Staff and board members
Ruth Shields, Chair
John Anfinrud, Treasurer
University of Minnesota
Delta Air Lines
Black River Asset Investments
Dorsey & Whitney
Rick Lancaster, Secretary
Great River Energy
Barry Mason, Vice Chair
Ray Skowyra, Jr.
Susan Haigh has led Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity (TCHFH) as its CEO and President since 2005. TCHFH is one of the most successful Habitat affiliates in the United States serving the entire seven county Twin Cities region. In addition to her leadership at Habitat, Haigh was appointed by Governor Mark Dayton as the Chair of the Metropolitan Council from 2011-2015. During her tenure as Chair, the Council adopted a thirty year regional plan, Thrive MSP 2040; initiated the first housing policy plan in the region in over 35 years; awarded more than $75M in TOD, Livable Community Act and brownfield clean-up grants to cities; and opened with its partners the following major transit improvements: Union Depot, Target Field Station, Red Line BRT in Dakota County and the Green Line LRT connecting St. Paul and Minneapolis.
Susan currently serves on the Board of Greater MSP and The Itasca Project. She has also served on the Minnesota Housing Partnership Board, Habitat for Humanity U.S. Council, Sunrise Park Bank Board, The Friends of the St. Paul Public Library Board, Landmark Center Board and the Macalester College Board of Trustees.
Haigh brings an extensive background in community service and leadership to her work serving ten years as a Ramsey County Commissioner and twelve years as Chief Deputy Ramsey County Attorney. Susan has a BA in Political Science from Macalester College and a JD from William Mitchell College of Law. She is married to the Honorable Gregg E. Johnson and they have four adult daughters.
Mary Schumacher has extensive business and community leadership experience. She was a long-time volunteer with Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity and served on its Board of Directors before taking her position as Chief Operating Officer with the organization in January 2011. Before joining Habitat, Schumacher worked at Andersen Corporation for eight years, first as the Chief Technical Officer and later as a Senior Vice President and General Manager. She also worked for 10 years at Ecolab Inc. and 12 years at The Pillsbury Company. Schumacher served two terms on the Board of Directors for the Science Museum of Minnesota from 1997 to 2003.
She earned a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota and completed extensive executive training at Harvard, Penn State, and the Center for Creative Leadership. She is also a guest lecturer for the University of St. Thomas MBA program.
Casey Scott has dedicated over 25 years to the nonprofit sector. Before coming to Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, Casey worked for the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities and Catholic Charities in various senior financial roles. Prior to his nonprofit experience, he worked at Land O' Lakes, Inc. He currently is active on three non-profits in board and committee roles and previously chaired leadership functions at his church. He is also active with the Nonprofit Financial Group and Financial Executives International. Casey earned his undergraduate degree in Accounting from the University of Minnesota and his MBA in nonprofit management from the University of St. Thomas. Casey and his wonderful wife and four children live in St. Anthony.
Chad Bouley’s involvement with Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity began in 1996 as a volunteer. With a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management Chad became a Project Manager building office, retail, and warehouse and industrial facilities. Chad made the leap to become a staff member at Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity in 2003 to make a difference for those less fortunate. Chad and his wife Lynda spend most of their free time volunteering at their church, girl scouts, and raising their five young children.
Cathy came to Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity with an extensive background in fundraising, government affairs, and public relations. Lawrence leads Resource Development, which includes fundraising and volunteer programs; Communications and Marketing; and Advocacy. Before joining Habitat, Lawrence served as the VP and CDO for Planned Parenthood MN, ND, SD and also served as the Development Director for Twin Cities RISE!, an employment and jobs program that supports men in communities of color She was the first person to hold the position, and was responsible for building the development operation. Lawrence has a long history in small-business management and consulting, was a staff member for the late U.S. Senator Paul Wellstone, a legislative lobbyist for several business and advocacy groups and has worked on numerous political campaigns. She has a B.A. degree from the University of Minnesota-Duluth and a law degree from William Mitchell School of Law.
As Director of Family & Community Programs, Cristen Incitti leads the teams working towards our mission of ending poverty housing through Homeownership, Mortgage Foreclosure Prevention, Advocacy and Neighborhood Revitalization Initiatives and Global Engagement. Prior to joining Habitat in 2009, she worked in the field of higher education. Cristen holds a MA in Higher Education from The Ohio State University and is an active Global Village Team Leader, having led trips to Costa Rica and Mozambique recently. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and her daughter.
Aaron Soule joined Habitat as the Controller in 2014. He has a passion for nonprofit organizations, having served most recently as the Assistant Controller at the University of Northwestern. Aaron earned his MBA at Bethel University and his Bachelor degree in accounting at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Aaron has an active Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license; and as a life-long learner, carries the desire to use his abilities and financial experience to enhance dynamic organizations, such as Habitat.
Doug started his career at Habitat for Humanity in 2000. He is currently the director of construction overseeing field operations, warranty, and the panel plant. Prior to joining Habitat, he spent 21 years in the for-profit construction industry, running his own contracting business for nine of those years. He studied business at Willmar Community College from 1977-1979 before deciding that he preferred working in the construction field. Doug has a wife and one daughter and enjoys spending time at the family’s lake place in Wisconsin. He is an avid hunter and fisherman.
Deqa is responsible for the overall provision of Human Resources services; policies, recruitment programs, staff development, training, compensation, benefits, performance management to policies and procedures development for the entire TCHFH. She has over 18 years of progressive experience working in for- profit and non-profit organizations. She holds a Master’s Degree in Human Resources Management from Saint Mary’s University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Holy Names University. Deqa is one of the founders of “Somali Women Without Borders” which empowers Somali women all over the world. She is also one of the founders of Rochester Math and Science Academy in MN and a past board treasurer.
Mike Nelson joined Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity staff in 2000, serving in the capacity of Site Supervisor and Land Development Project Manager. Prior to joining the staff at TCHFH, Mike served three years in residential construction and over twenty year in sales, system engineering and project management experience in the information systems industry. Mike is responsible for locating and acquiring sites, planning, and budgeting property development. Mike received his degree in finance from the University of St. Thomas. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife and they enjoy the numerous running and bike trails.
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