Allen Creek Preschool is a nonprofit, governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. The Board is charged with nurturing the mission of the school and ensuring the school's long-term sustainability. The Board hires an Executive Director, who manages the day to day operations of the school.
The Board is instrumental in coordinating financial operations, marketing, development, and long-range planning, and recruits members from within the SE Michigan psychoanalytic community, from alumni parents, and from the business community.
David Lowenschuss | President
Dave is co-founder, and serves as Chief Legal Officer of Gemphire Therapeutics Inc. From 2008 to the present Dave has had a private legal practice (David H. Lowenschuss PLC) where he acts as counsel to a number of life science companies. Dave also co-founded Michigan Life Ventures, LLC and currently serves as its Chief Legal Manager. Dave served as a Corporate Counsel and later Michigan Legal Site Head at Pfizer, a public biopharmaceutical company, from 2004 to 2008. Prior to joining Pfizer, from 2001 to 2004, Mr. Lowenschuss was in-house counsel at Esperion Therapeutics, Inc. Mr. Loenschuss has lectured at the University of Michigan on various topics including historical perspectives on human subject research and also serves as a moot court judge at the University of Michigan Law School. He holds a J.D. from George Washington University and an M.U.P. and B.A. from the University of Michigan. He is admitted to Practice Law in Michigan. Mr. Lowenschuss has had three of his children attend and flourish at Allen Creek Preschool, and is honored to have been invited to join the Board.
Meredith Hill DO | Vice President
Meredith is an Emergency Medicine Physician at Henry Ford Wyandotte and Brownstown and has served as Medical Director at the Brownstown Emergency Department since 2015. She is originally from Northeast Pennsylvania and attended Lafayette College as an undergraduate and was awarded a B.S. in Biology. She worked for several years at Esperion Therapeutics, a biotech company in Ann Arbor researching novel HDL therapies. She later attended medical school at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her residency training through the Henry Ford Health System. She is married to Knut Hill and has two beautiful boys, who are Allen Creek alumni. Meredith is so grateful for the positive and formative start Allen Creek provided to her children, that when she was asked to join the board, felt it was the perfect way to give back to the school who gave her family so much.
Mike Robins | Treasurer
Mike Robins is the owner of ShutterBooth, a local industry leader that provides photo booths for special events. Originally from Chicago, Mike earned a B.A. in Cinema and Photography from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and a M.B.A. from the Keller Graduate School of Management. Before ShutterBooth, Mike worked as both a professional filmmaker and IT consultant for 15 years. In addition, he co-authored Welcome to Our World: Realities of High School Students (Corwin Press, 1998), a collection of student ethnographies that encourage school administrators to include the student perspective when creating course curriculum. Mike and his wife Sara live in Ann Arbor with their two children, both alumni of Allen Creek.
Deborah Tucker LMSW | Board Member
Deborah received her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan. She is also a graduate of the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute. Deborah is in private practice in West Bloomfield where she provides
psychoanalysis and psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and adults. She works closely with parents on parenting guidance. Deborah is a member of the faculty of the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute where she teaches child development courses and psychoanalytic technique. She has been a family consultant at the Walnut Lake Preschool for six years. Earlier in her career Deborah was a special education teacher consultant for Oakland Schools in Waterford, Michigan. She helped hospitalized and homebound children keep up in school by teaching them their academic subjects. The emotional health of these children and their parents was emphasized and promoted.
Will Purves | Board Member
Will’s career encompasses a series of overlapping worlds: non-profit management, teaching, school administration, teacher education, game design, writing & editing, non-profit consulting, carpentry, and work with hundreds of students planning and thinking about their future. He moved to SE Michigan in 1992 after living and working in Colorado, New Hampshire, and Wisconsin, earning degrees at various levels in Anthropology, Geography, Urban Planning, and Gaming & Simulation Design. Much of his work in Ann Arbor was focused on education: Assistant Head at Emerson School, Head of School at Summers Knoll, and consultant to Honey Creek, Daycroft, and other institutions. Most recently he served as Director of Allen Creek Preschool for five years. He was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa in 2000, and has steadily lost vision since. Besides working as Director of Planning and Program Development at the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living (AACIL), he often can be found writing poetry, making and playing games, spending time with his family, and tending backyard chickens.
Lindsay Groth | Board Member
Lindsay is the marketing director for a large software company in Ann Arbor, having worked with Fortune 500 brands in B2B, B2C and non-profit environments. Lindsay holds an M.B.A. from Wayne State University and a B.S.B.A. from Central Michigan University double majoring in Marketing and Logistics. She is active in the Ann Arbor community serving as a board member for local non-profits, including Allen Creek Preschool. In her free time, she loves to travel, spend time with her family and attend Michigan women’s athletics events.
Mary Hohmann | Board Member
Mary was a member of the Early Childhood department at the High/Scope Educational Research Foundation from 1970-2007 filing a variety of roles including editor, writer, preschool teacher, curriculum developer, trainer, and senior consultant. She worked with teachers, trainers, and classrooms across the country, Norway, Portugal, Finland, and the UK. She and her husband also served as program directors at High/Scope camp, an 8-week residential summer arts and sciences program for teens ages 12-17 in SE Washtenaw County. In their spare time they managed and maintained a small farm which they still enjoy. Born and raised in New York, she received her BA in English from Oberlin College. She was so very happy to see her grandson thrive at Allen Creek and is honored and excited to be asked to serve on the Board of a preschool with a dedicated staff grounded in knowledge of human and child development.
Meghan Wernimont | Ex Officio
Meghan has taught in a variety of preschool settings, including many years at Allen Creek, a special education inclusion classroom in Colorado, and a wonderful cooperative nursery school in Chicago. She holds a bachelor's degree from Marquette University in Milwaukee, a Master of Science degree in Speech/Language Pathology from Purdue University, and is a licensed Speech/Language Pathologist. Meghan is deeply committed to the mission and vision of Allen Creek, which is to support the healthy growth of children and families in our community. Much of her spare time is happily spent with her family, reading, or playing sports.