Board of Directors

Officers

Leon Tupper – President

Leon Tupper 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, Rehabilitations Institute of Michigan, Cleary University, Michigan Roundtable, and Wayne State University School of Business, and Interfaith Leadership Council of Metropolitan Detroit among others. He is a member of the Christ the King parish in Detroit. Northville resident, business owner.

Tracy Clark – Vice President

 

Tracy M. Clark is an attorney with the law firm of Steinberg Shapiro & Clark, specializing in bankruptcy law. Over the years, Tracy has been involved in various non-profit organizations, including Access to Bankruptcy Court, which provides bankruptcy representation to low-income individuals seeking debt relief; and the Farmington Hills Rehabilitation Loan Board, which provides loans for home repairs to qualifying city residents. Tracy also volunteers her time as a certified arbitrator for the Better Business Bureau, Lemon Law program and as a scoring judge for the Michigan Center for Civic Education, Oakland County Regional Tournament of the Michigan High School Mock Trials. Tracy is a member of St. Fabian Church in Farmington Hills.

 

Patrick Grubry – Treasurer

Patrick Grubry has worked in non-profit management for over a decade. As EcoWorks’ Water Program 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. With the Youth Energy Squad, he helped students save their schools over $770,000 by leading energy and water-saving campaigns; save 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 via youth employment. Patrick has directly performed over 500 water, irrigation, and energy audits in Colorado and is he is an active member of his Northwest Detroit neighborhood.

 

Molly Sanford – Secretary

Molly has been a board member since 2019. She has served as a service corp member managing the food pantry. Molly has also worked at Gleaners Community Food Bank for the past couple years since her time at St. Christine’s Food Pantry. She feels that it is important to stay invested in community and to use her skills learned at the food bank to support St. Christine’s mission.

Members

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 integrating 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 Elliott 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. Elliott 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.”

 

Elliott follows the Six Sigma quality management principle and trains his employees to practice the same quality techniques. He contributes much of the company’s growth to a company shift toward secure disposal, green recycling and remarketing client IT assets.

 

As a commodity, information systems get replaced every few years. Elliott realized that clients needed an option for properly destroying sensitive and private information, such as health records, insurance claims and government defense information. Elliott nimbly transformed the company to be able to provide secure disposal of information, and remarketing or recycling old computers and IT equipment.

 

Prior to launching ISR, Elliott served in IT sales for Midwest Business Systems. He 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 fundraising 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.

Steven Howell

Steve has been practicing for over 40 years as a bankruptcy and insolvency lawyer providing a broad range of services in the distressed business context. A significant part of Steve’s practice is spent counseling lenders in troubled loan matters throughout the workout process. He continues to serve as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Michigan as lead bankruptcy counsel on behalf of the State of Michigan in the Chapter 9 bankruptcy case filed by the City of Detroit. In addition, he serves as counsel to the Detroit Financial Review Commission which is responsible for reviewing and approving certain activities by the City of Detroit and reviewing compliance with the City’s plan of adjustment, confirmed by the bankruptcy court in November of 2014. Steve has also represented borrowers, creditors’ committees, creditors and purchasers of financially distressed companies. He has previously served as Practice Department Manager of the Banking, Bankruptcy, and Municipal Finance groups at Dickinson Wright for 8 years. Increasingly, Steve has been called upon to mediate matters in both state and federal courts. He works out of the downtown Detroit office of Dickinson Wright, located in the Ally Detroit Center.

 

In addition to his practice responsibilities, Steve serves as the Firm’s Executive Director of Community and Client Relations, focusing on increasing the visibility and involvement of Dickinson Wright in its communities and complementing the business development activities and efforts of the Firm and his colleagues. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Haven, an Oakland County non-profit organization dedicated to providing shelter, counseling, advocacy, and educational programming for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Kathleen Newell, J.D.

Kathleen Newell is an attorney by profession and has been practicing law since 1973. She is currently engaged in private practice as a self-employed individual who has 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. I 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 disable populations. She considers her strengths to be organization, leadership roles, and a vigorous commitment to do the best job possible despite time constraints that may be encountered in fulfilling a specific responsibility. Kathleen resides in Detroit and is also a member of Christ the King Parish.

Patrick Stewart

Patrick Stewart retired in 2013 as a Senior Vice President from JPMorgan Chase, where he spent 35+ years in various roles in Commercial Banking. Since that time, he has regularly volunteered in the City of Detroit, and in 2015, he began working with St. Christine Christian Services as a volunteer in the Pantry. Pat thoroughly enjoys his time working with St. Christine’s, and he is committed to assisting our neighbors in the Brightmoor community.

 

Pat and his wife are long time members of St. Thomas a Beckett parish in Canton.