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Habitat Staff

Katie Page, Executive Director, 704-786-4001, Ext. 109

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Katie Page

Katie joined Habitat Cabarrus because she enjoys impacting the lives of families in the community and wanted to help shape program growth and community outreach. Prior to joining Habitat Cabarrus Katie served as the Cabarrus County Administrative Manager at United Way Cabarrus County. She also served as a corporate event planner at ACN where she learned the art of juggling multiple projects and honed her organizational skills.

Joined Habitat Cabarrus in 2014

Education: BA in Communications with minors in English and Psychology from Meredith College

Favorite part of working at Habitat: Sharing the mission of Habitat with Cabarrus County

Hometown: Lincolnton, NC.

Loves eating: Sushi

Favorite place to visit: Anywhere with warm water, sand and sun

Favorite Bible verse: Isaiah 55:8-9 (KJV) For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Shanell Smaw, Resource Development Director, 704-786-4001 Ext. 100

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Shanell Smaw

Shanell joined Habitat Cabarrus because she believes in being a vessel used by God, to improve the lives of others. Her passion for volunteerism began as a young child accompanying her grandmother on hospital visits as Chaplain where she learned the value of using her time, skills and smile to bring joy and light to others. She has served in a volunteer capacity for various organizations for 20 years. Prior to joining Habitat, Shanell worked with the NC REALTORS® as a Political Fundraising Specialist where she planned fundraising events for REALTOR® associations across NC.

Education: BA in Communication Studies from UNC Greensboro
Master of Public Administration from UNC Charlotte

Hometown: Roxboro, NC

Loves cheering for: Baltimore Ravens and Duke Blue Devils

Favorite Bible Verse: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. “ Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

Alida Zimmerman, Volunteer Coordinator, 704-786-4001, Ext. 111

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Alida Zimmerman

Alida grew up in Chapel Hill and graduated from Elon University with a degree in Strategic Communications. She spent her junior and senior year working at a non-profit based out of Durham and quickly realized that life was about more than what classes you take and what job you get. This experience sparked a passion within her for helping others and now guides her through her life. She is grateful to be given the opportunity to have her passion also be her job and she is excited to use her organizational and creative skills to be a part of the Habitat Cabarrus team!

Education: Elon University

Hometown: Chapel Hill, NC

Loves eating: Ice Cream

Loves cheering for: The Tar Heels

Favorite hobby: Photography

Favorite place to visit: Disney World

Quote to live by: “Let’s just have fun making people smile.” - Chris Rosati

Shirley Kennerly, Family Services Coordinator, 704-786-4001, Ext. 110

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Shirley Kennerly

Shirley worked in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools as a counselor for many years prior to joining Habitat Cabarrus. She loved helping students reach their goals and aiding them to overcome their challenges. She taps this expertise every day at Habitat Cabarrus as the Family Services Coordinator. Shirley rejoices when partner families complete the program and helps them learn the practical and financial skills to become homeowners. Her favorite part of working at Habitat is watching the partners grow and change throughout the partnership process - knowing that they and their children have a much better chance for a successful life because we were a part of it.

Joined Habitat Cabarrus in 2007

Hometown: San Bernardino, California

Family: 2 daughters, 5 grand children, Kaleigh, Rachel, Max, Miles, and Eric Josef

Education: Child and Family Development, Education

Most prized possession: My family first and foremost. A material possession would be my grandmother’s Duncan Phyfe couch that my parents announced their engagement to the family from. Even have a picture of them on it!

Unique thing a lot of people don’t know about you: I am the former Queen’s Mum, Lady Maxine Tellafable, at the Carolinas Renaissance Festival for about 8 years

My credo: "Greatness is not found in possessions, position, power or prestige. It is found in goodness, humility, service and character."

Bob LaMarche, Site Supervisor, 704-786-4001, Ext. 112

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Bob LaMarche

Bob (also known as Bob the Builder) joined Habitat Cabarrus after nearly 35 years of construction experience in NH, FL, and NC. Bob's introduction to construction was framing houses for his father's construction business in his teens. Bob honed his construction expertise during two years of active Army service building bridges and roads as a civil engineer, with an additional fours years in the reserves. Bob builds stuff.

Bob's journey to Habitat began when he took part in a Florida Habitat program to build 100 houses in 90 days. He loved it. After moving the NC, Bob volunteered on a Habitat work day and liked it so much he asked about open positions.

Joined Habitat Cabarrus in 2007

Education: Merrimack High School, US Army Civil Engineering

Favorite Part of Working for Habitat: Bob loves seeing homeowner's faces at dedications and teaching the volunteers how to build.

Family: Happily married to his beautiful wife Donna. They have four children: Michael, Courtney, Josh, and Chase.

Hometown: Merrimack, NH

Loves cheering for: Hometown teams and anything my kids play

Most prized possession: My kids

Favorite place to visit: The mountains

E.B. Lentz, Finance Manager, 704-786-4001, Ext. 106

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E.B. Lentz

E.B. joined Habitat Cabarrus after 23 years with Cannon Mills/ Fieldcrest Cannon/ Pillowtex as a cost accountant. His attention to detail helped the mills effectively track materials, labor, and overhead costs. As much as E.B. enjoyed the accounting work he also enjoyed the opportunities to interact with the people in the plant.

Eventually E.B. desired a change of pace with more variety in the work and an increase in personal interactions. He found the right mix of accounting and atmosphere at Habitat Cabarrus. E.B. enjoys knowing his efforts really impact lives in his community.

E.B. graduated from UNC with a B.S. in Business Administration/ Accounting. He is a certified managment accountant and a licensed real estate broker.

He also enjoys cheering for UNC football and the Intimidators as a season ticket holder.

Joined Habitat Cabarrus in 2004

Hometown: Kannapolis, NC

Family: Wife- Lisa, Daughter – Carmen, Daughter – Taylor, Dogs – Macy and Simon, Cat – Tar, Leopard Gecko - Abby

Favorite part of working at Habitat: The People

Loves cheering for: THE TAR HEELS

Most prized possession: Carolina Basketball signed by Phil Ford

Favorite place to visit: Chapel Hill & Myrtle Beach

Favorite Bible verse: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

Christine Hernandez, Administrative Assistant, 704-786-4001, Ext. 108

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Christine Hernandez

In 2016 Christine Hernandez joined the Habitat Cabarrus staff as an administrative assistant after seven years with Concord First Assembly (CFA). At CFA Christine worked in the finance office and held many accounting responsibilities such as paying bills, creating expense reports, and reconciling accounts for budgeting. She really enjoyed the environment but the opportunity to be more directly involved with the community and to directly touch lives led Christine to join Habitat Cabarrus. Her previous work experiences included invoicing and accounts receivable for an interior trim company and as a field coordinator for a wireless infrastructure organization. Christine further developed her eye for detail when she earned her professional organizer certification.

Joined Habitat Cabarrus in 2016

Education: Christine came to Cabarrus County after living in NY and Florida and attended Genesee Community College in Batavia, NY.

Family: Married to husband Ray whom Christine says recognized true love immediately. They are parents to three children and one grandchild.

Favorite part of working at Habitat: Being able to see the tangible differences a stable home makes.

Loves cheering for: The Panthers and the Buffalo Bills

Most Prized Possession: My Family

Favorite place to visit: Would love to visit Italy and Poland

Favorite Bible verse: Jeremiah 29:11

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors plays a key role in developing goals and guidelines for the affiliate. Meet the community leaders who help us achieve our vision.

Executive Committee

Doug Stafford, President (Griffin Stafford Hospitality)
Rev. Tom Cabaniss, Vice President (First Baptist Church Kannapolis)
Dr. Pam Cain, 2nd Vice President (Community Volunteer)
Dana Ritchie, Secretary (Bank of North Carolina)
Margie Campbell, Treasurer (Central United Methodist Church - Concord)
Katie Page, Executive Director (Habitat for Humanity Cabarrus County)

Board Members

Jim Bramlett (Bethpage Presbyterian Church) - Community Volunteer
Ward Childress (Ben Mynatt Family of Dealerships)
AJ Clark (Community Volunteer – Logan Community)
Greg Crawford (Wells Fargo)
Renee Goodnight (First Presbyterian- Kannapolis) - Community Volunteer
Betsy Handler (Community Volunteer)
Steve Johnson (First Presbyterian - Concord) - Community Volunteer
Kimberly Leatherman (First Presbyterian - Concord) - Community Volunteer
Chris McCartan (Powers & McCartan)
Jim Monroe (First Presbyterian Church) - Community Volunteer
Knox Morrison (Morrison Brothers)
Diane Overcash (First Baptist of Kannapolis) - Community Volunteer
Bill Reames (Nationwide Insurance)
Dr. Dianne Snyder (Cabarrus College of Health Sciences Chancellor)
Betty Stocks (Concord Police Dept.- Deputy Chief)