Who We Are

The Mt. Washington Valley Habitat for Humanity affiliate is part of Habitat for Humanity International, a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seeks to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities and hope. We are a state chartered non-profit organization – a 501C(3) IRS tax-deductible organization. We are dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions.  Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all.

Officers

President – Dick Ficke

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Dick joined the MWV Habitat Board of Directors in March of 2014 and has served as vice president for the last year and half. He is also co-director of Angels and Elves, a Kiwanis run organization that provides Christmas gifts to over 700 local underserved children. He is chair of SCORE, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small businesses start, grow, and succeed. He is also on the board of Arts in Motion theater group.

Dick has a B.A. degree in History from Colgate University, and a M.A. in Political Science from Auburn University. Career Air Force, he spent most of his years in the Strategic Air Command before teaching national policy and strategy at the Naval War College and has served overseas in Thailand, Guam and Germany before retiring. He subsequently joined a small business Defense contractor in Newport RI where he retired as VP and Director of Business Development. In his spare time he enjoys golf, fly fishing and model railroading. He, his wife Annie, dog and two cats live in Bartlett.

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Vice President – Barbara Reilly

IMAG0363Barbara is a Paralegal having received her degree from Johnson and Wales University in Providence, RI.  She has been a resident of Mt. Washington Valley for the past 20 years.  For ten years Barbara has worked as a family law paralegal in a private law office in the Valley.  In February, 2012 she started her own paralegal business, Legal Eagles, LLC in Conway, NH.

Well schooled and experienced in domestic matters, civil litigation, legal research, and general psychology, she has been chosen to serve on the board’s Family Support Committee whose mission is to provide families with the support and skills necessary to become successful long-term homeowners.

Barbara also volunteers her time as a SCORE counselor and as a member of the Kiwanis Club of Mt. Washington Valley.  She serves on the Kiwanis Board of Directors and was recently elected Vice President and has been serving for several years in support of the Kiwanis K-Kids organization at Pine Tree Elementary School.

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Secretary – Sam T. Johnson

samSam retired from Fidelity Investments at the end of 2005. He has been a MWV home owner since 1988 before moving to Bartlett in May 2007 from greater Boston. He has been a regular volunteer builder since 2007. He has been on the Habitat Board of Directors since 2009. He participates in furniture, appliance and building material pick-ups donated by local residents and has managed Habitat’s indoor yard sales, our major fund raising events. He reports much satisfaction from the fellowship of working with a great group of other Habitat volunteers who are collectively striving to fulfill the Habitat mission to provide decent and affordable housing to qualified MWV residents/workers.

Sam’s personal interests include hiking, bicycling, telemark skiing and travelling to experience scenic vistas and other cultures.

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Treasurer – Russell “Russ” Seybold

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Russ is a man who has one of the coolest jobs in the valley, President and General Manager of the Conway Scenic Railroad! He came to the Valley after working for Bethlehem Steel in Marketing & Sales for 24 years,  and has been at the Conway Scenic Railroad for 24 years!. Since joining Habitat in July of 2013, he has been volunteering on Thursdays at the work site and loves working with the other volunteers.  He works with volunteer Steve Pirello, as an electrician

Despite their hectic schedules, Russ and his wife Dorthea (Dot) have been involved in numerous community service programs in Mount Washington Valley over the years. In addition to Habitat, Russ is an active member of Kiwanis, having served on the board of directors. Dot currently serves as Chairperson of the board for Vaughn Community Services.

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Board of Directors

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Bob Magoun
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William “Bill” Beck

BL14F-B_Beck-0145 Bill Beck has been involved as a volunteer with Mt. Washington Valley Habitat for Humanity since 2006 when he joined the building crew at 35 Robert Morrell Drive in Conway. Bill enjoys the various aspects of home construction as well as the strong camaraderie among the volunteers. He says he “volunteers for Habitat for Humanity because of the difference that Habitat makes to families, who without our help, home ownership would not be achievable”.

Bill has held several officer positions. He came to the Valley with his wife Gerrie after retiring from Haley & Aldrich, Inc., a Boston-based environmental engineering firm where he developed strategies for and directed cleanup of hazardous waste on former industrial plants and disposal sites. Bill and Gerrie have three grown children and two grandsons and currently live in Glen. When Bill isn’t working on Habitat projects he is a volunteer monitor for the Upper Saco Valley Land Trust and is a Hospital Trustee. He also enjoys skiing, competing in the local Meisters and Attitash races, fly fishing, biking and hiking.

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Nels Gustafson

NelsNels was raised in Western Pennsylvania, an area very similar to the Mount Washington Valley. He has been married to his wife Suzanne for 44 years and has two sons and six grandchildren.

He was employed by Sylvania Lighting for 28 years in Personnel Administration. A major accomplishment was implementing a total quality process to engage employees in improving the overall manufacturing and sales processes. After retirement, he worked with two others, consulting in a variety of schools, to implement total quality processes and coauthored a book entitled “Becoming A Great School”.

He has been in various musical groups and is now working to promote his granddaughter who is looking forward to a career in country music. She recently won first place in radio station contest with a song she wrote and sang. Click here to listen.

Nels feels very lucky in what life has provided him and hopes he can provide a service to the community through his efforts at MWV Habitat for Humanity. He very much enjoys working and getting to know with all of the volunteers that give of their time and resources to help others in this community.

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Roy Lundquist        

RoyRoy moved to the Mount Washington Valley in 1992, two years after retiring from a 40 year career at Raytheon Company. In addition to enjoying the skiing and golf that the valley offered, he began to get involved in community activities, including the Rotary Club of North Conway. At the time, around 2000, the Robert Morrell Drive development was getting started, a Rotarian and golfing friend invited him to join him in Habitat for Humanity. He has been involved ever since.

Roy has enjoyed Habitat for a couple of reasons. One is the people he meets, from all over the Valley, and all kinds of backgrounds. All contributing their time and effort to help people obtain home ownership that they would otherwise not be able to afford. Another is ability to pick up some home building knowledge that would not have otherwise been possible. Each year seems to provide more opportunities to build on these skills.

In 2011 he was asked to serve on the Board of Directors. This has been very enjoyable and has provided the opportunity to learn what goes on behind the scenes in the organization.

Unfortunately, a shoulder issue has curtailed his ability to bang nails, etc. this year. But, he is hopeful that with a long rest he will be able to get back to helping out at the work site next spring.

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Anthony Ruddy

AnthonyAnthony J. Ruddy comes to Habitat with a B.S. degree in Engineering from the University of Rhode Island, Anthony has had a 25 year career in both Engineering and Project Management for manufacturing companies.

He is currently Owner and Manager of ALM Automations, LLC, providing assembly automation sales and consulting services in the electronics, packaging, oil/gas and consumer products sectors.

Anthony also volunteers his time and services for SCORE as a counselor; MWV Board of Directors; Kiwanis, serving the children of the Valley; and the Memorial Hospital Foundation as a Trustee. Additionally he served as project/ construction manager for the Children Unlimited facility and oversaw renovations to the former Starting Point building.

In his spare time, Anthony is a race car driver, having recently completed the Mt. Washington Auto Road racing event. He and his wife, Lisa live in Jackson with their daughter Grace and two dogs.

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Marianne Jackson

IMG_0347Marianne has happily returned to Mt. Washington Valley after obtaining her Master’s Degree in Public Health and having worked in Chapel Hill at Univ. of North Carolina in the Healthcare in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety programs. She previously served the New Hampshire North Country as an Ob-Gyn for 25 years.  It was here that she was introduced to Habitat for Humanity, having participated in one of the first Women Build projects in the Valley.

Now retired from clinical practice and living in Madison, she has resumed her relationship with Habitat, serving on the board as Chair of the Family Support Committee.  The Committee works with young families to facilitate their transition to home ownership.

Marianne is also putting her energies toward her interests in aging in the community as well as renewable energy with both the Gibson Center and the Mount Washington Valley Citizens for Energy Efficient Communities.

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Marie Lee 

Marie3New Board member Marie Lee moved to the Mount Washington Valley ten years ago from Massachusetts.  She has been a member of the MWV Kiwanis Club for nine years, is a past president, and is co-director of the Angels and Elves program which provides gifts of toys, boots and warm clothing to over seven hundred local underserved children each Christmas.

Marie is a retired senior mortgage loan officer and regional sales manager of a large east coast bank.    She served many years as a board member of the Merrimack Valley Housing Partnership and Haverhill Neighborhoods Association, two non-profit agencies dedicated to the revitalization of inner city neighborhoods and the education and financial assistance of low-to-moderate income first time homebuyers.

In addition, she served fifteen years as an instructor of the Fannie Mae required First Time Home-Buyer classes, where she enjoyed working with families, explaining the qualifications and requirements necessary for homeownership.

Marie looks forward to serving as an active board member and continuing to be involved in helping families secure safe and affordable homes. She lives in Intervale with her husband Jack, is a member of the Wentworth Ladies Golf League, and enjoys kayaking on our local lakes and rivers.

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Roger Aubrey

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Roger is a Mechanical Engineer, retired from Alstom Power (Combustion Engineering) in Connecticut after 33 years as a Project Manager / Project Engineer for the design and installation of new power plants and plant upgrades. He has worked on international projects in South America, Europe, Eastern Europe, Russia and Asia and has travel in his blood.

After retiring in 2008, Roger and his wife Joan moved to Jackson and built their home, acting as the general contractor, doing much of the work themselves. His introduction to Habitat was after hurricane Katrina, where each year he and Joan volunteer for one week in New Orleans. They have been impressed with the needed work Habitat performs. Roger was on the building committee for the new Jackson Library, is presently a Trustee and Treasurer for the Library, and a member of the MWV Kiwanis.
 
Roger enjoys working in his woodworking shop when not golfing, hiking, skiing or traveling.
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Sarah Brownell

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Sarah is Vice President Store Manager II/Financial Service Representative for TD Bank in North Conway.  She has over ten years banking experience with emphasis in both consumer and commercial mortgage loan processing.  Possessing a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management, she is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in Project Management and Business Management at Granite State College.  Dick Ficke, president of Habitat’s board, noted that becaus there have been changes in mortgage lending regulations dealing with the Truth in Lending Act (TILA), Equal Credit Opportunity Act, (ECOA) and Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, (RESPA), “Sarah will provide both our Homeowner Selection and Finance committees with valued experience and depth.” Sarah resides in Center Ossipee with her husband and three children.

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Talmira Hill

picTalmira brings 30 years leadership experience in the provision of innovative community and education initiatives, strategic fundraising targeting underserved youth, and international research coordination and development.  With a B.S. degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown Univ. and a M.Ed. degree from Harvard Univ., Talmira has served in a variety of positions at the community, national and international levels with nonprofit, philanthropic and government organizations including the U.S. Dept. of Education.  Her experience and expertise will prove invaluable in all aspects of home ownership support, from meeting family needs to providing access to life enhancing processes and programs.  Ficke was quick to also point out that: “Talmira’s experience with fund raising initiatives and community development programs will greatly enhance Habitat’s mission providing affordable housing for our neighbors in need.”  Talmira lives in Bartlett with her husband.

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Lauren Hawkins

With a BS degree in Marketing, Lauren possesses over eight years experience in the use of Social Media for marketing and advertising. Since 2008 she has been the Social Media Director for the annual Home Garden Show in Fryeburg, ME. Additionally she is Marketing Manager at Story Land in Glen, NH.