Sandy L. Clippert, Board Director
Sandy attended the Dearborn school system and graduated high school in 1974. She attended Eastern Michigan University and Oakland University in Michigan. Ms. Clippert has worked in the dental field for over 30 years as an office manager. She plans to volunteer part-time as the office manager for the organization, as well as coordinating the activities of the various Board members.
James Clippert, Executive Director, and Board Director
James was adopted as a baby and grew up in the Dearborn area of Michigan. After graduating from the Henry Ford College, he attended the Ross Technical School and received the Residential Builders License.
After operating his own private inspection consulting business for over 25 years, he studied for and became a Metallurgist laboratory engineer for the Rouge Steel Company for 12 years. He also served as the president of the Clippert Brick Company.
Mr. Clippert will work as a volunteer Executive Director of the organization until there are enough funds to sustain the organization, and a permanent Executive Director is hired. He anticipates putting 20-25 hours per week into the organization as needed.
Mr. Clippert brings another aspect to his position. He suffers from Dystonia, and has an acute appreciation for the needs of a Dystonia patient. Mr. Clippert will oversee the scholarship committee.
Randall A. Pentiuk, Board President
,Randall brings his many years of legal experience to our organization. Since 1981, Mr. Pentiuk has been involved in all aspects of the general practice of law, representing individuals, businesses, professionals, local government, nonprofit corporations and other business entities. He has been providing services spanning the full spectrum of the legal affairs of his clients. Since 1981, he has been involved with the City of Riverview, Michigan, and assumed the duties of City Attorney in 1995. He continues in that capacity to date.
In 1992, he was appointed Corporation Counsel for the City of Melvindale, a position he continues to hold. The Charter Township of Royal Oak appointed him as its Special Counsel in 2004 and it’s General Counsel in 2006. He continues to serve in that capacity to date. Mr. Pentiuk serves as Corporate Attorney for the Downriver Community Conference and the Downriver Mutual Aid. The former is comprised of all the Downriver area municipalities and the latter is comprised of their police and fire agencies. In addition, he represents a number of other public corporations including the Housing Commissions for Detroit, Sterling Heights, Melvindale, Taylor and Royal Oak Township, the Taylor Act 179 Authority, and the Huron Valley Utility Authority, the Riverview Economic Development Corporation, and Downtown Development Authorities in Garden City, Melvindale, Southgate and Royal Oak. He has also represented Wayne County in various litigation matters.
Beyond these governmental entities, Mr. Pentiuk represents the region’s leading nonprofit entities including mega-churches and human service organizations. Among his other clients are numerous housing cooperatives, condominium associations, local businesses and private clients. His practice includes real estate transactions and litigation; estate planning; business planning and litigation; collections and commercial law, including creditor-side bankruptcy matters; and employment and labor relations litigation.
Mr. Pentiuk is a member of the American Bar Association where he is involved with the Litigation and Local Government Sections and the Affordable Housing and Community Development Law Forum. In the State Bar of Michigan, he is involved with the Business Law and Public Corporation Law Sections, and the Condominium, Community Association and Housing Cooperative Law Committee. Mr. Pentiuk is an active member of the Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys, the International Municipal Law Officers Association Committee for Legislative Advocacy, the Michigan Creditors Bar Association and various other professional associations.
Mr. Pentiuk was admitted to the State Bar of Michigan in 1981 and the District of Columbia Bar in 1984. He was admitted to the Bar of the United States Supreme Court in 1986, and is also admitted to practice before all the Federal District Courts in Michigan as well as the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. He worked as a Research Attorney for the Michigan Court of Appeals in 1981. After serving at the Court of Appeals he entered private practice and formed his own firm in 1989 which has grown to become the largest in the Downriver area.
Mr. Pentiuk earned his Juris Doctorate degree, Magna Cum Laude, from the Detroit College of Law in 1981, where he served as an editor on law review, while working full time as a computer programmer for the Ford Motor Company. His Bachelor of Science in Business American Dystonia Foundation Administration, with Distinction, was awarded from Wayne State University in 1976, where he majored in Accounting and minored in Finance.
In 1981, he was elected to the Board of Directors of the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries, an inner city ministry employing over 200 staff with a budget of over $13 million, and has served as its Chairman for the last decade. During 2006, he also served as its Acting President while a search for its Chief Executive Officer was undertaken. Mr. Pentiuk helped form Promise Village for disturbed children with Dr. Timothy Coldiron, and served as its first Chairman. He presently serves on the Board of Directors for Volunteers of America in Michigan. He previously served as Chairman of the Trenton Planning Commission for a decade, and as a member of the Board of Canvassers for the Trenton School District. Mr. Pentiuk is married with four daughters, and makes his home in iverview.
He is a member of the Detroit Athletic Club and the Grosse Ile Country Club, and sails in his spare time. Mr. Pentiuk has been named a “Michigan Super Lawyer”, a recognition awarded to the top 5% of Michigan attorneys. He also received the President’s award for outstanding service for the Midwest Association of Housing Cooperatives.
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Mr. Pentiuk will assist in all legal matters, as well as advising on the scholarship committee. He will work as needed for an estimated 10 hours per week.
Gregg James, Board Vice President
Gregg attended the Dearborn schools and graduated from Dearborn High School in 1974. He attended Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo Michigan from 1974-1979 majored in Business and Communications. He moved to Southern California in 1979, married the love of his life, Vela.
He has been an active member of South Shores Church in Dana Point, CA for 21 years, working with the senior’s ministry. Mr. James is also a member of the Orange County Black Chamber of Commerce and sits on the Education and Workforce committee as well as being an Ambassador for the Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce and the Orange Chamber of Commerce. He also serves on the Fair Housing Council of Orange County.
He volunteers with Working Wardrobes, helping survivors of domestic violence move to self-sufficiency; the Santa Ana College Student Leadership Institute as a presenter; Orangewood Children’s Foundation as a presenter; and sits on the Orange County United Way’s Financial Stability Council.
His passion is in the role of helping those less fortunate. Mr. James is noted for saying “I have worked with injured; those on welfare, and veterans helping them secure employment. It is my hope that in some small way I will have an impact on the lives of those less fortunate.”
Mr. James will assist on community involvement, fund raising, and will sit on the scholarship committee. He will volunteer approximately 10 hours per week.
Ian McKenzie, Board Secretary/Treasurer
Ian was originally born in Canada, but moved to the states as a child and became a naturalized citizen in 1964. He graduated from the Dearborn school system in 1974, and worked as Operations Manager for the Clippert Brick Company for ten years. In 1984, he moved to California and is currently working at the Kilgore machine Company as General Manager.
Mr. McKenzie has been associated with Mr. Clippert since childhood, and knows the ravages of Dystonia as only a best friend can. Together with Mr. Clippert, he has a dream to someday help fund a cure for Dystonia and Parkinson’s disease.
Mr. McKenzie will work approximately 20 hours per week and oversee all aspects of the organization from the West Coast, oversee the donation program, and be responsible for the financial upkeep.