Our Leaders

 

New Hope is led by a professional staff, which includes the Director of Religious Education (DRE) and the Music Director, and by a Board of Trustees, elected by the members.  Every person at New Hope probably takes a leadership role in some special way.


Kathy Silver, our religious educator, has worked in UU churches since 1989.  She has led both small and large programs and has a wealth of experience in multi-generational worship.  She usually helps to plan and lead our Sunday worship services with Music Director, Deb Tyler, and assistance from our members and friends.  A child abuse prevention educator and foster parent educator in her early career, Kathy has a BA in Psychology and a MS in Community Health Education.  Religious Education has been her passion for many years and she loves working at New Hope.  Kathy is active in the MI cluster of DRE’s and the MidAmerica UU Region.  She is also a member of the Liberal Religious Educator’s Association and the Church of the Larger Fellowship.

 

Deb Tyler, our talented and creative Music Director, adds music and videos to our Sunday programs.  She is a founding member of New Hope and is always involved in numerous community programs involving music and the arts.  She is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University and a member of the UU Musicians Network.  She encourages all New Hopers to sing with heart every Sunday.  You can learn more about Deb and the music at New Hope by going to the Music section of this web-site.

 

Our Board President, Dave McIntyre has lived in the South Lyon Area for 20 years. Married with two daughters, he is an architect, who went to college at Lawrence Tech. He is interested in supporting the community in various ways, including New Hope Congregation and the Lyon Township Library.

 

Denise Harris is our Vice-President.  She lives in Milford and has been a Unitarian Universalist for over 20 years, the last two years as a member of New Hope.  She is a graduate of Hope College and the Thunderbird School of Global Management.  She works for General Motors in aftersales and marketing.


Sue Myers is our New Hope Board Secretary.  She is a retired teacher who worked in the Dearborn Heights/Westwood School District for 34 years.  For most of that time she worked with Special Education students.  She enjoyed her career very much.   She has been a member of the New Hope Congregation since 2007.  She has been the Board Secretary for the last 6 years and enjoys that job also.  Plus she now collects the CLEAN bottles & cans so that New Hope can benefit from the refunds!


Mike Kelleher is the treasurer of New Hope. He and his wife, Corinne, originally from Massachusetts, discovered Unitarian Universalism in 1984 and joined the First Parish Church of Plymouth, MA.  He and his family moved to Harbor Springs, MI in 1994 and then to Wixom, MI in 2004, where they presently live.  Mike is now retired, after having a 40 year career in the Material Handling Industry holding positions as an electrical project engineer and application engineer.  He has been a member of New Hope since 2010 and has been Treasurer since 2013.  He has three adult children and two grandchildren.


Casey Branch is the at-large member of our board. She has been a member of New Hope for 3 years. She lives in South Lyon with her husband, Jim, and part time with her twin college sophomores, Emma and Ryan.  She is a preschool teacher at the South Lyon Coop Preschool and works part time at the Salem South Lyon Library.

 

 


Kathy Silver, our religious educator, has worked in UU churches since 1989.  She has led both small and large programs and has a wealth of experience in multi-generational worship.  She usually helps to plan and lead our Sunday worship services with Music Director, Deb Tyler, and assistance from our members and friends.  A child abuse prevention educator and foster parent educator in her early career, Kathy has a BA in Psychology and a MS in Community Health Education.  Religious Education has been her passion for many years and she loves working at New Hope.  Kathy is active in the MI cluster of DRE’s and the MidAmerica UU Region.  She is also a member of the Liberal Religious Educator’s Association and the Church of the Larger Fellowship.

 

Deb Tyler, our talented and creative Music Director, adds music and videos to our Sunday programs.  She is a founding member of New Hope and is always involved in numerous community programs involving music and the arts.  She is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University and a member of the UU Musicians Network.  She encourages all New Hopers to sing with heart every Sunday.  You can learn more about Deb and the music at New Hope by going to the Music section of this web-site.

 

Our Board President, Dave McIntyre has lived in the South Lyon Area for 20 years. Married with two daughters, he is an architect, who went to college at Lawrence Tech. He is interested in supporting the community in various ways, including New Hope Congregation and the Lyon Township Library.

 

Denise Harris is our Vice-President.  She lives in Milford and has been a Unitarian Universalist for over 20 years, the last two years as a member of New Hope.  She is a graduate of Hope College and the Thunderbird School of Global Management.  She  works for General Motors in aftersales and marketing.

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Sue Myers is our New Hope Board Secretary.  She is a retired teacher who worked in the Dearborn Heights/Westwood School District for 34 years.  For most of that time she worked with Special Education students.  She enjoyed her career very much.   She has been a member of the New Hope Congregation since 2007.  She has been the Board Secretary for the last 6 years and enjoys that job also.  Plus she now collects the CLEAN bottles & cans so that New Hope can benefit from the refunds!

Mike Kelleher is the treasurer of New Hope. He and his wife, Corinne, originally from Massachusetts, discovered Unitarian Universalism in 1984 and joined the First Parish Church of Plymouth, MA.  He and his family moved to Harbor Springs, MI in 1994 and then to Wixom, MI in 2004, where they presently live.  Mike is now retired, after having a 40 year career in the Material Handling Industry holding positions as an electrical project engineer and application engineer.  He has been a member of New Hope since 2010 and has been Treasurer since 2013.  He has three adult children and two grandchildren.

Casey Branch is the at-large member of our board. She has been a member of New Hope for 3 years. She lives in South Lyon with her husband, Jim, and part time with her twin college sophomores, Emma and Ryan.  She is a preschool teacher at the South Lyon Coop Preschool and works part time at the Salem South Lyon Library.