Sheilah P. Clay, President and CEO
Sheilah P. 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. Sheilah is the visionary leader who led the $52 million restoration of the former historic Michigan Bell Building into permanent supportive housing for the homeless, which is the largest project of its type in the State of Michigan.
Additionally, Sheilah was elected to the Farmington Board of Education in 2006 and now serves as its Board President. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago-Detroit Branch, Opportunity Resource Fund, Michigan Nonprofit Association (immediate past President), Michigan League for Public Policy, Behavioral Health Professionals, Inc., and ConsumerLink Network. Sheilah, a graduate of the 2014 class of Leadership America, was recently elected to their national program’s Leadership Women Board of Directors.
She also serves on the Advisory Board of the Community Investment Support Fund, Southeastern Michigan Public Policy Task Force, Wayne State University HIGH Program, Non-Profit Leadership Collaborative of the Michigan Harvard Business School Club, Detroit Economic Club, Community Advisory Group of the Southeast Michigan Partners Against Cancer Center, Farmington African-American Parent Network (Founder), Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and Word of Faith International Christian Center.
Ms. Clay received her bachelor’s degree in psychology/secondary education from Spelman College and her master’s degree in Guidance and Counseling from Wayne State University College of Education. She is also a graduate of Leadership Detroit XXIV, a McGregor Fund Eugene Miller Fellow, and has completed Executive Education programs at Harvard Business School as well as Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.
Ms. Clay has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2014 Shining Light/Eleanor Josaitis Unsung Hero Award, 2014 Paul E. Bridgewater Award from the Detroit Area Agency on Aging, 2014 & 2012 Woman of Excellence from Michigan Chronicle, 2014 Farmington Multi-Cultural/Multi-Racial Community Award, Mariam C. Noland Award for Nonprofit Leadership from the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, 2014 Finalist in the Channel 7 Annual Detroit 20/20 Award, 2013 Woman of Vision from Plymouth Church of Christ, 2013 Community Service Award from Ebenezer A.M.E. Church, 2012 Carla Javits Award from Campaign to End Homelessness, 2012 Oakland County NAACP Hall of Fame Award, and several years in Who’s Who in Black Detroit.
William E. Weld-Wallis, Chief Operating Officer
William Weld-Wallis has held leadership positions of high responsibility and high visibility throughout his 35 years in non-profit management. His focus early in his career was the re-organizing and rebuilding of organizations which had been in administrative, staffing, and public relations disarray. In more recent years he has focused upon program management. Mr. Weld-Wallis came to Neighborhood Service Organization in 1994 as the Director of Quality Assurance. He then accepted the role of Vice President of Programs before taking on responsibilities as Chief Operating Officer in 2007. He has a BA from Michigan State University and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Wayne State University. Mr. Weld-Wallis has been a Detroit resident for the past 35 years, is married and has three grown children and one grandchild. He has a history of civic involvement, mostly as a coach for various sports, and is a graduate of Leadership Detroit XIV.
Allyson S. Farquhar-Boyle, Chief Financial Officer
Allyson Farquhar-Boyle has 20-years of management experience in non-profit organizations. She worked in the corporate offices of Mercy Health Services/Trinity Health in strategic planning and finance and was involved in the development, financing, and construction of four assisted living facilities on health campuses for Trinity’s long term care division. Allyson began with NSO in December, 2009 as its Chief Financial Officer after more than six years in finance at the Detroit-Wayne County Community Mental Health Agency where she was responsible for the financial operations of the Agency’s managed care provider networks. She has a BA from the University of Georgia and an MBA from the University of Michigan. Allyson has been married for more than 20 years and has two teen-aged sons. She has been involved in the community as a member of the Junior League of Birmingham, has been an active participant at her sons’ schools in leadership roles.
LaNeice Jones, Vice President of Programs
LaNeice Jones is the Vice President of Programs for Neighborhood Service Organization responsible for the oversight of program operations in three Units of the organization. This involves providing leadership, support and direction to the Unit Directors and Program Directors, being knowledgeable regarding the program scopes of service and guidelines and compliance expectation. Ms. Jones is a Licensed Master Level Social Worker with over 20 years of experience working in social and human service settings and specializes in crisis intervention, suicide prevention, and information and referral. She also provides critical incident stress management and debriefing. She received both her Bachelor of Sociology and Master of Social Work degrees from the University of Michigan. Ms. Jones is a member of the National Association of Crisis Center Directors Board and the Michigan Alliance of Information and Referral Systems Board. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She enjoys reading, spending time with family and friends, and providing public service through a variety of community programs and projects.
Dr. Richard Marcolini, M.D., Medical Director
Dr. Marcolini is a Fellow, board certified psychiatrist. He is also board certified in geriatric psychology. He is a graduate of the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute, an adjunct faculty member at the Michigan School for Professional Psychology and has been an instructor at Wayne State University School of Medicine and Departments of Psychiatry and Family Medicine. He also conducts a private practice and has hospital privileges at Harper, Sinai-Grace and Detroit Receiving hospitals.
Board Members - Officers
Ray C Johnson, Chair
Ray Johnson founded and assisted in the development of schools across the country. He has been a pioneer in the realm of character education, accelerated learning, multicultural and African-Centered curriculum through his groundbreaking, site-based management. He has elevated parental and community involvement to record-breaking levels. Due to his unique ability to engage the reluctant learner and raise student achievement, he has earned the distinction of being one of the country’s top educational consultants.
Armed with the mission of providing world-class education for all children, he has worked with countless school districts, universities, and government agencies reaching to develop and empower thousands through his many seminars in curriculum development, organizational psychology, and student motivation. In an effort to bolster self-esteem and foster values, Johnson formed two organizations: Man-to-Man and S.E.L.F. (Sisters Empowered through Love and Friendship) mentoring programs targeting boys and girls ages four through 21.
Johnson’s numerous awards include Eastern Michigan’s Meritorious Civil Rights Award, Masons’ International “Man of the Year” Award, Detroit Institute of Commerce’s Excellence in Community Service Award, National Head Start’s Outstanding Contributor’s to Education Award, the Ameritech Outstanding Educator’s Award, the Detroit City Council’s Spirit of Detroit Award and other outstanding acknowledgements.
Richard L. Lichtenstein, Ph.D., First Vice Chair
Richard Lichtenstein, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Health Management and Policy at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. He received both his M.P.H. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in medical care organization, and a B.S. from Cornell University in industrial and labor relations.
Dr. Lichtenstein's research interests include: Community-Based Participatory Research; Racial and ethnic disparities in health; Barriers to health insurance coverage for low-income children; The effects of discrimination on access to health care; and, efforts to increase diversity in the health workforce.
Dr. Lichtenstein is the director of the University of Michigan Summer Enrichment Program in Health Management, an internship program for undergraduate students interested in eliminating health disparities. He is also the director of the University of Michigan Training Site for the Kellogg Health Scholars Program, Community Track. Dr. Lichtenstein is involved in the governance of two Voluntary Employee Beneficiary Associations (VEBAs), which provide health benefits to groups of retirees. Dr. Lichtenstein formerly was Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Michigan School of Public Health.
Linda Alexander, Second Vice Chair
Linda Alexander BSN, MBA, RN is currently the Administrative Director for Post-Acute Continuum and Physician Services at the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan, part of the Detroit Medical Center. She also serves as one of the key drivers preparing the DMC for the new Healthcare Reform era.
Linda has more than 15 years in nursing and hospital administration, with an emphasis on operational efficiency, strategic planning, care management and quality/performance improvement. She is a registered nurse, with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from the University of Detroit-Mercy and a Master’s of Business Administration-Organizational Development from Wayne State University in Detroit.
Using her clinical background as a critical care nurse and business acumen, Linda has also served as a National Healthcare Consultant, advising acute care hospital executives on solutions that drive operational optimization.
Linda is certified in Lean Performance Improvement and serves on various community boards for non-profit organizations and is a member of the Re-hospitalization Reduction Task Force for MPRO-Michigan’s federally designated Quality Improvement Organization for CMS (Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services). She has participated in the Detroit Medical Center: Leadership Academy II, Advisory Board’s Nursing Leadership Academy and Detroit Regional Chamber’s Leadership Detroit, class XXIX.
She actively participates in various professional organizations, including Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing, Delta Sigma Theta, Inc., a public service sorority, Healthcare Financial Management Associates, and American College of Healthcare Executives.
Gregory Terrell, C.P.A., Treasurer
Gregory Terrell is managing director and founder of Gregory Terrell & Company, a certified public accounting firm in Detroit. His firm launched in 1983 and provides professional services in accounting, auditing, tax and consulting to nonprofit organizations, government agencies, small businesses and individual taxpayers. Mr. Terrell’s professional experience spans more than 30 years and includes positions as an audit manager with an international CPA firm and manager of accounting policy and research with a Fortune 500 company.
Mr. Terrell currently serves on the Board of Water Commissioners of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department and is board treasurer of Lula Belle Stewart Center. He also is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants, and National Association of Black Accountants, receiving numerous awards for his contributions to professional and civic organizations.
The Dillard University graduate and Detroit native is married and has two children.
Mark A. Ostach, Secretary
Mark is the Founder & CEO of mymentalspace.com, a company that helps people prevent Internet addiction. A winner of Detroit Crain’s Business 20 in their 20’s, Mark is interested in studying behavioral trends on the Web and evaluating the role technology plays in everyday life. Mark is focusing on innovate ways to help schools & employers create programs and policies to manage technology use in today’s digital classroom. Frequently speaking at social media conferences and schools, Mark aspires to educate people on how technology can impact your emotional well-being.
Since 2007, Mark has also been Chief Operating Officer at Digerati, Inc., a software company that evaluates business processes, human resources, and technology systems. There he is responsible for the development of the company’s Project Management Office and staff augmentation.
Within the community, Mark participates in a number of organizations, including being on the board of directors for Digerati, Inc. and Neighborhood Service Organization; a non-profit serving the Detroit mental health community. Additionally, Mark is an alumni and on the board of trustees for Leadership Detroit. Mark earned both a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, with a concentration in Neuroscience, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics & Management from Albion College. He also obtained a Master of Science in Information Systems with a specialization in Project Management from Walsh College. Originally from Farmington Hills, Mich., Mark now resides in Royal Oak.
Board Members - Directors
Harvey “Chip” Amoe, III, Assistant Director, Legislative Network, Henry Ford Health System
Sharon Banks, CEO, Bankable Marketing Strategies
Marsha A. Brogdon, Principal Consultant, Robinson Realty Group
Elliott Broom, Vice President of Museum Operations, Detroit Institute of Arts
Karen Noelle Clark, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist, Clark & Associates Psychological Services, P.C.
Robin M. Cole, President & CEO, Professional Medical Center
Lois T. Collins, Esq., Owner, collinslegal©
George P. Gaerig, Operations Manager, Capuchin Soup Kitchen
Thomas S. Goddeeris, Executive Director, Grandmont/Rosedale Development Corporation
Georgia A. Hill, D.Min., Associated Minister, Plymouth United Church of Christ
Barbara Jean Johnson, Ph.D., Retired
Robert P. Jones, Director of External Affairs, AT&T
Alger P. LaHood, Owner and Founder, LaHood Realty
Mildred C. Matlock, Ph.D., Chief Operating Officer, Detroit Receiving Hospital
Doneen McDowell, Plant Manager, General Motors' Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant & Brownstown Battery Assembly Plant
Reginald K. Pelzer, C.P.A., Director, Accounting Operations, DTE Energy Company
David Rudolph, Founder and Senior Partner, E. Ericson & Associates Public Relations
Charles Russell Simmons, Vice President, Community Development Market Manager - Michigan, RBS Citizens/Charter One Bank
Diane Slon, Vice President of Corporate Informatics, United Physicians, Inc.
Herbert C. Smitherman, Jr., M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.P., President & CEO, Health Centers Detroit Thomas P. Tuskey, Capital Program Manager, Detroit Regional Convention Facility Authority
Boyd White, III, Esq., Associate, Dykema