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Pensacola Habitat for Humanity Announces New Board Members

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Contact: Crystal Scott, Director of Resource Development
Pensacola Habitat for Humanity
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cscott@pensacolahabitat.org

Pensacola Habitat for Humanity Announces New Board Members

Pensacola, FL (February 4, 2019) – Pensacola Habitat for Humanity announces the election of five new board members: Dawn Brazwell, Michele Dumond, Siobhan Gallagher, Matt Newcomer, and Randy Porto.

Alvin Coby, Chairman of the Board, said “I am pleased to welcome the new members of the Board of Directors. We started the new year with efficiency improvements by offering our home buyer application online. Their service on the Board of Directors will be invaluable to our organization’s growth and the sustainability of our mission.”

Dawn Brazwell is the Human Resources Director at the Escambia County Sheriff's Office and has been with the department for more than five years. She was recently awarded the FBI-LEEDA Trilogy Award along with eight of her colleagues. The Sheriff’s Office has supported Pensacola Habitat for Humanity in the past.

Michele DuMond is the Vice President of Commercial Banking at Bank of America/Merrill Lynch. She has been heavily involved with Women Build for the last three years and participated on the leadership committee for the Food Truck Festival for the past two years. She is a frequent volunteer at Pensacola Habitat events.

Siobhan Gallagher is a Clinical Research Operations Manager at the global life sciences company, Sanofi. Siobhan was an active member of the leadership team for Women Build in 2017 and 2018. She is an internal champion for Pensacola Habitat, advocating for the organization’s mission and encouraging numerous people in her cohort to volunteer and donate over the last few years.

Matt Newcomer is the Vice President of Commercial Banking at SmartBank. He graduated from Florida State University and is a member of the Board of Directors at the Community Drug and Alcohol Council Board.

Randy Porto graduated from the University of West Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. He recently retired after working as an Accounting Supervisor for Escambia County Schools for over 36 years and is eager to share his extensive knowledge and experiences with Pensacola Habitat.

Pensacola Habitat for Humanity’s 2019 Board of Directors is:

Chairman of the Board: Alvin Coby

Vice Chairman: Mei Davis

Treasurer: Mike Adkins

Secretary: Dr. Gary Cumberland

Directors:

Dawn Brazwell

Michele DuMond

Rabbi Joel Fleekop

Gene Franklin

Siobhan Gallagher

Julie Griffin

Sandra Hodges

Pat Hubbard

T. J. Jenkins

Mike Lanwehr

Matt Newcomer

Tina Pace

Randy Porto

John Reble

Dr. Charles Reese

Amanda Salazar Everhart

Betty Salter

Skip Vogelsang

Josh Womack

Karen Wright

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About Pensacola Habitat for Humanity

Founded in 1981, Pensacola Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit, ecumenical, Christian ministry whose purpose is to improve communities through sustainable partnerships. Having built and renovated over 1,300 homes, Pensacola Habitat seeks new and innovative ways to positively impact the community through various meaningful projects, including their Home Buyer and Neighborhood Revitalization programs. Pensacola Habitat for Humanity offers unique financing opportunities to qualified applicants to provide affordable home ownership in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties. For more information, visit rethinkhabitat.org.

About Habitat for Humanity International

Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort on a community farm in southern Georgia. The Christian housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in more than 1,300 communities throughout the U.S. and in more than 70 countries. Families and individuals in need of a hand up partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit habitat.org.

About NeighborWorks America

For nearly 40 years, Neighborhood Reinvestment Corp. (d/b/a NeighborWorks America), a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit, has created opportunities for people to improve their lives and strengthen their communities by providing access to homeownership and safe, affordable rental housing. In the last five years, NeighborWorks organizations have generated more than $27.2 billion in reinvestment in these communities. NeighborWorks America is the nation's leading trainer of community development and affordable housing professionals. For more information, visit nw.org.