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Meet the Staff

The combination of friendship, education, experience, and passion 

inspired Brittany & Cass to develop Detroit CHEMpreneurIST. They both have been committed to exposing students to careers and experiences in STEEAM.  For the last 5 years, they have teamed up to reach hundreds of students in multiple classrooms and grade levels. This ultimately illuminated the creation of Detroit CHEMpreneurIST to give all interested youth the ability to grow, glow, and be an opportunIST!


Brittany Mitchell-Kelley(She/Her/Hers)

Co-Founder & Entrepreneurship Instructor 

Brittany Mitchell is a professional educator, who has spent over a decade working with youth of all backgrounds, abilities, and ages through different schools and non-profit organizations in Detroit. Her own experience navigating through barriers as a special education student with multiple (dis)abilities inspired her career choice and teaching philosophy.

She graduated from Wayne State University with a Bachelors in Elementary Education and Masters in Social Work with a concentration in Innovation, Community, Policy, and Leadership. 

Her background in special education, entrepreneurship, curriculum development, community organizing, and managing educational programming drives her passion to give students a holistic approach and access to existing barriers in their education.   She believes that all students have the right to optimal learning environments where they can take pride in their achievements and that their accomplishments can amount to anything they desire. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering with local community nonprofit organizations and will often coordinate service learning opportunities for students to give back to their communities.

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Cass Fry (They/Them/Theirs)

Co-Founder & Personal Care Chemistry Instructor

Cass is a creative chemist with experience developing new products, managing an analytical chemistry lab within a pharmaceutical and cosmetic organization, and being a professional consultant for smaller start up cosmetic organizations and entrepreneurs. They are a graduate of Wayne State University. Their background in chemistry and regulated industries informs their evidence-based decision making. Cass is fueled by their passion for helping others learn and succeed, and a need for integrity. Their hunger for knowledge and determination to diversify the scientific industry has contributed to their development of “Detroit CHEMpreneurIST”. When they are not developing new products Cass can be found enjoying such activities as: gardening, kayaking, playing with their dogs Ryleigh and Dani, or volunteering for various organizations.

Get Involved!

We are currently looking for motivated and passionate volunteers and interns. If you would like to learn more about Detroit CHEMpreneurIST and how to match your skills and passions we invite you to email  In your email, please note your availability, skills, experience, and feel free to attach your resume.

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