Jan 24, 2022
Kellie MacAloon and Russ Russell

Lighthouse, a nonprofit organization based in Oakland County, endeavors to build equitable communities and alleviate poverty in partnership with, and in service to, individuals, families, and organizations.

Russ Russell is Lighthouse's Chief Development Officer. He is responsible for managing the operations and resources for fundraising, corporate giving, and development for Lighthouse. He oversees all aspects of funding, communication and events. He has 40 years of experience working with local, national, and international organizations, to reach their funding goals successfully.

Russ came to Lighthouse in 2019, and worked to steer the merger of South Oakland Shelter with Lighthouse of Oakland County to become the new Lighthouse. Shortly thereafter, he guided Lighthouse’s pandemic response with partners Oakland University and the Pontiac Community Foundation, and increased emergency shelter capacity four times and emergency food 20 times.  Before Lighthouse, he was at Detroit PAL and Forgotten Harvest.

Russ is a graduate of Mid America Nazarene University (1982) and is a Certified Fund Raising Executive.  Russ currently serves on the Pontiac Farmers Market Board of Directors and is an active volunteer on various projects with the Mayor of Pontiac. He lives with his family in Pontiac.

Kellie MacAloon is Lighthouse's Strategic Gifts Manager. She is responsible for working with current and new Lighthouse donors, and supporting efforts for an upcoming Capital Campaign that will increase the scope of how Lighthouse will serve the growing need in Oakland County.

Kellie began at Lighthouse in 2019 as a volunteer, working on various marketing projects related to the merger with South Oakland Shelter, then came on board as a member of the Development Team in October 2021.  Prior to Lighthouse, Kellie had a 30-year career in advertising, and spent 20 years as Director of Vanity Fair/Conde Nast in Detroit.  She is a graduate of Michigan State University and lives in Bloomfield Hills with her husband and dog.