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.
Board President and Member of the Executive, Personnel 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.
Board Secretary, Chair of the Resource Development Committee, and Member of the Executive Committee
Brooks joined the Habitat for Humanity of Butte County board in March 2014 after retiring from a distinguished career at California State University, Chico. She was a VISTA volunteer in Richmond, Virginia in 1969 where she developed a program called HOMEWORK, an advocacy program for renters who lived in substandard housing. In addition to her advocacy work, Brooks designed and helped to build two homes and remodeled another for her family and herself. Brooks is a tireless fundraiser on behalf of Habitat for Humanity of Butte County.
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.
Chair of the ReStore Committee and Member of the Construction Committee
Following his career in architecture and planning, Richard retired in 2006 and relocated from San Francisco to Chico. His dream to build a sustainable and environmentally sensitive home led him to Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore in search of “construction discards” from various sources. Impressed by the opportunities provided by the ReStore to those searching for construction materials, he began volunteering at the ReStore and then joined the Habitat for Humanity of Butte County Board of Directors. Richard’s expertise as an architect is invaluable to our work and you will find him in the ReStore every Friday organizing inventory and talking with customers.
Mike Spiess, Member
Chair of the Construction 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 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.
Greg Creighton, Member
Member of the Finance 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.
Seana O’Shaughnessey, Member
Member of the Resource Development Committee
Seana has over 17 years of experience in nonprofit administration, fundraising, board development, volunteer recruitment and project management. After 8 years as Executive Director of Rebuilding Together Peninsula, she joined the national office of Rebuilding Together as the Western Regional Director. Seana was a recognized leader in San Mateo County’s housing community in the area of the preservation of affordable housing. Seana’s lifetime commitment to service and the nonprofit sector began when she joined AmeriCorps NCCC after graduating from Holy Names University. She and her husband recently relocated to Chico to be closer to family. Seana is excited to join the board of Habitat for Humanity of Butte County and support the creation of affordable homeownership in Chico.
Jason Olivares, Member
Member of the Homeowner Selection Committee
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.
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 Family Support 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.
Tom Austin, Member
Member of Finance Committee
Tom is a retired Chemical Engineer. He worked as a volunteer in Missouri on a Habitat home through the local Rotary Club and admired Habitat’s focus and success in helping to eliminate poverty housing. He was especially impressed by the homeowner’s involvement in building their own home. He continues to be involved in Rotary in Chico and is a member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church.