Who We Are

We love Detroit, so we are investing in it.

If you are interested in becoming a trustee, email detroit@awesomefoundation.org and introduce yourself. Attend monthly meetings, vote on projects, contribute the $100/month, and be the voice of Awesome Detroit.



Marc Hudson


Marc Hudson is Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Rocket Fiber, a game-changing Detroit-based company launching a high-speed Internet service that’s up to 100 times faster than the current residential average.  Rocket Fiber is going to put Detroit among only a handful of cities in the country with this type of Internet.

Prior to Rocket Fiber, Marc was a User Interface Engineer with Quicken Loans where he designed and built software that managed complex data sets used by the Capital Markets team.


Amanda Lewan


Amanda Lewan is an entrepreneur and award-winning writer. She is Co-founder of Bamboo Detroit, the city's largest co-working community. She is Founder and Editor of Michipreneur, a regional digital publication on entrepreneurship and innovation.

Amanda is inspired to build inclusive creative communities. She received a Bachelor's in Professional Writing from Michigan State University and a Master's in English from Wayne State University.


Ellen Lyle


Ellen is the owner of Pink Elephant Products. Pink Elephant Products is a community-driven company that provides clean products for whole house and body.  They handcraft cosmetics, cleaning, garden, and personal care products and carry organic, undiluted essential oils and clean living accessories - all which reduce your carbon footprint.  Their products are free of synthetic fragrances, artificial colors, hormone disruptors, phthalates, and parabens. Ellen is a very active supporter of entrepreneurship and community.


Thane Richard


Thane Richard re-started the Detroit chapter of the Awesome Foundation in late 2016. Thane is a Data Journalist at StockX, which means he writes both prose and code. He also teaches High School Marine Science in the Fall aboard the schooner Roseway with the World Ocean School and Proctor Academy.


Michelle Srbinovich


Michelle Srbinovich leads WDET 101.9FM, Detroit’s NPR affiliate, at Wayne State University. She is currently the youngest general manager of a major market public radio station. Michelle has earned national recognition for her commitment to diversity, innovation, community engagement and the development of new audiences for public media. A lifelong resident of Metro Detroit and a catalyst for change, Michelle co-founded the Detroit chapter of Girl Develop It and the Belle Isle Conservancy's Emerging Patrons Council. She is also a founding member of the United Way of Southeast Michigan’s Emerging Philanthropists.  She enjoys traveling, reading, binge watching, Balkan folk music, and dancing with her cat. 

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Paul Thomas


Paul Thomas, MD practices family medicine via Plum Health DPC, the first Direct Primary Care clinic in Detroit and Wayne County. He's a graduate of Wayne State University School of Medicine in 2013 and a regular volunteer at Cass Clinic and the Student Run Free Clinic. 

Steven Halmaghi


Steven Halmaghi is a Senior Customer Success Manager at Duo Security, a cybersecurity company in Ann Arbor. He is a first generation Romanian-American who enjoys traveling, hiking, skiing, nature, photography, and giving tours of Detroit. 

Steven attended the University of Michigan where he studied Economics.

Charlie Wollborg


Charlie is an entrepreneur, creative director, author and speaker. He opened the doors at Curve Detroit Marketing Strategy & Creative Design after being thrown out of several well-respected ad agencies.

Charlie is also the co-founder of Moka Boka, a new subscription box delivering one-of-a-kind stories and adventures to kids. Along with a handful of cool friends, he produces the TEDxDetroit  conference.

Justin Wedes


Justin Wedes is a community activist and entrepreneur. He is the Founder and CEO of The Liberati Group, a digital marketing firm for budding startups and community organizations. In his (fleeting) spare time, Justin enjoys biking, running, chess, and playing the ’77 Fender Rhodes stage piano to his heart’s delight.