Question 1: How long have you been involved with Habitat, and what got you interested in the organization?
I have been a board member since May of 2013. I have a passion for volunteering with great non-proifits so I'm always open to seeing where I can help. I was intrigued with Habitat for Humanity of Hamilton County after hearing Derek Jones (our current President) talk about it during BNI meetings. He did a great job of telling the story of what the group does and the impact in the community and explained they would love some help with marketing.
After talking more with Derek and Rhett, I felt really good about the direction of this board and all the opportunities for helping the community. Since then, I have been thrilled with the professionalism and quality of the board.
Question 2: Do you get involved in builds personally? If so, what do you like working on?
I currently do not get involved in builds at this time. I'm much more useful behind a computer helping with marketing initiatives, videos, social media, and planning out our marketing strategy. I feel that if I can help Habitat for Humanity of Hamilton County tell a story to the community more effectively, we can do great things together.
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 think one of the biggest misconceptions is that we give houses away for free. That's not the case. Our partner families invest time, effort, and money into their homes and pay a mortgage just like anyone else. The term "partner" is key here. We truly work together with families to help with the funding and build but they contribute what they can, as well.
Partner families also demonstrate financial responsibility and have proven that they are willing to do what it takes to be successful. We partner with them and work as a team to help them become homeowners.
Question 4: Do you have any personal stories of interactions with clients that keep you motivated about the mission?
As a newer board member, I have not had a lot of interaction with partner families yet but I did have the chance to meet the mother of a special needs child early on in my board service and was really moved to hear her tell her story about how Habitat had helped her and how it affected her son. I'm looking forward to seeing more and more of those stories.
Question 5: What do you do in your professional life before Habitat, and how is did that draw you here?
I own a digital agency in which I'm responsible for helping our clients grow their businesses using the web and online marketing. Since I've had so much experience and have been blessed to have a successful agency, I feel that it's important for me to use my skills to serve where I can.
As chair of the marketing committee for Habitat for Humanity of Hamilton County, I'm able to put my skills and experience to use serving the community. It's also been exciting building a talented marketing committee to help tell our story.