Abby’s role at Rebuilding Together of Greater Charlotte:
Abby serves as the Construction Manager at RTGC. In this role, she oversees the implementation of home repairs, serves as the primary contact for contractors, and uses her handy skills to complete a wide range of home repairs herself.
Abby’s professional and personal background:
Abby has been actively working in nonprofits for almost 3.5 years in various different roles from disaster recovery to faith-based work. She attended Kent State University where she majored in Public Health Education and Promotion which drove her interest in nonprofit work.
As a child, Abby was surrounded by builders. Her father and grandfathers were very handy and were constantly working on new projects, but Abby’s connection and passion for building didn’t start until she volunteered with a Texas nonprofit to provide disaster relief after Hurricane Harvey. Since becoming a disaster relief volunteer, Abby has dedicated her time to making homes safer for families in need both here in the United States and internationally.
Abby was drawn to RTGC because of the organization’s efforts to truly make neighborhoods a better place. She was also impressed by RTGC’s ability to be innovative during the pandemic with virtual build along kits and keeping volunteers and stakeholders engaged.
Abby’s favorite pastimes:
When Abby is not working, she can often be found at Lucky Dog with her boyfriend, scouting out dogs for when she’s ready to adopt, volunteering with other nonprofits, traveling to new places, and hiking the blue ridge parkway. Abby loves listening to live music and going to concerts, her favorite genre of music is Indie and Alternative.
Abby’s favorite tool 🛠️:
Abby’s favorite tool is a router because it allows her to make clean lines on all of her woodworking projects. Her love for the router tool is also closely related to her obsession of having clean surroundings, and feels it makes for a more beautiful, professional finished product.
Beth’s role at Rebuilding Together of Greater Charlotte:
Beth serves as the Executive Director at RTGC. In this role, she oversees all tasks and operations of RTGC, works in partnership with the board of directors to align RTGC’s mission and strategies, manages all RTGC’s finances, oversees community and corporate partnerships, establishes fundraising strategies, and writes grant proposals.
Beth’s professional and personal background:
In college, Beth went on a service trip to New Orleans to help rebuild homes after hurricane Katrina. She describes her trip to New Orleans as “eye-opening” because it made her realize the importance of safe and healthy housing. after graduating from college, she served a one-year term as an AmeriCorps VISTA member with a nonprofit in Washington DC. This experience VISTA solidified her desire to work in the nonprofit sector.
When Beth moved to Charlotte, she took a job at Wells Fargo. Although Wells Fargo is not a nonprofit, she loved that they valued volunteerism. She used her company volunteer hours to get more involved in the Charlotte community through volunteering with Rebuilding Together of Greater Charlotte. Her passion for safe and healthy housing easily translated into a love for the work Rebuilding Together of Greater Charlotte and other Rebuilding Together affiliates complete across the country. After serving as a volunteer for 3 years and a board member for 4 years, she joined RTGC as a paid staff member. Beth is enrolled in UNC Charlotte’s Gerald G. Fox Masters of Public Administration program, where she will earn her MPA with a concentration in nonprofit management this December.
Beth’s favorite pastimes:
When Beth is not working, she loves spending time with her dogs and playing video games with her boyfriend. For all the gamers out there, Beth’s favorite video game is “Overwatch”.
Beth’s favorite tool 🛠️:
Beth’s favorite tool is the chalk line tool because it sets up projects for success and the snapping of the chalk line is very satisfying.
Jason serves as the Construction Assistant at RTGC. In this role, he organizes RTGC's workshop space at Innovation Alley, prepares tools and materials for volunteer events, and completes an array of home repairs, including carpentry work.
Construction has been a part of Jason's life since he was a child. His father is a Master Mason with 40 years of experience. Jason spent many summers working with his father on brick and concrete projects where his father taught him the valuable lessons of timeliness, relentlessness, and strength.
Jason previously worked in business administration and nonprofit programming. As a former Boy Scouts of America employee, Jason has experience with volunteer recruitment and management, budgeting, and general nonprofit management. In the second half of his career, Jason decided to go back to his roots. He recently completed multiple electrical and construction training courses at the Beatties Ford Road Vocational Trade Center. While a student there, he learned invaluable electrical, safety, and construction management skills. Jason now finds himself going to work with energy and excitement for what each day has to offer.
Jason has a thirst for knowledge and loves to watch documentaries, read, and learn new skills. He also enjoys spending time with his three wonderful children (ages 17, 14, and 11) and family, who are all the center of his world. Jason's children are straight-A students with interests in basketball, swimming, and soccer.
Jason's favorite tool 🛠️:
Jason's favorite tool is a mitre saw because it is helpful on every type of job site and allows users to make unique cuts that no other tool can replicate.
Development and Commuincations Fellow
Kim’s role at Rebuilding Together of Greater Charlotte:
Kim serves as the Development and Communications fellow at RTGC. In this role, she manages RTGC’s social media accounts, takes photos and videos at volunteer events, creates social media content, captures homeowner stories, tracks individual donor contributions, completes grant research, and drafts grant application responses.
Kim’s professional and personal background:
As a Charlotte native, Kim is deeply passionate about aiding Charlotte’s most vulnerable community members. While an undergraduate at UNC Charlotte, she focused her efforts on understanding how government functions, analyzing social systems, and supporting children and families. Kim pursued her interests as a community engagement intern and volunteer coordinator at a local neighborhood redevelopment nonprofit.
Following this opportunity, she worked as a National Science Foundation REU intern on a housing rehabilitation project with the City of Charlotte and leaders and residents of the Historic Washington Heights neighborhood. RTGC’s mission of repairing homes, revitalizing communities, and rebuilding lives is an excellent fit for her affordable housing and community-building passions.
Kim is currently enrolled in the Gerald G. Fox Public Administration program at UNC Charlotte. Her fellowship with RTGC is part of the Public Service Fellowship Program offered by the Gerald G. Fox Public Administration program. Kim will earn her MPA with a concentration in nonprofit management this December, and she is very excited to begin her career.
Kim’s favorite pastimes:
When Kim is not working, she enjoys baking, playing pickleball with her family, spending time with her boyfriend, taking her dog on walks, tending to her house plants, and binge-watching Netflix and Hulu shows.
Kim’s favorite tool 🛠️:
Kim’s favorite tool is a nail gun because it makes projects easier and gives any project a more professional look.
Americoprs Client Coordinator
Maddy’s role at Rebuilding Together of Greater Charlotte:
Maddy serves as the AmeriCorps Client Coordinator at RTGC. In this role, she reaches out to volunteers, serves as a point of contact for homeowners, and uses her skills to assist in home repairs.
Maddy’s Professional and personal background:
During high school, Maddy began volunteering with Habitat for Humanity in Charlotte. Through this experience, she appreciated working directly in housing construction with a commitment to providing sustainable and affordable housing. She graduated from North Carolina State University in May of 2020, majoring in International Studies and Anthropology. Maddy’s collegiate academic endeavors drove her interest in development and non-profit work. She is passionate about sustainable development for communities both in the United States and internationally, and she recognizes how important housing is to this mission.
Maddy was drawn to RTGC because of the organization’s efforts to address critical housing repair and safety modification needs in a way that provides long-term results. Maddy also likes how RTGC works in partnership communities, which brings them closer to homeowners in need and allows those receiving repairs to be very involved in the process.
Maddy’s favorite pastimes:
Maddy enjoys film photography, cooking, and painting, especially with gouache and watercolor. She also enjoys spending time outside, including spending the day at one of her favorite places, Rosemary Beach.
Maddy’s favorite tool 🛠️:
Maddy’s favorite tool is a hammer because she feels it is a “getting it done” problem-solving tool. A hammer’s function is not limited to just pounding in a nail. It can also be used during demolition, to fix mistakes, and many other creative ways, which can be helpful if you are limited in access to tools.
Ryan’s role at Rebuilding Together of Greater Charlotte:
Ryan serves as the Program Manager at RTGC. In this role, he connects neighborhoods with outside resources, documents and tracks the homeowner intake process and ongoing homeowner communications, oversees event-related partnerships, and acts as a relationship builder with homeowners and volunteers.
Ryan’s professional and personal background:
Ryan grew up in Charlotte and attended Wofford College where he majored in political science and double minored in business and history. Throughout his time in college, Ryan worked on policy, politics, and advocacy initiatives with the United Way of South Carolina. After graduating from Wofford College, he continued his interest in policy and advocacy by serving as a fellow at the U.S. House Committee on Financial Services and later as the Advocacy and Outreach Coordinator at Habitat for Humanity of the Charlotte Region.
Each of these experiences fueled his passion for relationship building and taking the time to understand how people relate to their communities and the people around them. Ryan possesses the amazing skill of individualization, which means he sees people for what makes them unique. His acuity for individualization helps him to tailor his interactions with communities, homeowners, and volunteers to amplify the impact of his work and empower those he serves. Ryan has also come to understand how personal and integral housing is to people. He believes that behind every homeowner and every home there is a story and history. Ryan is very grateful for the trust homeowners and their families instill in his ability to impact their lives.
The tone set by Beth and the Board of Directors is what initially drew Ryan to RTGC. He was impressed by RTGC’s ability to listen to and amplify the voices of the communities they served, call out injustices when they saw them, and translate their words to action to move the needle on important community issues.
Ryan’s favorite pastimes:
When Ryan is not working, he enjoys gardening, kayaking, cuddling with his cat, spending time with his friends, and getting involved in his community.
Ryan’s favorite tool 🛠️:
Ryan’s favorite tool is a Sawzall. Although he has never actually used a Sawzall, he believes it would be a great stress reliever and he hopes that one day he will own one.