MEET OUR BOARD MEMBERS
President and CEO of Shape Corp, Mark White calls Western Michigan University his alma mater where he received his bachelor's in business administration and later earned his master's in business administration from Michigan State University. Mark has prior experience working at Dow Chemical and General Electric Co. before joining Shape, leading to his current leadership role. In his spare time, Mark enjoys hiking, paddle boarding, playing golf and fly fishing.
Danielle Smith studied at Michigan State University where she obtained her bachelor's degree in political economy and a master's degree in labor and industrial relations. Her past work experience includes Honeywell developing human resources leadership development programs; Accenture driving global change management; leading her to Shape Corp., where she is the Vice President of Human Resources. Outside of Shape, Danielle enjoys spending time with her family, exploring the outdoors and running triathlons.
Catherine Persoon studied at Grand Valley State University where she obtained her bachelor's degree in communications and a master's degree in higher education and student affairs leadership. Catherine has previous experience from Grinnell College, in addition to consulting for start-up, fortune 100 and tech companies. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, water sports, travel, arts and being with her family and friends.
A graduate of Michigan State University with a Masters of Science in management, strategy and leadership, a bachelors of business from Cornerstone, along with undergraduate studies in social work from Valparaiso University. Robyn has prior experience working with Meijer as their diversity & inclusion manager, she has served as a board member of the Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance, and is the first director of diversity, equity and inclusion for Ottawa County. In her free time, Robyn enjoys philanthropy, international travel and origin stories
Isabel is a graduate of Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León in Mexico with a Bachelor of Science in business administration along with a Masters of Science in strategy, management and leadership from Michigan State University. She has experience at Steelcase as the director of global talent management as well as the managing director of the global business center in Monterrey, Mexico. In her spare time, Isabel enjoys reading and spending time with her husband and two kids.
Dr. Dale K. Nesbary
Dr. Nesbary earned his bachelor's degree at Michigan State University, master's in public administration at Western Michigan University and earned his Ph.D. in law, policy and society at Northeastern University. He has prior experience with the City of Boston and the Boston Police Department along with Oakland University and Adrian College. Currently Dr. Nesbary is the president of Muskegon Community College. In his spare time, he enjoys baking bread, making jams and playing the trombone.
James Duncan III
James Duncan hails from Muskegon where he is an experienced autonomous production team leader with more than 21 years at Shape. He shows interest in building on Shape's commitment to diversity and inclusion in order to keep progressing together.
Dewayne graduated from Tennessee Technological University with a Bachelors of Science in medical engineering. He has experience at Shape's Athens, Alabama facility as a quality engineer and is the founder of a local chapter of LGBTQ business partnering group. In his spare time, Dewayne enjoys spending time with his son, collecting lego sets and watching HGTV.
Emily is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Arts in economics. Currently, Emily is an account financial manager for Shape and has been in the automotive industry for 6 years. In her spare time, Emily enjoys birdwatching, cycling, drawing, and playing guitar.
Brad is a graduate of Kettering University with a Bachelor of Science in Management. He has past experience with VanDuinen Builders LLC, Dana Corporation and currently at Shape as a senior purchasing manager. In his spare time, Brad is a member of the Pentwater fire department, spends times with his family and enjoys sports.
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THE IMPORTANCE OF THE IAB
“I think people fear or mock things that they do not understand. I am guilty of those thoughts/actions as well. My past has provided me with an empathetic heart and a sense of purpose for speaking out for change. The key to understanding differences is to start a conversation…and the IAB is Shape’s conversation for change. I am Thankful for this opportunity and hope that I can make difference with Shape to improve the conversation.” – Dewayne Coffey
“The relationship between business and community is tied together by talent. Business recruits and community retains. But no matter how you define talent, they are always people first. I joined Shape’s IAB board because they care deeply about the people they lead as well as those they serve. Shape understands that people are richly diverse. It is the recognition of that diversity that strengthens us all to become better Thinkers, Believers and Doers. As the company makes this a priority in our business and community, I look forward to shaping the opportunities that will impact us all.” – Robyn Afrik