Board of Directors


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.

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.

Cathy Gillis

Cathy retired from General Motors Corporation in 2009 after working some 30+ years as an Administrative Assistant on the Financial and Legal Staffs. Since retirement, she has spent her time volunteering in hospice service as well as farming and fund raising with Forgotten Harvest. Most recently, Cathy has become the official “Soup Lady” at St. Christine’s Soup Kitchen, making fresh, home-made soup for our 400+ weekly clients.

Cathy has two grown children and two tiny granddaughters who, regrettably, live in Denver. She is an active member of St. Kenneth Parish in Plymouth, MI.