The Board of Directors provides governance to Hope Clinic. Members serve a three-year renewable term. Officers serve a one-year term.
Terry Owens – President – Terry is currently Vice President and Director of Human Resources for Altarum Institute in Ann Arbor. He has over 30 years experience in the human resouces and labor and employment law fields. Terry is a member of the State Bar of California and the American Bar Associations’ Labor and Employment Law sections.
When Terry thinks about Hope Clinic, he is reminded of the Bible verse that begins “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat…” (Matthew 25:35-36). Terry says that the verse speaks to the powerful vision that God has for Hope. “I am so thankful that Dr. Dan Heffernan, using Christ as his inspiration, established Hope. For me, Hope Clinic is the most significant service to Christ I have been called to provide.”
Terry has served on the Hope Board for eleven years and is currently President as well as a member of the Ways and Means committee. Terry and his family attend Northridge Church at the Saline Campus.
Cathy Robinson – Vice President – Cathy first served on the Board in the very early days of Hope Clinic, before she was hired as Hope’s first paid staff member and executive director in 1990. Before coming to Hope, Cathy had worked in the social work and housing fields, including serving as the first executive director of the Shelter Association of Ann Arbor. By the time she retired as Hope’s executive director in 2014, Hope Clinic had grown from a Saturday morning walk-in medical clinic to the multi-service agency that it is today.
Cathy considers Hope Clinic to be a place of miracles, and people should expect miracles to take place at Hope. She has seen many times how the Lord guides, inspires, and provides for the needs of Hope Clinic. After retiring, Cathy returned to the Hope Board in 2014 and also serves on the ArborVitae Board. She is a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Ypsilanti.
Andy Arizala – Treasurer – In 2005 Andy retired from owning and operating a small software company that specialized in developing financial software for small local governments. Since then he has been active at Hope as a volunteer handyman, member of the Board, and Treasurer of the Board. He also serves on the Ways and Means and Audit committees of the Board.
Andy and his wife Anne are long-time members of St. Luke Lutheran Church at the University Lutheran Chapel site. Dr. Dan Heffernan served as their family physician before he founded Hope Medical Clinic. Andy and Anne celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2015, and they have two children and five grandchildren.
Dorothy Elliott, RN – Secretary – While Dottie has worked as a medical transcriptionist since 2014, most of her professional career was spent in nursing. When she was on the University of Michigan School of Nursing faculty, Dottie learned about Hope Clinic as part of an assignment she gave to her students. This planted the seed for her to someday be involved in Hope’s work.
That time came when Dottie retired from U-M in 2008, and Hope’s executive director asked if she would consider joining Hope’s board. Dottie’s love for the Lord and desire to do volunteer work for a Christian non-profit led her to accept the invitation. When not carrying out her duties as Board Secretary, Dottie may often be found serving at two area churches—Ann Arbor Christian Reformed and Knox Presbyterian.
Jennifer Baird – Jen is currently the CEO of Accio Energy, Inc., a company involved in wind energy generation. She also leads Sonetics Ultrasound, Inc., an early-stage medical ultrasound company that she co-founded. Earlier in her career, Jen worked in the fields of commercial banking, technology development, and life science research. She received her MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a BA degree from the University of Michigan.
Jen considers it a privilege to serve on Hope’s board. She notes that “God’s passion for serving the poor is a Biblical imperative, and Hope Clinic is a place where patients/clients, volunteers, and staff all come together in such a wonderful way to promote health, wholeness, and dignity for all involved.” Jen is a member of Knox Presbyterian Church.
Jill Fenske, MD – Jill is a family physician who sees patients at the University of Michigan Chelsea Health Center, where she also serves as medical director. She has been a volunteer at Hope Clinic since 2007. Jill and her family are members of the Ann Arbor Christian Reformed Church. She appreciates the holistic approach to health at Hope Clinic and loves seeing the care and kindness shared by clients and volunteers each day.
Deacon Dan Foley – Deacon Dan is a retired executive and attorney who held positions at Masco Corporation, Domino’s Pizza, and TSM Computing Group among others. He serves as a deacon at Christ the King Catholic Church and is active in their Upper Room ministry. Deacon Dan has served on a variety of charitable and professional boards and is currently Chairman of the Board of Renewal Ministries.
Andy French – Andy is the President of Aubree’s Flagstar, the franchising company for Aubree’s Pizzeria and Grill. The restaurant company has expanded significantly since Andy’s parents founded the original Aubree’s in Ypsilanti’s Depot Town in the 1970s. Andy serves on the Board of Directors of the Michigan Restaurant Association and is an advisory committee member of the Ypsilanti Area Community Fund. He has volunteered at Hope Clinic since 2007 and has served on the Hope Board since 2011. Andy and his family are members of First United Methodist Church in Ann Arbor.
Rev. Victoria James – Victoria was ordained a minister in 1981 and has served as the pastor of Ekklesia Fellowship Ministries in Ypsilanti since 2000. She was born and raised in Ypsilanti and is a wife and the mother of eight children. Victoria is also an educator and has served as both an instructor and associate dean at Washtenaw Technical Middle College in Ann Arbor.
Before joining Hope’s board, Victoria had worked with Hope Clinic as part of the ministry team. She says, “My service to Hope allows me to serve my community and express my true love for Christ and for people—what a joy!”
Kevin Sloan, DDS, MS – Kevin is a dentist in private practice in Ann Arbor. He received his DDS from the University of Michigan in 1982 and his MS in Crown and Bridge Prosthodontics from the same school. He started his career as an assistant professor in the Department of Crown and Bridge at U-M. In addition to teaching, Kevin began his private practice in Ann Arbor and eventually left the university to focus on his practice.
Kevin began volunteering at Hope in 1991 to help start the Hope Dental Clinic, which opened its doors in 1994. Kevin has been volunteering in various capacities at Hope Clinic ever since.
Kathy Weber – Professionally, Kathy is the Director of the Dental Assisting Program at Washtenaw Community College where she has taught since 1986. She also serves as President of the Aprill Family Foundation.
Kathy finds being involved at Hope Clinic to be truly rewarding. She says, “It’s a way for me to give back to help those less fortunate in our community. Hope is a place where all Christians have the opportunity to give of their time and resources. The many programs and services Hope offers make a significant difference in the lives of ‘God’s Beloved Poor’ as Dr. Dan would say. I feel good helping and giving back. As God has blessed me, I wish to bless others.”
Kathy has been a life-long member of Zion Lutheran Church in Ann Arbor. As a child she was baptized and confirmed at Zion. As a young adult, she was married at Zion. When her sons were young she taught both Sunday school and Vacation Bible School and served on Zion’s Youth Board. Currently Kathy serves as a Minister of the Table, an usher, and a member of Zion’s Endowment Board.