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.
Gina works in economic development for the Port of Bellingham. Gina began advocating for affordable housing starting as a student at Western Washington University and has been working on affordable housing issues ever since. Her passion stems from experiencing firsthand the impact of not having a safe and healthy home on a working family.
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.
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.”
As Branch Manager at Washington Federal, Yung has seen first hand how the housing crisis affects working families. Yung is a passionate advocate for finding long-term solutions to the housing crisis in Whatcom County.
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.”