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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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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Koby Downs

When Koby was young, his dream was to live in a big city and help people. In 1996, his dream came true when he moved to Atlanta and began working at Atlanta Habitat. A carpenter by day and musician at night, Koby plays guitar and sings with numerous bands in Atlanta.

"What I love most about working with Atlanta Habitat is teaching and working with the volunteers."

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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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Rachel White

Rachel grew up in Gwinnett, often visiting Atlanta. She was very active in college and played 3 sports: volleyball, lacrosse and rugby. She learned about Atlanta Habitat through her family's involvement during the 1980s and early 90s. On her first house build as a volunteer, she was recruited by Alex Cook to train as a house leader.

Rachel says the thing she loves the most about Atlanta Habitat is the people. "Volunteers and employees are all here because they support the mission and genuinely want to help in whatever way they can."

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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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Tyler Delaney

With parents in the Air Force, Tyler grew up in several places including Germany. He was previously involved in software development but wanted to change to a more hands-on career. He then learned about a house leader position and soon after came to work for Atlanta Habitat.

The thing he enjoys most about Atlanta Habitat is making a difference. "I love being active, working with my hands, coming together as a team with co-workers and volunteers to change lives and neighborhoods for the better."

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