Our Approach

Hands of Light in Action Mission

Very simple and therefore not limiting---"Assisting people in need."

Nancy Malone and HOLIA

Nancy's story is amazing and inspiring.  As a physical therapist, Nancy walked into the home of a patient just in time to see the second plane crash into the World Trade Center and her life was changed.  Even as a single mom, she dropped everything to go sleep on park benches and work side-by-side with the firemen at Ground Zero.  Her story was published in the Wall Street Journal.  When Hurricane Katrina hit, she received calls from all over the country wanting to know if she was going to help.  She did and that was when Hands of Light in Action was formed.  Nancy has devoted her life's energies to assisting people in need, with her greatest passion being assistance in recovery from natural disasters.

Hands of Light in Action is a USA based 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is focused on assisting people in need.  HOLIA is volunteer driven and provides "hands on" assistance to survivors of natural disasters using maximum impact and minimum bureaucracy.

Our Story

Board of Directors

We couldn't do what we do without the help of many volunteers.
We especially appreciate the dedication of our Board of Directors.

Nancy Malone

Nancy Malone

Founder, President / Treasurer

Nancy Malone graduated from the University of North Dakota in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy and has been a PT (physical therapist) ever since.  She attended Oakland University for OMPT (Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy) classes from 2004-2006.  While Nancy has worked in outpatient, inpatient and rehabilitation settings, the majority of her career has been spent in home health care for United Home Health Services (UHHS) and Henry Ford Home Health Care.  She has vast experience with orthopedics, geriatrics, and pediatrics.  She has presented material at Baker College and various churches.  She has also been a preceptor and assisted with development of orthopedic programs.  Nancy is a member of the Disaster Action Team of the American Red Cross of Southeastern Michigan, board member for Baker College for the PTA program, member of the APTA (American Physical Therapy Association) and MPTA (Michigan Physical Therapy Association).

Nancy has been a single parent of three children, T.J., Danielle and Jonathan.

Awards include: Crain’s Detroit Business Health Care Heroes – Honorable Mention for Outstanding Contributions In Allied Health 2007Michigan Home Health Association (MHHA) Spirit of Caring Award 2006, and Henry Ford Home Health Care’s 2001 Outstanding Therapist Award.

Nancy has devoted her life to assisting people in need.  Her greatest passion has been assisting during disasters.  She absolutely loves what she does and feels very honored to be able to experience the life and path that she currently pursues.


Gloria Bruhowski


Gloria Bruhowzki, RN, BA is a former president of Bright Consulting Inc, a business consultation firm for nonprofit and profit businesses. She also serves as the Vice-president of Bright Powersports, LLC, a leading power sports business that is number one in the district and number eighteen in the nation.  She retired as president of UHHS of Canton, Michigan after twenty years of dedicated and distinguished service to the home care community.  Former president of the MHHA (2000-2001), Gloria has served as a consultant to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan since 1997, and as a leader on the MHHA Reimbursement Committee since 1986. She was also the recipient of the National Leadership Award from the Republican National Committee in 2003. Bruhowzki serves St. Joseph Parish, South Lyon, with her husband, Al, as the Pre-Marriage Group Coordinator.  Married since 1968 and the parent of two successful children, David Bruhowzki and Joy Jones, Gloria has been a resident of Northville, Michigan since 1969.

It is my pleasure to serve on the board of directors for Hands of Light in Action to provide care for those in need. This is an example of grass roots nonprofit that is dedicated to make a difference to improve the world.   I look forward to assisting the organization in its mission to serve people.


Lenore Sullivan

Vice President

Lenore is Assistant General Counsel for Severstal North America, a fully integrated steel manufacturer.  She began her career with Rouge Steel Company in 1997 in customer service.  She worked her way through the department as she completed her law degree.  Upon receiving her degree she began transitioning to the Office of General Counsel.

Lenore is an active member of Second Ebenezer Church and is married to Raymond.  Her educational background includes a BA in Economics from Howard University and a JD from Wayne State University.

Danielle Malone


Robert Polk

Adrianne Thomas


Next Steps...

Please contact us at HandsOfLightInAction@gmail.com if you would like to join our team of volunteers!