Diana Shoemaker promoted to CEO; two new board members selected
Bradenton, August 2019 – Manatee County Habitat for Humanity’s Executive Director Diana Shoemaker has been promoted to the position of CEO, and Greg DeMeuse and Gurn Freeman have joined the organization’s board of directors. Shoemaker has been with Manatee Habitat for 10 years, earning her promotion through strong leadership and a commitment to its mission to help hardworking families achieve strength and stability through affordable housing.
Greg DeMeuse of Blalock Walters and Gurn Freeman formerly Director of Government Sales for FedEX were brought on as board members to enhance the efforts of the board in accord with organizational growth and capacity building plans.
“Leading Manatee Habitat is incredibly rewarding,” said Shoemaker. “Our accomplishments over the years directly reflect how much our community embraces our mission. I look forward our continued growth and welcome partners willing to share their time, talent or treasure to make sure we all have a safe place to call home.”
Prior to joining Manatee Habitat, Shoemaker served as the Director for Family Promise of Manatee County, a non-profit providing shelter and resources to homeless families. She also served as chair of the Manatee County Affordable Housing Task Force and is a graduate of Leadership Manatee and the LWRBA Executive Academy. She and her team recently completed the Patterson Foundation’s No Mission, No Margin initiative that provides guidance to nonprofits, helping them to increase their capacity to do good. Shoemaker has an MSW from Columbia University and more than 20 years of experience in community and educational program development and services.
The Manatee Habitat Board of Directors is led by Board Chair Roger Arnholt, Vice-President Kirsten Regal, Treasurer Barry Berman and Secretary Lauren Fuller. DeMeuse and Freeman will join current board members Todd Powers, Tim Polk, and Gary French.
To donate, volunteer, or learn more about Manatee County Habitat for Humanity, visit www.manateehabitat.org.