Board of Directors
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Tracy Atwood, President – Canaan / Falls Village
Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Connecticut is a group of very dedicated volunteers raising funds and building affordable houses. Families who moved often now have the stability of owning their own home.
Allan Bahn, Vice President – Cornwall Bridge
I grew up in a public housing project in Boston in the 50’s and 60’s. My father, an old line socialist union organizer instilled in me respect for hard work and the people who perform it. Heroes were not baseball players or soldiers but men and women who got up every day and worked to make a better life for their families. I believed in that ethos then as I do now. I know that I attained my limited success through the contribution of others. My involvement in the community is a way of paying that forward.
Maureen Donahue – Secretary – Cornwall Bridge
Maureen is a practicing attorney in Torrington residing in West Cornwall. She grew up in the Northwest Corner and raised her family (2 daughters, Sarah and Meghan) in Cornwall as well. Maureen’s first involvement with Habitat was assisting with one of our homes when her daughter was in high school Her initial contact last summer was to be able to assist with the projects that Habitat had ongoing. She quickly became active on the Board of Directors and has been our new Secretary for the past several months.
Larry Agoglia – Treasurer – N. Venice, FL
My interest in joining the Board stems from years of inspiration from the work and accomplishments of Habitat for Humanity, starting from the early involvement of President Carter. Solving the issues of adequate housing for the most needy has long been an interest of mine; something I would like to impact with proven solutions. The business model of Habitat; involvement of volunteers and the local community, the requirement of “sweat equity” on the part of the potential recipients and the needed coordination and financial assistance of Habitat for Humanity all work together to contribute to positive outcomes. Overcoming the many obstacles necessary to achieve these positive results is challenging and frankly what attracts me to serve and offers to me an opportunity to give back to the community.
Wilhelmina Eaken – Lakeville
I came to volunteer with Habitat through the yearly tag sale. I saw dedicated volunteers come together every year to turn one person’s discards into another’s treasure. I was impressed by their loyalty and sense of purpose. The almost $40,000 yearly the sale brings in to support building affordable housing in this area is remarkable. I remember thinking there’s no other organization for whom I’d spend hours putting 25 and 50 cent stickers on small items. People who do this really care about Habitat. My involvement has strengthened my ties to the community and I am grateful.
George Massey – Salisbury, Governance Chair
A great satisfaction of participating in Habitat is the awareness of the security and stability a Habitat partnership can bring to a family, day after day, year after year. This is compounded by the knowledge that our well-built houses will provide these benefits to a succession of families as we repurchase Habitat properties that come on the market for resale to new Habitat families. It is rewarding to cooperate with our dedicated board, committed homeowners and our volunteers and community supporters to provide these tangible and important benefits to our Habitat families and to our community
Judi Moore – Lakeville
Serving on the Board of Directors of habitat for Humanity of Northwest Connecticut has been a wonderful experience. It has allowed me to work with some very dedicated individuals who believe in Habitat’s mission — to provide safe and affordable housing for people in our community. We each have our niche. Mine is running This ‘n’ That from Habitat (our resale store) and the annual tag sale. Both endeavors raise the money needed to build our homes. My goal is to raise enough money annually to underwrite the cost of building a house. It is because of the support of our donors and customers that I have been able to reach my goal and hope to continue to do so in the future.
Mike Schopp – North Canaan, Fundraising & Philanthropy Chair
I am a part of Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Connecticut because I want to give back to the community I live in, to hopefully make it a better community.
Bill Spalding – Salisbury
I joined the board of Habitat because of the very important work we do, and how it helps people who are extremely motivated to put in many hard hours of work to give their family a home and hopefully, to help others in their community.
Liz Spinnatto – Sharon
I was interested in finding ways to become involved in and serve the local community and believe my professional experience in social and digital media and marketing would be especially useful to increase visibility of the work this organization has already accomplished and continues to offer.
Clara Kraebber – Cornwall
I joined Habitat because I believe that housing is a fundamental human right. I am a passionate advocate for affordable housing, and am excited to work with an organization devoted to making sure that every member of our community has a warm place to sleep at night. As a 20-year-old student and activist, I hope to bring new perspectives to the organization by engaging with younger audiences through social media and by centering an awareness of the inextricable link between housing inequality and structural racism in all of my work. I very much look forward to getting to know everybody in the near future!
Deb DeSantis – Torrington
I have been in love with Habitat for Humanity ever since I heard about this organization years ago. So it is a pleasure to now be a part of the NW CT Habitat for Humanity. I have lived and worked in the NW Corner of CT for over 29 years. In my experience as a clinician, serving the area, I became aware of the needs and struggles of living out here..never mind owning or maintaining a home out here. CT is beautiful, some areas are unique, but not free of expenses and dealing with the natural elements of living this far out. It will be an honor and a pleasure to serve on NWCTHFH’s BOE and to serve the families who need our help.
Megan Gawel – Sheffield, MA
We were looking for a home in Lakeville, Salisbury, Falls Village or Sharon but we were unable to find one that met our small budget at the time. This is why we started to look out of state and found our home. This is one of the reasons that I was interested in joining Habitat for Humanity. As a young family, we were unable to afford a home in the towns that we were interested in and decided to look at homes out of the State. At that time, we never thought to look at Habitat for Humanity.
Serena Granbery – New Marlborough, MA
I am honored to be part of Habitat’s team of volunteers who work tirelessly to provide affordable home-ownership for our partner families.