Lydia’s Gate is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. The Board of Directors delegates responsibility for the day to day running of Lydia’s Gate to the Executive Director, who reports to the Board and performs the duties concerning the care and counseling of those individuals and families at the shelter.
Chairman of the Board of Directors
2018 – Present
Mike has been visiting Hubbard Lake since 1966 until his move from St. Clair County in 1990. He met the love of his life, Debora, in 1992 and they have four children scattered about Michigan (3 boys and 1 girl), along with the resulting 3 grandsons. Mike has over 15 years working with nonprofit boards in northeast Michigan (Sunrise Homeless Mission, NEMROC, Hubbard Lake Bible Church food pantry). Mike currently serves as Lydia’s Gate board President and believes that through Lydia’s Gate, God’s plan to help those in need find the unconditional love that only Christ can supply.
Lorri has 30 years of banking experience and currently works at Mercantile Bank as a branch manager and lender. Lorri and husband, Scott, live in Mio and have a son, Brandon, who attends the University of Michigan. Lorri and Scott attend Mio United Methodist Church and enjoy helping with the community dinners hosted by the church. Lorri enjoys being a part of the difference that Lydia’s Gate makes in the lives of those that are in need of help.
Pam has worked in K-12 and higher education for 30 years as a community education coordinator, teacher, and counselor. She has lived in Mio for most of her life and attends Tripoint Church of God of Mio. Pam enjoys quilting, geocaching, biking, camping, pickle ball, and spending time in nature. She and her husband, Dave, have two adult children. Pam became involved with Lydia’s Gate in 2018.
Martha is a retired school teacher and counselor. She has lived in Mio for 35 years after moving from the Detroit area. Martha became involved in Lydia’s Gate in 2015 with a desire to help those who are in need. She and her husband Dave have 6 adult children and 11 grandchildren. In her spare time she enjoys gardening, exercise, reading and traveling.
Executive Director of Lydia’s Gate
Sarah is a native of Mio and a 2010 graduate of the University of Michigan. She comes to Lydia’s Gate with a BA in Women’s Studies. Sarah looks forward to expanding the services Lydia’s Gate offers to its guests such as cooking, computer and job skill classes, among others. Together with the help of the community, she believes that the vicious cycle of homelessness can be broken and lives can be repaired.
Sarah enjoys spending time with her family, reading and traveling in her free time.
Sarah can be reached directly by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.