Speakers

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    • Matthew Dowd, Entrepreneur and 2017 Keynote Speaker

      Matthew Dowd, Entrepreneur and 2017 Keynote Speaker 

      Over the last 25 years, Dowd has been an active entrepreneur in Austin, Texas founding four highly successful companies.He most recently founded ListenTo.Us, a community of independently minded folks who want to bring common sense to politics and put country over party. Dowd has worked both sides of the aisle, but now considers himself a die-hard Independent. Dowd’s political work includes serving as the chief strategist on two winning re-election efforts – for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2006 and for President George W. Bush in 2004. His innovative approach on the 2004 campaign led t...

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    Many thanks to the following 2016 Speakers!

    • Chris Clarke

      Chris Clarke Senior Vice President, Marketing & Communications Habitat for Humanity International

      Chris joined Habitat for Humanity International in 2003 and is responsible for overseeing the Habitat brand. He leads the Communications division for the organization and his team supports the following major areas: web and social - managing five million visitors a year to habitat.org and 800,000+ followers across social media the Habitat magazine, storytelling and photo and video public and media relations publications, graphic design and Habitat’s printing facility fundraising and partner support the annual Carter Work Pro...

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    • Bridget Brandt

      Bridget Brandt 

      Bridget Brandt has been working with nonprofit and governmental organizations for many years. Her background includes for profit and not-for-profit organizational management.  She is the current President & CEO of the Leander Chamber of Commerce.  She has presented sessions on creating loyalty through experience, social media, and nonprofit management at the Nonprofit Day at the Direct Marketing Association’s Annual Conference, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Charity Channel, and the Bridge conference.  In addition to many local nonprofits and foundations dedicated to the non...

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    • Toni Harris

      Toni Harris CCP, MAEd, BSBConstant Contact

      Toni Harris, business extraordinaire, coach and speaker, is the Turnaround Queen®. Harris’ abiding passion mixed...

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    • Tiffani Irwin

      Tiffani Irwin Senior Specialist, Construction TechnologyHabitat for Humanity International

      Tiffani Irwin found herself on a Habitat for Humanity job site 25 years ago, and has been engaged with the mission ever since. She has over 20 years of hands-on experience in home construction, and served as a general contractor with Habitat affiliates for over 14 years. Since 1990, Tiffani has worked on homes with dozens of affiliates, domestically and internationally, and overseen construction of over 100 Habitat homes. As a student of building science and home performance, Tiffani’s leadership helped insure that many of those homes certified to a sustainable program.   She ha...

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    • Todd Fox

      Todd Fox Senior Fiscal Analyst – Risk Prevention Response Unit (RPRU)Habitat for Humanity International

      Since pursuing a career change to impact lives in 2007, Todd Fox has focused his expertise in working with affiliates across the USA as a Senior Fiscal Analyst for the Risk Prevention Response Unit of Habitat for Humanity International, Inc. Recognized as a subject matter expert and seasoned presenter on a variety of financial matters, Todd uses his 17 years of banking and finance experience to help influence the importance of true accountability and transparency.Todd also brings 4 years of Executive Director affilia...

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    • Jay Wilkinson

      Jay Wilkinson Founder, CEOFirespring

      Jay Wilkinson is an entrepreneur and innovator who has started 22 corporations, acquired 16 companies, been an angel investor in 25 startups and founded, co-founded or helped start seven nonprofit organizations. As a philanthropist, Jay has raised millions of dollars for nonprofits. Today, Jay focuses on his role as the founder and CEO of ...

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    • Michele Seymour Burns

      Michele Seymour Burns 

      Michele Seymour Burns is the current Financial Director of Midland Habitat for Humanity, having served there for 11 years. Her background includes over 30 years in all aspects of Mortgage Loan Servicing, 6+ years of Loan Origination, and 25 years of management experience. Her experience prior to entering the mortgage workplace included 7 years in Commercial Banking. She was an Investment and Securities Officer for a bank, and she opened a new bank charter through the Comptroller of the Currency. She currently manages all financial aspects of her affiliate, including the mortgage servicing o...

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    • exhibitor - Natalie Griffith

      Natalie Griffith CEOSan Antonio Habitat for Humanity

      Natalie Griffith, President and CEO, Habitat for Humanity of San Antonio (HFHSA) – Natalie has more than 28 years of non-profit management and accounting experience. She has been employed by HFHSA for more than 22 years. Her management philosophy is to make hard work and smart work coincide as much as possible. At the time Natalie started with HFHSA, it was a small, mostly-all-volunteer organization with a paid staff of 2½ people, a $70,000 budget deficit, and a build history of 57 homes in its entire lifetime trying...

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    • Natalie Rougeux

      Natalie Rougeux AttorneyRougeux & Associates

      New Braunfels, TX rougeuxpllc.com/index.php Natalie C. Rougeux is the lead attorney at Rougeux & Associates, where their attorneys defend business owners in a wide variety of employment litigation, partner with clients to develop...

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    • Michael Willard

      Michael Willard PresidentWillard Consulting

      Michael Willard has over 20 years of experience in leading nonprofit organizations including Habitat for Humanity and Goodwill.  Through his experience he knows that nonprofit organizations with a strong "earned income" model are more stable and sustainable.  He has also tried a number of things that have failed, and he doesn't want other ReStores to make the same mistakes.

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    • William Stockton

      William Stockton VP of Retail and Deconstruction OperationsAustin Habitat for Humanity

      William Stockton VP of Retail and Decon Operations for Austin Habitat for Humanity. I have over ten years of non-profit knowledge and leadership. My background includes nine years with Goodwill Industries of Central Texas, where I held several positions and became knowledgeable in  retail, procurement, recycle, donation acquisition, and ecommerce. My experience with other non-profits has provided me with the  insight  to grow donor counts, create metrics, generate programs that grow revenue, and build community partners.

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    • Don Hartle

      Don Hartle  U.S. Safety SpecialistHabitat for Humanity International

      Don began his career as a residential carpenter in the mid 70’s, and later worked as an electrician in the residential & light industrial communities. Later in his career he began working as a foreman for a commercial contractor.  About 1 year later Don was offered a position as the company safety & training director, which he gladly accepted.  Within 5 years his company was awarded with a 1st place national safety award.  Don has also been invited as a guest speaker during the national safety director’s conference.  Compliance magazine also wrote an article about Dons’ succ...

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    • John Tomlin

      John Tomlin Training ManagerApple Energy Group

      Trainer in building science for the Texas Weatherization Assistance Program, Governors Energy Office, Smart Energy Program, GOE State of Georgia, BPI, RESNET/HERS • 20 years experience in building construction, project management, training, and consulting.

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    • Don Baylor

      Don Baylor Senior AssociateUrban Institute

      An eighth-generation Texan, Don is a founding member of the Urban Institute’s Policy Advisory Group, an emerging practice to accelerate the adoption and implementation of evidence-based policymaking at the state and local level across Urban’s portfolio. His projects include Cities of Learning, a multi-city, youth digital badging initiative, an assessment of JP Morgan Chase Foundation’s investments in Detroit and financial capability, and an effort to create a strategic framework for state and local economic development policy in partnership with the Laura and John Arnold Foundation. He is also...

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    • Emily Ryder Perlmeter

      Emily Ryder Perlmeter Dallas Federal Reserve Bank

      EMILY RYDER PERLMETER is the Community Development Analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, where she conducts research on issues relating to consumer finance, small business and the impact of public policies on low- and moderate-income communities. She earned an MPA from New York University in 2011, concentrating in econometrics and policy analysis. Emily has previously worked for Single Stop USA, the National Council for Research on Women and the American Bar Association. Her prior areas of research include community colleges retention programs, nonprofit program evaluation, and the im...

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    • Nancy Gatlin

      Nancy Gatlin 

      Nancy Gatlin, raised in Montevideo, Uruguay, has used her bilingual/ bicultural life experience as well her elementary education certificate and her passion for the body of Christ to help found church communities in Chicago and Waco, TX, as well as educate children in both cities. She and her husband Joe moved to Waco, Texas, in 1986 to help start Waco Habitat for Humanity. Nancy served on Waco HFH’s family selection and support committees for 23 years as well as a stint on the board of directors.

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    • Barbara Bridgewater

      Barbara Bridgewater 

      Barbara Bridgewater is a case manager for the local homeless shelter called Compassion Ministries in Waco, Texas as well as a teacher of English to immigrant adults (with Mclennan Community College). She comes from Waco where she has been involved in volunteer work with Habitat for many years. She continues to work with homeless families at a local shelter and immigrant families as a teacher of English in her work in Waco.  Barbara is married to Phillip Bridgewater, who is on staff with HFHI, and has 2 children....

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    • Beaman Floyd

      Beaman Floyd CEOFloyd & Associates

      Beaman Floyd is a consultant and lobbyist with more than 20 years of experience in public affairs. He owns his own lobby firm, and has worked on behalf of a variety of clients, among them property and casualty insurance companies and trade associations, public education associations, parents’ rights groups, local government subdivisions, higher education groups, and religious groups. His activities include legislative strategy and direct lobbying, media relations, grass roots strategy, and academic research. Mr. Floyd has been highly involved in several major policy issues in Texas, includi...

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    • Sarah Inez Arredondo

      Sarah Inez Arredondo Habitat Home Center Marketing AssociateHabitat for Humanity San Antonio

      I have been with HFHSA for 9 years beginning as a cashier and over time worked up to becoming the Habitat Home Center Marketing Associate. I’m currently finishing my A.A.S. degree in Information Security and Assurance and have a certification from UIW in Social Media Communications. I am also an Ambassador at both the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and North Chamber of Commerce where I educate the public about our stores and our mission.

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    • Kevin Gobble

      Kevin Gobble Weatherization and Sustainable Building Specialist Habitat for Humanity International

      Kevin Gobble, CR, CGP, LEED AP, Green Rater, BPI Building Analyst, has a diverse background and education at Virginia Tech with an emphasize in Engineering and Design and includes time spent abroad studying in Switzerland with the College of Architecture.  As a third generation builder, Kevin has gathered applied knowledge in the fields of residential building science. He has furthered his education to include many industry ce...

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    • Mary Beth Harrington

      Mary Beth Harrington 

      The past 20+ years, Mary Beth Harrington has severed in several capacities at a variety of nonprofits throughout Texas. She has served as Director of Curriculum & Development at the San Antonio Area Foundation, Executive Director of the Austin Public Library Foundation, Director of Agency Relations at the Volunteer Center of North Texas (VCNT), Volunteer Coordinator at the Dallas Public Library, Director of Marketing at BloodCare, Information Specialist at the Dallas Zoo and most notably as Director of Community Outreach at the Texas Association of Nonprofit Organizations (TANO). Hired as ...

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    • Tommy Prince

      Tommy Prince Manager, Global Learning and Organizational DevelopmentHabitat for Humanity International

      Tommy Prince joined Habitat for Humanity International in July 2007.  He currently He lives in Alpharetta, GA. He is responsible for the development and coordination of learning opportunities for affiliates and HFHI staff, the facilitation of learning experiences, and supporting the training efforts of 30 SSOs. Before joining HFHI, Tommy was extensively involved with Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) as a practitioner of mediation, facilitation, and mentoring/coaching and as a trainer in mediation, conflict resolution and facilitation. He is the founder and President of The Atlanta Cente...

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    • Phyllis Snodgrass

      Phyllis Snodgrass CEOAustin Habitat for Humanity

      Phyllis Snodgrass is CEO of Austin Habitat for Humanity. Austin Habitat seeks to eliminate poverty housing through the power of home ownership. Through faith in action, Austin Habitat for Humanity builds homes, communities and hope. Phyllis most recently served as COO of the Austin Chamber of Commerce. Her business experience, desire to support a thriving business economy, and her passion for service took her from a consulting role in the business community to Executive Leadership positions at 5 Chambers of Commerce across the state of Texas. Specialties: Business Consulting, Nonprofit M...

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    • John E. Bourdeau Jr.

      John E. Bourdeau Jr. Mitigation Risk Analysis Project Specialist and CFMFEMA

      John has developed a diverse background in Risk Reduction efforts involving extensive research in Loss Avoidance Methodology following both tornado and storm surge/flooding events. In 2011 John led a team which completed the first ever Loss Avoidance Study (LAS) for a tornado event. In 2012, immediately following Hurricane Isaac, John led a team of engineers, building science specialists and geospatial specialists who developed the first LAS for a storm. When John is not deployed to a hazard event, his steady state responsibilities involve project management of RiskMAP updates for the State of...

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    • Sonia Lee

      Sonia Lee Director, Affiliate Financial ServicesHabitat for Humanity International

      Sonia joined HFHI August 2012, after spending 30+ years as a financial services professional. She brings with her experience in internal audit, mortgage operations, and vendor management. Affiliate Financial Services focuses on assisting affiliates with mortgage compliance. She is a part of the MPAR working team and manages the ABA online compliance training program. Sonia works closely with the legal team to provide resources to the affiliate community.

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    • Frank Gorman

      Frank Gorman Field Operations ManagerHabitat for Humanity International

      Since October 2009, Frank Gorman has served as Field Operations Manager, State Support Organizations, for HFHI.   In this role, Frank is responsible for oversight and increasing the capacity of the 30 state support organizations throughout the US.   Prior to this role, Frank served as an Organizational Development Consultant with HFHI’s US Office from 2006 until 2009. Prior to joining the US Office Staff, Frank served as Executive Director in Dayton Ohio from 2001-2006.  Additionally, Frank was on the charter board for HFH Ohio and served as interim Executive Director until October 2006.  F...

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    • Deanna Ackerman, CFRE

      Deanna Ackerman, CFRE Fundraising Expert and AdvisoryAdvanced Development Executives

      Deanna Ackerman is the founder of Advanced Development Executives a consulting firm that provides expert advice and development services to support charities in reaching their fundraising goals. She is a Certified Fundraising Executive, an AFP Certified Master Trainer, and has presented at national conferences around the country. Through her consulting work, Deanna has raised more than $52 million for her clients, who have included Habitat for Humanity, Paralyzed Veterans of America, United Way, Ronald McDonald House Charities®, and many others. Deanna is an Air Force veteran and a graduate of...

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    • Alason Moorhead

      Alason Moorhead Assistant Executive DirectorAmarillo Habitat for Humanity

      Alason Moorhead has worked in the non-for-profit world since 2008 with experience in membership-based fundraising, grant writing, and general fund development.  She has worked in multiple nationally-based organizations including PBS and Girl Scouts and most recently Habitat for Humanity.  She is currently the Assistant Executive Director of Amarillo Habitat for Humanity and has served on the Association of Fundraising Professionals- Texas Plains Chapter Board of Directors for several years. Moorhead is a proud graduate of Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Arts of Communication and...

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    • Mary-Ellen Thomas

      Mary-Ellen Thomas Director Emeritus of Habitat

      Mary-Ellen recently retired as Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Southern Brazoria County (HFHSBC) after serving seven years and moved to Georgetown.  Prior to that she founded and managed their ReStore which opened in 1994. In another life, she was a nurse-practitioner and retains that license.  She is a graduate of the University of Mississippi Medical Center and holds a Certificate with Distinction in Non-Profit Leadership from Rice University. HFHSBC currently builds five houses & repairs several roofs annually for a service area of 99,000 people. HFHSBC is an all-volunteer...

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    • Don Griffith

      Don Griffith Vice PresidentSan Antonio Habitat for Humanity

      Don Griffith has been with Habitat since 1997, originally as the ReStore and facility manager and over the course of almost 20 years has come to be Executive VP of HFHSA. Don was in retail lumberyard management for 15 years prior to coming to Habitat and has experience with many construction material lines. In addition to supervising three Habitat stores with 44 employees in San Antonio he oversees the procurement of most of the material used in building HFHSA’s 50+ homes each year, as well as procurement of the goods sold in the stores. Don also oversees the deconstruction work performe...

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    • Cody Hamilton

      Cody Hamilton ReStore DirectorTrinity Habitat for Humanity

      Cody Hamilton is the Senior Director of ReStores for Trinity Habitat for Humanity. He has worked for Habitat for over 13 years. Prior to coming to work for Habitat, his background was Managing Ace Hardware stores. In his time with Habitat, they have expanded their ReStore program from one store with gross sales less than $300k annually, to four locations grossing over $2.3M combined.

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    • Dr. Charles McDaniel

      Dr. Charles McDaniel Interdisciplinary Core FacultyBaylor University

      Charles McDaniel joined the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core faculty in 2008 and teaches Social World I and II as well as World Cultures IV. He also teaches courses in the areas of church history, religion and law, and Christian social thought through Baylor’s J. M. Dawson Institute. McDaniel has numerous publications in books and scholarly journals on subjects ranging from the Protestant Reformation to Christian and Muslim economic thought.  His book, God and Money: The Moral Challenge of Capitalism, was published by Rowman and Littlefield in 2007. McDaniel serves as Book Review Editor ...

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    • Lucy Thompson

      Lucy Thompson Coordinator of Community EngagementWaco Habitat for Humanity

      Lucy Thompson serves as Coordinator of Community Engagement at Waco Habitat for Humanity. She is also a senior at Baylor University and will graduate in May 2017. Lucy serves as staff liaison to the Baylor University Campus Chapter of Habitat for Humanity, the first campus chapter in the nation. She helps students learn the value of homeownership to individuals, families, communities and our greater world. Lucy was an Olympic caliber figure skater and brings her work ethic and commitment to excellence to Waco Habitat and the Waco community.

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    • Brenda Shuttlesworth

      Brenda Shuttlesworth Executive DirectorWaco Habitat for Humanity

      Brenda Shuttlesworth serves as Executive Director of Waco Habitat for Humanity.  Brenda and her husband, Bill, relocated from Conroe in 2013 and love being back home in Waco.  Brenda earned her undergraduate degree in Social Work from Baylor University and a Masters in Christian Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.  Brenda has served exclusively in not-for- profit and church organizations.  She served 14 years in community mental health and mental retardation centers in Denton and Conroe, 8 years on church staff in Conroe, 3 years with Buckner Children and Family Services,...

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    • Erin Samson

      Erin Samson Vice President of DevelopmentAustin Habitat for Humanity

      Erin Samson, Vice President of Development, has over 10 years of fundraising experience in the higher education, health & human services, and consulting sectors. While Erin initially came to Austin Habitat to serve as the Community Outreach Manager, her demonstrated abilities in fundraising and donor relations quickly took her to the role of Development Manager and, finally, Vice President of Development. As VP of Development, Erin is responsible for managing a Development staff of 5 and overseeing fundraising of over $3.6M annually. Erin holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from McM...

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    • Ellen Jones

      Ellen Jones 

      Ellen Jones has been helping non-profits raise philanthropic support for 14 years, with the last 4 focused on major and planned gifts. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Georgia Planned Giving Council and is pursuing her Certified Financial Planner designation.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Georgia and a master’s degree in public administration from Kennesaw State University. Ellen joined the Habitat for Humanity International team in the fall of 2014 and feels blessed to have the opportunity to grow future gifts for future Habitat ...

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