Board of Directors & Staff
President of the Board
Scott Lavine joined the Hospitality House Board in 2016. Scott is a Supply Chain Professional currently working in Troy, MI for a major industrial manufacturer. Scott, a Walled Lake Central High School alumnus; graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor’s Degree from the Eli Broad College of Business in Supply Chain Management and Information Technology. He currently resides in Commerce Township with his wife, Lindsey and daughter, Melissa.
Vice President of the Board
Alyson Lobert joined the Hospitality House Board in 2015. Alyson is the director at the Commerce Township Library. Alyson, a native of Commerce Township, graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts in English and communication studies and received her Masters in Information Science from Wayne State University. She resides in Walled Lake.
Denise has been a volunteer with Hospitality House since its inception in 2002 and was instrumental in developing many of the operational policies as well as a strong relationship with Walled Lake Consolidated Schools. As an entrepreneur involved in a variety of local businesses Denise’s community involvement is seen as she fosters awareness, promotes events, works with clients and their families, mentors school committees and fund raising for the pantry.
In 2010 Denise was awarded Paul Harris Society recognition by the Lakes Area Rotary Club for her personal choice to place Service Above Self. Denise is now the Fundraising Coordinator for Hospitality House.
Regina Nock is a resident of Commerce Township, relocating from Eastpointe in 2016. She received her Bachelor’s and Master's degree in Accountancy from Walsh College in Troy, Michigan and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant. Her professional background includes working for both public and private employers in a multitude of industries, in capacities ranging from a staff accountant to a controller. Currently she operates her owns and operates her public accounting practice, Nock Accounting & Tax, PLC, located in Commerce Township.
Besides for the honor of serving on the board of the HHFP, Regina is a volunteer and serves on the board of the Lakes Area Community Coalition, serving as their Treasurer. She is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA), serving on the MICPA’s Small Practitioners and Emerging Leaders Task Forces. Her business is an active member within the Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce.
Regina is excited and proud to have a wonderful community and the opportunity to apply her positive output by giving to others through her volunteerism. In her free time (outside of tax season, of course), she enjoys gardening, cooking, and travelling the United States.
Ginger Houghton joined the Hospitality House Board in late 2016. Ginger holds a Masters in Social Worker from Eastern Michigan University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Women’s Studies from Oakland University. Ginger has worked with a variety of nonprofits serving older adult, youth and individuals with developmental disabilities in Wayne, Washtenaw and Oakland Counties. Currently, Ginger is a Clinical Therapist specializing in Complex Trauma, Aging and Substance Use issues at her private practice, Bright Spot Therapy, located in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
Jane Thornhill, MSA
Jane Thornhill joined Hospitality House Board in fall of 2019. Jane holds a Masters Degree in Leadership Administration and a Bachelors Degree in Community Development from Central Michigan University. Jane is a healthcare executive with 20+ years of leadership and strategic development experience with a focus on population health. Jane and her husband Steve have been residents of Commerce Township for over a decade moving there from Livonia where they raised their four children.
Kevin Mulhall joined the Hospitality House board in 2013 and leads the Technology Committee and has been managing for computers, printers and network in the HH office since 2010. Kevin retired in 2016 after 20 years as an Enterprise Technology Specialist with Intel Corporation. Kevin is a Canadian and graduate of the University of Toronto but has lived with his wife Mary in Novi and South Lyon Michigan for over 20 years
Linda is an Estate Planning Attorney and the Director for Michigan’s 15th Senate District. She has been involved in non-profits since she was a student at the University of Michigan and Michigan State University College of Law. A passionate advocate, she has a history working with food pantries, legal clinics, neglected and abused children, developmentally and intellectually disabled people, mentally ill people, and the elderly. She enjoys cooking, reading, and experiential travel. Linda looks forward to helping Hospitality House move to the next level and is honored to be working with such an experienced and dynamic board.
Jason joined the board in Dec of 2015 and is its Treasurer. He is employed with Deloitte and Touche as a Senior Auditor and is a CPA with over 14 years’ experience.
Judy Evola, has been the director of Community Relations and Marketing with Walled Lake Consolidated School District since 2002. Prior to working with Walled Lake Schools, Ms. Evola worked with Plymouth Canton Community Schools for more than seven years in the same capacity. She has also worked with Dearborn Public Schools, a non-profit association, a daily newspaper, a public relations agency, and a software company, in various communications positions. She has a bachelor's in journalism from Central Michigan University and a master's in public relations from Kent State University. For Ms. Evola, it is an extreme privilege to work with the entire Walled Lake School community to support and benefit our children and families. Judy is humbled to serve on the Hospitality House Board and is grateful for the collaboration Hospitality House has had, since its inception, with WLCSD. Her hope is that serving on the HH Board will strengthen the partnership with the schools and community.
Barry A Hiscox
Barry was elected to the Board of HH in 2015 He is a retired consultant Civil Engineering Surveyor and Construction Disputes Manager who moved to the USA from England in 2005 and became a citizen on 21st May 2015. Fellow and Past President(2000/01) of the international UK based Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors, he has spent his entire career involved exclusively with major Civil Engineering Construction Projects. He is a technical author regularly writing articles for the international construction journal, Civil Engineering Surveyor. Since moving to the USA he has instigated an Agreement of Co-operation between his Chartered Institution and the premier professional organization in the USA, the American Society of Civil Engineers(ASCE).
A committed supporter of the future of public libraries he serves on the Library Advisory Board of Commerce Township Community Library. His wife Barbara is a retired teacher with a Masters degree, having taught in Michigan, Rhode Island and England. She is Publicity Officer for the Friends of Commerce Township Community Library and regularly volunteers at Hospitality House. With six sons, living in Dallas, Chattanooga, Seattle, England, The Netherlands and the Canary Islands, they are widely traveled throughout the USA and Europe.
Raymond Sherlock comes to Hospitality House with 35 years of Director level experience in Operations, Materials and Supply Chain Management experience with several multi-national companies including Kraft Heinz, Honeywell and PriceWaterhouse Coopers. Over his career he has specialized in streamlining and improving operations.
Ray has been active as a volunteer in the community and supports a number of initiatives. His passion is teaching, mentoring and developing people to achieve their full potential.
Mr. Sherlock holds an MBA from The Pennsylvania State University is a Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and a Certified Professional in Production and Inventory Management.
Donovan Neal is the Executive Director of Hospitality House. His experience includes a wide breadth of non-profit experience. His list of professional accomplishments includes but is not limited to working with the Judson Center's program for developmentally disabled adults and HelpSource's residential treatment program for troubled youth.
He has served as an adjunct professor at Washtenaw Community College, instructing students in community mental health. Mr. Neal holds a Masters of Science in Non Profit Management from Walden University and his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor. Donovan is also the Amazon bestselling author of the speculative Christian fiction novel The Third Heaven: The Rise of Fallen Stars.