Board Members

Ruth Shortie

I was so angry with the Detroit Public Schools and the Detroit and Wayne County Mental Health Services for not meeting my son Clifton's needs. I felt that I had to release the anger and stress of not being able to help my only child. I attempted to recruit other special need parents to form a board of directors; they were not interested. I kept on asking parents and people I would run into at the doctor’s office, town halls, and parent & teacher meetings at schools. When I met three people who felt the same way, then I contacted the Neighborhood Service Organization (NSO) Developmental Unit. The only thing that I knew was that I wanted to form an organization to serve the Developmentally Delayed students to provide with emotional and educational needs. The NSO filed the necessary paperwork for the organization, which is today known as Independent Living Housing, Inc. This organization responded to an unmet need of the community. It is tailored to help children and adults in the city of Detroit to be or have the opportunity to be productive citizens. I have over thirty years of experience advocating for my son and working with the Developmentally Delayed and Mentally ill population. I worked for 27 years in the A & P & Farmer Jack Supermarkets in the capacity of cashier, bookkeeper and manager. I bring to this organization a wealth of knowledge in customer services and the general public at large. I have two and half years of general studies and a certificate in mental health from the Wayne county community college

Beverly Rugley

Beverly Rugley McClore serves on the Board of Director of Independent Living Housing Inc. since the Spring of 2019. She is presently pursuing a career as a freelance writer with her nonfiction novel “No Fear Here”. Her professional career started in 1974, receiving her first certification as a Medical Office Assistant from Davis’s School of Medical Assistant on Broadway Ave. Detroit, Michigan. She has achieved numerous certifications for Bookkeeping, Computers and On-The-Job-Trainings equipping her for the Entrepreneur Way of Lifestyle. She is currently working towards achieving a bachelor’s degree. In 1992 she met her husband and combined their skills of Designer Upholstery/Hair/Fabric Artistic Creations called “Studio One Unique Designs”. In 2000, she submitted a proposal to Wayne County Community District and was granted the opportunity to teach hundreds of students a Self-Create Curriculum and Teaching Manual called “ The Book Look Aka Look in the Book”. The curriculum is a combination of ethnomathematics, motivational and professional ethics for results in excellent customer service. As a native Detroiter, Beverly fell in love with non-profits because her own life had been saved by one during the 70”s, when drugs, poverty and juvenile delinquency was critical. “They gave us incentives with trips, horseback riding in Canada, go cart riding, arts and crafts with a goody store onsite. They did this to encourage our interest in school and life. They provided us with the tools for positive self-esteem and motivation” Beverly recalls gratefully. In 2013, she became an Ordained Inner Healing Minister, who after receiving instructional Inner Healing therapy since 2005 felt inspired to help the learning disabled/mentally challenged change the way they see themselves thus changing the world’s opinion of these unique people forever.

Collin McDonough

Collin McDonough has spent the last six-and-a-half years working in state government, politics, and for a think tank. He graduated from Michigan State University in 2013 with his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science/Prelaw. He is currently a JD/MA-Economics candidate at Wayne State University and an MS-Applied Data Science candidate at Syracuse University. He serves as a Senior Advisor and Polling Analyst at Data for Progress.

Chantal Moore

Chantal Moore has been with Independent Living Housing since 2014. She currently serves on the Board of Directors in the role of fundraising Chairman. Chantal attended the University of Michigan where she pursued a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Organizational Studies. She participated in the undergraduate research program and studied higher education access in urban areas. Studying this and seeing the lack of programs and information for youths in high risk urban areas motivated Chantal become more involved in her community. Chantal started working with Starfish Family Services in her hometown of Inkster, MI as a volunteer and mentor. Chantal also worked with Detroit Public School district to become a Mentor to young women who were on the verge of becoming high school dropouts. She has made it her life's work to ensure all children have an opportunity to experience quality education, and founded the nonprofit organization Creating Positive Pathways to provide disadvantaged youths access to college education. Chantal had over an eight-year career in the banking and tax preparation industry by holding leadership positions at PNC Bank, H&R; Block and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. She brings her financial services background in helping serve as the Fundraising board with Independent Living Housing. Chantal is currently employed as an airport operations supervisor with JetBlue Airways. JetBlue airways currently serves over 87 destinations and is New York's "Hometown Airline". They stand on a platform of "bringing humanity back to air travel" and ensure that they make a difference in every community that they fly to. This is one of the reasons that Chantal has made her career switch to the airline industry with JetBlue because they hold the same values of caring for others. Chantal enjoys running and recently participated in the Long Beach Marathon and is looking forward to being a participant in the Los Angeles Triathlon. She spends the majority of her time with her beautiful daughters and serving as Troop Leader for their Girl Scout Troop. Chantal also enjoys traveling is always looking for the next destination to explore!

Pamela Hines

Manager-Auto Club Trust, FSB Michigan Metropolitan Detroit AAA of Michigan As the Manager at AAA of Michigan’s first and only Bank, Pamela Hines provides customers with over 27 years of banking expertise in personal finance specializing in consumer and commercial products. She has more than 30 years dedicated to helping customers in and around the city of Detroit. She understands the business needs and expectations of the residents and dedicates both her professional and personal time to assist those needs particularly of the underserved communities. A fearless leader, Hines’ career has spanned across several banks to include, Chase, Bank of America, and First of America (now PNC). Her primary responsibilities have been to educate and assist her customers in the financial arena; gathering, maintaining, and growing assets by increasing bank deposits, investments and originating consumer and commercial loans. She manages and controls all aspects of her branch bank operations by ensuring the effective, efficient, and economical utilization of resources as well as planning for the future of the bank. Also she defines standards, reviews, and evaluates her team’s delivery of excellent customer experiences in order to improve her banks’ brand presence. Additionally, she has presented over 50 Financial Literacy Classes to help people increase their knowledge in the areas of credit, banking, and financial responsibility. Just as the bank stands firmly by their motto "Expect Something More," so does Pamela Hines. She full heartedly serves her community by actively participating on both local and regional non-profit organizations. Currently, Hines serves as the treasurer and board member for Independent Living Housing Association and also a board member for Urban Investment Corporation. She takes great pride in participating with the Pontiac Optimist Club, Lunch Bag Love, Reading Works, and Communities of Hope.

Kristal Anderson

Kristal Anderson was born and raised on the west side of Detroit. She graduated from Oakland University in 2001 with a bachelor's degree in Journalism. Kristal has had articles published in "Village Life", the employee newsletter of Presbyterian Villages of Michigan, "Metro Parent Magazine", and "The Oakland Post," Oakland University's campus newspaper. Kristal enjoys writing feature and news stories, persuasive essays, editorials, and inspirational human interests pieces. Samples of her work can be found at faithrace2010.wordpress.com. Kristal is also a poet and enjoys sharing her poems at a monthly open mic event called The Peaceful Poetic Place. Kristal and her husband have been married for 11 years and attend church at Evangel Ministries. In her spare time, Kristal enjoy running, biking, and helping out family, friends, and community. Her ultimate goal is to publish a book of poems and create a Christian magazine for Detroit.