Board of Trustees (2015 -2016)
Robert K .Hunt,
Detroit Housing Commission
Robert serves as Director of Commercial & Redevelopment Activities for the Detroit Housing Commission, where he guides property acquisition and the redevelopment of commercial and residential properties. Robert has been with the agency almost 8 years and previously served as the director of the HOPE VI Development Department from November 2005 through April 2010. He is a licensed real estate broker and a graduate of the Leadership Program of the Southern Wayne County Chamber of Commerce. He has also completed certification programs in Public Housing Executive Management and Procurement & Contract Administration.
Robert has served on the Planning Committee for the UM/ULI Real Estate Forum and received the Building Industry Association’s Distinguished Government Service Award and Project of the Year for 2009. He has served the community in the capacity as a member of on boards for neighborhood nonprofits, as a member of working and advisory committees for governmental and educational organizations. Robert is married to his wife of 39 years and lives in the city of Detroit.
Sr. Margaret Alandt,
Immaculate Heart of Mary
Sister Margaret 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.
Internal Revenue Service
Cedric graduated from Ferris State University with a B.S. in Data Processing. He has been employed by the Internal Revenue Service, Detroit, Mich., since 1987 as a computer specialist. Cedric served with the United States Air Force from 1967 to 1975, and continued with the Michigan Air National Guard from 1975 to 1993. He is retired from the Air Force Reserve.
Cedric has served as treasurer of his parish, St. Clement’s Episcopal Church, Inkster, Mich., from 1985 – 2006. He has served on the Convention Planning Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan, the Committee to Elect a new Bishop, as Chairman of Lay Credentials at Diocesan Convention and as Registrar of the Diocese of Michigan. He has served on the board/committees of the Economic Justice Commission and the Opportunity Resource Fund since 1995. He is currently involved in a program at his parish in Inkster called Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), a program to help low-income persons file their tax forms.
Office of the Wayne County Corporation Counsel
Marianne received a bachelor’s degree with honors from the University of Michigan at Dearborn, and a J.D.degree from Wayne State Law School. She has been practicing law in the State of Michigan since 1983.
Since 1998 she has practiced in the Office of the Wayne County Corporation Counsel where she provides legal representation to Wayne County departments and elected officials on civil matters that affect county government. She has been married for 30 years and has two adult children. Marianne has previously served on the Board of the YWCA of Western Wayne County and on the Camp Council for Michigania, the University of Michigan alumni camp.
Gehad H. Alawan,
Islamic Center of America
Having earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Central Michigan University, Gehad later pursued a master’s degree in finance from Walsh College of business in 2000. He has since served as a financial advisor for AXA Equitable since 2000.
Gehad also volunteers on several other non-profit boards as well as working with the youth of his community with a large emphasis in Interfaith Outreach Education throughtout the Metro Detroit area. Gehad was taught at a young age the importance of integrity, work ethic, community service and family values. He has been a member of the Opportunity Resource Fund Board since 2003.
Sheilah P. Clay,
Neighborhood Service Organization (NSO)
Sheilah 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. Sheilah 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.
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. Marc 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.
Marc 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).
Marc 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. Marc enjoys spending time with his family, and serves as Scoutmaster for his son’s Boy Scout Troop.
Edwin R. Harlin, Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA)
Edwin is the Director of the Southeast Michigan Division for the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA). In his current position, Mr. Harlin 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.
Harriet studied at McGill University and received an A.B. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1957. She earned an A.M. in Sociology from Brown University in 1959, and continued her graduate work in sociology at the University of Buffalo until she moved to Detroit, Mich. in 1963. She joined the City of Detroit’s Poverty Program in 1967, and worked until 1990 in a variety of senior planning and development positions with the City of Detroit. In 1990 she became President of HP Devco, Inc., a non-profit economic development department serving Highland Park, Mich. She retired from HP Devco in 2007, and lectures throughout the community including University of Detroit Mercy and Wayne State University.
She presently serves as Chairperson of the bi-county Woodward Avenue Action Association, and serves with the Center for Community Based Enterprise (C2BE), the Sojourner Foundation for Women and Girls, Wayne State University Center for Peace and Conflict Studies, WSU Press Board of Visitors and other boards and organizations. She has received several awards for her community and social justice efforts, including the “2001 Executive Woman of the Year” from Crain’s Business News, and the 2004 “Community Peacemaker Award” from Wayne State University’s Center for Peace and Conflict.
Thomas H. Seabron, Jr.,
Thomas 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 senior vice president and financial advisor with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, and a recipient of the Citigroup Quarter Century Club for completion of 25 years of service with the organization.
Thomas 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.
Attorney at Law
Tony Spokojny has been practicing law in Michigan since 1978. Since then, 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.
Tony 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 he is also a member of the Environment Commission of West Bloomfield Township, formerly the Wetlands Commission, from 1987 to present.
Midtown Detroit, Inc.
Lawrence Williamson is a Real Estate Manager with MidTown Detroit Inc. As an investor/developer Williamson has 29 years of professional experience in affordable housing, community development, market rate housing and commercial development, construction management and architecture, economic development and neighborhood revitalization. He has developed and administered various economic development projects, affordable and market-rate housing programs and projects totaling more than $120 million in financing and in excess of 650 units using federal, state, local and private funding sources.
As a published author of “Best Practices in Double-Bottom Line Real Estate Investing” and “Housing Rehab, Spec Writing & HQS Inspections”, lecturer and active member of his community, Lawrence has made large strides in economic development.