The Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors upholds our mission to eliminate poverty housing in the Twin Cities and ensures the vitality and sustainability of our organization. The board is composed of 30-35 members who represent the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area and who come from diverse geographic, racial, ethnic, economic, religious, professional, and leadership backgrounds. The leaders who comprise our board are critical to Habitat’s success and the impact of our work in the community.
Barry Mason, Chair
Susan Haigh has led Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity (TCHFH) as President & CEO 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 The Itasca Project and the Minnesota Advisory Board for The Trust for Public Land. She has also served on the Board of Greater MSP, 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.
Pam Wheelock has extensive leadership experience working in for-profit, non-profit, and government settings. Before joining Twin Cities Habitat in 2017, she was Vice President of University Services at the University of Minnesota. Pam also served as Interim President and CEO at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota, a Vice President at the Bush Foundation, an Executive Vice President and CFO for Minnesota Sports and Entertainment, the Minnesota Wild’s parent company. Pam was Commissioner of Finance for the State of Minnesota under Governor Jesse Ventura and before that she served as Director of Planning and Economic Development for St. Paul. She is the board chair of the Minnesota Wild Foundation, a member of the Minnesota Philanthropic Partners Board of Directors, and a former Board Chair for St. Catherine University. Pam earned her bachelor’s degree in history from St. Catherine University and a master’s in applied economics from Marquette University in Milwaukee.
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.
Robyn Bipes-Timm joined TCHFH in April 2016 to lead Habitat’s mortgage lending and new loan fund. Prior to joining Habitat, Robyn was on the senior leadership team for nine years at the Greater Minnesota Housing Fund, a Minnesota-based affordable housing nonprofit and Community Development Finance Institution (CDFI). She led GMHF’s affordable housing programs and lending for rental housing and homeownership, including a $45M revolving loan fund and $70 million portfolio. Before GMHF, Robyn worked for United HealthGroup and 10 years at large Minnesota nonprofits. Robyn is committed to Habitat’s mission of making homeownership a possibility for more families, and she brings strong experience in lending, capitalization, operations and strategy to Habitat. Bipes currently serves as the vice president of the Minnesota Home Ownership Center Board of Directors. She earned a Master in Public Policy (MPP) from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs and a BA from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. She is certified as an Economic Development and Housing Development Finance Professional from the National Development Council, and in 2014 was selected as one of 20 national CDFI industry leaders as part of the Citi Leadership Program for Opportunity Finance, in partnership with the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
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 Senior 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, her daughter, and her son.
Brian joined Twin Cities Habitat in 2004. As Senior Director of Marketing and Communications, Brian leads a team responsible for Twin Cities Habitat's marketing, communications and events activities. He first became involved with Twin Cities Habitat in 2001 as a construction volunteer. In 2003, Brian produced a pro bono video for the Hard Hat and Black Tie Gala about the partner families who purchased homes in Habitat's Aspen Grove development in Burnsville. Before he worked at Habitat, Brian was a producer for Blue Earth Pictures, a local production company. He is a member of the American Marketing Association and the Minnesota Interactive Marketing Association, and a member and co-chair of the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Twin Cities program. Brian has a BA in Theater Arts and Film & Media Studies from Hamline University, and an MBA with an emphasis in Marketing & Entrepreneurship from the University of St. Thomas's Opus College of Business. Brian lives in Plymouth with his wife and their two daughters.
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.
Ryan has worked with nonprofit organizations for over 10 years. He started with Twin Cities Habitat in September 2016 as the Controller and is very excited about making an impact with the community through this role. He has previously worked with two large CPA firms, performing audits and other financial engagements throughout the Twin Cities and Southern California. Ryan earned his undergraduate degree in Accounting from Azusa Pacific University and is a licensed CPA. He is married to Laura and they have three sweet little children. Ryan spends his free time with them, playing soccer, camping and at church activities.
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.