The Team


Board of Directors

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Chris Skellenger

FOUNDer and president
 

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 45 years.

 
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Paul Howes

Chairman

Paul Howes is President and Chief Executive Officer of Newpark Resources, based in Houston, Texas. Paul has lifelong connectons to 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. 

 
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Mike Binsfeld

Treasurer
 

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.

 
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Rebecca Beagan


 

Rebecca Beagan has four years of global management consulting experience with Roland Berger in its Detroit office and has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business. She is currently  a Class of 2019 MBA candidate at the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business.

 
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Wayne Workman


 

Wayne Workman is currently semi-retired. He was previously appointed Deputy Treasurer for Local Government Services for the State of Michigan on July 22, 2013.   He worked in Robert W. Baird and Co.'s Michigan 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.

 
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Brandon Boyle


 

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.

 
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John Bradburn


 

John Bradburn is head of General Motors' Global Waste Reduction programs.  He has degrees in Conservation and Hazardous Waste Management.  His career honors include the Outstanding Environmental Professional of the Year (2014) and the Presidential Lifetime Achievement award. 

 

Tony Johnson is a Michigan native and recent graduate of Western Washington University with a Geology degree.  He spent  3 incredible years in the "trenches" at Safe Passage in Guatemala City,  teaching, mentoring, and helping feed the children and families still reeling from a brutal 40 year civil war.  He brings this experience and compassion to BoR as secretary for the Board and general go-to guy when something needs to be done.  He is working toward starting his own NGO in Guatemala to focus on the unaddressed issues he witnessed while working with vulnerable youth there.

Fredy Maldonado is the man behind the combined efforts of Educacion Y Desarrollo and Buckets of Rain's in Guatemala.  A native of Guatemala,  Fredy was instrumental in Camino Seguro (Safe Passage) and many other humanitarian programs.  These days he gleans hundreds of pounds of 'still good' veggies and distributes them to schools, hospitals, and orphanages in the villages west of the capital on a weekly basis.  He spends his every waking hour seeking to improve the lives of those less fortunate. 

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, Seeds of Change, Chelsea Retirement Village, Lake Ann UMC,  Cherry Republic, Heron Oaks, BayWear, The Homestead Resort, Binsfeld Engineering, Roland Berger, 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 hundreds of used, recycled parts containers (raised beds!) to projects aimed at rebuilding Detroit's neighborhoods and feeding those in need.