Michael, originally from Michigan, received his B.A. in Communications from Grand Valley State University and a M.A. in Student Affairs Administration from Ball State University.
Michael Fraley comes to Hospitality House with over 13 years experience working in the non profit sector in Vermont and Houston. Michael's past work experience includes working for low-income housing, education, and homeless nonprofits working to end homelessness in communities.
Michael also owned and operated his own jam and marmalade business for six years in Vermont. He has won three Good Food Awards for his creations. Michael is passionate about gardening and houseplants. He is very excited to join Hospitality House and work to ensure everyone in our community lives without hunger.
Mark has years of retail and customer service experience. He started to volunteer with Hospitality House in 2020, and loved it so much decided to accept a position with us in the Warehouse!
MSW: Pantry and Pit Stop Programs
Michelle comes to Hospitality House as an intern. She is currently studying for her Masters of Social Work at Eastern Michigan University, where she also graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Recreational Therapy.
Michelle has resided in the Commerce area for her entire life. She is excited to work with those within her community to make sure everyone has access to food. When she is not working or studying, she enjoys spending time with her nieces and pet sitting cats, dogs, and other critters.
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.
MSW Intern: Breathing Room
Morgan Burns graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Michigan State University. She is currently studying to get her Masters in Social Work from the University of Michigan. Morgan is one of the interns at Hospitality House, and has experience working with youth who are considered at-risk. She hopes to use her social work degree to fight inequality, specifically within the housing and juvenile justice systems.
MSW: Special Projects
Amal Omer is a first year Masters student at the University of Michigan, School of Social Work. She is a recent graduate of Skidmore College, where she pursued Gender Studies and Political Science degrees, and minored in Intergroup Relations and Sociology. Amal is passionate about abolition, mutual aid, and food justice. She is excited to join the Hospitality House team as an intern and hopes to get involved permanently in community organizing and advocacy efforts upon receiving her MSW in April, 2023.
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 two children, Melissa and Alex.
Vice President of the Board
Alyson Lobert joined the Hospitality House Board in 2015. Alyson is the director at the Commerce Township Community 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 Chair and Treasurer for Hospitality House.
Jason joined the Hospitality House Food Pantry Board of Directors in December, 2015. He is a Senior Auditor at Deloitte and Touche and is a CPA with over 14 years of experience.
Regina 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 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, 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.
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.
Barry A Hiscox
Barry was elected to the Board of Hospitality House 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 of the international U.K. based Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors, he has spent his entire career involved exclusively with major Civil Engineering Construction Projects.
A committed supporter of the future of public libraries, he serves on the Library Advisory Board of Commerce Township Community Library. Barry and his wife, Barbara, have six sons, living in Dallas, Chattanooga, Seattle, England, The Netherlands and the Canary Islands; they are widely traveled throughout the USA and Europe.
Ginger Houghton, LMSW/CAADC
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 Farmington 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 to Commerce Township from Livonia, where they raised their four children.
Kevin Mulhall joined the Hospitality House board in 2013 and leads the Technology Committee. Kevin has been managing for computers, printers and network in the Hospitality House office since 2010. Kevin retired in 2016 after 20 years as an Enterprise Technology Specialist with Intel Corporation. Kevin is Canadian and a graduate of the University of Toronto; has lived with his wife, Mary, in Novi and South Lyon, Michigan for over 20 years.
Judy Evola is the recently-retired director of Community Relations and Marketing with Walled Lake Consolidated School District. 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 Walled Lake Consolidated School District.