MSGCU Announces Appointment of Christina Ayar and Denise Brooks-Williams to Board of Directors

May 13, 2021 – Michigan Schools and Government Credit Union (MSGCU) announced the appointment of two additional Board of Directors, Christina Ayar, Director, Macomb Community College Foundation, and Denise Brooks-Williams, Senior Vice President, CEO, Henry Ford Health System, North Market. Both bring a wealth of experience and expertise to MSGCU.

“The board understands the importance of teamwork rooted in collaboration and focusing on our mission to best serve our members. Our financial strength helps us to shape a positive outlook for the organization and our members. Christina and Denise bring a diverse range of outlooks, experience and problem-solving skills, which align nicely with our present MSGCU board,” said Pete Gates, MSGCU President/CEO.                                                               

Ayar joins the MSGCU Board of Directors with 13 years of experience in leading fund development and annual giving initiatives at educational institutions, including the University of Michigan and Wayne State University. As the Director of the Macomb Community College Foundation and Chief Fundraiser, she oversees all MCC Foundation restricted and endowed scholarship program funds, events and communications, the Board of Directors, and the Board of Community Directors. She is an accomplished leader with an impressive list of results in shaping the financial growth and sustainability of the institutions she has served.

Ayar is a member of numerous professional committees, including Macomb Community College Strategic Plan 2025 Work Team, Council for Advancement and Support of Education, Association of Fundraising Professionals, Macomb’s Innovation Awards Committee, and serves on the Executive Board of MCAAP-UAW Local 2411. She is a graduate of Wayne State University where she earned a Master of Arts degree in Agency Counseling and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, with university and departmental honors.

Brooks-Williams brings more than 25 years of healthcare leadership experience, including operations, finance, business development, marketing, and program implementation. As Senior Vice President, CEO, of Henry Ford Health System, North Market, she oversees the System’s $1.1 billion operation located in southeastern Michigan’s six northern counties, including 5,000 employees and physicians. She is responsible for growth, market performance, service expansion, and consumer experience.

With an extensive list of affiliations and honors, Brooks-Williams has served on the boards for New Detroit, Detroit Music Hall, Friends of African and African American Art, Bon Secours Health, Midwest Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executive and the Institute for Diversity in Health Management. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan where she earned a Masters of Health Services Administration and a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Both will be valuable contributors in shaping MSGCU’s journey to promote financial success for its members.

Christina Ayar, Board of Directors Denise Brooks-Williams, Board of Directors
Christina Ayar Denise Brooks-Williams