The Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity of Butte County is responsible for the oversight of the affiliate. This is a “hands on” board that gives generously of their time, talent, and treasure. If you would like to be considered for board service, here is a complete job description and application.
John Linhart – Board President
Member of the Executive, Personnel , Land Acquistion and Construction Committees
First joining with Habitat for Humanity of Butte County in 2014 as an active volunteer on the construction site and then as a member of the Board of Directors, John has an extensive background in construction and public works planning. Now retired, he most recently served as the Director of Planning and Public Works for Glenn County after holding similar positions in the Cities of Colusa and Live Oak. Prior to his work in the public sector, John was a General Contractor who built custom homes in the Chico area for over 20 years. John is a familiar face on the Habitat build site where he teaches and supervises construction volunteers.
Jason Olivares, Vice President
Member of the Homeowner Selection and Support Committees
Jason joined the Habitat for Humanity board in November of 2016 after having volunteered on builds and volunteering on the Homeowner Selection Committee. Jason comes from the Hospitality industry with 15 years of Hotel experience and is currently the General Manger for the Oxford Suites in Chico. While working in the hospitality industry he has had the opportunity to travel with-in the state with his young family and in every stop along the way he has volunteered with Habitat. Jason is a first generation citizen of the United States. Both of his grandfather’s came to the United States under the Bracero Program that was established by the Mexican Farm Labor Agreement between the United States and Mexico. From a young age Jason recognized the importance of home. He quickly realized that with a place to lay roots a family has a chance to grow and prosper and he saw how those opportunities impacted both his family and the communities they settled in. Jason continues to work and volunteer with Habitat to help families realize the American dream regardless of their humble beginnings. Jason has previous experience serving on Boards with 4-H, Chamber of Commerce, County Tourism and City Beautification.
Greg Creighton, Board Secretary
Member of the Land Acquisition and Construction Committees
A resident of Chico since 1981, Greg recently is semi- retired from Sunseri Construction in Chico where he has served as the Vice-President/Lead Estimator for 30 years. Sunseri’s focuses on affordable housing for seniors, special needs and multi-family housing projects. A member of the Habitat board since 2014, he has served on many additional boards since moving to Chico, including; Chico Youth Soccer and Valley Contractors Exchange. Greg brings a wealth of experience in the construction business and as a volunteer with non-profit organizations to Habitat for Humanity of Butte County.
Committee Chair of Finance Committee, and Member of the Executive and Personnel Committees
Joy joined the Board of Director of Habitat for Humanity of Butte County as Treasurer in 2011 and has been a volunteer with Habitat’s Women Build program. She is a Certified Public Accountant with K-Coe Isom accounting firm where she performs audits and reviews within multiple industries, including; school districts, community college districts, and non-profit organizations. Joy is irreplaceable as the primary accountant for Habitat for Humanity of Butte County.
Mike Spiess, Member
Board Vice President, Chair of the Construction and Member of Finance Committee
A Habitat of Humanity board member since 2013, Mike is a professor of Agricultural Education and Agricultural Engineering Technology at Chico. He has served as a volunteer on many Habitat builds, sharing his expertise and bringing students along as volunteers as he incorporates service learning as a component in the courses that he teaches at the University. A resident of Paradise since 2003, he is a former resident of the Fresno/Clovis area where he served as a board member and construction supervisor for University HOPE and built affordable homes in that area.
Jeanne Newton, Member
Member of the Board Development, Land Acquistion and Personnel Committees
Born and raised in Corning, California, Jeanne graduated from California State University Chico, earning both a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree in Education. She loved teaching but always had a strong desire to begin her own business and pursue real estate sales and development. Earning her real estate license and subsequent Real Estate Broker’s license, Jeanne now owns and operates Newton Realty in Chico. Jeanne has been on the Habitat for Humanity board since 2014.
Tom Hayes, Member
Member of Land Acquisition Committee
Tom a CSU, Chico graduate returned to Chico in 1986 to work for the City of Chico’s Planning Department retiring in 2004. He worked for New Urban Builders until 2007 assisting in acquiring entitlement approvals for the Meriam Park development. Tom became involved with Habitat after a group formed in the late 1980’s to establish a Butte County affiliate. He served for several years on the Habitat board during the 1990’s assisting in property acquisition allowing for construction of Habitat’s first homes in Butte County. He is a past elder at Bidwell Presbyterian Church and continues to serve in the church’s mission outreach efforts.
Mary Shippen, Member
Member of the Homeowner Selection Committee and Site Host
Mary is currently working for the Chico Unified School District as a Special Needs Teacher’s Aide and an after-school program director. She is a Habitat homeowner who moved into her home in January 2012. Mary can be seen each Saturday on the Habitat build site serving as our Site Host.
Steve Scarborough, Member
Member of Resource Development Committee
Steve has been a resident of Butte County since 1970. He retired from Longfellow Lumber Company in 2010 after forty years in the construction trades working as a builder, general contractor, material supplier and designer of panelized walls and engineered roof and floor truss systems. A past member of the Board of Directors for the both the Valley Contractors Exchange and the Building Industry Association, Steve is an active volunteer in local non-profit organizations including, KZFR Community Radio, Chico Heritage Association, the Museum of Northern California Art and the Chico Cat Coalition.
Teresa Kludt, Member
Teresa graduated from California State University, Chico and the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School for Law. She spent her legal career here in Butte County working for the District Attorney’s Office and Legal Services of Northern California. Teresa and her family have been members of Habitat for Humanity International for over 20 years. She volunteered, briefly, for one of the first Women’s Build projects with Habitat for Humanity of Butte County. Teresa was inspired to get more involved in the local Habitat for Humanity chapter after a recent visit with President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn in Plains, Georgia. She joined the Habitat for Humanity Butte County board in January 2018.
Chelsea Irvine, Member
Chelsea is the newest member of the Habitat for Humanity of Butte County Board, joining in October 2019. Chelsea began volunteering for the Greater Sacramento affiliate in 2017 during Women Build Month. Her first day on the build she found a mentor on the all-volunteer Electrical Crew and began learning the electrical trade. A recent transplant to Chico, Chelsea is the Community Resource Manager at 3CORE, the Economic Development District for Butte, Glenn and Tehama counties. Prior to moving to Chico, she worked in disaster recovery for the US Small Business Administration Office of Disaster Assistance, most recently as Public Information Officer. Before joining the SBA, Chelsea was the Campaign Manager for a successful West Sacramento City Council member and spent nearly a decade as a policy analyst and account manager at a lobbying and public relations firms.
Joseph Kiwovele, Member
Joseph is the Pastor at the Second Baptist Church in Chapman town. He joined the board shortly after one of his church members become a Habitat homeowner. Joseph’s involvement with Habitat is a way for him to put God’s love into action.