Staff and Board of Directors

Executive Director

Nancy Lee

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In 2019, the South Carolina Association of Habitat for Humanity Affiliates welcomed Nancy Lee as Executive Director. Along with a deep passion for affordable housing, Nancy brings 14 years of experience in resource development, public relations, strategic planning, program management, and community collaboration.

Nancy began her career coordinating the largest one-day charity golf event in the nation, raising more than $5.5 million dollars for 500+ charities. Most recently she held positions as Director of Development for Charleston Habitat for Humanity, Vice President of Development and Marketing at Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity, and Director of Strategic Philanthropy at Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Services.

As Executive Director of SCAHA, Nancy plays a supportive role to all South Carolina affiliates, strengthening advocacy, lessening the burden of training logistics/standards, promoting statewide partnerships, and facilitating opportunities to expand the number of families who can experience the joy and peace that accompanies affordable homeownership.

Beyond her commitment to Habitat for Humanity, Nancy is an active member of her community. She previously served six years on the Board of Directors for the Julie Valentine Center, including two as the Board’s vice president. She currently dedicates her time to the Hershel Woody Williams Medal of Honor Foundation. Nancy has shared her experiences in fundraising and program development at Wake Forest University; Virginia’s Joint Leadership Council of Veterans Service Organizations; Furman University; and Habitat for Humanity Virginia. Nancy holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Furman University.

 

In addition to the Executive Director, SCAHA is fortunate to have an active Board of Directors who bring many years of experience in business and affordable housing.


Executive Board of Directors

  • Carla Schuessler

    Board President

    Affiliate: Habitat for Humanity Horry County
    Term Expires: 6/30/2021

    Carla M. Schuessler first volunteered with Habitat for Humanity of Horry County (HFHHC) in 2008 and served on the HFHHC Board of Directors from 2010 through 2012 as Board Secretary. Carla accepted the positions of Executive Director of the Horry County Affiliate in August of 2014. The focus over the past four years has been to update the home buyer education program to include additional classes that offer the tools necessary to become not only financially independent, but also better parents, employees and neighbors as well as contributing members of the community. The HFHHC Home Buyer Program now also includes classes for the children of the families working towards home ownership, which has proven to contribute to the overall success of the families.

    Before coming on Board at HFHHC, Carla worked in the Association Management business for 13 years and as a Paralegal for 5 years. Carla holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science with a Legal Studies Minor from Illinois State University.
    Throughout her career, Carla has served on several Boards and Committees including the Leadership Grand Strand Board of Regents, the Young Professionals Council Steering Committee and the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Legislative Policy Council. Carla currently serves as the Chair of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and the Grand Strand Housing & Community Development Corp. Board of Directors. Carla has lived in Myrtle Beach 1997 and has two sons. 

  • John Rhoden

    Board Vice-President

    Affiliate: Habitat for Humanity Sea Island
    Term Expires: 6/30/2018

    Executive Director John Rhoden has been with Sea Island Habitat for Humanity since 2012. He has 12 years of non-profit leadership prior to coming to Habitat leading two YMCA organizations in South Carolina. He previously served as President and CEO of the YMCA of Coastal Carolina with branches in Georgetown and Horry Counties as well as the CEO of the Summerville Family YMC in Dorchester County.

    Prior to his non-profit work, Rhoden served ten years in the Unites States Air Force as a Meteorologist and Tactical Team Leader.

    He holds a Master of Business Administration from Webster University, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. John was born in Charleston, SC to military parents and grew up mostly in Florida, Texas and Europe.

    He and his wife Tracy currently live on Johns Island.

  • Christine Pinson

    Board Treasurer

    Affiliate: East Cooper Habitat for Humanity
    Term Expires: 6/30/2021

    Christine Pinson serves as East Cooper Habitat for Humanity's Assistant Executive Director. Pinson is responsible for the affiliate's office administration, accounts payable and family services. Pinson holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Marshall University. Pinson currently resides in North Charleston with her husband and two daughters.

  • Debbie Edwards

    Board Secretary

    Affiliate: Florence Habitat for Humanity
    Term Expires: 6/30/2018

    In 2016, Debbie Edwards came on board as the Executive Director for Greater Florence Habitat for Humanity where she oversees the daily operations for both the affiliate and the Habitat Restore. She provides professional coordination all for Habitat partners, volunteers and homeowner families. Prior to she was the Director of Sales and Marketing for Methodist Manor Retirement Community for 10 years.

    Debbie has served on various profit and non-profit boards to include Florence Rotary and the Professional Pee Dee Women’s Group in the Florence area. Her love of serving and helping people is her drive. She has chaired fund raising events to include the annual American Heart Association Annual Ball for two years, the Florence Rotary Alzheimer’s Fun 5K Run and the annual fundraiser for the Greater Florence Habitat for Humanity Cinco De Mayo Downtown event.
    Accomplishments include a graduate of the 2011-2012 Greater Florence Chamber Leadership class, in 2017 The Fred R. Sheheen Non Profit Leadership at FMU and received the 2008 Paul Harris Fellow from the Rotary Foundation. She is very involved with the Florence community and has served on various committees for the Florence Downtown Redevelopment projects.
    Originally from Greenville, S.C. she moved to Florence, S.C. in 2002 with her husband Phil of 22 years. Her favorite hobbies include recycling furniture, loves to dance especially the state dance “the shag” and spending time with family and friends. She is a proud “Mimi” to her four godchildren who reside in Florence. Please email dedwards@florencehabitat.com ; www. florencehabitat.com or 843.676.5227 for contact.


Board Members

  • Bob Hervey

    Affiliate: East Cooper Habitat for Humanity
    Term Expires: 6/30/2020

    Bob Hervey is currently serving as the Executive Director of East Cooper Habitat for Humanity, Inc. in Mount Pleasant, SC. He has held this position since July of 2008. Prior to that time, Bob was a volunteer on the Habitat construction site and Treasurer and a Member of the Board of Directors.


    Bob was educated at Babson College in Wellesley, MA, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master in Business Administration, cum laude, with majors in Accounting and Finance.

    Bob is a retired CPA in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and a licensed real estate agent in South Carolina.

    Bob worked as a Financial Executive at Polaroid Corporation for 25 years, serving in various financial capacities in the Treasury Dept., Controller’s Office, Manufacturing, Marketing, and International Operations. Before Polaroid, Bob worked for Price Waterhouse & Co., CPA’s, for five years.

    Bob’s military service consisted of 3 years in the United States Army as a commissioned officer. His specialty was nuclear weapons and he was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for his service.

    Bob has two grown daughters and three grandchildren, all of whom live in Mount Pleasant.

  • Brenda Dooley

    Affiliate: East Cooper Habitat for Humanity
    Term Expires: 6/30/2020

    Brenda Dooley started as the Assistant Executive Director at Hilton Head Regional Habitat for Humanity in 2015, after nine years at the Habitat affiliate in Beaufort. In this current position, her primary focus is on fundraising—specifically for houses to be built at The Glen, Habitat’s first community on Hilton Head. She has spent most of her working years in the nonprofit management. Prior to moving to Beaufort in 2006, she worked with United Way for over 22 years in Omaha, Nebraska, and Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She holds a degree in Human Resource Management from Bellevue University in Nebraska.

     

  • Tim Veeck

    Affiliate: York County Habitat for Humanity
    Term Expires: 6/30/2020

    Tim Veeck is the Executive Director/CEO of Habitat for Humanity of York County and has served with the affiliate since December 2010. A graduate of Gardner-Webb University and Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, Tim served in a variety of community development roles in Gaffney, San Francisco and Louisville, before coming to York County. He currently lives in Fort Mill with his wife and 3 young sons and continues to pursue his calling to community development work with Habitat for Humanity of York County. As Executive Director, he seeks to lead the organization in expanding its influence and impact within York County through increasing the partnership opportunities with homeowners and focus neighborhoods, participating in collaborative community initiatives and emphasizing relationships that lead to transformation for all involved.

  • Courtney Furman

    Company: Furman Architects
    Term Expires: 6/30/2020

    Courtney T. R. Furman, AIA, LEED AP B+C: Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Science in Design from Clemson University. Architecture studies at Charles E. Daniel Center for Building Research and Urban Studies in Genoa, Italy. Over twenty-five years of experience practicing architecture. Owner and founder of Furman Architects, Inc. where he is driven to create spaces for life. Mr. Furman currently serves in the following capacities Chairman of Self Regional Healthcare Foundation Board of Trustees, Board member of Greenwood Chamber of Commerce, and Board member South Carolina Association of Habitat for Humanity Affiliates, Inc.

  • Michael Dey

    Company: Home Builders Association of Greenville
    Term Expires: 6/30/2021

    Michael Dey joined the Home Builders Association of Greenville in 2007 as Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer. He manages the association, which has 600 members and produces the Southern Home and Garden Show and the Upstate Parade of Homes, and administers the Approved Professional Builder program.

    Dey has spent 24 years working with and representing building- and real estate-related associations and businesses. He was previously a lobbyist for the Home Builders Association of South Carolina and the South Carolina Association of Realtors. In addition, he has held government affairs positions with the home builders associations in Atlanta and Winston-Salem. Dey is currently the Immediate Past President of the Executive Officers Council of the National Association of Home Builders and was named NAHB’s 2016 Local Executive Officer of the Year.

    Dey is a graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Journalism. He and his wife, Karen, an executive with South State Bank, have two children, Patrick, an architect in Denver, Colorado, and Stacey, a healthcare administrator in West Columbia, South Carolina.

  • Nate Barber

    Company: South State Bank
    Term Expires: 6/30/2021

    Nate Barber, senior vice president and community development officer at South State Bank in Columbia, has been with South State Bank for 13 years. He has an MBA from Indiana University and has served as an adjunct professor at the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina as well as Shanghai International Studies University and Nantong University in China. A Rock Hill native, Barber earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from USC and then worked for several corporations including Milliken, Lockheed, Alcoa and Merrill Lynch before joining the Small Business Development Center at Winthrop University, where he also was an assistant professor of business administration.

  • Monroe Free

    Affiliate: Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County
    Term Expires: 6/30/2021

    To say that Monroe Free felt a calling to help those who are socially and economically disenfranchised would be a severe understatement. Many of his waking hours, and indeed his entire career have been devoted to improving the lives and futures of those who need a helping hand. From running Knox Area Rescue Ministries and the Christian Community Foundation in Knoxville, TN, and as CMO of Christian Blind Mission US to founding of the Monroe Free Group, a consulting firm for non-profits, Monroe has a depth of experience and caring conscience that’s second to none.

    Monroe has served in numerous volunteer leadership roles including Chairman of the Knox County Homeless Coalition as well as Chairman of the Knox County Family Violence Commission, Chairman of the Board of SC Association at Habitat Affiliates and is a TogetherSC Board member. Now, as the CEO and President of Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County, Monroe will continue to lead this critically important organization as it implements policies designed to positively change lives and the landscape of this fast-growing and burgeoning part of the country.

    Monroe is married to Kim and together they have three children.

     

  • Roy Kramer

    Affiliate: Central Habitat for Humanity
    Term Expires: 6/30/2021

    Roy D. Kramer has been with Central South Carolina Habitat for Humanity for 25 years. He has served in his current position as Executive Director since 2004. Prior to that time, Roy served as the Construction Coordinator for 10 years.

    A native of Miami, Florida and growing up in a construction family Roy started a Design - Build Construction Company in 1983. His company provided design and build services for residential and commercial clients for 7 years in Miami and throughout the state. In 1990 he relocated to Columbia, SC where he continued on with his own design and build company restoring 100-200 year old homes in Columbia, Camden and Liberty Hill. After several missions trips in the US and overseas in 1994 he was lead to be part of Habitat for Humanity.

    Roy has been married for 40 years and has three children and two grandchildren. He has been a member of St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Chapin Presbyterian Church, and NewSprings Church.