Michigan NSO

NSO Leadership

Executive Team

Sheilah P. Clay, President and CEO

Sheilah P. Clay has been the President and CEO of Neighborhood Service Organization (NSO) since 2000. This $28 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 $50 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 Vice President.  She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago-Detroit Branch, Opportunity Resource Fund, Michigan Nonprofit Association, Michigan League for Public Policy, Board Chair for Partners 4 Health, and Leadership Women. 

She also serves on the Advisory Board of the Community Investment Support Fund, Wayne State University HIGH Program, Non-Profit Leadership Collaborative of the Michigan Harvard Business School Club, Detroit Economic Club, Farmington African-American Parent Network (Founder), Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Links, 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 Counseling from Wayne State University College of Education. She is also a graduate of Leadership Detroit XXIV, Leadership America, 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 2015 Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Detroit Alumni Chapter Women of Distinction Award, 2015 Wayne State University Women of Wayne Headliner Award,  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.

Ms. Clay is married, with two adult children; a teacher and a junior in college.

William E. Weld-Wallis, Chief Operating Officer

William E. Weld-Wallis

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 S. Farquhar

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

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. Richard Marcolini

Dr. Marcolini is a board certified psychiatrist with additional certification in geriatric psychiatry. He is a graduate psychoanalyst of the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute and instructs physicians-in-training at Wayne State University, Henry Ford Hospital and Michigan State University/DWMHA.  He is on staff at the Detroit Medical Center and conducts a private practice of psychoanalysis.‚Äč.

Board Members - Officers

Ray C Johnson, Chair

Ray Johnson

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

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.

Mildred Matlock, Ph.D., Second Vice Chair


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 director of account services at Skidmore Studio. 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.

He also is the founder of Digital Diet Guy and CEO and founder of mymentalspace.com.

Within the community, Mark participates in a number of organizations, including being on the board of 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

Marsha A. Brogdon, Principal Consultant, Robinson Realty Group

Marvin T. Cato, Speaker, Coach and Educational Trainer

Karen Noelle Clark, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist, Clark & Associates Psychological Services, P.C.

Robin M. Cole, Vice President and Executive Director, Professional Medical Center

Lois T. Collins, Esq., Owner, collinslegal©

Rosalind E. Denning, President, Read Consulting, LLC

George P. Gaerig, Operations Manager, Capuchin Soup Kitchen

Lucretia Gaulden, Speakers Bureau, NSO Bell Building

Rev. Georgia A. Hill, D.Min., Associate Minister, Plymouth United Church of Christ

John Horton, President, Resident Council, Wayne Health & Rehabilitation 

Barbara Jean Johnson, Ph.D., Chief Operating Officer, Tireman Banquet & Conference Center

Robert P. Jones, Director of External Affairs, AT&T

Alger P. LaHood, Owner and Founder, LaHood Realty

Doneen McDowell, Executive Director, Global/GMNA Manufacturing Engineering - Vehical Systems

Reginald K. Pelzer, C.P.A., Director, C360 Audit Services & Controls, DTE Energy Company

David Rudolph, Public Relations and Social Media Consultant, D. Ericson & Associates Public Relations

Charles Russell Simmons, Financial Professional

Diane Slon, Vice President of Corporate Informatics, United Physicians, Inc.

Boyd White, III, Esq., Associate, Dykema Gossett, PLLC