Interim Executive Director
Onjila Odeneal is DCAN's Interim Executive 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.
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.
Rachel D’Alio is the Communications Manager for Detroit College Access Network . She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University in Arts and Humanities. Rachel joined DCAN as an AmeriCorps VISTA in 2018 managing and supporting many projects as DCAN grew. She transitioned to a part-time role as the Office Administrative Coordinator in 2019 and supported with office management, professional development events, and special events at DCAN.
In 2020, she was brought onto DCAN full-time as the Communications Manager. She leads email marketing, social media, internal and external communications, and more. She is passionate about civic engagement and empowering communities through a social justice framework.
Professional Development Program Manager
Daniel Valentine is a native Detroiter and proud alum of Central State University in Ohio. While in college, he discovered his passion for college access and volunteered with various groups to support student success. After earning his Bachelors of Arts degree in Communications- Broadcast Media, he was recruited by his alma mater, to head the Marauder Jumpstart Program. As the Program Coordinator he developed and managed the leadership training curriculum for incoming freshmen.
Upon returning to Detroit, Daniel began working directly with Detroit’s youth in various ways. Daniel currently serves as the Program Director for the Detroit Youth Choir and most recently worked as an Admission Counselor for Grand Canyon University. Daniel’s passion is to impact the next generation, and is excited to begin his new position as Professional Development Program Manager for DCAN.
Terranie Sims is proud to serve as DCAN’s newest Americorps VISTA. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Howard University majoring in Psychology and minoring in Speech-Language Pathology and Spanish. During her time as an undergraduate, she studied abroad in Costa Rica and interned with several organizations in the educational realm. She also volunteered in DPSCD elementary schools, high schools and adult education centers through the Howard University Alternative Spring Break program.
Prior to joining DCAN she served as a Teach for America corps member working with ESL Pre-K students and co-founded an early learning program to provide virtual learning assistance and childcare to families impacted by COVID-19. Terranie is avidly passionate about educational equity, specifically as it pertains to eradicating the school-to-prison pipeline and investing in early childhood education. She is excited to continue advancing these efforts as a member of the DCAN team.