Board of Directors
Chris Skellenger is co-founder and director of field operations. He is primarily involved in the 'hands on' work of setting up food security programs in Africa, Central America, and Detroit. He has a degree in Horticulture from Ferris State in Big Rapids, Michigan and has been busy growing things for 40 years.
Paul Howes is President and Chief Executive Officer of Newpark Resources, based in Houston, Texas. Paul has deep roots in Michigan and until 2002, served as Vice President and General Manager, Packaging Division, for Flint Ink Corporation, a global ink company headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Mike Binsfeld is the retired owner of Binsfeld Engineering Inc., based in Leelanau County, MI. Mike applies his business skills as Treasurer for Buckets of Rain. In addition to working the budgets and paying the bills, he is a frequent volunteer at fundraisers and field projects. His passion for philanthropy and community service is rooted in a deep respect for those that help the less fortunate.
Rebecca Beagan was born and raised 30 minutes away from the Glendale Gardens, so the charter in Detroit is close to the heart for her. She is a management consultant for Roland Berger out of its Detroit office and has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business.
Wayne Workman was appointed Deputy Treasurer for Local Government Services for the State of Michigan on July 22, 2013. He is recently retired. Previously, he was working in Robert W. Baird and Co.'sMichigan Public Finance Office, served as the Director of the Office of Economic Development in the Michigan Department of Commerce, and as a member of the Michigan Job Development Authority. He was also a consultant for the State Municipal Finance Commission and an auditor with the Michigan Department of Transportation.
Brandon Boyle is an Automotive Partner and leads the Detroit office for Roland Berger, a global management-consulting firm. Brandon grew up in the Metro Detroit area and has a deep passion for giving back and the City of Detroit. He graduated from Oakland University’s engineering program and holds an MBA from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.
Fredy Maldonado is not technically a board member, but he is the man behind the combined efforts of Educacion Y Desarrollo and Buckets of Rain's in Guatemala. Born and raised a few miles west of Guatemala City, Fredy was instrumental in the establishment of Camino Seguro and many other humanitarian programs. These days he gleans hundreds of pounds of 'still good' veggies and distributes them to school, hospitals, and orphanages in the villages west of the capital. He spends his every waking hour seeking to improve the lives of those less fortunate. If we get a vote, he'll be a saint someday!
Susan Skellenger, retired board member. Her vision of transforming her career in Ornamental Horticulture into one of Survival Horticulture led to the creation of 11 Oaks, the organization that would eventually become Buckets of Rain. It was an easy transition from roses for the well-to-do, to vegetables for the poor. While she still enjoys helping manage the landscape at Cherry Republic in Glen Arbor, the rest of her time is spent co-ordinating the logistics of BOR's efforts to improve the lives of the forgotten and under-served.
Warren Brantley has lived in Highland Park his whole life. Retired from the US Coast Guard and Chrysler, he spends his mornings since 2013 caring for the Buckets of Rain gardens near his home. His dedication to feeding the hungry is quiet, unassuming, and powerful. Day in, day out, he's there.
Friends and Supporters
Support has come from Newpark Resources, General Motors Student Corps, Ford Motor, Quicken Loans, Scott's Miracle Grow, Christ Church Grosse Pointe, Chelsea Retirement Village, Lake Ann UMC, Cherry Republic, Heron Oaks, BayWear, The Homestead Resort, Binsfeld Engineering, The Whybrew, Shiffman, Howes, Workman, Fleurlage, and Hunt Families, Southwest Solutions of Detroit, The Rotary Club of Belleville, Ontario, Garden Goods, McGough's, and many others.
In particular, since 2012 General Motors has donated thousands of used, recycled parts containers (raised beds!) to projects aimed at rebuilding Detroit's neighborhoods and feeding those in need.
Buckets of Rain provides plants, machinery, and advice to a variety of mom-and-pop, community, and private gardens. Just contact us and if we can help you, we will.