Community Catalysts is a community development financial partner that supports seniors, veterans and homeless individuals by funding quality affordable housing and services. Our goal is to be the catalyst - to get a stalled project started, to fill a gap to keep a project going, to fund a project that others may not be willing to fund, or work with a developer/partner in a way that others will not. We are a small, nimble team and are able to move quickly to get a project funded. We care about the people and communities that our investments back. We strive to serve more people in Michigan and throughout the Midwest through our collaborative partnerships. Contact us to discuss your project and how we might be able to serve you.
We serve as a catalyst to our partners, and together we empower seniors, veterans, the homeless, and people with low income through quality affordable housing and services.
Collaboration with other community development efforts
Innovation in design and concepts
Respect for the individual and the dignity of all people
Board of Directors
Greg Adair brings over 35 years of healthcare leadership to Community Catalysts. Greg has an MA in Health Administration from Central Michigan University. He spent 10 years with Care Centers of Michigan, a group of 9 nursing homes, rising to the position of Administrator of all facilities.
Since founding Affordable HomeCare in 1989 with his wife, Greg has focused on providing daily living support to those in need in their homes. Affordable HomeCare has won awards for quality and leadership as metro Detroit’s largest Medicaid Waiver provider.
Greg is passionate about serving seniors and is a frequent expert speaker on hospital readmission prevention, fall prevention and helping seniors make wise care choices. Greg has served on several Boards, including Project Compassion Ministries and the Michigan Chapter of the Home Care Association of America.
Representing both the borrower and the lender in all aspects of real estate law, Ken Clarkson brings nearly 35 years of legal experience to Community Catalysts' Board of Directors. With a law degree from the University of Michigan, Ken is licensed to practice law in both Michigan and Florida.
Ken brings extensive experience negotiating sophisticated real estate financial transactions including joint ventures, mezzanine financing and traditional construction and permanent financing. He negotiates purchase
agreements for properties to be held for development and syndication, and negotiates leases for office buildings larger than 250,000 square feet as well as strip and regional malls. In addition to practicing law, Ken lectures regularly at seminars involving real estate matters, conducting seminars for the National Business Institute and the Detroit Bar Association.
As the President and CEO of Wellspring Lutheran Services (previously Lutheran Homes of Michigan), Dave Gehm is responsible for the administrative, executive and governance leadership for the organization, and has been since 1994. Wellspring provides a complete array of senior services across the continuum of care including health/home care, hospice, respite, housing, assisted living, memory loss, skilled nursing and rehab services. Wellspring has become a leader in innovation and technology application in the service environment. This ministry employs over 1500 people across the state of Michigan
and touches 15,000 lives with service and care every year.
Dave graduated from Wayne State University School of Pharmacy, in Detroit, Michigan. He recently completed a two-year term as Chairman of the Board of LeadingAge, Washington, D.C. He has also served on the Board of LeadingAge, Michigan and is the past Co-Chair of CAST (Center for Aging Services Technologies). He also serves on the Board of The Michigan Federation for Children and Families, in Lansing, Michigan.
Laurie Helgren brings over 17 years of experience in the commercial banking industry. As an Assistant Vice President, she implemented and manages the Commercial Finance Portfolio for First Independence Bank. She currently sits on the Compliance Committee and is an active member of senior management.
Prior to her current role, Laurie managed several portfolios at other financial institutions and held managerial positions in public accounting as well as in the retail marine industry.
Laurie holds a Bachelor's Degree in Education from Michigan State University. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, reading, and volunteering through her church, as well as spending time with family and friends. Laurie currently resides in Novi.
Tina Abbate Marzolf
Tina Abbate Marzolf has dedicated her twenty year career to the field of health and human services. Tina's early years as a Housing Planner, Transportation Planner, and the Director of Business prepared her to take on the role of CEO of the Area Agency on Aging B-1 in 2007.
In her 10 years as CEO, she helped the organization to grow revenues to more than $50 million, diversify its dependency on government funds, and launch the state's first social enterprise dedicated solely to supporting the needs of older
adults, adults with disabilities, and caregivers. The social enterprise, called SameAddress, launched in June 2015, and continues to grow today.
Tina, who holds a Master's Degree in Administration, continues to consult with individuals and organizations, sharing her expertise and passion for health and human services. Tina is married with 2 children and lives in Auburn Hills, MI.
Becky Phelps is the founder of Capture Associates, an asset management and consulting service to a limited group of owners, overseeing over 2,000 units of senior and multi-family housing. Becky brings almost 30 years of experience in all phases of property ownership and development. She is experienced in acquisitions, sales, debt and equity financing and asset management services in both the senior and multi-family housing sectors.
Prior to founding Capture Associates, Becky worked as a Development Officer of the P.M. Group, Inc. Her involvement in the acquisition and construction development of over 2,500 multi-family and senior housing units, including the securitization of over $80 million in debt financing and placement of equity, contributes significantly to the expertise behind her successful ventures and ownership opportunities.
As the Executive Director of Community Catalysts, Eileen Zilch brings over 30 years of Corporate, Consulting, and Non-Profit leadership to the team. With an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh, Eileen started her career at Ford Motor Company.
During her 11 years at Ford, Eileen served in several leadership positions including, Finance Manager in Car Product Development, Plant Controller, and Director of Foreign Exchange Strategy in the Treasury. Eileen moved from Ford into a Finance and Marketing Consulting role serving diverse clients at TEAK Enterprises. After a decade in consulting, Eileen moved into the Non-Profit sector.
As a Director at SpringHill Camps, Eileen worked in both operational and support leadership roles. Her roles at SpringHill included Marketing Director, Regional Day Camp Director, and Central Services Director. Eileen's signature leadership style is creating high-performing teams and taking something good and making it great.
Eileen brings strong leadership skills, a diverse business background with both for-profit and non-profit organizations, and a get-it-done attitude to her role at Community Catalysts.
Eileen has 4 children and lives in Howell. When she isn't working, you can find her at her son's sporting events, at the beach, hiking, traveling, decorating, learning and teaching, watercolor painting, or laughing with family and friends.