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Executive Team

Larrie Del Martin, President & CEO

Larrie Del Martin joined the staff of Atlanta Habitat as the Director of Operations in 1997. She was named President/Executive Director in 1998 and President/CEO in 2007. An alumnus of Rhodes College and Georgia State University, she had previous careers in teaching and residential renovation.
 
Martin led the development of an extensive education program for all of Atlanta Habitat’s homeowners in maintaining their homes, managing their personal finances, and providing civic leadership in their neighborhoods. As one of her other goals, Atlanta Habitat’s homes have been built to energy-efficient standards since 2004, saving each homeowner hundreds of dollars annually and advancing the cause of green building. And Martin oversaw the opening of Atlanta Habitat’s retail outlet, the ReStore, which provides significant financial support to the organization’s mission.

Under Martin’s leadership, Atlanta Habitat has achieved Charity Navigator’s four-star rating for five consecutive years, demonstrating the highest level of fiscal responsibility. She guided capital campaigns to establish a substantial land bank for future homes and endow house builds by diverse faith-based groups. Currently, she heads a $12 million campaign to develop an expanded Family Support Center for all of the organization’s activities. 

Martin has received numerous honors for her contributions to the community. She was selected for the John H. Allen Humanitarian Award from Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters in 2004, inducted into the YWCA’s Academy of Women Achievers in 2007, recognized as a Housing Hero in the history of Atlanta’s affordable housing by Progressive Redevelopment Inc. in 2010, and honored as one of the Business to Business Women of Excellence in 2011.
 


Dan Maddox, Executive Vice President & COO

Dan Maddox came to Atlanta Habitat in February 2012 following a 27-year career at Georgia-Pacific Corporation (GP). Prior to joining our organization, Maddox was vice president, GP Harmon International, Rolls Division, India Business. He also served at Arthur Andersen and Company (Accenture) as senior manager in the Consulting Division.  
 
As Executive Vice President & COO, Maddox sets goals, implements strategic plans, and maintains fiscal oversight of five groups within the organization: Family Services, Construction, Site Planning and Design, Warehouse, and Restore. His responsibilities also include oversight of safety, facilities, and information technology for the entire organization. With extensive experience in marketing, logistics, and technology utilization, Maddox is recognized for his ability to lead and motivate in cost-conscious, changing environments.
 
Maddox holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Illinois State University and an Executive MBA from the University of Michigan. He has served on the board of directors of Atlanta Habitat as both treasurer and board chair and has been a member of Atlanta Habitat’s Advisory Council.
 


Melinda Kelleher, Vice President of Resource Development

Melinda Kelleher joined Atlanta Habitat for Humanity in February 2011 as the Vice President of Resource Development. She oversees all resource development initiatives, volunteer management, and the overall marketing and communications strategy for the organization. 
 
Kelleher brings 20 years of fundraising and nonprofit management experience to Atlanta Habitat. She was most recently the Vice President of Development & Marketing for Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta.  Kelleher has also served as a Director for an Atlanta-based consulting firm specializing in services for nonprofit organizations, where she successfully managed capital campaigns in the $3M - $12M range and led other resource development initiatives for various clients.
 
Prior to her consulting work, Kelleher held a 12-year career with the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) of Greater Georgia. While with MDA, she led multiple areas of fundraising and outreach, including special events and individual and corporate giving for the southeast region. Her expertise in fundraising, coupled with her exceptional relationship building and communications skills, led her to exceed revenue goals by at least 50% each year.
 
A native of the Atlanta area, Kelleher began her career in the hospitality industry at the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau (ACVB), followed by director of sales positions at convention hotels in Bozeman and Helena, Montana. Kelleher serves on the Board of the Atlanta chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and enjoys volunteering for Lifeline Animal Project, gardening, traveling, reading, and spending time in the mountains. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and English from Brenau Women’s College in Gainesville, Georgia.
 


Joe Lessard, Vice President of Finance & Accounting

Joe Lessard joined Atlanta Habitat in October 2014 as the vice president of finance and accounting following a 12 year career at Reed Construction Data in Norcross, Georgia, where he most recently served as the senior director of financial planning and analysis for North America.

 
As vice president of finance and accounting, Lessard brings 24 years of diverse financial knowledge to Atlanta Habitat and is responsible for all aspects of the fiscal functions of the organization ranging from insurance, banking, mortgage services and accounting as well as annual budgeting and long-term strategic planning from a financial perspective.  With extensive experience in financial analysis, strategic planning, and operational finance functions, he clearly recognizes finance’s role in partnering with the entire organization to successfully achieve the mission at Atlanta Habitat. 

Lessard began his career at Sikorsky Aircraft in Stratford, Connecticut, holding several key finance positions in his eight-year tenure prior to relocating to Georgia in 1998.  He holds a bachelor of science in finance from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA, and an MBA from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT. An avid sports enthusiast, Lessard has been active as a volunteer soccer coach in Forsyth County since 2005.
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