Question 1: How long have you been involved with Habitat, and what got you interested in the organization?
I joined Habitat in March 2013, so I’m one of the newest members of the board of directors. I firmly believe that what we are most passionate about is what we will be most successful in. I am passionate about three things: 1) Serving my community of Hamilton County and making it a better place to live. 2) I enjoy the real estate industry 3) I enjoy finance and accounting, which I do professionally. When I learned that Habitat was looking for board members, I thought it was a perfect combination of three of my passions and quickly looked how to plug-in.
Question 2: Do you get involved in builds personally? If so, what do you like working on?
Due to being a new member, I have focused most of my energies on learning about Habitat as an organization, so that I will be able to serve the board well. I have not yet made a build, but look forward to so in 2013. With a framing and renovation background from my college days, I will look forward to serving this great organization in those ways.
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?
The largest myth in Hamilton county is that there is not a need for a Habitat affiliate since it is one of the most affluent counties in Indiana. The fact is that rent is extremely high in Hamilton county. This can quickly become an obstacle and a destabilizing factor to many families living next to you and me. There are many great stories of people dealt bad circumstances, persevering, working tirelessly to provide a good life for their family, and what a rewarding experience it is to place those people in houses that will be a source of stability and success in our beloved community.
Question 4: Do you have any personal stories of interactions with clients that keep you motivated about the mission?
My brother in law’s best friend woke up one morning and suddenly lost all use of his legs, with no diagnosable reason from doctors. For years, he and his wife struggled to find a rental that would cater to his physical needs. Habitat stepped in and built him and his wife a house. It’s these life-changing stories that concisely tell the story of Habitat – serving the community, loving our neighbors, and providing one of the basic needs for life: shelter.
Question 5: What do you do in your professional life before Habitat, and how did that draw you here?
I’m a senior accountant at Blue & Co., LLC, specializing in business valuation. My mentor encouraged me to find an organization that I could assist with my vocational abilities. That is what led me to Habitat for Humanity Hamilton County.