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Judge Qiana Lillard ’94 Newly Elected Board President of The Roeper Institute

Juliette Olejnik
The Roeper Institute is pleased to announce that the Board of Directors of The Roeper Institute has elected Judge Qiana Denise Lillard ’94 as its new board president, effective July 1, 2021.  The Roeper Institute is a separate 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which exists to promote broader understanding of the needs of gifted and creative children and the means of supporting their education, learning and growth in accordance with the core values of The Roeper Philosophy.  Most recently, the Institute has developed “A Matter of Equity”, a public-private partnership between the Detroit Public Schools Community District and Roeper to expand opportunities for low-income and culturally diverse gifted and talented children through an on-going collaborative professional learning community for teachers and school counselors in the District and at Roeper.
Judge Lillard graduated from Roeper in 1994 and went on to earn her Bachelor’s and J.D. degrees from Notre Dame University.  After an 8-year career as an Assistant Wayne County Prosecutor, she was appointed (and subsequently elected) to the Wayne County Third Judicial  Circuit Court, first in the Family-Juvenile Division, then the Criminal Division, and now serves in the Civil Division. Judge Lillard is the incoming president of the Association of Black Judges of Michigan. 
Judge Lillard has been a member of The Roeper Institute’s Board of Directors since 2016. Lori Lutz ’75, outgoing Associate Director of The Roeper Institute, says:
“It is hard to imagine a more perfect candidate to help guide the Institute’s future (alongside our amazing incoming Associate Director, Sarah Miller).  Qiana is a force; as a prosecutor, judge, and member of the Roeper community, she has reflected brilliance, integrity, and a powerful dedication to lifting the voices of individuals who far too often go unheard.  When asked to become part of the “Matter of Equity” initiative, Qiana readily accepted, noting ‘This project is about making sure that people like me don’t get lost.’  To have Qiana’s experience, talents, and spirit at the helm is not only fitting, but ensures the Institute will continue to further our commitment to advancing educational equity within and beyond the walls of the School.” 

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