Board of Directors


Billie Hickey - Chair

Billie has a BS Education degree, UW-Madison and a Masters, Natural Resources, UW-Stephens Point. Her past employment include: H.S. science teacher, ESL teacher in China, illegal dumping cleanup program coordinator in SW Detroit and executive coordinator for Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion.

She now volunteers her time mostly in gardens along the Brightmoor Farmway, including one at St. Christine's. Billie has called Detroit home for 14 years, moving to Brightmoor in 2010.

Patrick Gubry - Secretary

Patrick is EcoWorks’ Water Programs Manager. He helped design, launch, and operate the water conservation and plumbing repair program of Michigan’s first regional water assistance program, the Water Residential Assistance Program. Patrick formerly served in leadership roles with EcoWorks’ Youth Energy Squad (YES). YES students saved their schools over $770,000 by leading energy and water saving campaigns; saved their neighbors over $600,000 by leading over 2,400 home energy saving visits, and earned themselves over $190,000 in wages and over $130,000 in direct scholarships during YES youth employment. He has directly performed over 500 water, irrigation, and energy audits in Colorado.

He is an active member of his Northwest Detroit neighborhood.

Leon Tupper - Treasurer

Leon is a life long resident of the Detroit area who has owned and operated businesses for over thirty-five years in the state of Michigan. He has been very active in the community, sitting on the boards of Forgotten Harvest, Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan, Cleary University, Michigan Roundtable, Wayne State University School of Business and Interfaith Leadership Council of Metropolitan Detroit among others.

He is a member of Christ the King parish in Detroit.

Board Members

Kathleen Newell, J.D.

Kathleen is an attorney by profession and has been practicing law since 1973. She is currently engaged in private practice as a self-employed individual having retired from the State of Michigan as an Administrative Law Judge in 2002. She has served on the State Advisory Council (SAC) having been appointed to several terms by the Michigan Commission on Services to the Aging. She was first appointed in 2002 and reappointed to three-year terms in 2009 and 2012. Kathleen is extremely committed as an advocate to protect the rights of the elderly and has served as a volunteer advocate in many areas that relate to the aging and disabled populations.

Rev. Victor Clore, Pastor, Christ the King Church & Parish

Fr. Victor Clore has been a parish priest in Detroit since 1966, always serving in racially integrated city parishes. His pastoral specialty is blending Holy Scripture and Human Psychology. He has taught at local Catholic colleges and supports everyone's participation at Sunday Mass, lay leadership and a parish school that gives our children a good start.

Sandra Zull

Sandra is a native of southern Indiana and a retired teacher with multi-degrees in education and theology. She is a former staff member of the Intervarsity Christian Fellowship at the University of Michigan.

Sandra is married; her husband is a retired Episcopal minister and they have two adult sons. Sandra lives in Detroit.

Wayne Isbell

Wayne has had over 30 year's experience in public and private behavioral health care services, including inpatient and outpatient clinical settings for both psychiatric and addiction conditions. He has extensive experience and accomplishments in program innovation, training and consulting. During the course of his career, he has also had extensive marketing, public relations and grant writing experience. He is a licensed master social worker (LMSW) in Michigan.

He is a member of Christ the King Parish.

Luther Elliott

Luther is president and founder of Information Systems Resources (ISR), one of only a few companies worldwide that provides cradle-to-grave IT asset management ---procurement, warehousing, staging, deployment, and disposal and remarketing--- for large and medium-sized companies. He launched ISR in 1989 out of his home. The company has experienced exponential growth and now reports $10 million in gross sales and 50 full-time employees.
ISR, a certified minority business enterprise, recently moved to a 110,000 square-foot facility in Dearborn. The company was named one of “50 Companies to Watch in Michigan” in 2005, and most recently was named to Inc. Magazine’s “5,000 Fastest Growing Private Companies.”
Luther earned a Bachelor of Arts in communication and business from the University of Detroit.