Construction Staff & House Leaders

Alex Cook

Alex enjoyed his first day of volunteering in 1999 so much that he returned each week until the house was completed. After that build he began to volunteer regularly, becoming a skilled supervisor, and then joined Atlanta Habitat in 2007 as a house leader. “Interaction with the homeowners and changing their mindset from having a place to stay to having home and a community is the most gratifying part of my job,” said Alex.
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Brian Findley

Brian began with Atlanta Habitat in 2008 as a house leader, where he enjoyed working with volunteers and sponsors. After three years, he was promoted to construction manager, and in 2012, he also assumed the role of safety manager.

Brian, a native of Atlanta, takes pride in being part of an organization that strengthens our community by providing working families the opportunity for affordable homeownership, ongoing education classes, and financial guidance. Brian is also proud of the initiative Atlanta Habitat takes to build energy-efficient homes without sacrificing affordability and quality.

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Caleb Starr

Caleb lived in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois before making his home in the slower-moving South. He originally came to Atlanta for Mission Year, a Christian urban outreach program.

“Atlanta Habitat gives volunteers a great hands-on experience. We work with volunteers to do everything from framing to roofing to paint to cabinets to trim. Even if you have never done anything like this in your life, with a great attitude and some hard work, we will accomplish a lot together,” said Caleb.

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Charlotte Cloyd

An Atlanta native, Charlotte returned home after graduating from college and worked in the Family Services Department at Atlanta Habitat through Quaker Voluntary Service. She began to volunteer on the build sites each weekend and couldn't get enough. After serving as an AmeriCorps House Leader for a year, Charlotte joined the Atlanta Habitat construction team full time in 2016. 

"The best part of my job is being able to build side by side with the homebuyers and volunteers. Seeing every person on the build site take pride in their work and service makes all of the hard work worth every minute."

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Davis Knowles

Davis learned about Atlanta Habitat from his neighbor, who convinced him to volunteer for a build. He’s been involved ever since. Originally from Americus, Davis grew up in the Metro Atlanta area and played linebacker for the first four years of Georgia State University's inaugural football program. After he graduated, Davis focused on custom furniture design and fabrication before coming to Habitat. 

“My favorite part of my job at Atlanta Habitat is, participating in the homebuyer/volunteer interaction. I believe partnering relationships are the catalyst for thriving communities so I'm proud to be a part of it.” 

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Denise Childs

Denise grew up in many places, but she spent her junior high through college years in Chicago. Denise started out as a volunteer at Atlanta Habitat and then became a skilled supervisor. She enjoyed the job so much that she left her job in sales to become a house leader.

She has now been with Atlanta Habitat for 13 years. “The most rewarding part of my job is turning the keys over to the homebuyer,” said Denise.

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Irene Kagika

Originally from Nairobi, Kenya, Irene moved to Atlanta 10 years ago. She has been with Atlanta Habitat for seven years; two years as an AmeriCorps member.

“Atlanta Habitat gives me the opportunity to be of service to others, to make homeownership a reality for the families, and to use my God-given skills in construction. It also gives me a chance to meet great volunteers and families,” said Irene.

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Jim Blackstone

A native Georgian, Jim has been with Atlanta Habitat for 13 years. As construction director, he oversees all building or renovation for each of our homes.

“I’m extremely proud of the work we do here,” said Jim. “My favorite part of working with Atlanta Habitat is the people drawn to the mission – sponsors, volunteers, my fellow employees, and everyone involved.” Jim oversees our green building program, safety training, and management training with construction staff. 

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Rachel Barber

After volunteering on a Clark Howard build in 2012, Rachel became interested in helping others through Habitat for Humanity. She began volunteering on builds whenever she could and was eager to be part of something that created lasting value. Rachel served as an AmeriCorps member from 2013-14, but became a full-time House Leader in July 2014.

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Reid Lockwood

Reid grew up in our country’s capital, Washington, D.C., where he lived for 19 years. He became involved with Atlanta Habitat because he believes in our mission to partner with working families, sponsors, and communities to build affordable, green, quality homes and provide support services that promote successful home purchase and ownership.

“There are challenges working with the timelines, but the reward is getting to interact with the families,” said Reid, who has been with us for almost six years.

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Sean Haugabrook

Sean Haugabrook loved his AmeriCorps stint at Atlanta Habitat so much, he chose to stay for two tours before landing a key position as the Repair With Kindness construction supervisor. Sean has been familiar with Habitat for much of his life. His father served as a house leader for years and taught Sean skills across a range of home-repair and building that come in handy in his new position. 

“Repair With Kindness is a key part of the mission to revitalize communities because it helps longtime residents who don’t have the resources to fix up their homes,” he says. “It makes me feel good to be a part of an organization that has that kind of heart”

 

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Shammia McQuaig

Shammia discovered her AmeriCorps position through a friend. She has always had a heart for community service and was good with her hands and working with people, so Atlanta Habitat was a great fit for her.

“The thing that I enjoy the most about working for Habitat is the fact that I'm helping hard-working families build a safe, secure home to call their own. To me, there is nothing more empowering. Seeing the looks on the faces of both the homeowners and volunteers make all the hard work worth it.  Knowing how thankful and proud everyone is to have worked together on such great projects is what pushes me to work harder each and every day.”

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Tom Preacher

Tom volunteered for his first Atlanta Habitat build in 2011 and has been hooked ever since. After that first build, he continued as a volunteer for the next few years, and along the way training to be a skilled construction supervisor. When an opportunity to join Atlanta Habitat for Humanity as a house leader came along, he was ready. “That was one of the great days of my life, it is such an honor and privilege to work for Atlanta Habitat.” Born and raised in Atlanta Georgia, Tom spent 35 years as a Mechanical Engineer before joining Atlanta Habitat.

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Tyler Delaney

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