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.
Peter Toogood, Ph.D. | President, Governance Committee
Peter Toogood is a medicinal chemist and currently the Senior Vice President of Chemistry at Lycera. Originally from England, Peter previously worked for the University of Michigan and Pfizer in Ann Arbor. He is a graduate of Imperial College, London and conducted post-doctoral studies in chemistry at Harvard University. His association with Allen Creek began when his son attended senior preschool and the fives class. Peter, and his wife benefited tremendously from the educational experience and community offered by Allen Creek, and their son flourished as a student and artist. The family lives in Ann Arbor and enjoys music, tennis and traveling.
Mike Robins | Vice President, Finance Committee
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.
David Lowenschuss | Secretary
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 Presschool, and is honored to have been invited to join the Board.
Alexa Thomas | Treasurer
Jamey Amrine | Board Member, Development Committee (Chair)
Jamey graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1998. Since graduating, he has worked for Altair Engineering, and more recently for its subsidiary, TOGGLED, in Troy, MI. Jamey has worked in the design and release of products ranging from military semi-trailers to LED lighting. Jamey is an Allen Creek alumni parent, where his son and daughter attended. Jamey and his wife live in Ann Arbor.
Meredith Hill DO | Board Member, Development Committee
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.
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.