Our Staff

If you have a question for Habitat Charlotte but aren't sure who to contact, please call our office at 704.376.2054 so we can help direct you to the right person. 

To view our staff members and their contact information, please click on a department below. If you're not sure which department or staff member you need, it's very helpful for the staff if you call the main office line (704.376.2054). 

Accounting

Mike Masto, VP, Controller
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Jolaine Hjardemaal, Accounting Manager
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Ivy Johnson, Mortgage Servicing/Special Projects Assoc.
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Kelli Moss, Accounts Payable
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Laura Smoot, Mortgage Servicing Specialist
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Abbie Lally, Senior Accountant
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Administration

Laura Belcher, President & CEO
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Eleanor Moore, Executive Assistant to the President
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Construction Operations

Brian Sanders, VP of Construction Operations
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Ryan Dennison, New Construction Program Manager/Property Acquisition Manager
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Charles Monroe, Critical Home Repair Program Manager
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Michael Matthews, Construction Logistics Manager
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Cody Shores, Land Inventory Manager/Site Prep Supervisor
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Bettie Coltrane, Critical Home Repair Project Coordinator
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Carrie Masto, Pre-Development Coordinator/Drawings
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Chip Sabathne, Construction Warehouse Manager
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Adam Hunter, Site Supervisor
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Chris Tri, Site Supervisor
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Cliff Coley, Site Supervisor/Scope Development Manager
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Isaac Trowbridge, Site Supervisor
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Josh Turner, Site Supervisor
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Katie Hanchuruck, Site Supervisor
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Michael Hrkman, Site Supervisor
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T.A. Smith, Site Supervisor
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Tim Ziemer, Site Supervisor
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Development & Grants

Shannon Hinson, VP of Organizational Advancement & Development
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Ally Wilson, Assistant Director of Development for Community Relations
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Lauren Gibson, Stewardship & Systems Manager
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Kristen Powell, Annual Campaign Manager
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Lauren Barnett, Development Coordinator
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Rebecca Oring, Grants & Foundations Manager
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Lisa Sorzano, Grants Coordinator
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Family Services

Gerald Wright, VP of Family Services
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Nancy Pugh, Family Services Associate Director
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Donna Davis, Family Selection Specialist
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Elvira Guy, Administrative Assistant
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Tom Holmes, Mortgage Service Manager
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Sara Davison, Closing Coordinator
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Sherika Eskridge, Neighborhood Revitalization Coordinator
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Mary English, Homebuyer Education Coordinator
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Hannah Rice, Homeowner Support Coordinator
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Nakia Savage, Family Selection Coordinator
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Kiana Thomas, Outreach & Recruitment Specialist
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Human Resources

Kathleen Finnigan, Human Resources Director
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Heather Duncan, Human Resources Coordinator
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Information Technology

Hunter Mullins, IT Specialist
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Marketing & Communications

Phil Prince, Marketing & Communications Director
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Adam Phillips, Digital Communications Manager
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Chris Schammel, Digital Communications Assistant
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Retail Operations

James Irby, VP of Retail Operations
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Strategic Initiatives

Bert Green, Director of Strategic Initiatives
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Volunteer Coordination

Rachel Eldridge, Volunteer Services Manager
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Courtney DuBulis, Construction Volunteer Coordinator
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Julia Konish, ReStore Volunteer Coordinator
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Stephanie Murphy, Youth & Young Adult Engagement
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2015 Alumni Build a Success

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Each year since 1997, Habitat Charlotte has been able to accomplish so much, thanks in large part to the work of AmeriCorps members. These seemingly tireless troops serve a minimum 10-month term in a variety of roles—from construction to development to family services—and more than a few opt to re-enlist each year for another term.

The AmeriCorps program came to fruition in 1993 as an initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service, and has expanded to 80,000 members participating annually in exchange for a living stipend and an Education Award to be used for student loans or additional collegiate or graduate-level courses. Think Peace Corps, but on American soil. Habitat for Humanity International is one of the largest AmeriCorps partners in the U.S.

Including this year's team of 17, more than 180 AmeriCorps members from all over the country have served Habitat Charlotte. Nearly a third of them have chosen to make Charlotte their home after service, and continue to serve the community in a variety of ways. Not surprisingly, 22 of them currently work at Habitat Charlotte.

alumnibuild-2015-2Many alumni have also gone on to a wide variety of illustrious careers, from comedian to pharmacist, teachers to attorneys, doctors to higher education professionals. The common thread, however, is how most are impacted through their service. More than 75% of alumni believe their service helped them get a job later. Just as important, however, is that 90% say their experience helped them understand more about poverty, and instill a sense of empathy as opposed to sympathy.

It's that increased understanding that inspired a large group of those AmeriCorps alumni to give back yet again. During the scorching heatwave of mid-June, AmeriCorps alumni, some living in Charlotte and others who returned to their former home, completed construction of a new house in just five days. What started as a concrete foundation on Saturday, June 13, became a home as a family moved in the following Saturday, June 20.

Perhaps more impressive than the speed of the build was its funding. In addition to donating their time, experience and plenty of sweat, the alumni raised all of the resources for the home's construction themselves.

"This is an experience that a lot of us had during the last alumni build in 2010, but we wanted to step it up a little this year," said Ryan Dennison, Habitat Charlotte AmeriCorps alumnus and current new construction program manager. "Not only are there more AmeriCorps alumni after five years, but I think that additional five years puts your experience even more into perspective as we're getting older, starting families, careers and the like."

alumnibuild-2015-1One major difference from the alumni group's 2010 build is their fundraising goal. Instead of calling it a day after meeting the necessary amount for one home, they set a goal of $100,000, which covered the sponsorship of a new home, a Critical Home Repair project, and construction of a home in El Salvador, Habitat Charlotte's sister affiliate. Several of the alumni spent a portion of their week on a Critical Home Repair site, and a group of alumni will travel to El Salvador next summer in order to construct that home.

"It's one thing to commit to raising funds. It's another thing to commit your time, and another to lend the knowledge that we all gained from our time as AmeriCorps members. But with all those things combined, we knew we could come together for one week and make a pretty major impact," Ryan added. "After all of the houses we've all worked on, all the dedications we've all taken part in, looking around at my fellow alums and knowing that none of it has lost its luster blows me away. And it also lets me know that, sooner or later, we'll all be together again dedicating another AmeriCorps alumni-built home."

One Alum's Look Back

The following was written by Maureen Krueger, an AmeriCorps alum from Habitat Charlotte. Maureen spent two years as an AmeriCorps, and has gone on to other jobs in the nonprofit world, including time spent as the Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Lincoln County. She currently serves as Executive Director of the Charlotte Community ToolBank

alumnibuild2015The Corporation for National and Community Service. AmeriCorps. Those words didn't mean anything to me when I was deciding what to do after college. I knew I wanted to be a year-long volunteer with Habitat for Humanity. Habitat utilized the AmeriCorps program to select their volunteers so I applied without any research, and that changed my life.

In 2000, I moved halfway across the country to Charlotte, N.C.— a city I had never visited—to volunteer as an AmeriCorps member at Habitat for Humanity of Charlotte. My AmeriCorps year turned into two, and they shaped my life and my career. Fifteen years later, I haven't left Charlotte. I have worked for four nonprofits, including becoming the first executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Lincoln County. I am now the executive director of the Charlotte Community ToolBank, which serves organizations like Habitat Charlotte with tools and special event equipment.

AmeriCorps motivates us to do more. Recently our more became a reality... again. The Habitat Charlotte AmeriCorps alumni came together in June 2015 to build a new house for one Charlotte family, do critical repair work on an older, owner-occupied house so another member of our community could remain safely at home, and raised money to build a home with our international affiliate partner in El Salvador. This was our second alumni build (the first was in 2010), and Habitat Charlotte AmeriCorps alumni are the only group in the country to have funded and built a house after our AmeriCorps service.

alumnibuild2015-shirtDuring our build week we gathered for reunion dinners, cheered on the Charlotte Knights baseball team, and met with elected officials at our advocacy lunch, of which I had the privilege to emcee.

Habitat Charlotte AmeriCorps alums are doctors, lawyers, parents, teachers, comedians, nurses, engineers, builders, architects, government employees, volunteers and, most importantly, advocates for serving others and giving back to the communities in which we live.

We work for local and national nonprofits, the State Department, major corporations, and colleges and universities. We still serve our communities. We are diverse. We are all ages, races, genders. We come from small towns and large cities. We have traveled the world to build homes with Habitat. We have made lifelong friends.

I am proud to say that I am an AmeriCorps alumnus, and I get things done!

alumnibuild2015-luncheonOur project by the numbers:

  • $100,000 raised to fund our three projects
  • 80 Alumni who built the Romah/Ksor family's home and repaired the Wright family's home
  • 5 days to build the Romah/Ksor home from the ground to move in
  • 187 Current and Alumni Habitat Charlotte AmeriCorps since 1997
  • 52 Alumni have worked for Habitat International and Affiliates around the world
  • 5 years until our next Alumni build!

Pictured above: Maureen Krueger (right) emcees the AmeriCorps advocacy luncheon 
as Vivienne Johnson (left) speaks on behalf of Lakewood's Faith Memorial Baptist Church.

Emily's New Home

It's a frigid morning in February 2015 and Emily Givens, bundled up in layers of fleece and wool, is pounding nails as hard as anyone else on the crew.

This is framing day. And beneath all the warm, protective clothes she carries another bundle. Eight months along in her pregnancy, Emily is helping to build the house where she will raise her soon-to-be delivered newborn and her rambunctious seven-year-old son who can hardly wait for his baby brother and the brand new bedroom he's heard so much about.

Emily's is a story of hard work and determination paired with the generous support of family-owned Duncan-Parnell—a relatively small business, perhaps, by uptown Charlotte standards—but one whose owners and employees have hearts as big as all of Charlotte.

Here's a bit of that story...just two minutes of a months-long journey that will impact our delightful new homeowner and our friends at Duncan-Parnell for the rest of their lives.

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Habitat Charlotte named 2015-2017 Affiliate of Distinction

aff-of-dist15-17For the second term in a row, Habitat for Humanity of Charlotte has been recognized as an "Affiliate of Distinction" by Habitat for Humanity International. The distinction, given on a biennial basis, was established in 2013 "to honor those Habitat affiliates that meet or exceed best-practice standards and to uphold their work as best practices."

CEO Laura Belcher said of the honor, "Just as the affiliate did from 2013 through this year, Habitat Charlotte will continue to be a good steward of Habitat International's generous recognition. Our goal remains to be at the forefront of innovation amongst affiliates," she continued, "while simultaneously learning and extracting all we can from the other exceptional affiliates across the country with whom we share a common goal of eliminating poverty housing."

Habitat Charlotte is recognized as one of 14 Affiliates of Distinction for 2015-2017 out of over 1,400 affiliates in the U.S. That's less than one percent of affiliates!

Recipients were reviewed by seven criteria: sustainable and green building; organizational leadership; community development; financial sustainability; alignment with Habitat for Humanity's strategic plan; public communication; and support for Habitat's global mission.