Staff and Board List
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Katie Page, Executive Director, 704-786-4001, Ext. 109
Katie joined Habitat Cabarrus because she enjoys impacting the lives of families in the community and wanted to help shape program growth and community outreach. Prior to joining Habitat Cabarrus Katie served as the Cabarrus County Administrative Manager at United Way Cabarrus County. She also served as a corporate event planner at ACN where she learned the art of juggling multiple projects and honed her organizational skills.
Joined Habitat Cabarrus in 2014
Education: BA in Communications with minors in English and Psychology from Meredith College
Favorite part of working at Habitat: Sharing the mission of Habitat with Cabarrus County
Hometown: Lincolnton, NC.
Loves eating: Sushi
Favorite place to visit: Anywhere with warm water, sand and sun
Favorite Bible verse: Isaiah 55:8-9 (KJV) For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Shanell Smaw, Resource Development Director, 704-786-4001 Ext. 100
Shanell joined Habitat Cabarrus because she believes in being a vessel used by God, to improve the lives of others. Her passion for volunteerism began as a young child accompanying her grandmother on hospital visits as Chaplain where she learned the value of using her time, skills and smile to bring joy and light to others. She has served in a volunteer capacity for various organizations for 20 years. Prior to joining Habitat, Shanell worked with the NC REALTORS® as a Political Fundraising Specialist where she planned fundraising events for REALTOR® associations across NC.
Education: BA in Communication Studies from UNC Greensboro
Master of Public Administration from UNC Charlotte
Hometown: Roxboro, NC
Loves cheering for: Baltimore Ravens and Duke Blue Devils
Favorite Bible Verse: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. “ Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
Alida Zimmerman, Volunteer Coordinator, 704-786-4001, Ext. 111
Alida grew up in Chapel Hill and graduated from Elon University with a degree in Strategic Communications. She spent her junior and senior year working at a non-profit based out of Durham and quickly realized that life was about more than what classes you take and what job you get. This experience sparked a passion within her for helping others and now guides her through her life. She is grateful to be given the opportunity to have her passion also be her job and she is excited to use her organizational and creative skills to be a part of the Habitat Cabarrus team!
Education: Elon University
Hometown: Chapel Hill, NC
Loves eating: Ice Cream
Loves cheering for: The Tar Heels
Favorite hobby: Photography
Favorite place to visit: Disney World
Quote to live by: “Let’s just have fun making people smile.” - Chris Rosati
Tiffany Brown, Homeowner Services Coordinator, 704-786-4001 ext 110
Tiffany Brown began working for Habitat for Humanity Cabarrus in 2017, for the same reason she became a Social Worker; to help make a difference in the lives of others, to advocate for and to empower people to be their best selves. Tiffany was born in Toronto, Canada but was raised in Fort Lauderdale, Fl. Since graduating from Florida A&M University, she has worked with children in foster care to ensure their safety and well-being. She has also worked with their families to heal and strengthen their relationships and with parents to be able to provide a safe and loving home environment for their children. Tiffany is passionate about helping families and being able to see them thrive.
Education: Bachelors in Social Work
Hometown: Toronto, Canada
Loves Eating: West Indian Food (Her family is from Trinidad & Tobago)
Favorite Place to Vacation Anywhere on a cruise
Favorite Bible verse: John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Bob LaMarche, Site Supervisor, 704-786-4001, Ext. 112
Bob (also known as Bob the Builder) joined Habitat Cabarrus after nearly 35 years of construction experience in NH, FL, and NC. Bob's introduction to construction was framing houses for his father's construction business in his teens. Bob honed his construction expertise during two years of active Army service building bridges and roads as a civil engineer, with an additional fours years in the reserves. Bob builds stuff.
Bob's journey to Habitat began when he took part in a Florida Habitat program to build 100 houses in 90 days. He loved it. After moving the NC, Bob volunteered on a Habitat work day and liked it so much he asked about open positions.
Joined Habitat Cabarrus in 2007
Education: Merrimack High School, US Army Civil Engineering
Favorite Part of Working for Habitat: Bob loves seeing homeowner's faces at dedications and teaching the volunteers how to build.
Family: Happily married to his beautiful wife Donna. They have four children: Michael, Courtney, Josh, and Chase.
Hometown: Merrimack, NH
Loves cheering for: Hometown teams and anything my kids play
Most prized possession: My kids
Favorite place to visit: The mountains
E.B. Lentz, Finance Manager, 704-786-4001, Ext. 106
E.B. joined Habitat Cabarrus after 23 years with Cannon Mills/ Fieldcrest Cannon/ Pillowtex as a cost accountant. His attention to detail helped the mills effectively track materials, labor, and overhead costs. As much as E.B. enjoyed the accounting work he also enjoyed the opportunities to interact with the people in the plant.
Eventually E.B. desired a change of pace with more variety in the work and an increase in personal interactions. He found the right mix of accounting and atmosphere at Habitat Cabarrus. E.B. enjoys knowing his efforts really impact lives in his community.
E.B. graduated from UNC with a B.S. in Business Administration/ Accounting. He is a certified managment accountant and a licensed real estate broker.
He also enjoys cheering for UNC football and the Intimidators as a season ticket holder.
Joined Habitat Cabarrus in 2004
Hometown: Kannapolis, NC
Family: Wife- Lisa, Daughter – Carmen, Daughter – Taylor, Dogs – Macy and Simon, Cat – Tar, Leopard Gecko - Abby
Favorite part of working at Habitat: The People
Loves cheering for: THE TAR HEELS
Most prized possession: Carolina Basketball signed by Phil Ford
Favorite place to visit: Chapel Hill & Myrtle Beach
Favorite Bible verse: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
Christine Hernandez, Administrative Assistant, 704-786-4001, Ext. 108
In 2016 Christine Hernandez joined the Habitat Cabarrus staff as an administrative assistant after seven years with Concord First Assembly (CFA). At CFA Christine worked in the finance office and held many accounting responsibilities such as paying bills, creating expense reports, and reconciling accounts for budgeting. She really enjoyed the environment but the opportunity to be more directly involved with the community and to directly touch lives led Christine to join Habitat Cabarrus. Her previous work experiences included invoicing and accounts receivable for an interior trim company and as a field coordinator for a wireless infrastructure organization. Christine further developed her eye for detail when she earned her professional organizer certification.
Joined Habitat Cabarrus in 2016
Education: Christine came to Cabarrus County after living in NY and Florida and attended Genesee Community College in Batavia, NY.
Family: Married to husband Ray whom Christine says recognized true love immediately. They are parents to three children and one grandchild.
Favorite part of working at Habitat: Being able to see the tangible differences a stable home makes.
Loves cheering for: The Panthers and the Buffalo Bills
Most Prized Possession: My Family
Favorite place to visit: Would love to visit Italy and Poland
Favorite Bible verse: Jeremiah 29:11
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Dale Irvin, ReStore General Manager, 704-786-4000
Dale joined ReStore in 2010 after 10 years with the Concord Independent Tribune newspaper in their marketing department where he wore many hats - from graphic design to advertising sales. Dale enjoyed the fast pace and the opportunity to use his skills across departments in the organization. His previous role was advertising and marketing entrepreneur where Dale designed multiple campaigns creating everything from logos to print materials. Dale started his business after working for the Charlotte Observer. Dale uses his marketing expertise to promote the ReStore’s ideals and philosophy and to expand its community outreach.
Education: B.S. Marketing from Appalachian State University.
Hometown: Concord, NC
Dale is married to his lovely and supportive wife Meg. They have three children: David, Blakely, and Thomas. They hope to add a dog to the mix some day.
Favorite part of working at the ReStore: Two aspects really resonate with Dale. It’s local and it’s green. The donors and buyers are right here for the most part. In addition ReStore gets to recycle and helps keep items out of our landfills. Dale was active in the Boy Scouts of America and earned his Eagle Scout rank. The Boy Scout tenant about leaving the land better than you found it has stayed with me.
Loves cheering for: Concord High and the Panthers
Most Prized Possession: You can’t call Family a possession but I do prize it.
Favorite place to visit: The mountains – Montreat in particular.
Favorite Bible verse:
The Good Samaritan because the person who helps out is not always the one you think it will be.
Melissa Barnes, ReStore Assistant Manager
Melissa joined the Habitat ReStore in November 2017 after 30 years in the retail pharmacy industry. Melissa also has experience working on construction sites and in medical offices. She came to Habitat Cabarrus in search of a more rewarding career in which she could do what she loves – meeting new people and making a difference in their lives. As a lover of upcycling and repurposing items, Melissa feels right at home at the ReStore. Melissa loves cheering for Germany in the World Cup and riding motorcycles with her husband, Jeff. Jeff and Melissa have been married for 8 years and have a blended family of 5 sons.
Hometown: Phoenix, New York
Loves cheering for: Germany in the World Cup
Most Prized Possession: Her mom
Favorite food: Steak and potatoes
Favorite Bible verse:
Proverbs 22:9 He that has a bountiful eye shall be blessed, for he gives of his bread to the poor.
Board of Directors
Our Board of Directors plays a key role in developing goals and guidelines for the affiliate. Meet the community leaders who help us achieve our vision.
Rev. Tom Cabaniss, President (First Baptist Church Kannapolis)
Jim Bramlett, Vice President (Bethpage Presbyterian Church) - Community Volunteer
Doug Stafford, 2nd Vice President (Griffin Stafford Hospitality)
Margie Campbell, Treasurer (Central United Methodist Church - Concord)
Kimberly Leatherman, Secretary (First Presbyterian - Concord) - Community Volunteer
Katie Page, Executive Director (Habitat for Humanity Cabarrus County)
Ward Childress (Ben Mynatt Family of Dealerships)
AJ Clark (Community Volunteer – Logan Community)
Margaret Cleveland (Retired) - Community Volunteer
Greg Crawford (Wells Fargo)
Betsy Handler (Community Volunteer)
Steve Johnson (First Presbyterian - Concord) - Community Volunteer
William Lisk (South Central Oil & South Central Properties)
Chris McCartan (Powers & McCartan)
Knox Morrison (Morrison Brothers)
Perla Nunes (Duke-MURDOCH Study) - Community Volunteer
Bill Reames (Nationwide Insurance)
Dana Ritchie (Bank of North Carolina)
Therese Roberts (Target) - Community Volunteer
Dr. Dianne Snyder (Cabarrus College of Health Sciences Chancellor)
Betty Stocks (Concord Police Dept.- Deputy Chief)