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    • Jay Love

      Jay Love CEO and Co-FounderBloomerang

      Jay B. Love is the CEO and Co-Founder of Bloomerang. He has served this sector for 34 years and is considered the most well known senior statesman whose advice is sought constantly. He is a graduate of Butler University. Over the years he has given more than 2,500 speeches around the world for the charity sector and is often the voice of new technology for fundraisers. He is current Member of the AFP Ethics Committee and former member of the AFP International Board. He was the Founding Chairman of NPower Indiana, Founding Member of Tech Point Foundation and Founding Member of th...

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    • Lauren Cantrell

      Lauren Cantrell Government Relations and Advocacy Senior Specialist Habitat For Humanity International

      Lauren Cantrell recently joined the Government Relations and Advocacy team at Habitat for Humanity International to serve as project manager of Habitat on the Hill. She also manages content for Solid Ground campaign and is part of the newly revamped mobilization team. Before joining HFHI, Lauren completed three AmeriCorps terms serving as Volunteer Coordinator at Habitat for Humanity Seminole Apopka, Homeless Student Resource Liaison at the University of Central Florida, and Project Manager at Beaches Habitat for Humanity where she was chief applicant of the Affiliate of Distinction award - wh...

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    • Elisabeth Gehl

      Elisabeth Gehl Associate Director of Federal RelationsHabitat for Humanity International

      Elisabeth Gehl leads Habitat’s federal policy and government relations efforts, advocating for our priority domestic policies and helping to build the advocacy capacity of Habitat affiliates nationwide. Before joining Habitat, Elisabeth was the director of governmental relations for the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations in New Orleans and the director of public policy for Business and Professional Women/USA in Washington, D.C. She also served as a staff assistant to former Sen. Joseph R. Biden of Delaware on Capitol Hill. Elisabeth has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Rand...

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      Sue Chenevert 

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    • Tera Doak

      Tera Doak Associate General CounselHabitat For Humanity International

      Tera focuses her work at Habitat on matters relating to the acquisition of real property, the sale and mortgage financing of the homes for Habitat homebuyers, and federal grants.  Before joining Habitat, Tera practiced law in the commercial real estate development group with an Atlanta-based law firm, and in-house with a diversified manufacturing and services company. She received her bachelor's degree in political science from Emory University in Atlanta and her J.D. from the Ohio State University College of Law.

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    • Wayne Lowry

      Wayne Lowry Executive Director Habitat for Humanity of the Rio Grande Valley

      Wayne Lowry leads of a dynamic team of highly skilled individuals at an emerging Habitat for Humanity affiliate in the Rio Grande Valley.  Mr. Lowry joined the organization as the Executive Director in December of 2014 and oversees the program across a four county region. Over the last two years, the program has seen tremendous growth.  The affiliate increased from 3.5 to 11 new homes a year.  In October of 2015 HfHRGV launched a second ReStore.  HfHRGV started an Aging in Place program in the summer of 2016 that has served over 60 families to date. Mr. Lowry is active in the community a...

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    • Schuyler Lehman

      Schuyler Lehman Founder and CEOMission Advancement Professionals

      Serving as a fundraising consultant since 1983, Schuyler has helped raise more than $5 billion for a wide variety of nonprofit organizations. He has personally conducted over 50 major capital and endowment campaigns on a local, statewide, regional, national and international level. Schuyler has provided consultation and advice to more than 1,000 other nonprofits throughout the U.S. and Canada for major campaigns, annual funds and general advancement activities. He has assisted with private and public grants, solicited major gifts from corporations, foundations and individu...

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    • Lauren Calzada

      Lauren Calzada Sponsor Relations ManagerTrinity Habitat for Humanity

      Lauren Calzada is currently the Sponsor Relations Manager for Faith and Medical Organizations at Trinity Habitat for Humanity in Fort Worth, TX.  She fell in love with the nonprofit world in 2006 while working with Cook Children’s Health Foundation, a subsidiary of Cook Children’s Health Systems, first as a Gift Processing Coordinator and then a Prospect Researcher.  After a short break from full time work to teach pre-k, Lauren felt the call to move back into the nonprofit sector with Trinity Habitat for Humanity.  Since December of 2013, she has served as Development Coordinator, BuildStrong...

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    • Rebecca Morris

      Rebecca Morris Project Manager TightLines Design

      Rebecca graduated from North Carolina State University, receiving her degree in Environmental Design in Architecture in 2011, and her Bachelor of Architecture in 2012. In the fall of 2010, she studied abroad in Prague, Czech Republic. Her semester-long project focused on the redevelopment of a communist-era neighborhood, which sparked her interest in both community development and affordable housing. At TightLines, Rebecca focuses on affordable senior and multi-family community projects, as well as single-family homes for Habitat for Humanity chapters and CDC’s throughout the southeast. She is...

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    • Craig Bethel

      Craig Bethel Project Manager TightLines Design

      After his undergraduate studies at UNC-Charlotte, Craig interned with a Raleigh based architecture firm for over two years where he managed a variety of residential, commercial and municipal projects. During this time, he developed a growing interest in residential design and decided to attend NC State’s graduate architecture program to focus his studies on affordable housing and its potential for creating healthy and safe communities. His final thesis was an investigation of the various elements of affordable housing including regional and adaptable design, construction methods and sustainabi...

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    • Frank Gorman

      Frank Gorman Field Operations Manager, State Support Organizations Habitat for Humanity International

      From October 2006 through October 2009, Frank served as an Organizational Development Consultant with HFHI’s US Office. In this capacity Frank provided consulting services that included a wide range of affiliate operations: board development, resource development, strategic planning, human resources, and ...

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    • Amy Ledbetter Parham

      Amy Ledbetter Parham Executive Director Habitat for Humanity Texas

      With twenty years’ experience in construction, Texas government and nonprofit management, Amy Ledbetter Parham works with and on behalf of the 81 Habitat for Humanity affiliates as executive director of Habitat Texas. After graduating the University of Texas with a Bachelor’s degree in government and from Texas State University – San Marcos with a degree in design, Amy was a political campaign manager and as a design professional for an architectural firm that specialized in public buildings and school districts. Her first foray into nonprofit management began when she was hired to launch a ne...

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    • Nancy Gatlin

      Nancy Gatlin Volunteer Habitat for Humanity

      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 Volunteer Habitat for Humanity

      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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    • Brenda Shuttlesworth

      Brenda Shuttlesworth Executive Director Waco Habitat for Humanity

      Brenda Shuttlesworth serves as Executive Director with Waco Habitat for Humanity and she first caught “Habititus” in 2004 at a fundraising breakfast. A compelling homeowner story compelled Brenda to assure that her church got involved with Habitat, and their sponsorship continues today. Brenda now strives to equip and motivate Board Members, Staff and Volunteers to passionately advocate, fundraise, and serve people with little to no voice. Brenda has served exclusively in not-for- profit and church organizations, including community mental health and mental retardation cente...

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    • Tjada McKenna

      Tjada McKenna Chief Operating OfficerHabitat for Humanity International

      Tjada D’Oyen McKenna: Atlanta, Georgia.  Chief Operating Officer.  As Chief Operating Officer, McKenna leads the operational execution of Habitat for Humanity’s strategic plan to advance its mission, grow capacity and increase global impact. To foster overall growth and development opportunities within the organization, McKenna is bringing together global program, operational strategies and delivery across Habitat’s network of 1,400 U.S. affiliates and more than 70 country programs in Canada; Europe, Middle East and Africa; Latin America and the Caribbean; and Asia-Pacific. Prior to joi...

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    • Kevin Gobble

      Kevin Gobble Weatherization and Sustainable Building SpecialistHabitat For Humanity International

      Kevin Gobble has spent over 23 years in residential construction; building energy efficient, higher performing homes, and has consulted with several sustainable building programs on ways to develop their own best practices. As a third generation builder he has applied knowledge in the fields of residential building science and has furthered his education to include many industry certifications: OSHA Authorized Trainer, NARI Certified Remodeler, NAHB Certified Green Professional, RESNET Certified Green Rater, BPI Building Analyst, FORTIFIED evaluator, and level 1 Thermography while working dire...

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    • Lorie Brock

      Lorie Brock Customer Engagement Specialist 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty

      Lorie Brock is a Customer Engagement Specialist with 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty (2-10 HBW) where she specializes in developing and executing programs to enhance customer service. Her 10+ years of experience in the home warranty industry includes extensive experience resolving warranty complaints through alternative dispute resolution as outlined via the arbitration provisions of the Federal Arbitration Act. Her most recent contributions to 2-10 HBW include the development and growth of an industry-first warranty service program called Frontline Warranty Service, where she grew the number of par...

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    • Natalie Griffith

      Natalie Griffith President and CEOHabitat for Humanity of San Antonio

      Natalie Griffith, President and CEO, Habitat for Humanity of San Antonio (HFHSA) – Natalie has more than 30 years of non-profit management and accounting experience. She has been employed by HFHSA for 23 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 trying to get by in one of the poorest urban cities in the country. It had a paid staff of 2½ people, a challenging budget deficit, and a build history of 57 homes built in its entire lifetime. Natalie has ...

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    • Wayne Gerami

      Wayne Gerami VP of Client Services Austin Habitat for Humanity

      Wayne began his career working in residential mortgages for 5 years. After this, he chose to pursue his passion of affordable housing with Austin Habitat for Humanity, completing two years of AmeriCorps service. He then earned his Master of Public Affairs from the LBJ School, focusing on non-profit management, while still remaining active with Austin Habitat for Humanity as a volunteer. After some time working in the private sector with Low Income Housing Tax Credits, he re-joined the Austin Habitat team in the Client Service department, where he helped shepherd a comprehensive systems upgrade...

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    • Mike Welch

      Mike Welch Habitat For Humanity International

      Mike Welch has worked in both the residential and commercial construction industries for over 35 years. He started volunteering with Habitat in 1994, and has served as an affiliate construction manager. He joined Habitat for Humanity International in 2010, specializing in rehabs and repairs focused on health and safety. He also leads HFHI’s Home Builders Blitz program. He is a certified renovator under the Environmental Protection Agency’s Renovation, Repair and Painting program; a certified aging in place specialist; and a Level 1 thermographer.

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    • Peter Dalton

      Peter Dalton Affiliate Service ManagerHabitat For Humanity International

      As Affiliate Services Manager, Peter’s primary responsibilities relate to HFHI support strategies for rural and small affiliates. Peter works closely with the newly-formed Rural Affiliate Advisory Group which is a sub-committee of the HFH US Affiliate Council. The Group is actively advising on efforts to enhance training, communications, informational resources, and support. Peter has held resource development positions with HFHI, HFH-North Central Philadelphia, and a school for adults with disabilities. As the founding president of an HFH Campus Chapter, he served as a board director with ...

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    • William Stockton

      William Stockton VP of Retail and Decon 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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    • Link Williams

      Link Williams 

      Link Williams is the Director of Procurement at Austin Habitat for Humanity. He possesses an extensive 25 year history in retail area management, procurement, and loss prevention. He was the Regional Loss Prevention Manager with W.H. Smith Inc., later becoming their Director of Retail, followed most recently by a 12 year career as Director of Retail with Goodwill Industries of Central Texas. Link has been able to utilize his years of progressive experience in all phases of sales management and organizational growth, all the while building hugely successful teams under the strong belief and pra...

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    • Laray Taylor

      Laray Taylor San Marcos Police Department

      Corporal Laray has been a member of the San Marcos Police Department since 1985. He holds a Master Peace Officer Certification. Corporal Taylor is currently assigned to the Police Community Services Division. He has previously worked in Patrol, as a Field Training Officer, a Crisis/Hostage Negotiator and Narcotics.

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    • Laurie Mealy

      Laurie Mealy Executive DirectorHabitat for Humanity of Grayson County

      Laurie Mealy’s deep and long-time connections as executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Grayson County gives a voice to the smaller affiliates serving Texans. With a background in social work working with victims of child abuse, Laurie understand the role affordable housing plays in stable families and neighborhoods.

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    • Holly Lang

      Holly Lang Senior ConsultantDini Spheris

      Holly Lang is a consultant at Dini Spheris. She is well-versed in the important operations and best practices of annual fund, direct mail, and donor recruitment and retention programs as well as program evaluation and strategic statistical analysis. An alumna of Rice University, she began her career in the nonprofit sector at her alma mater with a focus on young alumni annual giving. She has also gained experience in corporate and foundation grant writing, membership management and data manipulation. Holly’s heart for philanthropy is evidenced in her volu...

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    • M. Anne Murphy

      M. Anne Murphy PrincipalDini Spheris

      M. Anne Murphy, CFRE, is principal of Dini Spheris. She has extensive experience as a development professional, capital campaign manager and leadership training consultant. Ms. Murphy has served as executive director of University Advancement for the University of Houston Downtown and director of Development for the University of Houston Foundation and the Gulf Coast March of Dimes. Her national fundraising experience includes positions with Mary Baldwin College, the Girl Scouts of the USA, and the Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island Foundation Campaign. She h...

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    • Michelle Galizia

      Michelle Galizia Development OfficerDallas Area Habitat for Humanity

      Michelle Galizia is a development officer and president of Habitat Young Professionals (HYP) Dallas at Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity. She has served as a fundraiser for Dallas Habitat for two years. She previously worked for United Way of Metropolitan Dallas in resource development and began her nonprofit career as an AmeriCorps member at United Way of Central Oklahoma. She earned her degree from the University of North Texas in international business and economics with a minor in French and is currently studying photography at Richland College. Her primary responsibilities with Dallas Habi...

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    • Laura Muniz-Garcia

      Laura Muniz-Garcia Development Officer Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity

      Laura Muñiz-Garcia currently serves as Development Officer at Dallas Area Habitat where she directs a corporate partner portfolio, with emphasis on creating new relationships. She is a passionate nonprofit leader with more than twelve years of experience in fundraising, event planning, program management, and operations capacities. Previous professional roles include development director of a community design studio, annual giving and event manager for VNA Meals on Wheels, and leading a city-wide elementary arts in education program. Laura found her heart for non-profit service and the city of...

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    • Joe Gatlin

      Joe Gatlin Director of Field Operations Habitat For Humanity International

      Joe Gatlin has worked in support of Habitat for Humanity’s ministry since 1986 as a founding affiliate executive director, regional director, and currently as Director of Field Operations for the U.S. Area Office. He has lived and worked in low-income neighborhoods in Chicago and Waco, serving as the director of a neighborhood-based, low-income housing producer, associate director of an inner-city dispute resolution center, and member, pastor, and founder of several Christian communities. He has degrees in theology and law.

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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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    • Lieutenant General Jefferson Howell

      Lieutenant General Jefferson Howell 

      Lieutenant General Jefferson D. Howell, Jr. United States Marine Corps [RET] J.D. ‘Beak’ Howell is presently a Senior Research Fellow with the Lyndon B. Johnson School for Public Affairs, the University of Texas in Austin. He is teaching courses on Leadership as well as participating in Leadership training activities sponsored by the Governor’s Executive Development Program. His qualification for teaching Leadership is based upon a lifetime of Leadership challenges and responsibilities. This includes 37 years as an Officer of Marines in which he commanded at al...

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    • Michael Willard

      Michael Willard PresidentWillard Consulting

      Michael Willard has worked with non-profit organizations for over 25 years, as a leader and administrator.  These organizations include Habitat for Humanity, Goodwill Industries and the Boys & Girls Clubs, in addition to other groups. He strongly believes that one of the major components of a sustainable non-profit organization is an earned-income stream.  Operating a thrift store is a reliable model for generating earned-income.  But it must operate efficiently and effectively to generate the income required to fund the mission. Michael is a graduate of George Peabody College for Te...

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    • Walter Fields

      Walter Fields Manager - Repairs ProgramHabitat For Humanity International

      Walter Fields has spent over 40 years developing and administering programs for nonprofit organizations. He came to Habitat specifically to encourage affiliates to serve more families by creating partnerships with communities. Walter currently supports all of Habitat’s repair products. Prior to joining Habitat for Humanity International in 2007, Walter spent 17 years in the telecommunications industry facilitating partnerships between labor unions and management groups across the Southeastern US. He holds an MA from The Merrill-Palmer Institute (Wayne State University), and a Master of Science...

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    • Angela Birch Cox

      Angela Birch Cox Development DirectorHouston Habitat for Humanity

      Pursuing her passion to serve, Angela Birch Cox is Development Director, Houston Habitat for Humanity. HHFH, in partnership with homebuyers, sponsors and volunteers, has built over 1000 homes. HHFH homebuyers contribute 300 hours of “sweat equity,” including helping to build their own homes and completing training on personal finance and home ownership and then purchase their homes with affordable mortgages. HHFH also operates the ReStore – a nonprofit home improvement store and donation center open to the public. Before coming to HHFH, Ms. Birch Cox served as Relationship Manager, Unite...

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    • Ellen Jones

      Ellen Jones Development Officer, Planned GivingHabitat for Humanity International

      Ellen Jones has been helping non-profits raise philanthropic support for 15 years. Her career in planned giving began at the Medical College of Georgia, where she and her mentor started the Milton Antony Society to honor legacy donors at the state’s oldest public medical and dental school. She then served 7 years in major and planned gifts for Kennesaw State University. Ellen has been a member of the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners since 2010 and serves on the Board of Directors for the Georgia Planned Giving Council. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communications fr...

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    • Autumn Lotze

      Autumn Lotze Senior Resilience SpecialistSBP’s Disaster Resilience and Recovery Lab,

      Autumn Lotze is a Senior Resilience Specialist with SBP’s Disaster Resilience and Recovery Lab, which partners with communities to strengthen resilience and develop solutions to address recovery barriers. SBP is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping communities vulnerable to and impacted by disaster, with the mission to shrink the time between disaster and recovery. Founded in 2006 in St. Bernard Parish following Hurricane Katrina, SBP has rebuilt homes for more 1,200 families around the country. Prior to her role with SBP, Autumn worked with the American Red Cross Natio...

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