Lucetry B. Dalton, a clinical psychologist with McLaren Health System, was selected by a public online vote as the winner of the Oakland County Executive’s Elite 40 Under 40 Class of 2018.
The announcement was made Wednesday night at Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson’s State of the County address held at the Flagstar Strand Theatre in Pontiac. As the winner, Dalton was given the honor of introducing Patterson to the crowd of about 800.
“It was a very surreal feeling,” Dalton said. “I feel very blessed and humbled to receive this honor, not only because it validates the hard work that I have put in my entire life, but it is also a positive reflection of the city that bred me. Pontiac is one of those cities that is underprivileged and often looked down upon.”
At 28, Dalton is the youngest Elite 40 winner. The 2017 winner, Brooke Wilson Vitale, was 29. Dalton is a Pontiac resident who received her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her master’s and doctorate from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She is employed by McLaren Health System in Flint. A graduate of Pontiac Northern High School, Dalton mentors, counsels and tutors minority youths from low income areas.
“I am a proud product of Pontiac, born, raised and educated there, and I still remain active in several hometown organizations,” Dalton said. “I want everyone to know that, despite its shortcomings, great opportunities and even greater people come from this city when given the chance.”
Patterson praised Dalton’s commitment to her hometown.
“She has tremendous passion for Pontiac,” Patterson said. “She is obviously a high achiever, and at such a young age. I see great things in her future and for Pontiac. Pontiac should be proud of her.”
About 220 applications and nominations were reviewed by a panel of judges, looking for the top 40 young professionals and thought leaders who live or work in Oakland County. The 40 honorees have achieved excellence in their field and contributed to the quality of life in their communities. Of that group, the three candidates who scored the highest are placed before the public vote to determine a 2018 winner. This is the seventh year of the Elite 40 program.
“We are fortunate to have so many talented and passionate leaders who are committed to improving their professions and their communities every day,” Patterson said. “This is an outstanding class and they are wonderful ambassadors for Oakland County. Our future is in good hands.”
These are members of the 2018 Oakland County Executive’s Elite 40 Under 40 class. Ages listed for each class member are as of Jan. 1:
- Katie Albano, 24, Artist/Dutton Farm Employment Program
- Alexander A. Ayar, 36, Attorney – McDonald Hopkins
- Ryan G. Beale, 38, CEO/Founder, Therapy Live
- Janelle Kristen Best, 29, Executive Director, Clarkston Area Chamber of Commerce
- Cheryl Boodram, 36, Marketing and Development Manager, Chief Financial Credit Union
- Sommer K. Brock, 38, Development Director, Cranbrook Schools Horizons-Upward Bound
- Adam Burns, 34, Teacher, Troy Athens High School
- Grace Cai, 38, Founder/Executive Director, Michigan Youth Empowerment Foundation
- Alex A. Calderone, 36, Managing Director, Calderone Advisory Group, LLC
- Dr. Lucetry B. Dalton, 28, Clinical Health Psychology Fellow, McLaren Healthcare System
- Aurelia Gooden, 34, Engineer, General Motors Warren Technical Center
- Mat Ishbia, 37, President/CEO, United Shore – United Wholesale Mortgage
- Dr. Carmine Jabri, 37, President/CEO E.M.M.A. International Consulting Group
- Chris Jackson, 28, Site Coordinator – Community Liaison, Accent Pontiac
- Sam Logan Khaleghi, 34, Creative Director, Kyyba Films & SLK Media Group
- Ann Marie LaFlamme, 30, News Anchor, WXYZ-TV
- Claire Lannoye-Hall, 34, Curator of Education, Detroit Zoological Society
- Shimon G. Levy, 32, Founding Principal, Northland Capital
- Ky Lindberg, 36, Director – Detroit Metro, Read to a Child Inc.
- Mike Losey, 33, Natural Resources Manager, Springfield Township
- Jennifer Lucarelli, 35, Chair and Associate Professor, Interdisciplinary Health Sciences,
- Brad Lukas, 33, Director – Emergency Services, Beaumont Health
- Greg Martin, 38, Executive Director, DRAW (Disaster Relief At Work)
- Jennifer Meier, 38, Owner, Green Hippo Gifts
- Kyle Nieporte, 31, Administrative Manager, Surgical Services, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland
- Katherine M. Pacynski, 29, Patent Attorney, The Dobrusin Law Firm, P.C.
- Sarah Pazur, 37, Principal, FlexTech High School
- Randall J. Peck, 34, Partner, Warner Norcross & Judd LLP
- Shantha Kumari Rajendran, 36, Staff Engineer-Systems Lead, Panasonic Automotive
- Scott Reynolds, 26, Project Architect, Auger Klein Aller Architects Inc.
- Aaron Rzeznik, 30, Owner/Head Brewer, Drafting Table Brewing Co.
- Adi Sathi, 27, Director – Asian Pacific American Engagement, Republican National Committee;
Chief of Staff, Young Republican National Federation
- Sarah Simko, 24, Organ Scholar, Christ Church Cranbrook
- Sarah G. Thomas, 24, Owner, New Heights Assisted Living
- Tara Tomcsik-Husak, 37, Executive Director, Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit
- Dr. Sara Whedon, 33, Owner/Chiropractor, A Place to Grow Chiropratic
- Maria Willett, 26, Chief Assistant to the Mayor, City of Rochester Hills
- Dr. Alexandra Williamson, 35, Owner/Optometrist, Michigan Eye and Contact Lens PLLC
- Robert Wright, 27, Vice President, Genesis In-Home Care
- Coleman Yoakum, 30, Founder/Director, Micah 6 Community