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Staff and Leadership

Angela Rogensues
Executive Director

Angela Rogensues has served Playworks Michigan since 2012 as Program Director focused on expanding Playworks programming and training services beyond the City of Detroit. Rogensues’ resume includes over a decade of experience in the nonprofit sector working in Illinois, California, and Michigan. Prior to joining Playworks Michigan she acted as director of programs for The Bread Project in Berkeley, California. Angela currently serves on the board of directors for the Salvation Army of Washtenaw County and 4Paw1Heart. She holds a master’s degree from DePaul University and a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University. When not working Angela loves to go to Tigers games, play tag with her niece, and travel. Her favorite playground game is tag and would love to play four square with Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and John Lennon. Angela is the proud product of K-12 public schools.

Maria Carr
Development Manager

Maria comes to the Playworks Michigan office with an array of fundraising and event planning experience. She is an alumna of Michigan State University with a degree in political science. After College she went off to work in politics for two years with the Michigan House Democratic Fund. From there she spent five years at Albion College in the Annual Giving and Events Offices. Maria is excited to bring her passion for fundraising to the Playworks team and looks forward to building new relationships that will expand and create new opportunities in Michigan area. If given the chance, Maria would not pass up playing foursquare with Audrey Hepburn, John F. Kennedy, and Michelle Obama. Maria enjoys spending time with her family and friends, shopping, and giving back to various causes in her community.

Ava Jackson
Program Director

Ava Jackson brings a decade of nonprofit experience to the Michigan Playworks team, including a wealth of experience from City Year. She has spent several years supporting youth in Louisiana and Florida in achieving academic success. During this time she worked to support students and staff to gain valuable learning and life experience within the education sector. As a resident of the Metro Detroit area, Ava loves her community and is excited to give back. 

Ava is a proud graduate of Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio. She previously served as an Americorps Member. She received her MBA in Nonprofit Management from Cleary University in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Even though Ava is from Michigan, she is a huge New Orleans Saints Fan. In her free time, she loves to get back to her college roots and play basketball.

Mike Caso
Program Manager

Mike has served as a program manager for the Playworks Michigan office for the past four years. Prior to moving from Oakland, California to Motown, Mike served two AmeriCorps terms for Playworks as a program coordinator in the East Bay. An avid sports fan, Mike, can be spotted at Pistons, Tigers, or Lions games when he isn’t spending time with his family. Mike loves all things play and can be found playing foursquare at recess. He is the Playworks Michigan resident problem solver, building benches for our sports leagues or fixing the printer.

Gregory Hampton
Program Manager

Gregory comes to Playworks with over 17 years of experience in education. He attended elementary schools in Pine Bluff, Arkansas where he had recess 3–4 times a day. After graduating from high school, Gregory went on to obtain his bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. During his time teaching in Detroit, he noticed there was hardly any recess implemented daily at the elementary schools he was employed. Gregory went on to achieve his master’s degree in educational administration from Central Michigan University. For a short time, Gregory was the gym teacher at his second Detroit Public Schools where he taught physical education to grades K–5. Gregory has attended a Detroit Pistons game, Detroit Tigers games, New York Jets game, and thanks to Playworks, his first Detroit Lions game. Gregory enjoys kickball, dodgeball, and foursquare.

Meghan Zyburski
Program Associate

Meghan began her journey with Playworks in early 2016 as a Program Coordinator in Detroit Public Schools. Born and raised in Michigan, Meghan earned her BA in Women and Gender Studies from Grand Valley State University. Meghan’s passion for youth development blossomed during her time at Grand Valley State when she studied abroad in Ghana. There, she worked at the Department of Social Welfare in Cape Coast serving children in day care centers, orphanages, and schools. Meghan is a dog lover and has 3 furry children of her own. When she isn’t working or playing with her dogs, she can be found traveling, fishing, or spending time with friends and family. Meghan is also an avid baseball fan and can be frequently spotted at Tigers games. Meghan is always ready to play foursquare or a friendly game of dodgeball.

Jamie Chester
Site Coordinator

Jamie has been with Playworks Michigan for four years. She started as a program coordinator in 2012, bringing healthy play and community engagement to various elementary schools in the Metro Detroit area. Jamie loves being “Coach” ensuring that every kid plays, every day. Jamie has spent over a decade working in youth development in several different settings, including various YMCA’s in Hawaii, Massachusetts, and Maryland. This year as a site coordinator, she is teaming up with four schools. She is excited to empower her school communities to create a safe and inclusive place for students and adults to play and be respected. Working together to give every student an opportunity to be a leader and encourage each other to get in the game. Jamie enjoys spending time outside, attending community events and having dance offs with her two children. She is always up for a game of splat, chuck the chicken, or category foursquare.