Meet Our Volunteer Drivers
The Davies Project is powered by some fantastic members of the Greater Lansing community who have stepped up to provide critical transportation to children in need. Our team is made up of volunteer drivers as well as administrative volunteers. Read more about their stories below.
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Mary Jo joined The Davies Project in the spring of 2015 and serves as the Volunteer Recruiter and Coordinator. She is retired from the State of Michigan, having served the public there for over 25 years. She has 3 grown children, 8 grandchildren,1 great grandchild, and loves to quilt in her spare time.
Carolyn has been a driver for TDP since the summer of 2015. She is a retired nurse from the Michigan State University Department of Pediatrics. She has 2 grown children and enjoys traveling with her husband, quilting and gardening.
Deb joined The Davies Project in September of 2019. She is a retired elementary school librarian, with a love for books and kids! She volunteers weekly in her grandkids' classrooms and is also a volunteer librarian in her daughter's school. Deb is married to her high school sweetheart and has four children and eight grands!!
Ellen joined the Davies Project in 2019. She is a retired Secondary teacher of 40 years, and also volunteers at Christo Rey's Close closet twice a week. Two afternoons she tutors a second grader. She likes to play mahjong and bridge.
Fred joined TDP in the winter of 2016. He is a retired MSU faculty member where he worked for 35 years. In addition to his wife of almost 50 years, Fred has two sons and four grandchildren. He is enjoying his retirement with numerous hobbies and activities, including flying, golf and rebuilding a 1977 Corvette.
Heidi joined The Davies Project in early 2019 and serves as a volunteer driver. She is a retired teacher and for over 25 years worked in many educational settings including Head Start, elementary school, middle school, and special education. She has 2 grown children and 4 grandchildren. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, and learning.
Helen is a retired nurse. She previously worked at the MSU Hematology/Oncology Clinic and at the MSU primary care clinics, both at the Sparrow Professional building and at the Clinical Center. From her experience, she knows that transportation to medical appointments can be a significant barrier to receiving the care that a child needs. She is happy to volunteer her time to help with this great project.
Jackie joined The Davies Project in the spring of 2019 and lives in the Lansing area. She loves to cook, garden, and tend to her aquarium. She attends live theatre performances and occasionally appears in local community theatre. She also like to listens to classical, folk, and pre-70s rock music.
Jerry joined TDP in the fall of 2019. He has lived in the Tri-County Region for nearly 40 years, retiring from public service in local government. He and his wife have four children and 4 grandchildren. Jerry enjoys bicycling, golfing, and relaxing with family at their lake house in the summer.
Kathy J. grew up in Buffalo, New York, came to Michigan for college, and has been here ever since. She is recently retired from the Capital Area District Library. In addition to volunteering for The Davies Project, Kathy volunteers for Meals on Wheels, the Greater Lansing Food Bank, and Loaves and Fishes. Her hobbies include cooking (and eating!), running/walking, and yoga.
Larry is a retiree from the State of Michigan's Department of Natural Resources Forest Resources Division. He continues to be involved in Michigan forestry issues. He and his wife have two grown sons and one grandchild. Recently, Larry has been involved with his youngest son's wedding in China and plans for a marriage celebration here in Michigan. His hobbies include running and videotaping high school soccer games.
Mike B. became a volunteer driver with TDP in 2016. He is a retired professional serving in various capacities in the non profit sector. He was Executive Director of the Capital Area United Way and Executive Director of the American Red Cross in Genesee and Lapeer counties. He also served in local government. He has been married to Linda for 46 years and they have 5 children, along with five grandchildren. Mike is an avid runner and walker.
Mike N. is a retired high school social studies teacher and counselor. He enjoys a variety of activities from wood working and home improvements, to recently making a recumbent trike that he rode about 200 miles last year. Mike and his wife, a tai chi practitioner and instructor, enjoy traveling. They have one daughter and two granddaughters.
Nell has been driving for TDP since 2020, with a break during the pandemic. She is now driving again (2023). Nell is married and has two grown children. She is a retired state level lobbyist.
Patrice K began volunteering as a driver in 2017. She is retired, after a 16-year career with a local non-profit organization. Prior to that, she worked in various bank management positions for 20 years. She enjoys travel, theater, music, and volunteering.
Tanna is a mom of 4 and joined TDP in June 2015 as a Volunteer Driver. She has worked as a paralegal for private law firms since 1996
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