Our Board of Directors
After spending all four of his college spring breaks building Habitat homes across the county, Eli was hooked on the mission. He served as president of the Ohio University Habitat student chapter before relocating to Bellingham from various points in the Eastern time zone. Eli works as a professional engineering technician for the City of Bellingham Public Works Department, managing green building and low-impact development projects on behalf of homeowners who live near Lake Whatcom. As Board President, Eli strives to balance fundraising with “friendraising” to create meaningful partnerships with local leaders who share the same goals as Habitat: safe, affordable housing for everyone.
As a planner with the City of Bellingham, Kim works daily with the challenge of providing affordable housing, environmental protection, and adequate social services to our community. Volunteering with Habitat Kim feels like she’s making a small dent in the challenge. “I like the Habitat model, not only for the home building, but for the community building that happens along the way.”
Retired from the construction industry, Mike enjoys a little more time these days for hiking and camping. He puts his extensive construction background to good use not only in the board room but also on the build site. In fact, you can usually find Mike swinging a hammer somewhere in Whatcom County most Wednesdays. Of the motivation behind his service to Habitat Mike says, “The housing need gets greater every day.”
Tim first volunteered with Habitat on a build back in 2011. He’s been an enthusiastic supporter ever since. “I love the mission!” he says. An Environmental Team Leader at Phillips 66 Ferndale Refinery, Tim values Habitat’s efforts to be good stewards to the land we build on. As a Director, he works to facilitate partnerships with our local faith community, bringing people together to build and restore homes, communities, and hope.
An Energy Efficiency Program Manager with the Opportunity Council, Ross is well-suited for Habitat work. “I was drawn to serve with Habitat because I appreciate the work this affiliate has done to achieve housing outcomes for participating families that are high-quality housing in addition to being affordable. This is very much in line with the vision that has guided my work with the Opportunity Council and Community Energy Challenge to make clients’ homes more energy efficient, comfortable, healthy, durable, and affordable.”
A Professional in Human Resources®, Regina’s occupational focus is on assisting people in finding the resources they need to advance themselves, which makes her an ideal match for Habitat’s “Hand up, not a handout” approach. “I strongly believe in Habitat’s mission. Having been a single parent who struggled to support my children, I consider the home ownership opportunities Habitat provides, to families in similar circumstances, life-changing blessings.”
Tiffany attended her first “Raise the Roof” auction dinner for Habitat for Humanity in Whatcom County in 2016, and has been a big supporter of the organization since. As an Assistant Vice President Retail Branch Manager for Peoples Bank, Tiffany brings deep knowledge of the banking and finance industry to the Habitat Board. She’s also passionate about the youth in our community, and feels Habitat is creating stability and consistency in families by providing long-term housing solutions.
A transplant to Bellingham from the East Coast, Yung is currently the Branch Manager of the Ferndale and Blaine Branches of Washington Federal. He served in the Peace Corps and has worked overseas, mainly in the former Yugoslavia, rebuilding war-damaged homes and community buildings, as well as providing grants and loans to stimulate the local economies. Yung’s seen first-hand the critical housing related issues that we face in Whatcom County as well as the rest of the country: limited inventory, lack of affordability, and difficulty in accessing credit. As a result, he’s passionate about the role Habitat for Humanity in Whatcom County plays in advocating for and providing quality, sustainable, and affordable housing for the hard-working families in our county.