Larrie Del Martin, President & CEO
Longtime president and CEO of Atlanta Habitat for Humanity, Larrie Del Martin, has announced her retirement effective March 31, 2015. During 18 years of her renowned leadership, the organization has built or renovated nearly 1,000 homes throughout our community, making a sustained, positive impact on Atlanta’s families and neighborhoods.
Among Larrie Del’s many achievements is an extensive education program for Atlanta Habitat homeowners. When Larrie Del began her work, only 12 classes were offered each year. Now there are more than 100 classes provided annually, helping owners maintain their homes, manage personal finances, and provide civic leadership in their communities. Other milestones include a green-building program, in place since 2004, and the 2001 opening of Atlanta Habitat’s ReStore.
With Larrie Del at the helm, the nonprofit has achieved Charity Navigator’s four-star rating for seven consecutive years, demonstrating the highest level of fiscal responsibility. She guided three successful capital campaigns totaling more than $22.5 million, which served to establish a substantial land bank for future homes and endow house builds by diverse faith-based congregations. Most recently, she was instrumental in raising $12.75 million to purchase 5.3 acres on Memorial Drive and develop permanent headquarters for Atlanta Habitat. The organization moved into its new home in September, debt-free and poised to serve even more families for years to come.
An alumna of Rhodes College and Georgia State University, Larrie Del has received numerous honors for her contributions, including recognition as a Housing Hero by Progressive Redevelopment Inc. in 2010 and being named a Woman of Excellence by Business to Business in 2011.
Dan Maddox Jr., Executive Vice President & COO
Dan Maddox Jr. 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.
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 including fundraising, 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 will serve as the 2015 Chair of the National Philanthropy Day luncheon. She enjoys volunteering for several animal rescue organizations, 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.
Brett A. Steele, In-House Counsel
Brett Steele joined Atlanta Habitat for Humanity in February 2014 after spending eight years at Beazer Homes, where he recently served as the Associate General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer. At one of the largest homebuilders in the United States, Mr. Steele was responsible for the legal affairs across the company, including litigation management, HR/employment, and ethics training and compliance. Prior to Beazer, Mr. Steele held in-house positions with General Electric Energy and Siemens Energy & Automation, and was an attorney with King & Spalding in Atlanta.Mr. Steele received his undergraduate degree from Huntingdon College and completed his legal education at Mercer University’s Walter F. George School of Law, where he graduated cum laude and served on the Moot Court Board and as Editor-In-Chief of the Mercer Law Review. After graduating law school, Mr. Steele completed a two-year clerkship with the Honorable Hugh Lawson, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia.