In March 2017, the Board began to meet and by the summer of 2017, Rodger was able to identify a building to serve as the HPCC’s headquarters, as well as broker a deal to have that building donated to the HPCC. It is his vision the HPCC will be the one-stop business support and advocacy shop for existing and future businesses in Highland Park.
Rodger is also the founder and owner of American Standard Property Management & Services, LLC. He is honored to also serve as an Executive Vice Chair and as a Precinct Delegate for the 14th Congressional District Democratic Party; Americanism Director and Public Relations Officer for the American Legion, Naomi Bell Post #70; and a member of several other fraternal and civic organizations. He is also an Honorably Discharged Veteran.
Rodger is the son of legendary Motown Writer, Rodger Penzabene, and Golden World Records Writer and Recording Artist, Helga Penzabene. He is the father of four wonderful children and one grandson. Rodger is a lifelong resident of the Detroit metropolitan area, who grew up in the Boston Edison historic district of Detroit.
Judge Miller has also worked as an Adjunct Professor at Baker College of Allen Park since August 2012 and at Baker College of Jackson since August 2018.
Judge Miller is the former Director of the Detroit Workforce Development Department, a Michigan Works! Agency. In her capacity as director, she supervised and directed the daily activities of the department and contractors. She also has extensive experience as a labor and employment attorney and has handled all phases of traditional labor and employment litigation matters while in private practice at Lewis & Munday, P.C. and at Dykema Gossett, PLLC. Judge Miller’s practice included AFSCME labor negotiations, school district & municipal arbitration hearings, administrative matters and cases involving harassment and discrimination based on race, gender, age, religion, and disability, breach of contract, ERISA benefits, and defamation of character.
She worked during high school, college, and law school, which she explains to persons who appear before her to encourage them to obtain employment and further, to understand that if she did it, so can they. Consequently, before becoming an attorney, Judge Miller was employed as an Intake Specialist and later, as a Crisis Line Counselor and Supervisor at Neighborhood Service Organization; a Regulatory Specialist at the Michigan Credit Union League; a Mediator of landlord/tenant disputes at Wayne County Neighborhood Legal Services; a Law Librarian at the UAW Headquarters; a Legal Secretary at a local law firm; and a Police Cadet Supervisor & Payroll Assistant for the Detroit Police Department, among other positions. As a result, she brings skills and experience to the bench that uniquely qualify her to be a Judge.
She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Wayne State University in 1988 and attended the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor). She received her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Michigan State University College of Law in 1996. Judge Miller was admitted to the State Bar of Michigan in 1996 and to the State Bar of Arkansas in 1997.
Judge Miller was appointed to the Michigan Inter-Agency Council on Homelessness in 2018 and will serve as a Council member until 2022. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Michigan District Judges Association, where she serves as the Chairperson of the Communications Committee and the Representative to the State Bar of Michigan Limited Scope Representation Work Group. Always having had a special place for Highland Park, Michigan in her heart, she serves as the First Vice-President of the Highland Park Chamber of Commerce and as Vice-Chair of the Highland Park Centennial Celebration Team (appointed by Mayor Hubert Yopp). Judge Miller is a Past President of the Association of Black Judges of Michigan; Past Chair of the Women Lawyers Division of the National Bar Association; Past President of the Wolverine Bar Association; and Past President of the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan.
She is also a member of St. Charles Lwanga Roman Catholic Church; a Golden Heritage Life Member of the NAACP; and a member of the Wolverine Bar Association; the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan; the Black Women Lawyers Association of Michigan; the State Bar of Michigan; Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.; the Democratic Party; the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW); and the Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History (former Board member).
Throughout her career, Judge Miller has received numerous awards and honors, including, but not limited to: “Community Esther” Award, Rising Sun Grand Chapter, Order of the Eastern Stars, 2018; Distinguished Service Award, Great Rising Star, Order of the Eastern Stars 2017; Appreciation Award, Hartford Memorial Baptist Church, Social Justice Ministry 2017 & 2016; Appreciation Award, Knights of Peter Claver 2015; Alvin L. Storrs Outstanding Mentoring Award 2011; Humanitarian of the Year Award, Michigan Business & Technical Institute, December 2009; Member of the Year, Association of Black Judges of Michigan, August 2009; President’s Award, National Bar Association, August 2009, 2006, & 2000; Certificate of Congressional Recognition, Cong. Sheila Jackson Lee, July 2008; Distinguished Service Award, Detroit City Council, February 2008; Sheroe Award, McKinney Elementary School, February 2008; Shining Star Award, Wolverine Bar Association, September 2005; Citizen Lawyer Award, State Bar of Michigan, August 2005; Distinguished Alumni Award, Wolverine Student Bar Association, April 2003; Top 5 Up & Coming Lawyer, Michigan Lawyers Weekly, August 2001; and Member of the Year, Wolverine Bar Association, June 2001. Judge Miller is also a published co-author of two articles regarding employment law.
London serves as the 2018-2020 National Chair for UNA Women, an affinity group for UNA-USA. In 2018, London was selected as one of fifteen UNA-USA Delegates to attend and observe the 62nd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. She is also the President of the Greater Detroit UNA Chapter.
London is also a volunteer with the ONE Campaign, an international non-governmental organization advocating for the elimination of extreme poverty, particularly in Africa. London has organized ONE meet-up events across metro Detroit, and she has advocated for global health programs and support for energy poverty in Africa on Capitol Hill.
London earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in English at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She went on to earn her Juris Doctor from DePaul University College of Law in Chicago, Illinois. She also earned her Master of Laws (LL.M.) in International Law at DePaul University College of Law. She focused her Master of Law studies in International Human Rights Law & Policy & Criminal Justice. As a DePaul International Human Rights Law Institute Practicum Student, she researched and analyzed jurisprudence from the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). She also travelled to Lima, Peru in January 2014 to meet with local Peruvian organizations and to gather information about trafficking in persons in Peru. She along with seven of her classmates and law professor co-authored an Alternative Report (Shadow Report) regarding human trafficking of women and girls in Peru. The report was submitted on June 18, 2014 to the United Nations CEDAW Committee for its 58th Session. The purpose of their report was to educate the Committee on whether Peru's domestic laws and policies were effective in combating the trafficking of women and girls in the Madre de Dios and Loretto regions along the Amazon.
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