2016 Leadership Awards Honoree Biographies 

Jeffery W. Barry Award Honorees
John Carter, President, Michigan Middle Market, JP Morgan Chase

Mr. Carter has worked for 30+ years in commercial banking for JPMorgan Chase and predecessor organizations, serving as manager or executive in charge of various lending and corporate banking groups which provide operating and capital raising services/products to corporate clients. 

He serves on various internal bank committees and has involvement in several outside organizations, as either member or director: YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit (Director and Past Chairman of Board), YMCA Foundation (Board Member), Forgotten Harvest (Board and Executive Committee Member), Judson Center (Chairman of Board and Trustee), Business Leaders of Michigan (Director), Detroit Chamber of Commerce (Director), Detroit Historical Society (Director), Downtown Detroit Partnership (Director), Alma College Business Roundtable, UofM Alumni Association and UofM Business Club of Greater Detroit. 

Mr. Carter has earned a B.A. from Alma College in 1978 and an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan in 1980.  

Faye Alexander Nelson,Vice President, DTE Energy; Board Chair & President, DTE Energy Foundation
Ms. Nelson is vice president of DTE Energy, (NYSE: DTE) and board chair & president of the DTE Energy Foundation, the philanthropic arm of DTE. 

A lawyer by training, Ms. Nelson has had the privilege of working in the community on a variety of transformational projects including the redevelopment of the Detroit riverfront and, in her current role, leading the Foundation’s strategy and investments in communities throughout the State in such areas as education/jobs, economic development, arts and culture and the development and sustainability of neighborhoods.  Nelson formerly served as president and CEO of the non-profit Detroit RiverFront Conservancy, the organization charged with leading the transformation of the Detroit riverfront. Under Nelson’s leadership, the Conservancy represented one of the most successful public-private partnerships that included foundations, corporations, the public sector and the community at large in support of the revitalization and sustainability of the riverfront. Prior to joining the Conservancy, she served as vice president, Governmental Affairs for Wayne State University.

Ms. Nelson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Mercy College of Detroit and a law degree from the University Of Detroit School of Law.  She serves on a number of boards including the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Henry Ford Health System and Health Network, Midtown Detroit, Inc., the M-1 RAIL and the Sphinx organization. She is also a member of the Executive Leadership Council, the State Bar of Michigan, Life Member of the Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference, International Women’s Forum-Michigan, Detroit Athletic Club and the Economic Club of Detroit.

Walsh College Distinguished Alumni Award
Jeffrey Littmann, BAC '77, MST '81; Life Trustee & Chairman of the Board, The Ralph C. Wilson Foundation

Mr. Littmann began his career at Ziebart International, an international franchising organization engaged in research, manufacturing distribution & sales.  In 1982 Mr. Littmann began working at Arthur Andersen as a tax professional and national manager for firm wide specialist teams for professional sports.  From 1986-2014, Mr. Littmann worked for the Buffalo Bills as director and CFO while also working for the Ralph Wilson Equity Fund.  He has held several positions within the Ralph C. Wilson Enterprises.

In addition to his Walsh degrees, Mr. Littmann also holds a juris doctor from the Detroit College of Law. He has served on various non-profit board including: Jaycee's; St. John Health Foundation and the Grosse Pointe Club. 

Walsh College Graduate of the Last Decade
Mary Owen, MBA '12

Ms. Owen began her career with the Buffalo Bills in 2000 where she served in multiple positions throughout her tenure including manager marketing & communications, director of business systems, and vice president of strategic planning.  In 2003, Ms. Owen directed the philanthropic work of Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. In this role she managed the Ralph Wilson Medical Research Foundation until 2009.  In recent years she oversaw a Buffalo-based advisory committee to manage Buffalo specific grant requests to the Foundation.  

In addition to her Walsh MBA, Ms. Owen received her Bachelor of Science in Commerce, with concentrations in marketing and management from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia.  She has stayed active as an alumni trustee at the McIntire School of Commerce and an advisory trustee at the Jefferson Trust at the University of West Virginia.  Ms. Owen also currently sits on the National Advisory Board of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and is a graduate of Leadership Detroit and Leadership Buffalo.