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.
Development & Communications
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.
AmeriCorps Project Coordinator
Kristine’s role at Rebuilding Together of Greater Charlotte:
Kristine serves as the AmeriCorps Project Coordinator at RTGC. In this role, she provides program support to all team members, organizes and manages our warehouse space and tools, imports program data into our data management program, interfaces with homeowners and their families, collects survey data, schedules repairs with contractors, and manages volunteers.
Kristine’s professional and personal background:
Kristine grew up in North Carolina and attended college at NC State University and later received her Masters in Global Studies from UNC Chapel Hill. Before joining the RTGC team, Kristine worked at an international nonprofit in a program management role. Kristine believes
that this experience prepared her to serve as an AmeriCorps member and take on program related roles at other nonprofits.
Kristine has always had an interest in attacking forces that create gentrification. Charlotte’s issue with gentrification drew her to apply for the AmeriCorps position at Rebuilding Together of Greater Charlotte. She hopes to become very engaged in local nonprofits and communities in the US before she transitions her work to focus internationally. Her passion for service and giving back to others was another factor that sparked her interest in becoming an AmeriCorps member.
Kristine’s favorite pastimes:
When Kristine is not working, she loves traveling, watching Netflix or Hulu, reading, and spending time with her family.
Kristine’s favorite tool:
Kristine’s favorite tool is the chop saw because when she first saw it, she was immediately intimidated, but once she learned how to use it she loved it and found it very relaxing.
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.