Ciara Hamilton

Outreach Coordinator

Ciara Hamilton is the Outreach Coordinator. She attends Michigan State University (MSU) majoring in Media and Information, Arts and Humanities, with a minor in Entrepreneurship. Prior to working at DCAN, Ciara spent 4 years working at Michigan State University (MSU) Trio Office of Supportive Services at various capacities. Ciara’s mission is to be a role model and resource to youth in her hometown of Detroit, MI.

Email: Phone Number: 313-600-1596

Patrick Cornelius

AmeriCorp VISTA

Patrick Cornelius is one of DCAN’s AmeriCorp VISTAs. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Case Western Reserve University in Economics. Before moving to Michigan after graduation, Patrick gained many years of work experience around customer service and relations in the state of Ohio.  Patrick is excited to help DCAN create a college-going culture experience for every student in Detroit.

Email: Phone Number: 313-600-1596

Justin Hudson

AmeriCorp VISTA

Justin Hudson is one of DCAN’s AmeriCorp VISTAs. He  he earned a bachelor’s degree in History, Philosophy & Sociology (HPS) from Michigan State University (MSU) . While at MSU, Justin spent time around multicultural involvement and mentorship of underclassmen. As a Detroit native, Justin hopes to help high school students find viable postsecondary options that they are passionate about after graduation.

Email: Phone Number: 313-600-1596

DCAN Staff

Ashley Johnson, Ph. D.

Executive Director

Dr. Ashley Johnson is the founding Executive Director of the Detroit College Access Network (DCAN). She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Mississippi where she was also a four-year scholarship student-athlete. Ashley continued on to complete her PhD from Michigan State University in K-12 Education Administration with a specialization in Urban Education. Prior to DCAN, she advised and supported the Wolverine Pathway program; served as the Director of Collective Impact at Excellent Schools Detroit (ESD); as well as acquired several years of experience in secondary education as a science teacher, teacher coach, curriculum specialist, and instructional leader.

Ashley is the first person in her family to attend college and truly believes in the power of higher education as a mechanism for economic mobility and vehicle for community empowerment and improvement. For these reasons, Ashley has dedicated her career to her passion for education and helping others complete college and achieve their educational dreams. 


Email: Phone Number: 313-600-1596

Rachel D'Alio

Office Administrative Coordinator

Rachel D’Alio is the Office Administrative Coordinator. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University in Arts and Humanities. Rachel joined DCAN as an AmeriCorps VISTA managing and supporting many projects with the growth of DCAN, prior to transitioning  into the role of Office Administrative Coordinator. She is passionate about civic engagement and empowering communities through a social justice framework.

Email: Phone Number: 313-600-1596

Onjila Odeneal

Strategy Director

Onjila Odeneal is the Strategic Director. She earned her bachelors’ degrees from the University of Detroit Mercy in Political Science/Legal Administration and Business Administration. She continued her studies receiving a master’s degree in Educational Psychology with a focus on student development at Wayne State University. Prior to her work at DCAN, Onjila worked in higher education financial aid at public and private institutions for 8 years; served as an education consultant/program developer for secondary schools and nonprofits; as well as spent several years in various capacities in nonprofits focused on education and community development.  Born, raised, and educated in Detroit as a low-income, 1st generation student, Onjila has a deep passion to ensure that kids with backgrounds similar to her own are equipped to be successful in the endeavors that they face. 

Email: Phone Number: 313-600-1596

Ashley Lane

Program Manager

Ashley Lane is the Program Manager. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan- Ann Arbor as a proud recipient of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Scholarship. Prior to her time at DCAN, she worked as the College Prep Coordinator and Alumni Relations Coordinator at University Prep Science and Math High School for 5 years. As a first-generation college student from Detroit, Ashley strives to empower urban youth to successfully navigate their educational pathway to bring their dreams to reality. 

Email: Phone Number: 313-600-1596

Detroit College Access Network

1 Woodward Ave, Suite 1900, Detroit, MI 48226  |  Tel: 313-600-1827

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