Clearwater, Fla — July 12, 2016 — Seven new members have been appointed to Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County’s board of directors for the nonprofit housing organization’s 2016-2017 fiscal year. The new board members for the locally run affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International include:
• Ryan Ross, executive vice president of marketing and digital commerce for HSN
• Rafaela A. Amador Fink, senior director of public affairs for the Tampa Bay Rays
• Alfredo Anthony, president of Nu Millennium Strategies
• Jackie Ashley, area sales manager for Wells Fargo Home Mortgage
• Ronice Barlow, SVP, COO — U.S. Advisory Services for Franklin Templeton Distributors Inc.
• Forrest Eleazer, owner of Park Construction
• Ellen Hirsch de Haan, partner at Wetherington Hamilton Attorneys at Law
“We are thrilled by the addition of the new board members,” said Incoming Board President Jason Clement. “Their strengths will complement the existing board experience to accelerate the mission of putting God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope for worthy families in Pinellas County.”
Ross and Amador Fink were selected to bring additional marketing and communications expertise to Habitat Pinellas’s 23-member board of directors. In addition, Ashley, Eleazer and Hirsch de Haan were selected to bring additional guidance in the mortgage, construction and real estate arenas. Both Anthony and Barlow bring broad knowledge on strategic planning and business development.
The Habitat Pinellas board is governed by the following elected officers: Board Chair Jason Clement, founding partner and CEO of The Sports Facilities Management and founding partner of The Sports Facilities Advisory; Vice Chair Matt Frey, partner at Frey Masterson Investment Advisors; Treasurer John Nicely, director of facility management systems for Baycare Health System; and Secretary Scott Daigle, regional vice president for TD Bank. Clement, Frey, Nicely and Daigle are part of the board’s eight-member executive committee that also includes Julie Klavans, immediate past chair, Joe Faw, owner/partner at Bay to Bay Properties, Michael Kilpatrick, commercial lending officer at Grow Financial and Mike Sutton, CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County.
The first Habitat Pinellas board meeting of the 2016-2017 fiscal year is scheduled for July 18, at the affiliate administrative offices in Clearwater.
About Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County
Since 1985, Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County has constructed 369 homes for low income families in Pinellas County, using locally raised funds. Volunteers and the future homeowners construct the homes, which are sold at no profit and financed with a zero-interest loan. Habitat Pinellas homeowner candidates earn 30 to 80 percent of area median income. For Pinellas County, that translates to as little as $27,000 a year for a family of four. Candidates must also demonstrate need for adequate shelter; ability to pay back a zero-interest loan and willingness to partner with Habitat Pinellas to invest 250 to 350 sweat equity hours. Mortgage monies are used to build even more homes, making each donation to Habitat a perpetual legacy to the community. Habitat believes that home ownership contributes to family stability, leading in turn to community stability. Additionally, Habitat Pinellas raises funds through their ReStore, a home improvement outlet where donated household and building items are sold to the public. Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County is a 501 (C)(3) nonprofit organization that has received Charity Navigator’s highest rating, four stars, every year for the past eight years. For more information about Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County, contact (727) 536-4755 or visit www.HabitatPinellas.org.
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Mike Sutton, CEO
Office: 727-536-4755, ext. 205