RAM Letter of Introduction

Who We Are...

The “MasterMind Group

(board of directors)

“The Mastermind Principal consists of an alliance of two or more minds working in perfect harmony for the attainment of a common definite objective.” 

Napoleon Hill

“I am smart enough to know where I am ignorant, and aimed to fill the roles accordingly.”

Founder/Executive Director Phillip Sample

How We Do It

We aim to partner with, if we haven’t already, any and every person, group and/or organization in our area doing similar or relative work.

We will assume responsibility for every desolate, unclean and unhealthy space in our area. We will not just obtain cleanliness, but we will maintain it. We will take care of what we create.

Via empowering the people in the area with the skills , tools and mentality to take care of where they live.

Via  events and programs that bring people together in soup and labor, we will espouse community; we will establish resident patrols and a radio communication network. 

We will illuminate our area with lights, colors and beauty; all of which deter crime and inspire humanity. We will offer opportunity to build and create to formerly incarcerated persons; program(s) that address the mental, material and social needs of returning persons  and giving them something positive to be apart of . 

When We Started

From our inception, 2017, until our endeavors connect and merge with the efforts of those endeavoring around us, cleanliness and beauty outweigh blight.

We reduce and eventually eradicate crime in our area we reduce and eventually bring the recidivism rate to 0% in our area.

The following are some of the services that RAHAM, Inc currently offers:

  • Resume building
  • Obtaining identification for returning citizens
  • Help with school enrollment
  • Business startup assistance
  • Mentorship for youths
  • Community service hours
  • Housing assistance
  • Job locator
  • Setting up email accounts
  • Setting up bank accounts
  • Yard and light house maintenance assistance for seniors
  • Shelter donation opportunities
  • Urban gardening
  • Help with blight removal
  • Transportation assistance if possible
  • Food assistance if possible
  • Connections to public services not directly provided by RAHAM


P Sample

Phillip Sample


was born to a single young mother December 10, 1975 in impoverished Detroit Michigan. He was raised between the slums of Detroit, Michigan and the gang ridden Southside of Chicago, Illinois.

As a result of dysfunctional and unstable housing, ill-education and violence, Phillip became his environment. He joined a gang at 11 years of age and became the leader of his own gang by the time he was 14. Phillip caught his first felony as a juvenile and continued to expand his criminal record until he was convicted of 3 counts of assault with intent to commit murder at 18 years of age and sentenced to 12-20 years in the MDOC.

While in prison he began to undergo self-evaluation and inevitably would began the process of self-transformation. He became heavily involved with prison politics and experienced the horrors of incarceration to the fullest extent.

Released after serving 15 years, Phillip has returned to society with intent to amend his past actions and contribute to the re-building of the community that he helped to destroy. He is currently the owner of The Passion of The Life LLC., Circle Member at the Criminal Justice Initiative (CJI) and Co-Owner of HMI Ent.

Menes Steel

Menes Steel

Assistant Director & Founding Member

was born in Chicago, Illinois and raised in Detroit, Michigan. After a troubled start with gangs and the streets and seeing several comrades suffer the misfortunes thereof, he changed his life.

He is currently a spiritual teacher, intercessor and servant. He is a member of Mercy Missionary Baptist Church where he faithfully serves the congregation.

He currently works for Macomb County Government and is the Vice President of AFSCME Local 411. He further runs God’s Light Support Services telephone prayer line twice a week and does various food deliveries for the elderly population. He has obtained a AA in Biblical Studies/Christian Ministry and a  BA in Pastoral Leadership/Ministry from Ohio Christian University.

Rev. Steel is currently in the process of completing a Dual Masters in Organizational Leadership & Management via Colorado State University – Global Campus.


Tepfirah Rushdan

Head of Agriculture & Founding Member

Tepfirah Rushdan, known affectionately as Tee, is a Co-Director at Keep Growing Detroit. Tee is a native Detroiter that is passionate about serving community.

She has combined her love for people and nature through various environmental projects here in the city including developing conservation skills in youth, vacant land remediation, youth and adult farmer training programs, wild edible walks, community gardening and climate change and resiliency research.

She has also worked hard to provide resources and technical assistance to hundreds of gardens in the city over the years through her work with the Garden Resource Program. A few of her accomplishments include graduating from the Urban Roots class of 2010, holding a seat on The Detroit Food Policy Council, and helping to guide the work of the Uprooting Racism Planting Justice Initiative. Other notable projects have included helping to complete the Detroit Residential Parcel Survey in 2009, which helped to map vacant land in Detroit and make this information available to community members. 

She currently serves as the board member for the following: Detroit Peoples Co-op , R.A.H.A.M Detroit (Responsible hands and minds), and Black to the Land Coalition.

Greg McKenzie

Greg McKenzie

Treasurer & Founding Member

a life-long Detroiter, attained an Associates of Arts Degree from Lewis College of Business in 1999, a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Business Management from Davenport University in 2004 and a Master’s in Business Administration (CPA concentration) from Davenport University in 2013.

He has worked in accounting in various industries for the past 18 years. As a second generation accountant, Gregory provides accounting and business consulting services through the family business Unicorn Unlimited, Inc.

He is socially active on a volunteer basis in the metropolitan Detroit community in the areas of youth development, social justice and food sovereignty.

Kardell Pruitt-

Kardell Pruitt

Head of Multimedia & Design

Kardell”Jigsaw” Pruitt Owner of Jacote Film LLC has been filming for over 10 yrs, From Law Commercials For Retired Judge Vonda Evans to Movies on Amazon Prime and Videos that aired on BET MTV & World Star.

Now his goal is to open a 501C  film school for disadvantaged kids to help them learn filming, writing, editing, screenplays, and more.

David Leak

David Leak

HEad of Education

a native Detroiter, graduate of Osborn High and Grand Valley State is the Owner and CEO of DPR Educational Services; 22 years of teaching experience; over 15,000 in class teaching hours (kindergarten thru college); 15 years of program design and management; 15 years of teaching various topics during school and after school.

He not only writes curriculum, but also recruits, trains, places, monitors and evaluates instructors to which he’s sent into and works with over 50 schools in the Metro Detroit Area.

DPR Educational Services provide several academic enrichment classes for out-of-school-time programs, during school, summer programs and workshops for students and parents.


Cincere Al'Talet

Head of Legalities

Cincere Al’Talet, father of 3, Army Veteran, 15+ years of incarceration, who studied Computer Information Systems at  Eastern Michigan University,  Cleary College, Henry Ford Community College and U of D Mercy, and took apprenticeships under several criminal, civil and probate attorneys, along with becoming a freelance paralegal in his current profession. 

He is the owner of Cincere’ Thoughts Consulting Services, LLC, Legal Services Liaison and Resources Coordinator for Ceasefire Detroit, Special Project Manager for Detroit Youth Violence Prevention Initiative, Mentor in the Brotherhood/Sisterhood, NO BOUNDARIES mentoring program in partnership with the Detroit Police Department and the Mayor’s office of the city of Detroit.


AyLaina Verdejo- Thornton

Head of Arts, Crafts & Creativity

AyLaina “AnaLyraSis” Verdejo, the analytical lyrical sister, is a spoken word artist, activist, mentor, youth group leader, actress, motivational speaker and formerly incarcerated person.

She has opened for nationally recognized poets and has graced the stages of most of Detroit’s hottest open mics.

AnaLyraSis is currently working on her own CD and book. She is one of the faces of a new promotion for, The Word Network, which has syndicated globally her commercial.

She works diligently towards prison reform and the reducing of the recidivism rates in our fair city through art. She works with inner city youth as a mentor and group leader.

AnaLyraSis also works in her professional life as a fundraiser for national charities. She has spoken openly about her testimony being a returning citizen as showcased in the documentary, Creative Impact Michigan.