Question 1: How long have you been involved with Habitat, and what got you interested in the organization?
I reached out to Habitat and joined the Board in Nov of 2009 after contemplating how to get deeper involved in giving back to my community. As a local organization with a great reputation, I realized that Habitat truly had the power to change the trajectory of future generations of a partner family’s family tree. The depth of the impact has driven me to remain involved in any capacity that I can.
Question 2: Do you get involved in builds personally? If so, what do you like working on?
With a full-time job, a spouse that works weekends, and three little ones at home, getting involved on site is very challenging for me. I do make it a habit to stop by our build sites as I’m able to thank the volunteers for giving of their time to better our community.
Question 3: Habitat has been around a long time, but people sometimes have misconceptions. What is a myth that you'd like to correct about the program?
I’m often amazed at how many people think that Habitat gives homes to poor people, as opposed to providing a means for willing partners to put in the time and sweat to earn the right to purchase a home from Habitat. It’s a very long, difficult road, and although the mortgage is a discount, the families still purchase the home.
Question 4: Do you have any personal stories of interactions with clients that keep you motivated about the mission?
As the child of a single mother, I have a passion for improving the role of fathers in their children’s and family’s lives. Although Habitat helps families of a variety of structures, it often seems that we are able to assist single mothers with more permanent housing for them and their children. I’d like to think that this eases the burden of being a single mother at some level.
Question 5: What do you do in your professional life, and how is that related to your board service with Habitat?
I’m a commercial banker who takes pride in being engaged in the progress and betterment of our communities. I feel that God has placed me in this role as a way for me to build relationships and contacts that can be leveraged to impact our partner families by providing resources and expertise.