Question 1: How long have you been involved with Habitat, and what got you interested in the organization?
I’ve been involved with Habitat for Humanity Hamilton County since April, 2013, shortly after I relocated to Hamilton County. Before relocating, I had a long-standing interest in the work and mission of Habitat, but I hadn’t had the opportunity to get involved. When I moved to Hamilton County, I contacted Rhett Cecil about Habitat and, more specifically, board opportunities. Afterward, I had the chance to meet and speak with a number of Board members. I was impressed with growth of the affiliate over the past few years, and shortly thereafter, I was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to serve the affiliate on the Board.
Question 2: Do you get involved in builds personally? If so, what do you like working on?
I have not worked on a build, yet, but I look forward to doing so before the summer ends.
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’ve heard a common misconception about Habitat that the organization builds houses and gives those houses to partner families outright. In fact, the partner families give low-cost, unconventional mortgages on each home they purchase. These mortgages help to defray the costs of land acquisition and home construction, but more importantly, they encourage financial independence and responsibility from our partner families, which in turn impacts their extended families and the communities they touch. Furthermore, each partner family receives instruction on financial management prerequisite to their placement in a home.
Question 4: Do you have any personal stories of interactions with clients that keep you motivated about the mission?
At the time of this writing, I attended the most recent home dedication roughly two weeks ago. Every member of the family cried happily. Many of their new neighbors turned out to welcome them to the neighborhood. It was very motivating, and it was gratifying to have played some small part in a project that brought so much hope and joy to so many people.
Question 5: What do you do in your professional life before Habitat, and how did that draw you here?
I’m a lawyer in Carmel, and I hope my professional experience can be useful to the affiliate. My interest in Habitat predates my legal career by quite a bit, so there really wasn’t a direct professional draw. However, it’s nice to have a change of pace from my day-to-day work experience.