Mr. Tom Adams
The Man Behind the CFL Vision
Thomas J. Adams is a native Detroiter and graduate of Tuskegee University with more than thirty (30) years of experience as a senior manager.
As the President of CFL, Mr. Adams earned the 2009 Dahlberg Peace Award presented by the American Baptist Churches USA. He received this award for the incomparable services he and his team provided to the Michigan Department of Justice for more than twenty (20) years.
Jessica Taylor is a successful business professional, engaging public speaker and dynamic community leader. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the Chance For Life Organization, a 501c3 Agency targeting returning citizens, their families and other at-risk individuals. She also has an extensive background in public service, mediation and the criminal justice system. Previously, she was the Assistant to the Director of Training at Wayne State University's Center for Peace and Conflict Studies, and was directly involved in the implementation of Peer Mediation Programs in the Detroit Public School System. Later, she was hired as the Mediation Center Coordinator and Volunteer Recruiter for the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO), where she and her team was among the first to set up Mediation Centers in three (3) Detroit Police Precincts ( including the 7th, 9th, 11th precincts), and the City of Highland Park. Her responsibilities also included recruiting and training community volunteers to effectively manage the day-to-day operations of a Community Dispute Resolution Center. Jessica received a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornerstone University.
Boards and Commissions:
- Mental Health Diversion Council, Gubernatorial appointment in 2020 for a term of four years.
- Michigan Commission on Community Action and Economic Opportunity, Gubernatorial Appointment in 2014 and is currently serving a third term as the Vice Chair.
- Detroit Board of Police Commission, Mayoral Appointment from July 2011 – 2015. Served as the Chairperson from 2013 – 2014.
Meet Our Team
Our team is the reason behind the success of CFL. It is dedicated to providing the best experience possible for our program participants and families.
Loretta O. Cook
Commissioner Alisha Bell
Dr. Ben Jones
Deacon Michael Chesley
Pastor E.L. Branch
Chairman of the Board
Attorney Peter Martel
Chief William T. Riley
Chief James Craig