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Angela Powell - Director of Operations
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Angela Powell, a community activist, who has gracefully accepted the opportunity to help many citizens and elected officials throughout different counties in the state of Michigan. Angela was born and raised in the City of Pontiac to the parents of Mr. and Mrs. Abram Powell who are both deaf and has 6 siblings (5 sisters and 1 brother). Angela attended Oakland University, where she attained her Bachelor of Arts degree in English. While at Oakland University she worked for the Greater Pontiac Community Coalition (GPCC) and this is where her political career began. Working here she was able to work with local elected officials in the city of Pontiac and served as the liaison between different grassroots organizations and programs affiliated with GPCC. She worked on many different committees such as Committee of Fifty, Mayor Clarence Phillips Community Fund, Mayor Clarence Phillips transition team, and Governor Jennifer Granholm coordinated campaign committee, just to name a few.
In 2007 she was granted the opportunity to work for the Michigan House of Representatives as a Community Organizer. Here she was able to work for Democratic State Legislators serving the Washtenaw, Monroe, Genesee, Wayne and Oakland Counties. Her responsibilities in this position were to make sure all assigned marginal legislative offices stayed in compliance with legislator incumbency protection plans. She would also have to monitor and organize campaign plans, implement door knocking field plan, conduct volunteer recruitment, set up phone banking programs, monitor data entry, finances, and organize fundraising events.
In 2010 Angela worked for the Oakland County Democratic Party (OCDP), Director of Operations. She was the first African American women hired in this position. Here she was responsible for day to day operations of the OCDP and assisting any democratic elected officials and/or candidates seeking a position in Oakland County (local, county, state and congressional). She helps motivate citizens to get politically involved and organize any activities driven by OCDP and other elected officials/candidates throughout Oakland County. Currently, Angela works for Michigan House Democratic Leader Tim Greimel. She is the Constituent Services Coordinator for his district. In this position she assist residents living in House District 29 (Pontiac, Auburn Hills, Sylvan Lake, Orchard Lake, and Keego Harbor)) and have issues with any departments under state of Michigan umbrella, such as Department of Treasury, Department of Human Services, Department of Corrections, just to name a few. Other responsibilities she have are to keep the Representative up to date on events and issues arising in his district.
In addition, to her busy schedule she has in the past served as an Assistant Coach for 5 years in the Girls Basketball Program at Pontiac Northern High School and now Pontiac High School. With this program she served as an Assistant Coach, program Administrator, and mentor. Currently, she is involved in the Deaf Community and is completing her Associates Degree in the Interpreter Training Program at Baker College, Auburn Hills. She also serves as treasurer of the Pontiac Democratic Club, served at Chair of the Pontiac Democratic Club 2010- 2012, is a Precinct Delegate for the City of Pontiac, 2nd Vice President for the “Mighty” 14th Congressional District, Secretary for the Alexander Home for Boy’s Inc., Team Administrator of Quest Cheer and Dance LLC, Oakland County PAL’s Director of Operation’s Director, and the Democratic Candidate for Oakland County Commissioner-District 10. Angela is known for her hard work and dedication and being a great mother to her daughter Makayla. She also knows that if it wasn't for God and the great mentors he has planted in her life she would not be the wonderful women she is today.

Emily Zweng – Program Coordinator
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Emily Zweng is a Social Work student at Oakland University (Rochester, Michigan) specializing in Child
Welfare. Originally from Macomb County, she fell in love with the people, culture and diversity of Oakland County. Emily has been with Sheriff PAL since June of 2016 and became a full-time staff member in January of 2018. 

Eisha Branner – Mentor Program Coordinator & Community Outreach
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Eisha Branner, a native of Pontiac, MI, a wife and dedicated mother of 6 wonderful children. She has been an amazing leader and example of tenacity, endurance and bravery amongst her peers and youth in the city of Pontiac. Eisha Branner is a proud graduate in 2002 from Pontiac Central High School. She continued her educating following her graduation attending Oakland Community College. Eisha received her associated degree in Applied Science in Criminal Justice Corrections in 2009, graduated with her bachelors in Criminal Justice Administration in 2012 from University of Phoenix. Shortly after she went and pursued her Masters in Human Services with a specialization in Multidisciplinary Human Services in 2018.
As a “Career professional”, Eisha Branner and her husband started their business in 2014 called Max Out Fitness in the downtown area of Pontiac. There she assisted her husband with the business and acted as the secretary. In 2015, she created a nonprofit organization that was a mentoring program underneath the family business. In 2017, Eisha joined forces with the PAL League to expand the Fitness & Mentor Program. Since the partnership, Eisha has served over 300 youth in her community with mentoring, wraparound services for their families and sports. With an ever-evolving curriculum, Fitness and Mentoring also provides life skills, training, mentor-ship and tutoring programs. Fitness and Mentoring works diligently to offer programs that ensure their youth obtain the general concept of sportsmanship, teamwork and love for their community. The program fosters a gateway to diversity, cultural awareness and positive experiences.

Program Directors

Tanesha Taylor – Cheer, Dance and Tumbling
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Product of Pontiac schools and accepted a scholarship to Alabama State University for Academics and Cheer.
 Studied at AIU for Business Administration and Central Michigan University for Option in Community Development
Tanesha has a daughter and son respectively aged 25 and 18.
Tanesha has been a involved In Coaching Cheer for 30 years. Coach Taylor has been nominated for Operation Coach of the year and has coached every level of cheer. 
Tanesha has been a Cheer officially for over 20 years. She has served as a MHSAA judge at local, state and regional competitions. Tanesha has officiated Nationals and Allstar Cheer and Dance for many years 
She has been the Keynote speaker and facilitator for many conferences.  She is the coach at Pontiac High, and the owner of Quest Athletics where the company has won Many National Titles! Her passion is children and her motto is believing in children and “Making All Your Dreams Come True”.

Tony Howard – Basketball
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My name is Tony Howard. I serve as the Program Director for Oakland County Sheriff’s PAL Basketball Academy. I was born and raised in Pontiac, MI, where I attended Pontiac public schools and graduated from Pontiac Northern High in 1986. After a successful high school career, I was awarded an athletic scholarship to Oakland University where I was a member of the Men’s Basketball Team. I received my bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Human Resources Development. I later earned a masters degree in Sports Administration from Wayne State University.
PAL was very instrumental in shaping my life story and I am honored to come back to my roots and serve students enrolled in this valuable program. Because of programs like PAL, I have a tremendous passion for working with children and basketball has been the vehicle I’ve used to reach and cultivate our students. I truly believe my purpose in life is to help students succeed and be proud members of their communities.

PAL Deputies

Deputy Morris Cotton
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Deputy Morris Cotton joined the OCSO in October 2006 after serving over 25 years with the Highland Park Police Department where he held various positions up to and including Chief of Police.  Upon joining the Oakland County Sheriff Office Deputy Morris Cotton assignments included many of the following duties and functions: Parks Unit, Corrections (hospital watch), Pontiac Sub Station, Police Athletic League (PAL), and Grant writer. 
As a youngster growing up Deputy Morris Cotton was involved with PAL and participated in basketball, baseball and football.   Deputy Cotton was a high school All American wrestler who received a 4 year scholarship to attend Wayne State University.
Deputy Cotton earned his Bachelor of Science Degree from Wayne State University and his Master’s Degree from Eastern Michigan University.
Deputy Morris Cotton has been a dedicated member of our OCSO Police Athletic League.  He takes great  pride and commitment with promoting a healthy community through relationships and recreations while creating a safe environment where law enforcement and community partners empower young people  to reach their full potential through athletics, mentoring and enrichment programs.

Deputy Brian Lee
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Deputy Brian Lee was born, raised and resides in Lake Orion. Deputy Lee has been a Police Officer since 1996 when he started with the Pontiac Police, then transitioned to the Oakland County Sheriff's Office in 2011. Lee is a School Safety Coordinator for the Waterford School District working with physically and emotionally impaired children.

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