TBD – Chair
Patrick Gubry – Secretary
Patrick Gubry 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.
Leon Tupper –Treasurer
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.
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 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 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.
Rob is a business professional who split his 30+ year career between the Detroit based Stroh Brewery Company and Dialog Direct (fka Budco) located in Highland Park, Michigan. Most recently, Rob served as Chief Operation Officer at Dialog Direct from January 2012 through April 2015, just prior to his retirement. In retirement, Rob served as the volunteer manager for St. Christine’s Food Pantry from January 2018 through August of 2019 and he completed his first (and only) marathon this past June. He just recently joined the St. Christine’s Board of Directors. Rob holds a BBA from the University of Michigan and received his MBA from Wayne State. Rob is happily married with two grown sons, the oldest of which is recently engaged to be married.
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.
Molly Sanford hails from Hickory, North Carolina but has lived in numerous cities and towns including Asheville, North Carolina, Chicago, Illinois and Boone, North Carolina since then. Molly pursued a degree in psychology and minor in sociology at the University of North Carolina Asheville and graduated in 2012. Since then, Molly completed a year of volunteer services at Franciscan outreach in Chicago working at a soup kitchen full time and living in community with 12 other young adults. Molly had the opportunity to cultivate her passion for food justice from urban farming, teaching a cooking and gardening class for second and third graders at a social justice school in Chicago, working at Whole Foods, to the experience derived from the soup kitchen. This led Molly to seek a Master’s program at Wayne State University in business and industry anthropology to hopefully help alleviate food issues through the means of corporate social responsibility, where she will begin part-time in the Fall. Simultaneously, Molly’s heart, after being separated from the international community life/social justice life since leaving Chicago, is excited to harvest strong bonds with the other house members and the guests of St. Christine Christian Services and overall Christ the King parish community. On a less serious note, Molly loves singing/playing the ukulele, laughing, cooking/baking, reading, playing board games and riding her road bike in her free time!