Lighthouse Leadership

President and CEO

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John Ziraldo is the CEO/President of Lighthouse of Oakland County.  The agency provides a comprehensive array of services designed to move low-income individuals and families from crisis to self-sufficiency.  Founded in 1972, Lighthouse of Oakland County helps transform the lives of low-income families and individuals by providing both immediate and long-term help and support.  From emergency and supplemental food to permanent housing, counseling, education and more, Lighthouse helps people break the cycle of poverty.  The agency was named Best Managed Nonprofit by Crain’s Detroit Business in 1997.  The agency’s volunteers and paid staff served more than 10,000 families in 2009.

Mr. Ziraldo previously served as the Director of Programs for The Guidance Center, a comprehensive human service agency offering more than 40 behavior health programs in southern Wayne County.  He served as the Thompson-McCully Foundation’s first Executive Director from 2000 to 2003 and oversaw its operations and grantmaking programs.  The Foundation seeks to help low-income people rise out of poverty and become self-sufficient.  In its first 2 years of operations, the Foundation approved 134 grants totaling $13 million to nonprofit organizations across southeast Michigan.  The Foundation was recognized by the Association of Fundraising Executives as the Outstanding Foundation of the Year in 2002.  Mr. Ziraldo also served as Senior Program Officer at the Skillman Foundation, the largest philanthropy in Michigan with a primary focus on the needs of children.  In his eleven years at Skillman, Mr. Ziraldo developed and oversaw the Foundation’s public school reform initiatives and helped the Foundation become the philanthropic leader for public school reform in Detroit.

Mr. Ziraldo has served as a member of the Michigan Workforce Action Network, an advisory body created to reshape Michigan’s welfare reform and workforce development programs.  He serves as the Board Chair for the Greater Detroit Network for Social Innovators and is a member several other nonprofit boards, including United Way for Southeastern Michigan, New Detroit, Inc. and Crossroads of Michigan.

Mr. Ziraldo received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Sacred Heart Seminary and his Master of Public Administration from the University of Michigan.  He is life long Detroit resident and active community volunteer.  Mr. Ziraldo has more than twelve years experience as a coach in youth hockey and baseball leagues in Detroit.

Lighthouse PATH - Executive Director

Sharman Davenport
is the Executive Director of Lighthouse PATH. Dr. Davenport has a Ph.D. in  Clinical Psychology from Wayne State University. She oversees an empowerment program for   homeless women with children and pregnant or parenting teen mothers that provide transitional  housing, case management, childcare, Montessori preschool and kindergarten programs.

Lighthouse Emergency Services - Executive Director 


Tom Stowell became the Executive Director for Lighthouse Emergency Services in April of 2007   after serving as Chief Operations Officer for Lighthouse for nearly eighteen years. Mr. Stowell obtained his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Michigan State University and is responsible   for overseeing the day to day operations for Lighthouse Emergency Services. Major responsibilities   include staff supervision, grant writing, fund raising, financial oversight, and representing Lighthouse Emergency Services to the general public.



Laurie Horvath

Laurie Seward Horvath, CPA, is a discussion leader for Loscalzo Associates, Ltd. and has over eighteen years public accounting experience, currently as a senior manager specializing in not-for-profit accounting. Her public accounting experience includes 4 years in a National Office role at a Big 4 firm working on international auditing and accounting curriculum and 5 years at a regional firm as the Director of Assurance Training and Education.  Laurie has 15 years of non-for-profit and benefit plan experience as well as technical reviewer of financial statements. She specializes in not-for-profit and privately held companies.  

She is a graduate of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and has an MBA from Michigan State University specializing in Finance and Accounting.  Laurie also teaches auditing and accounting as an Associate Professor at Walsh College in Troy, Michigan and contributed to supplemental materials for several auditing text books.  

Laurie serves as the Treasurer of the St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital Foundation.  She is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and the Michigan Association of CPAs.

Lighthouse of Oakland County

Laurie Horvath, Chair
Doeren Mayhew

Mark Tomlinson, Vice Chair
Society of Automotive Engineers

Carl Smith, Treasurer
St. Vincent DePaul

Patty Ghesquiere, Secretary

Maurice Banks
Core Real Estate Services

Jim Clarke
Robertson Brothers Construction

Agostinho Fernandes, Jr.

D. Stewart Green
Butzel Long

John Irwin
LaSalle Bank

Sue Nine

Robin Schirs Pattison
Charter One

Dean Rocheleau
Plante Moran

Richard Shapack
RSM Development

Loretta Smith
Comerica Bank

Dennis Winkler
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Trustees Emeritus
Susan Cooper
K. Noreen Keating

John Ziraldo
President & CEO

Former Lighthouse Leadership

Noreen Keating became a volunteer for Pontiac Area Lighthouse in the early 1980’s and eventually accepted a management position with the agency.  In 1985 she became the CEO of the organization which is now known as Lighthouse of Oakland County.

Under Noreen’s leadership, the agency grew from a back door ministry of a local church to a family of agencies that serve residents in need throughout Oakland County.  In addition, her efforts in the community have extended far beyond her work with Lighthouse.  Under Noreen’s leadership the first soup kitchen in the City of Pontiac and the Food Bank of Oakland County were created.  Noreen was also integral in founding the Women’s Survival Center in Pontiac as well as obtaining startup financing for the first homeless shelter in Pontiac.

When President George H. Bush created the 1000 Points of Light program to recognize volunteers, Noreen and Lighthouse were nominated and received the 376th Points of Light from President Bush.

In addition, Lighthouse was nominated on several occasions for the Crain’s Best Managed Nonprofit award.  In 1996 Lighthouse was named one of the best managed non-profits in southeastern Michigan Crain’s Detroit Business.

In 1999, Noreen received the Detroit Newspapers Agency’s Michiganian of the Year Award and in 2002 she was honored with the Mitsubishi Unsung Heroine Award.

Noreen’s accomplishments include the creation and implementation of a $6.75 million capital, program and endowment campaign, which resulted in the construction of a new 30,000 square foot building in 2001.  New programs within the building included a Montessori childcare center for at-risk low income children, an enhanced senior services program, a new financial education and home ownership training center, and a new Kids Café afterschool program.

Noreen left her position as CEO of Lighthouse in 2005 and is currently a consultant to nonprofit agencies.



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