Mike Posko, Chief Executive Officer
As Chief Executive Officer at Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake, Mike Posko values and rewards creative thinking, initiative, teamwork, commitment and performance. He draws on his training as executive coach and certified mediator to gain consensus and build motivation. Driven by challenge and undaunted by obstacles, Mike has been enthusiastically received by staff and community alike since joining the Baltimore-based Habitat affiliate in February 2012. Mike’s career encompasses over thirty years of supervisory and management experience. His background is diverse as he has worked in government, public and private sectors and industries of security and defense, finance, retail and real estate development.
Mike Barb, Chief Officer of Programs & Community Engagement
Mike Barb was the Co-Executive Director of Sandtown Habitat prior to our merger in 2014. While at Sandtown Habitat, Mike had the distinct privilege of being mentored by Allan Tibbels. He counts that experience as one that has shaped much of his world view. He has worn multiple hats with Habitat, including stints as resource development manager, volunteer coordinator, interim construction manager, and more. Prior to joining Habitat, Mike worked in the financial services industry for 12 years. Mike and his wife Mandy have two children – twins Aiden & Addison. Some of his favorite things are his dog Briar (and advocating for animal rights), exploring Baltimore neighborhoods and all-things Ravens and Orioles! As for his philosophy of life, he considers himself to be a “contemplative in action.”
Candice Van Scoy, Chief Financial Officer
Candace was previously the Controller for A&R Development Corp. for more than nine years. She has also been the Development Controller for Struever Brothers, Eccles and Rouse, and the Controller for Lovell America Inc., a British owned land developer. She also serves on the Board of Directors as Treasurer for the Baltimore Station . Candice graduated summa cum laude with a Finance degree from the University of Notre Dame of Maryland and received her MBA from Loyola University of Baltimore. Candice is thankful to part of the Habitat organization because her work is in perfect alignment with her values including social justice and making the world a better place through personal service.
Rosemary Calderalo, Chief Development Officer
Prior to coming to Habitat Chesapeake, Rosemary served as the Senior Director for Resource Development at The Salvation Army’s New Jersey Division, responsible for communications, marketing and fundraising for 29 field offices and statewide programs. Passionate about doing her part to make the world a better place, she has spent the majority of her professional career in human services, including 13 years with the American Red Cross in executive leadership positions. Rosemary has also worked with the United Way, helping to set up the 2-1-1 hotline in New York State, and for the Guideposts Foundation, supporting their National Advisory Board, responsible for major gifts and planned giving. She has also has taught as an adjunct professor at various colleges and universities. Earlier in her career, Rosemary held a variety of positions within the crisis counseling field.
Growing up in an immigrant family, the importance of ongoing learning became part of her culture. Rosemary has a B.A in Writing Arts from the SUNY Oswego, an M.S. in Women’s Studies from Mankato State University in MN, and holds a Ph.D. in Adult Education from Syracuse University. She is an ordained Spiritualist minister.
Rosemary believes there is something to learn and celebrate in every moment and credits her son Robin and daughter Emily with being two of the most important teachers in her life. She lives in Pasadena, Md. with her partner Jim List, a Maryland native.
Tim Kenney, ReStore Director
Tim has been the Director of ReStores since September of 2010. He tells us he came to work here because “it was a tremendous opportunity to build something with great potential. The ReStores are underdeveloped and will be able to grow into one of the affiliates largest contributors.” Tim appreciates that ReStore profits go to a worthy mission–helping to build more Habitat homes. He said, “I received exposure to the need for decent housing through the staff of the various Giant Food stores which I managed. Many of the employees were recent immigrants to this country or had been working a minimum wage job for many years.” Tim worked for Giant for 32 years, then learned that the ReStores needed a retail-oriented person in order to grow. Tim is motivated by the ReStore operation’s ability to help the affiliate support our mission, while providing a reuse opportunity that reduces material going to the landfill and allowing people to buy home improvement products at affordable prices.
Patrick Kirby, Chief Construction Officer
Patrick started working with Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake in January 2011, and two months later began his role as Director of Construction. Prior to working with Habitat Chesapeake, Patrick spent the previous 18+ years building new homes for several national for-profit home builders, including Ryan Homes and Toll Brothers, Inc. He currently resides in Baltimore with his wife Jennifer and their two school-age children, Catherine and Matthew. Patrick said, “Habitat Chesapeake’s commitment to strengthening and revitalizing communities is what attracted me to Habitat and continues to be my driving force.” Under Patrick’s direction, Habitat Chesapeake has built a record-setting number of homes for our family partners.
Leila Kohler-Frueh, Director of Community Engagement
Leila Kohler-Frueh, Director of Community Engagement
As Director of Volunteer and Community Engagement, Leila is responsible for volunteer and constituents management, including overseeing Faith, Youth, and Millitary/Veteran engagement. She joined Habitat Chesapeake in 2010, shortly after moving to Baltimore from Boston. Her interest in faith-based non-profit work that connects values with action is what drew her to Habitat. Her educational background background is in the study of religion in public life, and her work experience includes alumni relations and market research for film. Her undergrad was spent at Bard College at Simon’s Rock, and University of Massachusetts Boston. She holds an MDiv from Harvard Divinity School. In addition to learning more about Baltimore neighborhoods every day, she is especially grateful to Baltimore for its gorgeous springtimes, and for being the homeplace of both Cab Calloway and Billie Holiday.
John Descoteaux, AmeriCorps – Community Outreach
Megan McCormack, AmeriCorps VISTA – Community Engagement
Danny Pang, AmeriCorps VISTA – Community Engagement
Orlando Mobuary, Construction Site Supervisor
Fred Reno, Construction Site Supervisor
Fred was in and out of the construction business for 10 years before joining Habitat. He volunteered for Habitat Chesapeake more than 10 years ago and later responded to a “want ad” for a Habitat construction site supervisor. Based on his “great experience with the organization,” Fred was happy to accept this position when it was offered to him. What he likes most about his work with Habitat is looking at the finished product with pride, then turning over the keys to our hard-working, highly-deserving homeowners.
Kevin Mills, Assistant Construction Site Supervisor
Gary Mitchell, Assistant Construction Site Supervisor
Ike Newman, Assistant Construction Site Supervisor
Denise Sample, Assistant Construction Site Supervisor
Leroy Smith, Assistant Construction Site Supervisor
Eric Bernhardt, Construction Warranty Manager
Eric has a construction background and a passion to help and encourage others. His started working at Habitat Chesapeake in 2005 where he enjoys putting his faith into action. Eric’s colleagues say that if you need something done, Eric will see that it happens. That often means that he doesn’t himself–with a smile.
Matt Metzger, Director of Volunteer Engagement
Matt has been with the construction department of Habitat Chesapeake since 2002. After earning BA in Fine Art from Wheaton College, he developed his building skills in the exhibits department of the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. Matt finds at Habitat connects his conviction for social justice with his love of building. By managing the affiliate’s warranty service, Matt works to help people transition into homeowners during their first year of ownership. Matt is a certified building analyst with Building Performance Institute (BPI) and guides the affiliate’s efforts in green building. He manages special partnerships with other area nonprofits that have complementary services, including our Construction Apprenticeship and Youth Building program with CivicWorks. Primarily though, Matt sees his job as connecting staff, volunteers, and homeowners with the meaningful work that happens on and around Habitat construction sites. Matt, his wife, and their four kids have chosen to live in a neighborhood where Habitat builds and are able to see the restorative work of Habitat in their own community.
Shanita Simpson, Volunteer Engagement Manager
Born and raised in Baltimore, Shanita is no stranger to Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake. Shanita began her journey as homebuyer applicant and loved Habitat so much that she just had to work for them! Shanita has a long history of editing, marketing, grant management, spearheading outreach projects, and coordinating faith-based initiatives. Using her English degree from Towson University and her experience with volunteer management, sprinkled with her outgoing, sparkling aura, serving volunteers is what she loves! Whether she is in her work boots on the construction site or in her fabulous 4-inch heels in the office, Habitat has her heart!
Jaclyn Teklela, AmeriCorps – Volunteer Services Coordinator
Jeannie Anderson, AmeriCorps Program Manager
Jeannie’s involvement with Habitat began on site as an AmeriCorps Construction Assistant in 2002. She served a second AmeriCorps term at a Baltimore City afterschool program with the Community Art Collaborative at MICA. A Habitat Chesapeake staff member since 2007, Jeannie manages the AmeriCorps program in addition to being part of the construction management team. Outside of Habitat, Jeannie has worked in the fields of architecture, interior design and construction. She’s a big fan of composting, gardening, yoga and chasing around her toddler son.
Ashley Allen, AmeriCorps Crew Leader
Carolina Clemente, AmeriCorps Crew Leader
Andy Holter, AmeriCorps Crew Leader
Kristin Maller, AmeriCorps Crew Leader
Sterling Paige, AmeriCorps Crew Leader
Tyrone Yarbrough, AmeriCorps Crew Leader
Development and Marketing
Hallie Andrew, Community Relations Associate
Brian Barker, Donor Relations Manager
Brian grew up in St. Louis where he learned the importance of giving back from observing his mother’s volunteer work. With a keen interest in issues of poverty, Brian earned a degree in Economics from Saint Louis University. After graduation he lived in Honduras as a Peace Corps volunteer, working with local women’s groups. Now, with four years working in the nonprofit sector, Brian applies his skills and experience at Habitat Chesapeake to empower families and strengthen communities. When he’s not out meeting with new people and signing up organizations for Habitat Team Builds, Brian enjoys volunteering, traveling, and visiting the latest museum exhibits.
Michael Garcia, Donor Relations Director
Michael is a member of the Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake Development & Marketing Department as the Donor Relations Director. He works with individual, corporate, and foundation donors. Prior to this, Michael has worked as a fundraiser for Catholic Charities of Baltimore, May Dugan Center and Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland as well as an Administrator for Alcoa Foundation. He served on the Eliza Bryant Village Board of Directors located in Cleveland. Habitat Chesapeake brings Michael back to his roots and his first non-profit position in Springfield, OH where the organization rehabbed and built homes. His family is Cuban so his ability to speak Spanish has helped Family Services on occasion field calls for prospective homeowners interested in Habitat’s program. He earned a Bachelor of Science as a graduate of Wright State University’s Urban Affairs program concentrating in community development and subsequently earned an Master’s of Nonprofit Organizations from Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management and Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. Michael and his wife, Elizabeth, live in the city of Baltimore in the Brewers Hill neighborhood.
Rachel Hess, Events Manager
Originally from New Jersey, Rachel fell in love with the charm and mission of Habitat Chesapeake during her 2009-2010 AmeriCorps term. Rachel’s passion for service, her ability to engage people within a diverse community, and her endless propensity towards fun led to her present position where she manages a wide variety of special events for the affiliate. Prior to her work with Habitat, Rachel received her B.A. in Anthropology and History from the University of Maryland and her M.Ed. in College Student Affairs from Penn State. When she is not planning Habitat Chesapeake’s next big event, Rachel enjoys spending time with family and friends—soaking up the sunshine, listening to live music, and visiting local restaurants.
Kaaryn Keller, Community Relations Manager
Taryn Myers, Grants Manager
Taryn’s mission in life is to use her gift of writing to make a difference in the lives of others, and she is able to do that as the Grants Manager for Habitat Chesapeake. She writes new grant proposals and manages grant awards to ensure the important work of Habitat Chesapeake is shared with every foundation and corporation that supports their mission. After doing volunteer work in New York where she lived for several years, Taryn realized two things – she was meant to do work that served others, and she missed her hometown of Baltimore. After returning home, she started working for nonprofits in various roles, searching for her niche, which she discovered while writing grant proposals on behalf of a grassroots mentoring program in Baltimore. She received her B.A. and M.S. at Towson University in Business Administration/Marketing and Professional Writing, respectively. Besides writing, her joy is her dog, Jurnee.
Leanna Powell, Relationship Manager for Faith and Youth
Leanna is a Maryland native and grew up closely connected to service through the Unitarian-Universalist church. As a youth organizer, she helped lead interfaith young people’s movements across the country. Her professional career has revolved around public education reform and advocacy, with a two-year “Habbatical” including a term as an AmeriCorps VISTA with Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver. As a former regular volunteer with Habitat Chesapeake, Leanna is excited to be uniting her passions in support of our faith, youth and young adult networks. A Baltimore girl at heart, Leanna enjoys exploring the city on foot as a runner and maintaining her small fleet of bicycles for longer trips.
Kenneth Waldrop, Development Assistant
After more than 25 years working in higher education teaching and mentoring college students, and encouraging them to serve their community, Ken moved to Baltimore where he volunteered as a CPR instructor providing relief to local disaster victims. Following his passion of serving others, empowering people and education, he chose to work with Habitat Chesapeake where he manages donations and provides support in raising funds for our mission. Ken continues to volunteer as a CPR Instructor and serves on the Board of Leadership Southern Maryland as the treasurer and Golf Committee chair.
LaVerne Stokes, Director Family Services
Bio coming soon!
Nina Anderson, Family Services Coordinator
Nina Anderson, Family Services Coordinator
Nina has worked in the nonprofit world since 1994. Nina was originally drawn to Sandtown Habitat for Humanity through New Song Ministries; she loved the vision of working together with her neighbors. Nina remains connected the Sandtown community through worship and her child’s attendance at New Song Academy. Nina is an original Habitat homeowner herself, and still lives in the home she bought through Sandtown Habitat in 1995!
Christian Hall, AmeriCorps – Family Services Coordinator
Lauren Hughes, Family Services Manager
Lauren is a Baltimore native with a passion for nonprofit work. After graduating from American University with a degree in political science, she has spent the majority of her post-graduate professional career at Habitat Chesapeake. She is currently seeking a Master of Public Administration from the University of Baltimore with the hopes of continuing in the field of urban development.
Natalie Neill, Financial Sustainability Program Coordinator
Finance & Administration
Evelyn Anderson, Executive Assistant to CEO
Evelyn enjoys navigating Mike Posko’s busy schedule, and respects his commitment to Habitat Chesapeake’s mission. She is also proud to support the nonprofit’s outstanding Executive Team. As liaison for the Board of Director’s, Evelyn makes every effort to welcome them and let them know their time is truly appreciated. Evelyn’s favorite part of her job is making people happy—and she does just that! She came on board in 2012 and promptly received the 2012 Habitat Chesapeake Happy Camper Award. Born and raised in Baltimore City, Evelyn has been happily married to her husband Karl for 29 years. They are blessed with three beautiful children and two happy little grandsons.
Barbara Baer, Accounting Administrator
Originally from Hagerstown, Barbara has called Baltimore home for past 26 years. She has worked in the non-profit sector for over 20 years, including the past 15 years at Sandtown Habitat for Humanity which merged with Habitat Chesapeake in 2014. Her roles have included HR, bookkeeping, database management, office management. She is currently assisting with auditing as well as handling homeowners’ mortgages
Renee Ferguson, Office & Human Resources Manager
Renee Ferguson is the Office Manager for Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake. In this role, which she first assumed in August 2008, Renee is responsible for managing several areas within the organization, including: IT, facilities, payroll and benefits management, and administration. Renee first joined Habitat for Humanity in October of 2006 as an AmeriCorps VISTA member for the Howard County affiliate as the administrative assistant and community liaison. After completing her year with the AmeriCorps program, she was offered and accepted the role of Operations Manager for the Howard County affiliate. Following the 2011 merger of the Howard County affiliate with Habitat Chesapeake, Renee came on board as a receptionist, where she familiarized herself with the workings of the newly-formed organization. When the Office Manager position became available in 2008, Renee jumped at the chance to apply. So now, if you forget your password, she resets it; if something’s broken, she fixes it, if there’s an office party, she throws it; if you can’t find it, she’ll locate it; and if you make a mess in the kitchen, she’ll definitely let you know it!
Liz Kennedy, Assistant Administrator
Liz Kennedy previously retired after 30 years as a Regional Director for a large East Coast company. Finding life as a retiree rather boring, Liz signed up as a volunteer for Arundel Habitat for Humanity (which later merged with Habitat Chesapeake), and now serves as an administrative assistant and “chief greeter” for Habitat Chesapeake. (We sometimes call her “fire chief,” as well, since she’s so good at putting out figurative fires!) When contacting Habitat Chesapeake, folks are likely to hear Liz’s charming British accent. With typical British humor and a twinkle in her eye, Liz greets our guests whether by phone or in person. In her spare time, Liz volunteers for The Baltimore Station and enjoys numerous hobbies, including creating beautiful artwork on canvas.
Jerry Hazelwood, Compliance Manager
Jerry serves the affiliate as Compliance Manager for the public funds that are directed our way. His greatest passion, however, is working in the communities where we are building in order to grow relationships with the community associations and anyone interested in our efforts toward building stronger families and neighborhoods. Jerry has been a migrant worker and has lived in seven states and on Guam Island since graduating from the University of Texas Architecture school back in the days of t-squares and ink pens. Jerry asserts that Baltimore is a great place to live and a great place to be advocating for affordable housing.
Dhvani Shelat, Senior Financial Analyst
More information about Dhvani coming soon!
Jay Striby, Staff Accountant
Jay has 10 years of experience as a Legislative Auditor for the State of Maryland, a Financial Specialist for the Archdiocese of Baltimore, and as Senior Accountant/Analyst in the private sector. Jay says, “Working for Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake allows me to apply my skills to a great variety of situations. Every day is busy, every day is fun, and most importantly, every day is gratifying. Our partner families are so deserving of the opportunities we create that it feels great to be a part of it.”
Brent Webb-Hicks, Senior Financial Analyst
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Brent Webb-Hicks joined Habitat Chesapeake in September 2008, and in that time has served in a variety of finance roles, chiefly as the as the organization’s Financial Manager and Senior Financial Analyst, in addition to his current role as Accounting Manager. His chief motivation in working in the nonprofit sector, and specifically for Habitat for Humanity, is his desire to use his skills and experience to enhance the lives of the citizens of Maryland, as he believes that homeownership and financial literacy are paramount to ending rampant impoverishment. Brent is currently a graduate student at Johns Hopkins University and will earn his MBA in Finance in the fall of 2013.
Jennifer Miller, ReStore Development Manager
Diana Mitchell, ReStore Volunteer Resource Manager
Diana Mitchell joined Habitat Chesapeake in August 2014 as the Volunteer Resource Manager. Prior to working at Habitat, Diana served as Volunteer Manager for Blood Services at the American Red Cross where she helped to recruit, train and schedule volunteers in the Potomac region of the greater Chesapeake. A military brat by nature, Diana also is a past pageant queen with a political science and mass communication degree from Towson University and a graduate degree from Georgetown University in international and global affairs. She is committed to promoting volunteerism by connecting people to the Habitat ReStore.
Jonathan Warshaw, ReStore Logistics Manager
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Jonathan earned his Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Maryland, College Park. His background in human studies sparked his interest in non-profits, and lead to his involvement with Habitat for Humanity. He has proudly volunteered, interned, and worked with ReStore since January, 2011. Jonathan lives in Baltimore City where he enjoys running, hiking and gardening.
Jimmy Motsay, ReStore Operations Manager
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Jimmy began working at Habitat Chesapeake shortly after graduating from the University of Baltimore with a B.A. in History. After years of working for major retailers such as Nordstrom and Home Depot, he was looking for a change of pace. Habitat Cheapeake’s ReStore offered him a chance to utilize his skills as a retailer/buyer, while helping a greater cause. Jimmy says that working with soon-to-be Habitat homeowners in the ReStore provides motivation for him to come in to work each day. Jimmy now manages the Columbia ReStore. In his spare time, Jimmy enjoys taking out his boat and golfing.
Matthew Welch, Pasadena ReStore Manager
John Braden, Columbia ReStore Manager
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John comes from a landscape background where he learned how to build retaining walls, patios, ponds, and more. He first came to Habitat Chesapeake as an assistant driver in 2010. Since then, he has become one of Habitat Chesapeake’s Restore Managers. John takes pride in knowing that each day he works for Habitat for Humanity, he is helping to build better communities. John’s customers agree that he is not only very helpful but always has something nice to say to everyone. In short, he keeps ‘em coming back.
Holly Floyd, Columbia ReStore Assistant Manager
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Debbie Smith, Dundalk ReStore Manager
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Debbie is much appreciated for successfully managing the Dundalk ReStore. She derives great benefit from a multifaceted background with a strong construction background from being in the family rental business. As an entrepreneur, Debbie successfully owned and managed her own business. She is most proud of her family and greatly appreciates her Habitat family, as well. We say, “Ditto!”
Fred White, Dundalk ReStore Assistant Manager
Fred is Assistant Manager of the Dundalk ReStore on Kane Street in Baltimore. He graduated with a BA in English Language and Literature in the spring of 2011 and shortly thereafter started working at the Pasadena ReStore as a driver in early autumn of that year. Though initially looking for a strictly manual labor job to bide his then-immediate post-graduate status, Fred found working at ReStore to be a suitable outlet for many of his previously developed skill sets, such as time management, problem solving, and technical troubleshooting, as well as a great platform for learning more practical, retail-oriented skills like customer service and merchandising. Fred said, ”Working at ReStore has also helped me gain a broader knowledge of the application, as well as the pliability, of the wide and varied materials that are offered at our stores.”
Heather Cummings, Halethorpe ReStore Manager
Heather was born in Baltimore and has never lived anywhere else. She has 25 years of retail management experience. Heather says that her three teenage children (one son and twin girls) keep her very busy. She loves the fact that her job keeps her physically active and away from a desk (except those that she moves around the showroom floor). Making a difference in her community by helping build homes for low income families, saving millions of pounds from going into the landfills, and providing discounted home improvement goods to the public is what originally brought Heather to the ReStore as a volunteer.
Jeff Arndt, Halethorpe ReStore Assistant Manager
Jeffrey comes to Chesapeake ReStore from a background in retail sales and management. He became acquainted with Habitat for Humanity through the ReStore volunteer program. While donating time, he was offered a position at the Pasadena ReStore and has been proud to work for Habitat Chesapeake ever since!