Elena has always had a passion for serving those in need and has volunteered with various children’s charities over the years. In 2010 she founded what is now Branches Crew, Inc. Her goal was to create a non-profit benefiting local children and have 100% of donations go directly to the beneficiary. Elena also works as a practicing Physician Assistant, Academic Medical Instructor, advisor and most importantly, a mother. She truly enjoys working with children. Her mission is to increase community support, wellness and resources for children in need so that have the tools they need to develop into a successful future.
A lifelong resident of Southeast Michigan, Julie pursued undergraduate degrees at Oakland University before embarking on a 40 year career, mostly in senior leadership roles in the automotive industry. She retired in 2015. In addition to having a supportive family, Julie credits the guidance she received from mentors as a key to her success. As a result, she wanted to help those who lack similar support in their life. So instead of riding off into the sunset with golf clubs in hand, Julie became a certified executive coach. She then started her own business as a volunteer coach and mentor, supporting career development efforts of students and young professionals. Julie joined Branches Crew in 2016 as another way to help people build a successful future.
Massimo Borrelli joined the Branches Crew Board of Directors in 2011 as Treasurer. He has a Business and Finance background and is a successful entrepreneur. Massimo has a passion for mentoring children, with his goal being to teach them how to be financially smart as well as providing children with basic resources and knowledge needed to get a solid start in life.
Patricia (Pat) Kubic joined our board in June, 2016. Prior to that, you could call her resume “interesting". She started her career in Human Resources in both the non-profit and for-profit worlds. About 15 years later, she took a hard left turn and became an entrepreneur. She owned and operated her own business for ten years. After she closed her business, she began another new adventure and became a writer. Pat writes a monthly column for four local small and mid-sized newspapers. But included in all those various arenas was the fact that she is grateful for what she has and for the opportunities that were presented to her. And it is that gratitude that propels her to lessen the burdens on families, children and animals.