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Board of Directors

Board of Directors 2016-2017

Pictured from Front: Olive Swearingen, Celeste Cox, Cindy Maxwell-Bathea, Ruthie Drye
Middle Row: Bud Ward, Jack Kocks, Matt Hilton, Terry Busha, Marty Smith, Doc Compton
Back Row: Nelson Carter, JR Russell, Terry Wegner, Robert Manley, Jason Jupiterwala, Jac Schuster, Hunter Lord

Board of Directors - Fiscal Year 2017 - 2018

Matt HiltonPresident
Real Estate, Owner/Agent
Nelson CarterSecretary
Director Mkt/Training
Martin SmithPresident-Elect
Tim BakerAssistant Secretary
Larry PietenpolVice President
Rache BarnettAssistant Treasurer
Jason JupiterwalaTreasurer
Terry BushaImmediate Past President
Jeremy GilstrapBoard Member
Terry WegnerBoard Member
Olive SwearingenBoard Member
Terrence WegnerBoard Member
JR RussellBoard Member
Bud WardBoard Member
Doc ComptonBoard Member

Organizational Leadership Team

CEO – Celeste Haiduk Cox

Celeste Haiduk Cox was hired thirteen years ago as the first paid staff for NCC-Habitat. The organization was 100% volunteer upon her arrival and was building one to two homes per year. Since that time, her staff has grown to 10 full time and 12 part-time, a new ReStore operation was opened five years ago, and 379 lives have been touched building 100 homes locally and 36 homes have been built globally. Habitat has also completed 87 repair projects. Celeste serves as the primary contact for Donors and fundraising for the organization as well as being active in the community through Rotary, Chambers of Commerce, Boy Scouts, Girls Scouts, Church and service to Habitat Texas as their immediate past Board President.

COO – Robert Manley, III

Robert Manley joined NCC-Habitat in 2015. Robert is responsible for Construction, Family Services, Volunteer Services, ReStore operations, and affiliate facilities.  He assists the Executive Leadership with strategic planning and organizational effectiveness.  Robert has developed execution and strategic planning expertise through his prior experience in organizational management, project management, community development, and ministry. He has a BAAS from Howard Payne University and a Master of Arts from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Cultural Leadership.  Robert has a passion to see families, neighborhoods and communities transformed.  He enjoys triathlon sprint racing, mountain biking, and kayaking with the family.

CFO – Ruthie Drye

Ruthie joined NCC-Habitat in October of 2012. Ruthie has over 20 years in the nonprofit sector finds working with staff, board and partner families to be very rewarding. “Doing the right thing just feels good,” Ruthie said.   Ruthie earned her accounting degree from University of Phoenix and is currently working on her CPA. Ruthie and her husband of 30 plus years have raised their three children in Frisco, Texas and is a grandmother of three beautiful grandchildren.

Construction Project Manager – Bryant Knepp

Bryant Knepp joined NCC-Habitat in 2016. Bryant provides oversight of the Construction Department where he leads the new construction and repair programs. Bryant has served in a number of roles with Habitat affiliates since 2003.  He considers himself a student of Habitat and most highly values the Christian foundation and approach of Habitat’s work.  He was raised in southwestern Indiana where his construction training took place within a family owned, Amish-Mennonite construction company. Bryant enjoys participating in Christian mission, both locally and abroad.  He and his wife, Lyndsay, have three daughters.

ReStore Manager – Rick Greene

Rick joined the NCC-Habitat team in October of 2015. Rick has extensive experience in retail management and executive retail leadership for 30 years. His retail background includes Office Depot, Best Buy, Wal-Mart, and Target, receiving many sales and management awards. He has earned a B.B.A. in Accounting from University of Oklahoma. Rick has been very involved in community and civic organizations such as Y.M.C.A, Goodwill Industries, and March of Dimes. As a trained chef, Rick enjoys cooking and traveling.

Family and Volunteer Manager – Dawn Serr

Dawn has been on staff at NCC Habitat since 2010, when she joined as the Volunteer Coordinator.  Dawn has served in this role organizing and managing all of our weekly, daily, and occasional volunteers which number in the thousands! Dawn also serves as a Family Mentor working with our Habitat families helping them through the Habitat homeownership program, and on into the first year of being a homeowner.  Dawn is passionate about both our families and our volunteers.  She is a very integral part of this entire organization working with so many of the people this people organization serves.  Dawn is also a wife, mother of 4 grown children, and grandmother to 4 grandchildren.

Development & Marketing Manager – Elizabeth Johnston

Elizabeth joined NCC Habitat is 2014 as the Marketing Coordinator for promoting both NCC Habitat and the ReStore.  She took on the additional responsibilities of Grant Writer in 2015 and writes over 30 grants annually on behalf of NCC Habitat.  Elizabeth transitioned to the role of Development Manage in 2017 to strengthen our Donor management and procurement efforts for the organization while continuing to oversee the marketing strategies for the affiliate and ReStore.  Elizabeth is also a wife and mother of two wonderful children.

Habitat Administrative Office

Habitat ReStore

2060 Couch Drive
McKinney, TX  75069


Monday – Friday
9:00 am to 5:00 pm

2060 Couch Drive (Behind Admin Office)
McKinney, TX 75069

ReStore Phone: 972-548-9112

Donation Pick-up Line: 214-598-0090

Tuesday – Saturday
9:00 am to 6:00 pm