our educational system provides to our local work force. I know HFC is not only a premier educational institution, it is also a key resource for the entire community. I look forward to having a positive impact as we move forward – Future Driven!” said Lovejoy.
Munfakh, of Plymouth, is chairman of the Arab American and Chaldean Council (ACC) in Lathrup Village, where he was recently reelected for a third three-year term. For more than 30 years, Munfakh worked for Ayres, Lewis, Norris & May, Inc., an engineering and planning company in Ann Arbor, eventually serving as president. After that firm was sold in 2003, he founded the engineering firm Munfakh & Associates, LLC in Plymouth, where he is president and CEO.
A registered professional engineer in Michigan, Indiana and Louisiana, Munfakh holds an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA and a graduate degree in Civil Engineering and Management from The University of Michigan. He has served as president of the Schoolcraft College Foundation Board in Livonia, as well as served on the Plymouth Chamber of Commerce, Northville Chamber of Commerce, the Michigan Board of Professional Engineers, the Michigan Board of Architects, among many other community and political organizations.
“I am very interested in advancing higher education for all Michigan students, especially for those in Middle Eastern communities. As a civil engineer and businessman in Michigan for many years, I am keenly interested in helping young people obtain greatness and achieve their higher education goals. HFC provides a great service to students who would otherwise not be able to proceed with education beyond high school,” said Munfakh.
The HFC Foundation was established in 1982 as a tax-exempt organization for the explicit purpose of raising funds in support of the College’s mission of providing affordable and accessible educational opportunities to area students and residents. The Foundation is led by a voluntary board of directors comprised of area business, labor and community leaders who share a passion for quality education for all. For more information about the Foundation, please visit https://foundation.hfcc.edu/.