Meet our new Executive Director

  1. Updates

The Playworks Michigan Board of Directors is pleased to announce our new Executive Director Angela Rogensues. Angela 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 non-profit 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. Rogensues currently serves on the board of directors for the Salvation Army of Washtenaw County and 4Paws1Heart. She holds a masters degree from DePaul University and a bachelors degree from Michigan State University.

“We are very pleased to make this announcement,” reported Kareim Cade, President and CEO of Great Lakes Benefit Group and Playworks Michigan Board Chair. “The board is excited to have Angela as the head of the Playworks Michigan team. She will lead our efforts in bringing recess, physical activity and safe and inclusive play to the children of Michigan for years to come.”

Come visit Angela at one of our partner schools where she can be found jumping rope and playing foursquare.

More Updates

Vincent speaking to students
Vincent speaking to students

May 15, 2023

Let’s Create a Brighter Future Through Play ›

I am so thrilled to continue my journey with the Playworks Michigan team after joining as Executive Director in November 2022.  After only a few months I have had the opportunity to experience firsthand the outstanding passion of Playworks Coaches, Site Coordinators, program staff, board, and volunteers, who are the heart of this organization.  Through…

January 10, 2023

Understanding the Complex Simplicities of Play ›

Play is a behavior that is natural and has existed for thousands of years and across species. It combines a set of made-up rules or norms and a willingness to explore. Researchers, scientists, and doctors have studied the effects of play on kids–and adults–and understand that this natural behavior has tremendous benefits. As the American…

three people with Playworks shirts
three people with Playworks shirts

July 28, 2022

A year of social and emotional learning ›

“You can’t do SEL, trauma, or equity work without each other,” Jennette Claassen, Head of Evaluation, Playworks. As Playworks continued to progress on our equity journey, we explored a critical question: what are the intersections between play, social and emotional learning, physical activity, and trauma? A working group focused on this question decided, among other…