Sheriff PAL Operations
Angela Powell – Director of Community Relations
Angela Powell oversees Sheriff PAL operations. Born and raised in Pontiac, she currently serves as the Oakland County Commissioner for District 10. Angela is a lifelong Oakland County community activist, volunteer, coach and mentor. She previously worked for Michigan House Democratic Leader Tim Greimel, the Oakland County Democratic Party (OCDP), the Michigan House of Representatives and the Greater Pontiac Community Coalition (GPCC). She is an Oakland University graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.
Susan Hiltz – Director of Communications
Susan Hiltz oversees Sheriff PAL communications which includes traditional, social and emerging media. She has over thirty years of public relations experience and previously held media, social advocacy, communications and public affairs-related positions at a national insurance company, The Ad Council and the Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Southeast Michigan (PREVCO). She has a bachelor’s degree in business leadership and is an avid bicyclist.
Justen Daniels – Operations Manager
Justen Daniels oversees Sheriff PAL operations coordination. He is an Oakland University senior in the process of completing a bachelor’s degree in health sciences. As a native Detroiter, he enjoyed the benefits of participating in Detroit PAL’s middle school track program. Justen’s first-hand experience as a PAL participant adds to his qualifications. Building relationships with the kids and parents along with increasing community empowerment are a few of the reasons he enjoys his job.
PAL Operations Assistants
Sylvia Campbell – Operations Assistant
Sylvia has returned to her roots in Pontiac and is an operations coordinator. This Oakland University student starts her second year studying wellness and health promotion. She enjoys interacting with the kids and parents and gets a "kick" out of helping the Karate program.
Alexa Ward – Operations Assistant
Alexa is a senior at Oakland University studying sociology and addiction studies. After graduating in the Spring of 2020, she intends to pursue her PhD in sociology. She has played an active role in helping to establish the Robotics Camp program, participated in pop-up sports during the summer season, and strives to be of service to PAL in any way she can. She believes that every child deserves to grow up with a mentor who positively influences them. Her interactions with the PAL kids are very genuine and inspirational.
Chelsea Cooks – Operations Assistant
Chelsea has assisted the sports programs, built relationships with the kids and helped guide PAL’s social media efforts. She is an Alma College junior and psychology major.
Perry Earl Jr.- Program Assistant
Tony Howard – Basketball Program Director
Tony Howard oversees the Sheriff PAL Basketball Academy Program. He is a homegrown product of the Pontiac community and schools. PAL impacted his life as he benefitted from the program when he was a young child growing up in Pontiac. Tony earned an athletic scholarship to Oakland University where he completed a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice while also playing on the men’s basketball team. He also has a master’s degree in sports administration from Wayne State University. Tony has a personal passion for PAL, believes it has long-term impact on youth and considers it an honor to return to his roots and serve the program participants.
This program provides basketball skill training, fundamentals, drills, tournaments and competition for beginner and advance players. There is a solid commitment to building character, sportsmanship and respect throughout the program.
Kierra Johnson – Track Program Director
Kierra Johnson oversees the Sheriff PAL track program. Pontiac is her hometown and she has always wanted to mentor and coach track for people in her community. Growing up, she had many mentors who helped her and is excited in “paying it forward” to the young people she coaches. Those mentors gave Kierra an opportunity to earn an athletic scholarship from Wayne State University. She was a national qualifier and earned her Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology. She says that being given this opportunity to make a difference in these kids life is a blessing and she is honored to have been chosen. Her passion is fitness and spreading love and kindness to others
Lee Looney – Karate Program Director
Grant Mason – Baseball Program Director
Grant Mason oversees the baseball program. He is a retired insurance executive and former United States Army officer. He received an athletic scholarship for football and track from Western Michigan University where he earned a degree in public administration, budget and finance. Grant has over forty year of experience coaching multiple sports including coaching the 2000 state high school basketball championship team for Orchard Lake St. Mary’s. He has a genuine love of children and enjoys seeing them develop and reach their potential. Coaching is a teaching tool he uses to help guide youth personal development. He believes in the benefits of kids trying out a variety of sports, the benefits of working hard and that athletic achievements transfer to education and career.
Dale Mitchell – Karate Program Director
Vania Ruiz – Soccer for Success Program Director
Vania oversees the Sheriff PAL Soccer for Success program. Her passion for youth development, organized sports, mentorship and long-time experience with the Pontiac-based Wild Dogs Futbol Club has helped move the soccer program forward. She has been a driving force in helping expand participation and excellence in the sport of soccer for PAL players. As a graduate of the University of Michigan, she has been working in the non-profit field since 2005.
Tanesha Taylor – Cheer, Dance, & Tumbling Director
Tanesha Taylor oversees the Sheriff PAL cheer, dance and tumbling program. She is currently Pontiac High School’s cheer coach and the owner of Quest Athletics. As a product of Pontiac schools, she accepted a scholarship to Alabama State University. Studied at AIU for Business Administration and Central Michigan University for Option in Community Development
Tanesha’s cheer career includes 30 years of coaching and over 20 years of officiating. She has been nominated for Operation Coach of the year and has coached every level of cheer. Her passion is children and her motto is believing in children and “Making All Your Dreams Come True”
Jerry Perez – Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM) Program Director
Jerry Perez oversees the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program
Sheriff PAL Deputies
Deputy Morris Cotton
Deputy Morris Cotton joined the OCSO in 2006 after serving over 25 years with the Highland Park Police Department where he held various positions including Chief of Police. He has held a variety of positions at the Oakland County Sheriff Office As a youngster growing up Deputy Cotton participated in PAL. He was a high school All American wrestler who received a scholarship to attend Wayne State University where he earned his bachelor’s degree. He holds a Master’s Degree from Eastern Michigan University. He is committed to promoting a healthy community through relationships and recreation.
Deputy Brian Lee
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.
Oakland County Sheriff Deputy Emily Zweng
Deputy Emily Zweng joined Oakland County Sheriff’s Office corrections team in summer 2019
after completing her bachelor’s degree in social work from Oakland University. Emily has
worked for PAL since 2016, and has been instrumental in helping launch the programs that
serve youth and the community. She currently works for PAL on special projects.
Daryl McCulloch (PTNE) [email protected]
Steve Law (Sgt.) [email protected]