Our board of directors is made up of dedicated individuals from many fields, including construction, real estate, social services, finance, and faith leadership. Their collective expertise helps guide our programs, informs our strategic direction, and assesses the effectiveness of our organization. These men and women lead us in our mission to build homes, hope, lives, and community.
President - Nancy has spent 40 years as a consultant to the food ingredient industry, 22 of those years at Arthur D. Little, Inc., where she was Vice President and managing director of the company’s international consulting practice to the food, beverage and food ingredient industries. Currently, she is a partner of TFG (formerly The Food Group) a boutique consulting firm focused on the food ingredient industry. Her consulting activities focus on helping clients understand the critical interfaces among technology investment, business strategy and market opportunities. Nancy was a member of the Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod’s 25th gala event committee and has been a volunteer in the Habitat office helping in resource development. She splits her time between her homes in West Yarmouth and Waltham.
Clerk – Deb is an Assistant Vice President of Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank, working in their Trust and Asset Management Group as an Estate Officer. Deb has over forty years of financial and banking experience with Cape Cod Five and other financial institutions. She has been involved with Habitat for Humanity for many years, working not only on the first women’s build in Harwich, but has also been involved in some capacity with other builds, working on the Credit Review Committee, and she is currently running the Financial Workshops and budget meetings for new homeowners with another Cape Cod Five volunteer. Deb was first introduced to the Habitat organization through her church, Dennis Union, who covenants with Habitat on an annual basis. Deb resides in the Town of Dennis with her husband, Gary. She enjoys traveling and spending time with her large family, children and two grandchildren.
Warren is the principal of Law Offices of Warren H. Brodie, P.C., a law firm with offices in Falmouth and Wellesley, MA. The firm specializes in construction law and litigation, including the representation of developers, general contractors, subcontractors and material suppliers at all levels of the judicial process, including the Massachusetts Appeals Court and Supreme Judicial Court. Warren has been involved with Habitat since 2003 primarily with land acquisition and permitting, including Comprehensive Permits under Massachusetts General Laws, chapter 40B. Warren has been involved in over 80 Habitat homes.
Jaime is a former Chief Operating Officer and Chief Merchant of Barnes & Noble, Inc., the world’s largest retail bookseller. His senior leadership responsibilities included the areas of strategic planning, marketing, merchandising, e-commerce and new store development. Jaime served for eight years on the Board of the National Book Foundation, the presenter of the National Book Awards. He is currently a member of the Advisory Committee for Habitat’s ReStores here on the Cape. In addition, he is a family partner and construction volunteer. Jaime and his wife Rosemary live in North Falmouth near the Shining Sea Bikeway, which they both love to ride.
John has served as President and CEO of The Barnstable Group since 2011. In his words, “CEO should stand for Chief Explanation Officer because providing context and teaching are the most important aspects of the position. Being the CEO of The Barnstable has been a great fit, allowing me to add value to an already great business.” A 1988 graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Accounting, John joined The Barnstable in 1996 as Treasurer. The needs of policyholders, who count on The Barnstable to put their lives back together at their greatest time of need, and the partnerships with its independent agents are particularly important to him. For John, a life-long resident of Dartmouth, each crossing of the Sagamore Bridge reinforces that the Cape is an island with its own unique culture and geography. “I love the ocean,” he adds, “and spend most of my free time on the water boating and fishing.” He believes in Habitat’s mission to sustainably provide access to affordable housing on Cape Cod.
Rabbi David Freelund
David is the rabbi of the Cape Cod Synagogue in Hyannis where he has been for the last thirteen years. Prior to living on the Cape, he served a community in Tucson, AZ where he was introduced to Habitat. His other interests include music, cooking, and social justice. He and his wife, Bettina, live in Centerville.
Assistant Clerk - Peter is president of AP Kimball Construction based in Yarmouth Port. He has more than 10 years of residential construction management and 30 years of business experience. Peter was team leader for Blitz Build 2013 in Orleans, where the Homebuilders and Remodelers Association of Cape Cod (HBRACC) built a Habitat home in one week. He currently serves on the Town of Yarmouth Old Kings Highway Historic Committee as well as on the Board of Directors of HBRACC. Peter resides in Yarmouth Port with his wife and business partner, Angela.
Josh S. Jalbert has worked at Shepley Wood Products of Hyannis for 8 years and is currently in an Outside Sales position. He was born and raised on Cape Cod into a large family. He has 13 aunts and uncles most of whom still live and work on the Cape and too many cousins to name! He grew up in the home building industry and is proud to be serving Habitat and the local community in which he lives. He currently resides in South Dennis and enjoys spending time on the beach or at the parks with his wife Farran and son Russell.
Vice President - Steve is CEO and President of Oceanside, Inc. Steve has been involved in the restoration industry for over 25 years. Serving as Director of Operations at Oceanside for over 20 years and having worked previously as an Insurance Adjuster for a local adjustment firm. In 2012, Steve had the opportunity to purchase Oceanside, Inc. Steve holds a Mass. Construction Supervisors license as well as many other certifications. He was born and raised on Cape Cod and attended schools in Yarmouth. He now lives in West Barnstable with his significant other, Eileen Kennedy. He is the proud father of three daughters and two stepsons. Four of their five children have recently graduated from college and the youngest is in her junior year at Seton Hall. Steve and Eileen are avid golfers and spend time between the Cape and Myrtle Beach when the weather changes. Oceanside is proud to be a supporter of many charitable organizations on the Cape including Cape Kids Meals, Community Connections, Cape Cod Military Foundation, and the Sandwich Food Pantry to name a few.
Patricia, now retired, has thirteen years of marketing and communications experience in the HVAC industry. In addition she also served as a market analyst and director of business development. She has background in governance and strategic planning and appreciates the special challenges volunteer organizations face. Initial Habitat involvement grew from church mission trips to the Gulf coast following hurricane Katrina. After moving to the Cape in 2011, she and her husband have increasingly supported the work of Habitat in this region.
Kathleen is a top producing Real Estate Agent with Kinlin Grover working out of their Wellfleet office. She specializes in representing clients who want to purchase single-family homes or income/investment property on the outer Cape. Prior to moving to the Cape she worked for the Nine West Group at their corporate headquarters in Stamford, CT. When Kathleen moved to the Cape in 2000, she was introduced to Habitat by working on a build site in Orleans as well as in Chatham. From there she served on the Family Selection Committee, and then as a Family Partner in Eastham and Wellfleet. Kathleen lives in Wellfleet.
Sue is an HR professional with over 25 years of experience. She is Director of Human Resources for Convention Data Services in Bourne, MA, where she's been for 10+ years. She's also held HR leadership positions in healthcare and human services, and began her career in banking and manufacturing. Sue is active with the Cape Cod Human Resources Association, currently serving as VP/Program Chair. She also serves on the SHRM MA State Council. Sue earned her BA from Bridgewater State University and holds SPHR and SHRM-SCP designations. She grew up in Norwood, MA, spent much of her adult life in the Wrentham and Plainville areas, moving to the Cape 11 years ago, when the nest emptied. Sue and her husband Brad live in West Barnstable with their 13 year old Bichon Frise. They are very lucky to have 2 sons, 2 daughters-in-law and a precious granddaughter who they love to spend time with. Sue also enjoys the beach, yoga, reading and all the other good things life on the Cape can offer.
Jill has been helping to reduce homelessness, professionally and on a volunteer basis, for 25 years. She has a Masters of Social Service with a concentration in Advocacy, Planning and Program Development. Since 2004 she has worked for the Cape Cod Council of Churches as the Director of Case Management and Hospitality Housing, where she helps those seeking housing and provides support services to those now in housing. “I believe my experience will be helpful in understanding both the needs of, and resources for, families moving into Habitat homes.” Jill lives in Brewster.
Leslie took the helm of the Siemasko + Verbridge, SV Design, Chatham office in 2015, where she heads up SV Design’s practice on the Cape and Islands. A long-time Cape Cod resident and accomplished architect, Leslie has a passion for designing innovative buildings that complement their surroundings, elevate the community and enrich their owners’ daily lives. Over the past fifteen years, she has designed and administered the construction of custom homes and commercial projects throughout the Cape. Leslie earned a Master of Architecture from the University of Colorado; a BA from St. Lawrence University; and studied Interior Design at Pratt Institute. She serves on the building committees for the Monomoy Regional High School and the Cape Cod Technical High School and Facilities Committee for Pleasant Bay Community Boating. Leslie is passionate about community projects that make Cape Cod a more vibrant place for year-round living. She lives in Chatham with her wonderful family – husband and two girls – who give her a great inventive to make the Cape, our community, the best it can be.
Treasurer - Before retiring to the Cape, John had a career in high tech, managing the development of Business Intelligence applications for Oracle. In 2016, John became a construction volunteer with Habitat Cape Cod and has since become a familiar face on a number of sites. In 2019 he joined a team of volunteers to transition our organization to Habitat Connect, our new platform for volunteer management, and in 2020 he started providing assistance in the area of financial reporting and analysis. John lives in Centerville.
Father Joe Towle
Joe is a retired Catholic Priest who has always been dedicated to working with people on the margin, whether in Latin America or in the United States. He is an active volunteer with both the Family Pantry of Cape Cod in Harwich and Habitat for Humanity, where he is a regular on the construction sites. Joe says “I look upon construction with Habitat as an undoing of some of the destruction in the world.” Joe lives in Harwich Port.