Habitat elects new president at annual meeting

MORRIS – Grundy-Three Rivers Habitat for Humanity elected new leadership at the Annual Meeting of its Board of Directors last month.

Julie Wilkinson of Morris, and the Director of Major and Planned Gifts at Illinois College, has been elected as president of the organization. Wilkinson was elected to the board in 2009 and has served as Family Selection Chair, Public Relations Chair and member-at-large of the Executive Committee.

Before moving to Grundy County, she was employed as Development Director for Habitat for Humanity in the Quad Cities, serving as interim Executive Director in 2008. Wilkinson succeeds Julie Wood of Ottawa, who served one year and John Latimer of Morris, who served as president for more than 10 years. Wood and Latimer will continue as members of the Board of Directors, and serve as Finance and Construction Committee Chairpersons, respectively.

Offices retained at the January meeting include: Gregg Nadess of Morris, vice-president; Jason Helland of Mazon, secretary; and Chuck Richardson of Morris, treasurer. The officers also will serve on the Executive Committee along with Latimer and newly appointed member-at-large Kevin Brown. Each officer and the Executive Committee members will serve a two-year term.

Also serving on the board for Grundy-Three Rivers Habitat for Humanity are Tim Beck, Sara Grieff, Mary Lee Howard and John Almer, all of Morris.

The Rev. Dr. Roy Backus of First Presbyterian Church in Morris facilitated the plenary session of the meeting. Among the goals set for the new year are expansion of the board, raising $100,000 to fund operations and a house for the Jose Gonzalez family, develop educational programming to aid families in budgeting and home maintenance, and hire a part-time executive director. Backus spoke to board members about team building and goal setting skills, which will enable them to further Habitat’s impact. The half-day session concluded with board members feeling reengaged in the mission and grateful for Backus’ leadership.

Grundy-Three Rivers Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating poverty housing through the construction of homes which are built by volunteers and sold to qualified families with a no-interest mortgage. For more information, visit www.grundy3rivershabitat.org or follow the organization on Facebook.