School Board Members

Katie Robertson, Board Member
Katie Robertson is a teacher-educator at the University of Michigan. Since 1999, she has worked with students investigating the question: "What can I do within my sphere of influence to create a caring, compassionate, and connected community of learners that supports ALL students and that contributes to the evolution of a more equitable and just society?" Katie is the co-founder and co-director or Wholemindesign, a non-profit organization whose mission is to create a learning environment for educators that engages them as wholeminded, wholehearted designers and supports the evolution of their practice to impact students’ lives with renewed purpose, hope, and joy. Katie is joining the Boggs School Board with a deep respect for the founders, administrators, teachers, families, and students that make up the school community as well as a desire to support the school so it can fulfill its important mission in the world. She holds a bachelor's degree in studio art and art history from Oberlin College and a master's degree in Curriculum and Teacher Education from Stanford University and K-8/K-12 teaching certification.  She spent 7 years in elementary classrooms before beginning her work as a teacher-educator.
Lurdes Arambula, Board Member
Lurdes has lived, studied, and worked in the city of Detroit since the time her family moved here when she was six.  Her two oldest children have attended the Boggs School since 2015 (with two more joining them soon). After graduating from Southwestern High School, she studied at the University of Detroit Mercy and Wayne State University.  She is involved in various volunteer activities around the city, including with Gleaners Food Bank and Keep Growing Detroit. After working full-time since she was a teenager, she is currently tasked with her most challenging and most rewarding work: managing a household of six. She is committed to the mission of the Boggs School, most especially the power of diversity and the importance of community.
Lumas Helaire, Board President
Lumas is a positive youth development practitioner working to empower adolescents and young adults through mentoring programs, projects, and workshops aimed at personal, social and academic growth. He specializes in two areas: curriculum design and development and academic coaching. He received his bachelor's degree in Psychology with Honors from Morehouse College, where he was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate, and his master's degree in Developmental Psychology and PhD in Education and Psychology from the University of Michigan. Lumas works as an Associate Director for the Office of Academic and Multicultural Initiatives (OAMI) at the University of Michigan, directs the college preparatory program GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs), and coordinates the University's annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Symposium. Lumas is also co-creator of the THREADS (Truth Honor Respect Education And Development of Self) mentoring program, which currently has sites at Horizons Upward Bound (HUB) program at Cranbrook and Brick Academy in Newark, New Jersey. Most recently, he began Lumas Solutions, LLC, a consulting company with a vision to transform public education and a mission to train students in achieving academic excellence. Lumas is a founding member of the Boggs School Board.
Patrick Crouch, Board Vice President
Patrick found his true calling in organic agriculture after graduating with a fine arts degree. Patrick has been with Earthworks Urban Farm/Capuchin Soup Kitchen since 2004. As Program Manager, Patrick oversees all programs, staff, and interns. He directly oversees the farm, greenhouse, and apiary and teaches monthly working lessons. He has been teaching urban gardening classes for the last eight years and assisted in the writing and development of the Urban Roots program, a community gardening training program. Patrick assisted in the development of a nine-month adult education program, the Earthworks Agriculture Training Program, and teaches many of the classes for it. Patrick’s commitment to working for safe food for all Detroiters is an asset to our principles of sustainable living as well as social justice issues facing our community. He is currently working toward a master's degree in Urban Planning. Patrick is a founding member of the Boggs School Board. His six-year-old son attends the Boggs School.
Soh Suzuki, Board Treasurer
Sohwas introduced to Detroit’s grassroots community organizing initiatives through the planning of the twentieth-year remembrance of Vincent Chin’s murder and then working with Detroit Summer to create a community-based mural in Chinatown.  He resided at the Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership in his earlier years in Detroit, where he interacted with various organizations and individuals making differences in the city and beyond.  He co-founded Detroit Asian Youth Project and has also been involved in APIA Vote-Michigan, Japanese American Citizens League, and Ladybug Studios.  Soh graduated from Michigan State University with BFA in Studio Art, BA in Interdisciplinary Humanities, and Specialization in Museum Studies.  He currently works at Avalon International Breads. Soh is a founding member of the Boggs School Board.
Thomas Nikundiwe, Board Member
Thomas identifies as a father, educator, and organizer. Born in Tanzania and raised in Lansing, Michigan, he studied mathematics and education at Michigan State University and went on to teach secondary mathematics in the Baltimore City Public School System. After four years in Baltimore, Thomas served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uganda, training primary school teachers. There, he adopted his first son, Izaac. Thomas then returned to Baltimore to work as a Math Literacy Youth Organizer for the Baltimore Algebra Project. Convinced of the power and promise of organizing as a tool for personal, institutional, and community transformation, Thomas decided to further study youth and community organizing at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he earned a Doctorate in Education. Thomas had his second son, Akenna, while in the Boston area. Thomas now lives in Detroit with his partner and two boys, where he serves as the Executive Director of the Education for Liberation Network. His younger son is a student at the Boggs School.