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

Olivia Tubaro

AmeriCorp VISTA

Olivia Tubaro is one of DCAN’s AmeriCorps VISTAs. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English Literature, Language, & Writing and Spanish from Central Michigan University. Before joining DCAN, she worked as an English as a Second or Other Language (ESOL) paraprofessional at an elementary school in Florida. She is passionate about creating more equitable access to the unique opportunities available to college students. She supports work with data collection, FAFSA strategy, special populations, and communication efforts at DCAN. 

Email: Phone Number: 313-600-1596

Lindsay Regalado

AmeriCorp VISTA

Lindsay Regalado is one of DCAN's AmeriCorps VISTAs. She recently graduated from Michigan State University and earned a bachelor’s degree in Communication with a concentration in Organizational Communication. While at Michigan State, she volunteered at Haven House, a family homeless shelter, and interned at Michigan Health Information Network. She is looking forward to the next year and helping students in Detroit achieve their educational dreams.

Email: Phone Number: 313-600-1596

DCAN Staff

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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