Habitat for Humanity - New York City


Name:Karen Haycox
Email Address:ceo@habitatnyc.org

Karen most recently served as Vice President, Fund Development at Southwest Solutions, a leading provider of both human services and affordable housing and economic development in southwest Detroit. She previously held a number of senior positions with Habitat for Humanity International in Atlanta. During her career at Habitat for Humanity International, Haycox’s leadership roles included senior positions in the Carter Work Project as well as international & domestic disaster relief focused on the Asian tsunami, Hurricane Katrina & Rita, Haiti Earthquake, Midwestern tornado outbreaks and Superstorm Sandy. Haycox also managed Habitat for Humanity’s relationships with Major League Baseball, the National Hockey League and other key corporate supporters.

Name:Alex Havriliak

Alex Havriliak has over 30 years of experience managing the finances of both for profit and not for profit organizations. Prior to joining Habitat for Humanity New York City, he was the Chief Financial Officer for Volunteers of America-GNY for 14 years. During that time, he developed long-term strategic plans that enabled the agency’s operating budget and services to expand throughout the Greater New York area. Alex spearheaded the development of real estate projects, including a shelter for domestic violence victims, a school for special needs students, and housing for low-income residents. Prior to joining Volunteers of America-GNY, Alex worked as a Controller at The Hospital for Special Surgery and an Assistant Controller at the New York Presbyterian Hospital. Alex received an MBA in Finance from Manhattan College and BS in Accounting from St. Francis College.

Name:Tracy Slagle

Name:Beverley A. Hoyte

Beverley Hoyte joined Habitat NYC in November 2006 as a temp then became a staff member in December of the same year and works closely with the Executive team as well as provides support on a variety of projects for various other departments. Before joining Habitat NYC Beverley was a Legal Assistant at The Columbia House Company from 1992 until they closed their doors in 2005. Beverley is from Guyana, SA where she completed her schooling and after migrating to the United States enrolled in the Adelphi School and Brooklyn College where she completed various courses. In her free time Beverley enjoys music, travel and fashion.

Name:Dipal Shah

Dipal Shah, an Accountant, started at Habitat for Humanity New York City in January 2014. She finished her CPA examination in July 2013 and really excited to learn and grow her skill set. She graduated from Gujarat University, India in 2009 with Master of Philosophy in Accounting. She also earned her Master of commerce form H.L. College of Commerce, India in 2007.

Name:David Ruan

David Ruan was born and raised in New York City. He graduated from Baruch College with a BA in accounting. He is a licensed CPA as of 2011. David was an auditor with Loeb and Troper and then with McGladrey. As an auditor, he specialized in the not for profit industry which included healthcare, charter schools, special needs, and various foundations.

Name:Lacey Marroquin

Lacey Marroquin, Bookkeeper, came to Habitat NYC from College Station, TX. She is a proud member of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Class of ’11 and earned her bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics. She worked as the Business Manager with a Habitat for Humanity affiliate in Texas for two and a half years before moving to NYC in December 2013.

Name:Jerome Chao-Chiu

Name:Sabrina Lippman

Sabrina’s career spans 10 years of experience in business development, management and sales for top commercial real estate developers. Before joining Habitat NYC, Sabrina was a Director of Marketing and Business Development for Simon Property Group, where she implemented and oversaw a community partnership program with local non-profit organizations. Prior to that she spent 4 years in San Francisco revitalizing a retail complex with a focus on cultivating startup businesses for Cushman & Wakefield and managed one of the premier shopping destinations in the country for Westfield. Sabrina joined Habitat NYC in 2014 to lead the development and successful implementation of the corporate program, focused primarily on expanding and diversifying Habitat NYC's base of corporate support. Sabrina is a native New Yorker, University of Rochester alum and proud member of the Habitat for Humanity NYC team.

Name:Jean Son

Jean joined Habitat for Humanity New York City in January 2016. She has previously worked for the Workshop in Business Opportunities, Citymeals-on-Wheels and the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Jean is a native New Yorker, Bronx Science and Vanderbilt University alum and a proud member of the Habitat for Humanity NYC team.

Name:Briana Fullwood

Briana Fullwood joined Habitat for Humanity New York City in April 2015. She attended Cornell University as an Urban and Regional Planning major. Prior to Habitat NYC, Briana held several internships with non-profit organizations, doing community engagement, program management and development work. She interned for NPR (WNYC/WQXR), The Point Community Development Corporation in the Bronx, and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Briana originally hails from Atlanta, Georgia and is a proud member of the Habitat NYC team!

Name:Sara Brainard

Name:Julia Diegel

Julia Diegel joined Habitat for Humanity in May 2016 as the Senior Development Officer. Her past experience includes 4.5 years at the World Federation of United Nations Associations, a global non-profit based at the UN in NY. Her experience spans corporate, foundation, government and individual giving. She holds a degree in French and in Public Policy from the University of Michigan. Originally from Michigan, she is a proud Michigander and member of the Toastmasters Chapter in Ann Arbor and of the Habitat for Humanity NYC team!

Name:Heather Deal
Email Address:hdeal@habitatnyc.org

Heather’s career spans 7 years of experience in fundraising and community development. Before joining Habitat NYC, Heather was the Development Officer for the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church where she oversaw the robust direct mail program and individual donor program. Prior to that Heather spent three years overseeing the fundraising efforts for Rauschenbusch Metro Ministries in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan. Heather joined Habitat NYC in August 2015 to manage our annual giving program and to expand opportunities for friends of Habitat NYC to support our work philanthropically. Heather holds both a Masters of Social Work and Masters of Divinity from Baylor University.

Name:Frances Hardy
Email Address:fhardy@habitatnyc.org

Frances oversees the fundraising, education, advocacy and volunteer opportunities that engage the City’s faith community in the building of affordable housing.

For Frances, her role at Habitat is more than just a job, it’s a daily opportunity to display the love of God as she works side-by-side with her faith partners to end poverty housing in NYC and around the world. In addition to her BA in Romance Languages and International Studies and MA in International Affairs, she has more than six years of professional experience working on behalf of low-income communities in the United States, France and Uganda to reverse systemic inequality through the fields of education, urban policy and affordable housing.

Name:Elizabeth Tietjen

Elizabeth Tietjen joined Habitat for Humanity NYC in 2016 after working in social media and digital marketing for Point Foundation and the Lower East Side Tenement Museum. She believes in the power of storytelling as an agent for change and is dedicated to amplifying those stories to the widest audience possible. A licensed New York City tour guide who has lead groups of tourists and locals around the city on foot, on bikes, and on a sailboat, Elizabeth has also been a museum educator at the Brooklyn Historical Society and the Museum of the Moving Image. An Alabama native, she enjoys cooking, hiking, visiting museums and rooting for the Crimson Tide.

Name:Devon Shaughnessy

Name:Jennifer Schwerin

Jennifer Schwerin brings over 15 years of non-profit work, highlighted by a breadth of experience building and leading effective volunteer programs.  Jennifer has built, revitalized and grown volunteer programs for Planned Parenthood Southeastern Pennsylvania, The Catalog for Giving, the American Red Cross in Greater New York and most recently the New York Organ Donor Network. Jennifer, whose educational background also includes certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources, brings a life-long commitment to service and strengthening her community.  Hailing from Wisconsin, but East coast at heart, Jennifer lives in Brooklyn where she spends a good deal of her time mastering the Lego universe with her 7-year-old son.

Name:Barbara Wengerter

Barbara Wengerter, Volunteer Program Associate, has been with Habitat for Humanity New York City since 2007.  She started as a volunteer assisting with data entry in the volunteer department one day a week and worked her way into a full- time employee with Habitat NYC.  

Name:Kelly Rossiter

Born and raised in New Jersey, Kelly has dedicated her career to service and community outreach. A 2011 Teach For America alumni, she served her two year Americorps commitment in New Orleans, LA. Before coming to Habitat she was a senior coordinator for Big Brothers Big Sisters working with youth in the juvenile justice system. She now serves as the Associate Director of Volunteer Services. When not at the office, Kelly enjoys feeding her Netflix addiction, planning her next adventure around the world, and overusing her Kindle. She resides in the land of Frank Sinatra better known as Hoboken, NJ.

Name:Tessa Farah

Coming from New Jersey, Tessa joined Habitat after receiving a Master's of Social Work from Rutgers University with a focus in non-profit management and policy. Her past experience involves working with youth and adults in both clinical and management sectors.

Tessa worked with youth as a residential counselor and aided in the establishment of community mentorship programs during her undergraduate career. While completing her Master’s she functioned as a project associate for the Rutgers Center for Leadership and Management where she developed programs of consultation and leadership training for the Department of Human Services of New Jersey.

Tessa is committed to a career of service and enjoys volunteering in her spare time within her home community. She currently serves as Chair for the National Association of Social Workers in Somerset New Jersey, connecting members throughout the state through civic engagement and continuing research and support of social work practices.

Tessa enjoys any opportunity to be outside and around nature and enjoys hiking, skiing and escaping to the shore!

Name:Samuel Winter

Hailing from Indianapolis, born in England. A painter that loves dancing and traveling. After serving two terms as an AmeriCorps member (one with Habitat NYC), he now supervises our A Brush With Kindness sites. He enjoys the chance to help people through Habitat's work and volunteering in general. He used to break dance and has a license to work on airplanes.

Name:Christopher Illum

Christopher Illum is currently Habitat NYC‘s Director of Family Services. He received his Bachelor Degree in Sociology from Temple University in 2005 and Master Degree from Hunter College Department of Urban Planning in the winter of 2010. Since 2007, Christopher has been working in in different positions developing and preserving low-income homeownership models here in NYC.  He is member of the Task-Force on City Owned Property, a group of  affordable housing advocates, community groups and lawyers who work toward policy based approaches to affordable housing issues in NYC. Christopher grew up on Long Island and currently lives in Clinton Hill Brooklyn. In his spare time he is involved with his local Community Development Corporation and the Ft. Greene-Clinton Hill Community Foods Council. Being from Long Island he also likes to fish.

Name:Daniel Fielding

Daniel Fielding has been a Homeownership Associate at Habitat NYC since May 2012. In this role, he works directly with the families that purchase Habitat homes, assisting with the mortgage process and financial aspects of the homeownership process.  Prior to joining Habitat as a staff member, he was a volunteer in the office and on the build sites for a couple of years. Before Habitat, Dan was a prime brokerage trader for JP Morgan and Bear Stearns. He is an avid golfer and Red Sox fan. He graduated from Hamilton College in May of 2007.

Name:Charlotte Bell

Name:Michael Verdi

Michael Verdi, Family Services Associate, began working at Habitat for Humanity NYC as an AmeriCorps Member in 2012. He graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University in 2011 with a B.A. in Environmental Studies. Michael has served 2 national service terms through AmeriCorps, and has worked seasonally for a NYC-based environmental grassroots campaign during the summer. From 2011-2012, Michael worked as a tutor/mentor for a fourth grade classroom, serving students in East New York, Brooklyn through a program called City Year. Michael’s prior titles include Field Manager for the Fund for the Public Interest, Field Canvasser for the Human Rights Campaign and Environment New York campaign, and Editorial Assistant for The Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education. As Habitat NYC’s Family Services Associate, Michael now guides low-income families through the application process for homeownership, oversees file compliance and data analysis, and assists families in finding volunteer opportunities throughout the city.

Name:Matthew Dunbar

Matt Dunbar is the Director of Government Relations & Advocacy at Habitat NYC, overseeing the affiliate’s advocacy, organizing, and educational activities for the five boroughs of New York City. Since 2006 Matt has worked with multiple organizations and coalitions in mobilizing faith communities, youth advocates, and volunteers around various issues of social justice. In his time at Habitat-NYC, Matt has overseen the implementation of an on-site volunteer education curriculum and successful campaigns to save the foreclosure prevention services program, increase statewide capital funding for affordable housing, and the renewal and strengthening of the city’s rent regulations.

Name:Katrell Lewis

Katrell Lewis has joined Habitat NYC in the Office of the CEO as the new Advocacy & Community Engagement Manager. Prior to joining us, Katrell consulted with numerous NYC nonprofits to develop their government relations operations.  Katrell has also served at the Clinton Global Initiative as a Government Relations Consultant, worked at Abyssinian Development Corporation, and managed a NYC Congressional campaign. Katrell is a native New Yorker, born and raised in Bed-Stuy Brooklyn, and received his B.A in Political Science from the CUNY- College of Staten Island.

Name:Olga Jobe

Olga Jobe is a native New Yorker and a seasoned real estate professional with over 10 years of affordable housing experience. In her position, Olga will be working to further Habitat’s goals of providing homeownership opportunities for low-income families. She joins Habitat NYC after working at Comunilife, Inc., Common Ground Community and First Sterling Financial.

Name:Michael Gilliard

Michael has been responsible for developing thousands of affordable homes in New York City and along the Eastern Seaboard. As senior director of real estate he oversees Habitat  NYC’s development portfolio and Critical Home Repair housing preservation program. Michael served for seven years as adjunct professor of real estate development for Columbia University and is the recipient of a young leader award from Affordable Housing Finance Magazine.

Name:Tara Duvivier

Tara Duvivier is currently a Project Manager in Real Estate and Construction. She has been working in affordable housing in New York City for over 7 years. She received her undergraduate degree in engineering from Cooper Union and a Masters in Urban Planning from New York University.  Tara is also member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). She is very interested in community development and how housing and homeownership play a role in stable, thriving neighborhoods.

Name:Elan Peskin

Prior to his current role, Elan focused on loan financing for the preservation of Mitchell-Lama developments and the acquisition and disposition of single family homes significantly damaged by Superstorm Sandy at the Department of Housing Preservation and Development. He holds undergraduate degrees in Urban Studies and Photography from The New School.

Name:Jack Montana

Name:Michael Leete

Michael Leete, originally from St. Paul, Minnesota, currently lives in Bushwick, Brooklyn. He volunteers at the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space, a new museum in the Lower East Side. He also enjoys lending his time to community bike shops and gardens and has volunteered with Transportation Alternatives. Michael has traveled to Korea and China to teach English classes. Dissatisfied with office life, he turned to Habitat for Humanity for a more meaningful line of work.

Name:Robert Rainbolt

Prior to joining Habitat NYC, Rob Rainbolt was a carpenter for 15 years. He has done a lot of work as a contractor with the Tunnel to Towers Foundation on homes destroyed by Superstorm Sandy in Coney Island and Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, where he'll be continuing this work with Habitat. He lives in Staten Island with his wife and two teenage kids.

Name:Henry Bynoe

Name:John Cruz

Name:Leslie Williams

Name:Kevin McCabe

Name:ReStore Donation Hotline
Email Address:restore@habitatnyc.org

Name:Joe Lublinkhof

Name:Catherine Wilkinson

Name:Amanda Santiago

Amanda Santiago calls The Bronx her home. Growing up in New York City, she is no stranger to the effects of poverty on a community. She joined the Habitat for Humanity/AmeriCorps team in hopes of aiding in the fight against homelessness. As a Baruch College alumna and current AmeriCorps VISTA, Amanda wanted to expand her horizons and experience life outside of the strict walls of a cubicle down on Wall St. When she’s not working hard (while jamming to online radio) at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, she’s catching up on horror movies, attempting to teach her cat tricks, or searching for free/cheap things to do in New York City.

Name:Brendan Riley Lersch

Name:Charisse Fontnel

Charisse Fontnel is an AmeriCorps Vista member serving as a Pre-Purchase Coordinator at Habitat NYC. This will be her second term as an AmeriCorps member. Charisse previously served in the AmeriCorps Civic Corps program as a Youth Coordinator at the Red Cross Greater New York Chapter. She graduated from SUNY Albany in May 2015 with a degree in Political Science and a minor in History. Charisse grew up and still resides in a small town in Putnam County. She is excited to work in NYC and to be a part of the Habitat Team!

Name:Christina Harris

Name:Christopher Berger

Name:Hannah Presser

Name:Jared Bravo

Name:Lidia Azurdia

Lidia is originally from Chicago and first fell in love working alongside non-profit organizations while attending the University of Arizona. She graduated in May 2015 and double majored in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences and Family Studies and Human Development. This is her first term as an AmeriCorps member and is really looking forward to working with Brush with Kindness in creating works of art for community centers around New York City. Lidia believes that we all have a part to play in making our world a better place and is so excited to be a part of the Habitat family to help make her contribution to this wonderful city!

Name:Rockeem Johnson

Name:Sara Berg

Sara is an AmeriCorps member completing her service with Brush With Kindness. Originally from Chester, New Jersey, Sara is currently living in Ridgewood, Queens. Sara graduated from SUNY New Paltz in May where she recieved a BFA in Painting and a minor in Psychology. Sara is an artist who enjoys dedicating her time to others by creating a more engaged and beautiful community.

Name:Seth Weiss

Name:Simon Koppel

Name:Thomas Samothrakis

Name:Zachary Casey

Name:Luiza Chitchian

Luiza is a native New Yorker raised in Queens and a graduate of Hunter College. She has seven years of Account and Project Management experience, mostly in publishing. She loves traveling, meeting new people, learning about new cultures and languages. She is also a coffee addict, film and book lover, and trivia fiend. Luiza spent the last couple of years traveling and living abroad, with one year spent teaching English in Prague, Czech Republic. Most recently, she traveled to South America where she backpacked across five countries and trekked the Inca Trail to Manchu Picchu. Finally back in New York, she looks forward to being involved in the non-profit sector with Habit for Humanity.

Name:Benjamin Randazzo

Benjamin Randazzo born and raised in Brooklyn, currently lives in Bay Ridge. He is a graduate from Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina, where he received a Bachelors in community and justice studies with a minor in education. While at Guilford he was a member of the Bonner Scholars program where he assisted college students, and community members to engage in service on a daily basis on social justice issues such as homelessness, hunger and literacy. When he’s not volunteering Ben enjoys playing rugby and basketball on his free time. He’s excited to join the Habitat NYC family and to be a part of the Volunteer Services team.

Name Designation EXT
Karen Haycox Chief Executive Officer 308
Alex Havriliak Chief Financial Officer & Executive Vice President 304
Tracy Slagle Chief of Staff 324
Beverley A. Hoyte Office Administrator 313
Dipal Shah Accountant 334
David Ruan Senior Accountant 302
Lacey Marroquin Bookkeeper 342
Jerome Chao-Chiu Accountant 339
Sabrina Lippman Vice President of Resource Development 321
Jean Son Manager of Grants & In Kind Giving 351
Briana Fullwood Manager of Corporate Partnerships 331
Sara Brainard Database and Development Operations Manager 330
Julia Diegel Senior Development Officer 359
Heather Deal Annual Giving & Special Projects Manager 306
Frances Hardy Faith & Community Relations Manager 312
Elizabeth Tietjen Marketing and Communications Manager 356
Devon Shaughnessy Digital Marketing & Graphic Design Coordinator 341
Jennifer Schwerin Vice President of Volunteer Services 310
Barbara Wengerter Volunteer Coordinator 315
Kelly Rossiter Director of Volunteer Services 343
Tessa Farah Volunteer Engagement Coordinator 336
Samuel Winter A Brush With Kindness Site Supervisor
Christopher Illum Vice President of Homeownership 317
Daniel Fielding Homeownership Program Manager 307
Charlotte Bell Post Purchase & Preservation Manager 358
Michael Verdi Homeownership Associate 326
Matthew Dunbar Vice President of Government Relations and Advocacy 320
Katrell Lewis Advocacy & Community Engagement Manager 354
Olga Jobe Vice President of Real Estate and Construction 328
Michael Gilliard Senior Director, Real Estate 316
Tara Duvivier Project Manager 323
Elan Peskin Project Manager 325
Jack Montana Director of Construction 345
Michael Leete Construction Manager
Robert Rainbolt Construction Site Supervisor
Henry Bynoe Construction Site Supervisor
John Cruz Construction Site Supervisor
Leslie Williams ReStore Director
Kevin McCabe ReStore Assistant Manager
ReStore Donation Hotline 399
Joe Lublinkhof ReStore Manager
Catherine Wilkinson AmeriCorps Member
Amanda Santiago AmeriCorps Member
Brendan Riley Lersch AmeriCorps Member
Charisse Fontnel AmeriCorps Member
Christina Harris AmeriCorps Member
Christopher Berger AmeriCorps Member
Hannah Presser AmeriCorps Member
Jared Bravo AmeriCorps Member
Lidia Azurdia AmeriCorps Member
Rockeem Johnson AmeriCorps Member
Sara Berg AmeriCorps Member
Seth Weiss AmeriCorps Member
Simon Koppel AmeriCorps Member
Thomas Samothrakis AmeriCorps Member
Zachary Casey AmeriCorps Member
Luiza Chitchian Constructions Systems AmeriCorps VISTA
Benjamin Randazzo AmeriCorps National: Volunteer Services

Habitat for Humanity New York City transforms lives by building quality homes with families in need and by uniting all New Yorkers around the cause of affordable housing.

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For more information about upcoming sessions, email homeownership@habitatnyc.org or call (646) 779-8846.

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