Board of Directors & Staff

Board Members

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 Coordinator for Hospitality House.

Alyson Lobert joined the Hospitality House Board in 2015. Alyson is the director at the Walled Lake City Library, where she has served since 2013. 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.

Kevin Mulhall joined the Hospitality House board in 2013 and chairs the Technology Committee which creates and maintains systems, networks and communications solutions in the HH office and outside. He is a retired Enterprise Technology Specialist with Intel Corporation.  Kevin is a Canadian and graduate of the University of Toronto but has lived with his wife Mary in Novi and South Lyon Michigan for over 20 years.

Linda McLean was born and raised in the city of Detroit. As an educator for 39 years, she spent 15 years teaching in Detroit, and 24 years in the suburban school district of Walled Lake. Her educator experience included K – 5th grade, art education, and eleven years as the School Library Media Specialist. Linda is the author of two children’s books: The Heidelberg Project – A Street of Dreams (2007), and Wanda and Winky which has just been published. Linda has also written books for teachers titled Reading Buddies Bloom, Continental Press, 1997.Ms. McLean enjoys travel, spending time communing with nature, kayaking, artistic endeavors, singing with community groups, reading, and writing. She has painted three Little Free Libraries for her local community. Linda has become a board member with Hospitality House in Walled Lake, and also runs a chapter of the Dining For Women national organization that works to eliminate poverty in third world countries. Linda is the mother of three grown children and grandmother of nine. Many hours of her time are spent enjoying the company of her loving family.

Barry was elected to the Board of HH 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(2000/01) of the international UK based Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors, he has spent his entire career involved exclusively with major Civil Engineering Construction Projects. He is a technical author regularly writing articles for the international construction journal, Civil Engineering Surveyor. Since moving to the USA he has instigated an Agreement of Co-operation between his Chartered Institution and the premier professional organization in the USA, the American Society of Civil Engineers(ASCE). A committed supporter of the future of public libraries he serves on the Library Advisory Board of Commerce Township Community Library. His wife Barbara is a retired teacher with a Masters degree, having taught in Michigan, Rhode Island and England. She is Publicity Officer for the Friends of Commerce Township Community Library and regularly volunteers at Hospitality House. With six sons, living in Dallas, Chattanooga, Seattle, England, The Netherlands and the Canary Islands, they are widely traveled throughout the USA and Europe.

Scott Lavine joined the Hospitality House Board in 2016. Scott, a Supply Chain Professional with over 8 years of experience in the field, currently works 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

Lindsey Lavine joined the Hospitality House Board in 2016. Lindsey is an attorney who began her career at a legal services organization in Flint, MI.  She now works for the court system. Lindsey received her Bachelor’s of Arts in English from Madonna University and her Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan. She currently resides in Commerce Township with her husband, Scott.

Jeff joined the board in Dec of 2105 and works for Intel.  He brings a wealth of professional management and IT expertise and has volunteered at the pantry for several years.                                                                                                      

 

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 Jewish Family Service in West Bloomfield, MI.

Jason joined the board in Dec of 2015 and will be acting as its Treasurer.  He is employed with Deloitte and Touche as a Senior Auditor and is a CPA with over 14 years’ experience.

Judy Evola, has been the director of Community Relations and Marketing with Walled Lake Consolidated School District since 2002. 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 WLCSD. Her hope is that serving on the HH Board will strengthen the partnership with the schools and community.

Aja also joined the board in Dec 2015 and is Supply Chain Buyer/Planner for NGK Spark Plugs (U.S.A.), Inc. - Wixom, Mia and brings with her a strong knowledge of sales, fundraising and volunteering.

Staff Members

Donovan Neal is the Executive Director of Hospitality House. His experience includes a wide breadth of non-profit experience.  His list of professional accomplishments includes but is not limited to working with the Judson Center's program for developmentally disabled adults and HelpSource's residential treatment program for troubled youth.  He has served as an adjunct professor at Washtenaw Community College, instructing students in community mental health.  Mr. Neal holds a Masters of Science in Non Profit Management from Walden University and his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor. Donovan is also the Amazon bestselling  author of the speculative Christian fiction novel The Third Heaven: The Rise of Fallen Stars