Board of Directors

The Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity of Butte County is responsible for the oversight of the affiliate. This is a deeply committed board that gives generously of their time, and talents.

If you would like to be considered for board service, here is a complete 
job description for board director
and application for board director.

Meet Our Board of Directors

Tom Hayes, Member of Executive and Land Acquisition CommitteeTom Hayes


Member of Executive and 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.  Tom became involved with Habitat in the late 1980s to establish a Butte County affiliate.  He served for several years on the Habitat board during the 1990s assisting in property acquisition allowing for the construction of Habitat’s first homes in Butte County. 
We are fortunate to have him return to the board.


Teresa Kludt, Member of  Executive and Resource Development  CommitteeTeresa Kludt


Member of  Executive and Resource Development  Committee

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 joined the Habitat for Humanity Butte County board in January 2018.
Teresa had the privilege of meeting President Carter in 2017.


Rick Gonsalves, Member of Executive, Finance and Homeowner Selection CommitteeRICk GONSALVES

Board treasurer

Member of  Executive, Finance and Homeowner Selection Committee

Rick attended California State University Stanislaus where he earned a BS and an MBA in Business Administration, Management. He later completed a post-graduate program through the Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington.
Rick Gonsalves joined Tri Counties Bank in 2001 and is currently Senior Vice President, Home Mortgage Loan Manager. He has extensive experience in mortgage lending, consumer lending, and construction lending.
Rick was born and raised in the Central Valley and relocated with his wife and two daughters to Chico,
California in 2012. He joined the Habitat for Humanity Board in November of 2022 and is excited to have the opportunity to serve the community and be a part of the tremendous Habitat team.


Tom Baker, Member of Executive and Resource Development CommitteeTOM BAKER

Board Secretary

Member of  Executive and Resource Development Committee

Tom attended the University of California as an undergraduate, with a major in History (B. A., 1972). The following year he received teaching credentials at the same university and began his career as a public school teacher.
During his tenure as a public school educator (1972-1992), he taught at levels ranging from K-12. He has also worked as a part-time instructor at Orange Coast Community College.
After he moved to Northern California, he attended California State University at Chico to obtain credentials as a “Special Education Instructor” (1980-1981). Later still, he earned a separate “Resource Specialist” credential (1985). In 1998, he returned to Chico State to teach Business Law for two semesters.

John Linhart, Member of the Executive, Land Acquisition, and Construction Committees

John Linhart


Member of the Executive,  Land Acquisition, and Construction Committees

First joining 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. 

Mary Shippen, Member of the Homeowner Support Committee and Site Host

Mary Shippen


Member of the Homeowner 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 often be seen on the construction site serving as our Site Host.

Carl Henker, Member of the Land Acquisition Committee



Member of the Land Acquisition Committee 

Carl was raised in Paradise and spent several years in the home construction industry.  He began in real estate sales and then continued on into the finance industry.  He then became a home loan consultant for the next 13 years.  He recently retired from the real estate industry.
Throughout his career, Carl has been involved as a board member with numerous non-profit organizations in Paradise and Chico and has always been a member of the Exchange Club a National Service organization.  He is married with 4 children and 3 grandchildren.

Melissa Crick, Member of the Resource Development Committee 



Member of the Resource Development Committee 

Melissa Crick is a long-time Ridge resident, currently residing in upper Magalia. She moved to the area in 2004, selecting the Ridge for its outstanding schools and raising three wonderful girls in the community.

Melissa has a clear passion for community organizing and volunteerism, holding several community leadership roles. These include being Board President of Paradise Unified School District, Executive Committee Member for Upper Ridge Community Council, Board member of the Camp Fire Collaborative, Program Director for the Rotary Vocational Committee of Paradise as well as supporting many more non-profit resource and recovery organizations both on and off the Ridge. 

In her professional capacity, as the Executive Director of the Valley Contractors Workforce Foundation, Melissa focuses on workforce development with a goal of increasing the construction workforce in our region thereby expediting the construction of homes, and rebuilding our fire-affected communities.

Through the lens of vocational and educational development, Melissa works to marry her passion for community organizing and volunteerism by recruiting and training those interested in trade careers while pairing local nonprofits with volunteers and intern opportunities.

Sean Shearer, Member of Construction Committee



Member of Construction Committee

Raised in Montana, Sean explored a variety of professions, including General Contractor, prior to attending college and earning a Master of Architecture degree in 2010. Currently a Senior Architect and the Architecture Department Manager at NorthStar in Chico, Sean brings his years of experience in both the design and construction worlds to work with Habitat. He has been a member of the Construction Committee since 2013 and was the Architect for the housing at Habitat’s Mulberry St development.







Location  |  220 Meyers St. Chico, CA 95928

Mailing  |  P.O. Box 3073
Chico, CA 95927


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(530) 343-7423


(530) 895-1271
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