Board of Trustees

Bob McPherson, Chairman

Bob is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Crystal Home Health Care. In a health care career that spans more than 30 years, he has provided many healthcare services to the residents of the metro Detroit area. He founded CHHC and TMF to better serve many of the health, social and financial ills of his community.

A graduate of Hallmark Business Institute of Detroit, Bob co-founded a computer company that was a predecessor of CHHC in 1977. He is divorced and has four children and one grandchild.

Corey McPherson, Executive Director

Corey became Executive Director of The Modest Foundation in 2007 and immediately began changing the organization to focus on community partnerships and community impact. A high school football star, Corey believes success comes from having a simple game plan that all the players can follow and the outcome will be determined by who blocks and tackles the best, how many live can be changed and how the community is enhanced by those changes.

Corey was born and received his pre –college education in Bloomfield Hills, MI. He is currently on hiatus from Western Michigan University where he studied political science.

Crystal McPherson, Secretary, Treasurer and Special Events Coordinator

 Chairing the first Modest Awards in 2006, Crystal has been with the Modest Foundation since its inception.  As special events coordinator for Crystal Home HealthCare and the Modest Foundation, Crystal has coordinated more than twenty special events benefiting the Foundation. 

Her greatest accomplishment to date with the Foundation occurred in 2007 with the beginning of Project Maryam, a fundraiser conducted through a partnership with her childhood friend, Hebba Aref, also a Bloomfield Hills Native.  Through their partnership on Project Maryam, they were able to raise more than 1000 articles of clothing in addition to strollers, car seats, toys, bouncers, diaper bags, diapers & wipes, baby food, baby formula and monetary donations.  The efforts of Project Maryam benefited more than two hundred participants in the Maternal-Infant Health Program through Crystal Home HealthCare. 

Crystal is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelor of Business Administration.  While there, she found herself on the Deans List for multiple semesters and is currently considering graduate school to continue her education in the business arena.

Donna Sykes

Dr. George Evans – George Evans is a Doctor of Osteopathy for the Detroit Medical Center as well as owner of Elmwood Medical Park.  Dr. Evans has studied both traditional western medicine and Eastern medicine, specializing in acupuncture and holistic healing. 

Candace McPherson – Candace McPherson is currently a 3rd year law student at the University of DePaul focusing on Intellectual Property law.  Since the Modest Foundation started Candace has played a vital role  in reaching out to minority groups to participate in clothing drives and planning events.

Mary "Toni" Flowers,

Ms. Flowers is a nurse and a medical anthropologist, employed at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital as the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer. Her interests lie in the areas of health & health care disparities, health policy, community-based participatory research and women’s health issues. Ms. Flowers has over 20 years of health care experience and also serves in various roles including as a cultural specialist and national speaker for Pfizer and Glaxo Smith Kline Pharmaceuticals. She earned her nursing degree from Wayne County Community College and a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from Wayne State University. She recently completed a certification course in Labor Relations from Cornell University.

Community Health
Ms. Flowers has many years of experience in the area of community based health. She was a childbirth instructor for pregnant teens at an inner city clinic. She also worked as a pregnancy prevention specialist for two high-risk populations: elementary, middle and high school students and women recovering from substance abuse. In these roles, Toni conducted 10-12 weeks didactic sessions within Detroit and Highland Park School Systems and Substance Abuse Centers throughout the metro-Detroit area.

Her work in community health has extended to international locations. She has traveled as a medical missionary and trainer for over twenty years, working in many countries throughout Africa, South America, and the West Indies. Toni’s global perspective of health disparities and her experiences as a cultural specialist enable her to provide training sessions that are both enlightening and educational.

Community Based Participatory Research
She is a former research-fellow with the National Institutes of Mental Health. She has worked on various research projects with both Wayne State University and Penn State University. Currently, she is also the Community Liaison for the Center of Urban and African American Health at Wayne State University’s School of Medicine. She works very closely with the principal investigators on the Center’s five-year study of health disparities among African American in Detroit. This center is entering its second five-year grant period.

Cultural Competency/Health Literacy
She is recognized both locally and nationally as leader in the work to reduce health and health care disparities. In her previous role she designed and implemented the Enhancing Traditional Health Outreach Strategies (ETHOS) Diabetes Project. This three-year project sought to reduce health disparities among African American Medicare beneficiaries in three counties in Michigan. She utilized the tools of cultural competency and health literacy training to address health care disparities. The project realized a 60.1% reduction in health care disparities in the area of lipid profile testing. This reduction was the greatest reduction realized in the nation. These results were the presented to the department of Health and Human Services to influence the utilization of cultural competency as a national intervention tool for the Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services throughout the nation. Toni also serves as an advisor for the American Medical Association Foundation’s Health literacy & Patient Safety Council.

Public Relations/Social Marketing
Toni’s roots in the public sector run deep; she was a columnist with both the Michigan Chronicle and the Michigan Front Page newspapers. She co-hosted a radio talk show with a focus on health promotion and underserved populations. Toni has created, hosted and developed programming for public access television and with public television stations throughout the state of Michigan.
Ms. Flowers is a nurse and a medical anthropologist, employed at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital as the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer. Her interests lie in the areas of health & health care disparities, health policy, community-based participatory research and women’s health issues. Ms. Flowers has over 20 years of health care experience and also serves in various roles including as a cultural specialist and national speaker for Pfizer and Glaxo Smith Kline Pharmaceuticals. She earned her nursing degree from Wayne County Community College and a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from Wayne State University. She recently completed a certification course in Labor Relations from Cornell University.

The Modest Foundation’s Board of Trustees meets four times a year and takes responsibility for governing the Foundation, particularly focusing on strategic leadership, resource and relationship development, stewardship of TMF and system assets, performance measurement and management, reputation building, and public policy and advocacy.