Ryan-Hertz_HeadShot_Leadership(1)Ryan Hertz, MSW
President & CEO

Ryan assumed the role of CEO at Lighthouse in January of 2019. Since joining SOS in 2010, he and his team have expanded SOS’s scope of services to encompass emergency shelter, rental assistance, affordable housing development, supportive service solutions, and crowdfunding technologies that have contributed to thousands of displaced people getting back on their feet and finding a renewed sense of purpose. Ryan is now leading Lighthouse in coming together with SOS to further both organizations’ combined efforts to meet the critical and escalating emergency and longer-term needs of the working poor, homeless, and otherwise impoverished members of our community. He is passionate about connecting those with a giving spirit to powerful opportunities that change the lives of others.

Jenny-PomaJenny Poma, MSW
Chief Operating Officer

Jenny Poma is all about results for those in need as she has demonstrated in her leadership of program development, operations, grants, and performance measurement around SOS’s shelter, housing, and follow-up care programs. She will be working with both SOS and Lighthouse leadership to integrate our program operations while identifying and implementing new opportunities for social impact. Jenny’s favorite part of her job are her colleagues: “Everyone is so positive and fun to be around. We are all committed to our mission and work tirelessly to accomplish great things.”

Russ Russell
Chief Development Officer

Russ brings over 37 years of experience working with non-profits locally, nationally, and internationally, to reach their goals and find success. He is responsible for managing the operations and resources for fundraising, corporate giving and development for Lighthouse. He also oversees the organization’s events, communications and marketing efforts. Russ has been instrumental in helping several metro Detroit organizations reach new heights in service to others. He has led such efforts as Detroit PAL’s Kids at the Corner campaign, supporting their recent $20 million Corner Ballpark development at the historic site of Tiger Stadium. Russ also led Forgotten Harvest’s development efforts as they increased their annual food supply of fresh food from 12.5 million to over                                                      40 million pounds during the Great Recession.

We are grateful to our Board of Directors and Advisory Council for their leadership, guidance and commitment to our mission.

James Lambrecht, Chair

Richard Lewnau, Vice Chair

Jim Ciroli, Treasurer

Jackie Buchanan, Secretary

Dennis Blender

Jonathan Burleigh

James Carpenter

Manisha Dostert

Lamontre Harris

John Harvey

Sonja Lengnick

Paddy Lynch

Harry Maisel

William Mott

Colleen Ochoa-Peters

Marie Osborne

Rachel Pica

Paul Plante

Sammie Rayner

Dean Rocheleau

Jacqui Spicer

John Townsend

Bruce Turpin

Susan Wellman

Susan Cooper