THE TEAM

Norwayne Boxing Gym takes at-risk kids and transforms them into winning athletes. But first and foremost it shapes them into winning people. People who may never throw a punch or face a contender, but who have learned the discipline, the drive, the confidence and the work ethic it takes to win in life. The same qualities it takes to win in the ring. 

JEFF STYERS

Founder

Jeff is the founder and CEO of Arrow Strategies, a nationwide staffing and recruiting firm. But before that, Jeff was a professional boxer with a record of 11-0. Inspired at the age of 13 when he went to see the movie “Rocky,” Jeff set off on a path to learn how to become a professional boxer. First in his backyard getting beat up by just about every neighborhood kid. And later at an inner-city Detroit boxing gym where he suffered his first knockout. A defining moment. From there he went on to earn his gloves winning match after match in the amateurs, in the U.S. Marine Corps, and finally as a pro. At the pinnacle of his career, his inner voice said, “Jeff, you’re done.” And that was it. He boxed two more matches, won, gave up his sponsorships and moved on.

 

Years later as a successful business leader in the community, it dawned on him that the skills he used in boxing where the same ones that helped him build a nationally recognized business. Let’s share that. And so Norwayne Boxing Gym was born.

LORI MABEE

Executive Director

Lori has joined Norwayne Boxing Gym as Executive Director.  The focus is to grow the program to help more kids than ever reach their dreams and do this through the Four Corners of Achievement:  Athletics, Academics, Community Involvement and Leadership.  Lori joined NBG to accomplish this goal.

 

Lori came from a past career of being an insurance agent and print broker (yep, just like Dunder Mifflin!) but after raising 4 daughters with her husband, Lori realized her real career, working for a nonprofit organization. She spent 15 years developing youth programming and then led these programs as Executive Director.  

 

Lori is thrilled to now have the opportunity to be an integral member of the Norwayne Boxing community.  Her compassion and support for kids and their needs and success is evident.  Her skills of working with funding organizations to raise needed monies, is what will help NBG grow the program, fulfilling the mission to service all participants at no costs to them or their families.  

 

When not at NBG, Lori loves to read, go to movies, golf with friends, and spend time with her mom and her family.  Oh yes, and of course with Sully (Sullivan!), her new puppy!  Sully might just become Norwayne Boxing Gym's first mascot!

ERSKINE WADE
Head Coach

Coach Wade is the guy. He’s the guy who tells it like it is. The guy that pushes you. The guy that through it all you know cares. He’s the one that kids open up to, the one they trust. And by the way this former professional boxer is an amazing trainer, with champions to his credit. He also was selected in 2018 as a Golden Gloves national coach. But whether kids box or they don’t Coach Wade is about getting kids in shape, physically and mentally. His popular Kickin’ It With Coach Wade sessions on Friday keep it real and provide a safe place where kids can talk, really talk about the issues they face.

 

Words don’t do Coach justice. You have to experience him. He is an energy, a force that inspires kids to achieve. He lets them know athletics and academics go hand in hand. And that community and leadership is expected. Stop by the gym. You’ll be inspired... and become a fan.

JAN MNICH
Program Coordinator

Jan Mnich has a heart of gold and at Norwayne Boxing Gym it is her job to keep the place operating and programs happening so kids can dream dreams and make them come alive. There’s hardly a day when one of the kids doesn’t strike the heart strings of Jan. She believes in this mission that much. Before finding her true calling, Jan was a business owner and creator of communications including graphics and video.

 

Jan had a great career, but helping kids transform their lives and watching them move ever closer to their dreams is, well, a dream come true.

CHRIS RAYMOND
Motivational Coach

Chris is no stranger to the Westland community.  He grew up here, was educated, married, had kids and still lives here today.  Chris is a University of Detroit graduate, earning a BA in Psychology and 2 Masters degrees in both Counseling Psychology and Criminal Justice.  Chris is semi-retired from the State of Michigan, where he worked in the 18th District Court as the Chief Probation Officer for 25 years.

 

While Chris was growing up, he attended school and became friends with Jeff Styers, founder of Norwayne Boxing Youth Gym Development Program.  Chris has always valued Jeff's accomplishments and willingness to help others.  Having been given so much from the community himself, Chris realized he wanted to join Jeff at NBG and pitch in to continue giving back to kids from the Norwayne and surrounding communities.

 

Chris has always been involved in sports either as a player, coach or official.  He considers Norwayne Boxing Gym a perfect extension of his passion to work and mentor today's youth.  Due to Chris's realistic and compassionate view of the world and what's needed to change a life trajectory, NBG is fortunate to have Chris as part of the program that will continue to help kids reach for their dreams. 

TERRENCE "TERRY" KINNEY

Assistant Coach

Terry was born in Chicago, IL in 1953 and began his boxing career when he was 9 years old.  In 1970, Terry was a Golden Gloves runner up champion!  Not only does Terry still coach boxing today but also coaches full contact karate, of which he was a 1974 champion of this sport.  He graduated with an associates degree in Communications and met Coach Wade while working together at Botsford Hospital (now BOS) in Farmington, MI.  Terry is happily married and has two wonderful children.   

Norwayne Boxing Gym is excited to welcome Terry as the newest staff member.  He'll be transporting our team members to and from the program as well as assistant coaching alongside Coach Wade.  Terry's love of kids, continual belief in the program and passion to help kids reach for their dreams will make Terry a perfect fit at NBG!

JANELLE POWERS
Social Media Coordinator

Janelle is a graduate of Central Michigan University with a B.S. in Psychology. In addition,
she has over 20 years’ experience, with a focus on marketing, operations, and customer service. She volunteers as the housing coordinator for Crash Detroit. 

 

Janelle came to Norwayne Boxing Youth Program with a love for the sport of boxing and a passion for working with kids. She is training to be an assistant coach and has taken on all social media coordinating duties to keep the community involved in the lives and accomplishments of the NBG kids. Keep looking out for Janelle's posts on your favorite social media sites!

JESS BROWN
IT Coordinator

Jess started boxing with the University of Michigan team in October 2017. Through the team, she also began working with her coach, Akio Miller, and by May 2018 she was a USIBA national champion and a Detroit Golden Gloves champion. She graduated from U of M in 2018 with a B.S. in Information, specializing in data analytics. She currently works as a data engineer when she's not in the gym training and helping the kids.

 

Jess believes whole-heartedly in the mission of Norwayne Boxing Gym and loves seeing the progress her kids make both in the ring and outside it. She's a fighter and a competitor who knows how to inspire greatness. It's in you! You just have to meet Jess!