Our Board of Trustees
Robert K .Hunt,
Detroit Housing Commission
Robert Hunt retired from the Detroit Housing Commission July 2016, where he held the position of Director of Commercial & Redevelopment Activities. Mr. Hunt's career experiences cover more that forty years in the metropolitan Detroit region and includes, regional planning, local community & economic development program development and administration. Expansive urban planning engagements he led, included high level positions in government involving numerous successful housing development and inter-governmental cooperation endeavors that enabled new and redeveloped affordable housing and local retail development to occur in Wayne and Oakland county communities. Federal, state and local funding were integral in his implementation and validate Mr. Hunt's experience of performance and compliance. Since retirement he has reentered the residential real estate field as a Realtor and member of the Greater Metropolitan Area Realtors (GMAR), and intends to continue his support of numerous efforts that further the needs of people seeking housing, social and economic parity. Mr Hunt continues to support and volunteer as he does to the Opportunity Resource Fund, to his church as well as other community and national cultural organizations.
Community Housing Network
A passionate advocate for providing homes for sustainable, inclusive communities, Marc Craig has been involved in the affordable housing sector for more than 25 years. In 1991, he founded Springhill Housing Corporation, a certified CHDO receiving HOME funds and a sponsor of HUD 811 grants, Federal Home Loan Bank programs, and others. He went on to become the founding President and CEO of Community Housing Network where he continues to lead. He has been proud to direct the rapid growth of the organization, from three staff members in 2001 to more than 70 today, a testament to the tremendous need for affordable housing in the region. Mr. Craig leads a team that throughout the years has leveraged more than $25 million in resources to create and maintain the stock of affordable housing in southeast Michigan.
Mr. Craig is active in numerous affordable housing, homelessness and disability service and advocacy organizations. He represents the Oakland County Taskforce on Homelessness and Affordable Housing on the Oakland County Human Services Community Collaborative Council, is a member of the Oakland County Community and Home Improvement Division Advisory Council, and serves as vice chair of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis Affordable Housing Advisory Council. He also serves as a board member, currently in the role of president, for the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan (CEDAM).
Mr. Craig is licensed as a Michigan Real Estate Broker and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Michigan State University as well as a Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University. He has completed additional management courses, including the Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management program at the Harvard Business School. Mr. Craig enjoys spending time with his family, and serves as Scoutmaster for his son’s Boy Scout Troop.
Sr. Margaret Alandt,
Immaculate Heart of Mary
Sister Margaret Alandt currently serves on the leadership council of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. From 2009 to 2012 she served as Treasurer of Compassionate Companions, a guardian and conservator agency located in Allen Park, MI. Prior to this position, since 1997 she served as the Financial Manager of MOSES, a nonprofit, faith based organization affiliated with the Gamaliel Foundation. Sister Margaret holds a B.A. in Social Studies from Marygrove College, Detroit, and a M.S. in Nonprofit Institutional Administration from the University of Notre Dame, Indiana. She is a board member of the Marygrove Non-Profit Housing Boards, Compassionate Companions, and the SSIHM Corporation.
Sheilah P. Clay,
Neighborhood Service Organization (NSO)
Sheilah Clay has been the President and CEO of Neighborhood Service Organization (NSO) since 2000. This $31 million Detroit-based nonprofit human service organization provides mental health, addiction treatment, crisis intervention/suicide prevention, homelessness, early childhood education, youth leadership and workforce development and violence prevention, supportive housing development, and much more to individuals and families in Wayne and Oakland counties. Ms. Clay is the visionary leader of a $52 million restoration of the former historic Michigan Bell Building into the largest permanent supportive housing for the homeless in the State of Michigan.
Tarik Bazzy, Ally Financial
Tarik Bazzy is a Human Resources Manager at Ally Financial on their Diversity and Inclusion Team. He has spent the last four years at Ally learning and growing personally and professionally on Ally’s Compensation and Talent Management Teams.
Mr. Bazzy has been a community volunteer and activist with the organizations, Zaman International and Canton Educational Basketball League. He enjoys spending time with his family, and looks forward to coaching his two daughters in youth sports.
Prior to joining Ally, Tarik attended the Eli Broad School of Management at Michigan State University where he earned his Master’s in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources Management, he also holds a Bachelors in Business Administration/Finance from the University of Michigan – Dearborn.
Edwin R. Harlin, Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA)
Edwin Harlin is the Director of the Southeast Michigan Division for the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA). In his current position, he is responsible for the marketing of the Authority's programs, products, and services, including Rental Development and Supportive Housing, lending programs supported with tax credits, Community Development and Homeownership programs in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Monroe, St. Clair, Livingston, and Washtenaw Counties. This includes forming strategic partnerships with customers who want to invest in Southeast Michigan in a committed way, and who have a vision for neighborhood revitalization.
Amy Hovey, C.S. Mott Foundation
Amy Hovey is currently the special projects coordinator at the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation where she works closely with the Foundation’s response to the water crisis in Flint. Prior to this position, she was the district chief of staff for Congressman Dan Kildee in Michigan’s Fifth Congressional District where she administered the operations of both the Washington, D.C. and district offices, as well as directly managed the programs of the district office. Preceding her work with the Congressman, Ms. Hovey was the co-founder and chief operating officer and senior vice president of capacity building for Community Progress. Community Progress is a nonprofit organization created to assist communities in dealing with vacant, abandoned, and blighted properties. Prior to helping launch the organization, she founded the Protogenia Group LLC in 2002, after working with the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) for six years. At the consulting firm, she provided technical assistance in several areas including organizational development, leadership development, board governance, administrative management, and program and real estate development. She also provided support to Genesee County in the creation of the Genesee County Land Bank Authority. In addition to technical assistance, Ms. Hovey has extensive training and meeting facilitation experience including an annual 15-day training program on comprehensive real estate development.
Ms. Hovey holds a bachelor’s of arts degree from Alma College and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Michigan-Flint.
Michael Layne, Marx Layne & Company
Mr. Michael Layne is currently employed at Marx Layne & Company in the position of Managing Partner. Michael Layne has been serving established and growing companies in the Detroit metropolitan area since the early 1980’s. Over the past twenty years, he has provided strategic communications counsel to numerous industry leaders as an extension of their corporate brand.
As a founding partner of Marx Layne & Company in 1987, he has been instrumental in building Michigan’s largest independently owned public relations agency. Layne attributes the emergence of Marx Layne & Company to the development and retention of a diverse client base and the careful building of a dedicated and capable team of public relations professionals. Layne regularly plans and implements unique, results-orientated public relations programs for clients in a broad range of industry sectors, including real estate, hospitality/food service, technology, entertainment, professional services, sports, manufacturing, retail, financial services, consumer products and communications.
As both the demand for information about companies grows and the media becomes more complex and fragmented, Layne’s experience with a broad range of clients provides a basis for creating ongoing, original and highly successful programs. Layne serves clients with their communications needs in major metropolitan areas across the nation. He strongly believes in personalized service, availability and accountability. Layne respects the correlation between dollars spent by a client and results.
Side from the daily rigors of running a public relations agency, Layne is active in the community. He is a member of the Board of Trustees for Don Bosco Hall and a member of the Board of Directors for Lighthouse PATH, a subsidiary of Lighthouse of Oakland County, Inc. He is also a member of the Automotive Press Association and Public Relations Society of America.
Sarah Lucas, Networks Northwest
Sarah Lucas is the Director of Community Development for Networks Northwest. Founded in 1974, Networks Northwest facilitates and manages various workforce, community, and business-related programs and services for the ten county Northwest Michigan region. She works closely with local governments, nonprofits, and other community stakeholders in the 10-county Northwest Michigan region on a variety of community issues, including local and regional housing strategy development and implementation. Additional projects and experience include the development of the Framework for Our Future: A Regional Prosperity Plan for Northwest Michigan, along with multiple local and county master plans and recreation plans. As part of her work around planning and local policy initiatives, she also coordinates and facilitates public outreach strategies and conducts in-depth community research and analysis. She also works with multiple regional and state-wide partners to provide and facilitate education and resources for local units of government.
Ms. Lucas has been a practicing planner in Northwest Michigan for over 15 years. She is certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners, is a member of the Michigan Association of Planners Board of Directors, the Opportunity Resource Fund, and the Fair Housing Center of West Michigan. She holds a degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Eastern Michigan University.
Thomas H. Seabron, Jr., Morgan Stanley
Thomas Seabron graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in liberal arts, and went on to play professional football with the San Francisco 49ers and the St. Louis Cardinals. He was still involved in professional football when he became a registered investment advisor with E.F. Hutton. After he retired from professional football, he joined E.F. Hutton as a full-time account executive. He is currently with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, and a recipient of the Citigroup Quarter Century Club for completion of 25 years of service with the organization.
Mr. Seabron is associated with the following organizations: National Association of Security Dealers, Registered Representative; National Association of Security Professional, Member; The Reggie McKenzie Foundation, Vice President; Detroit Music Hall, Board of Directors; The N.A.A.C.P., Life Member and Kappa Alpha Psi, Life Member.
Curtis Smith, Central City Integrated Health
Tony Spokojny, Attorney at Law
Tony Spokojny has been practicing law in Michigan since 1978. Since then, he was honored to serve the State of Michigan as a special assistant attorney general from 1978 to 2008 representing the Michigan Department of Transportation in complicated civil matters; and as a private attorney serving the general public in the practice of law. As an attorney, he has also served as an arbitrator, mediator and facilitator in hundreds of cases.
Mr. Spokojny has also served as a volunteer in several causes. Most recently, he was on the Board of Directors of the Detroit Maccabi Club, an organization serving youths in the Detroit area, and is also a member of the Environment Commission of West Bloomfield Township, formerly the Wetlands Commission, from 1987 to present.