Board Members and Officers 2015-2016
Doug Ford, Chair
Doug Ford is the Board Chair and Chair of the Executive Committee. His second and final term on the Habitat Board of Directors ends June 2017.
Jeff Hall, Vice-Chair
Jeff Hall is the Senior Managing Director at Manchester Capital Management, LLC and has been active in principal investing in commercial real estate and private equity businesses for over 30 years. Prior to Manchester Capital, he spent 20 years with a New York-based single family office company. He also served as a Vice President in the Energy & Minerals Division of Chemical Bank. Jeff’s involvement in the private equity and real estate investment businesses included analyzing, pricing, document negotiation and ongoing asset management responsibility. Jeff graduated with a B.S. from the University of Virginia and earned an M.B.A. from the New York University Stern School of Business. He and his wife, Kathy, were born and raised in Charlottesville and enjoy golfing with family and friends. Jeff is a member of the Executive Committee, and his second term on the Habitat Board of Directors ends June 2019.
Larry McElwain, Secretary
Larry J. McElwain is a graduate of the University of Virginia (1970) and Boston College Law School (1975). He has been in private practice in Charlottesville since 1975. Since the formation of Parker McElwain & Jacobs in 1990, the bulk of Mr. McElwain’s work has been focused on real property, both transactional and litigation. He has long been involved in the real property Sections of the Virginia Bar Association (currently as Chair of the Section) and the Virginia State Bar (past member of Board of Governors, past Chair). Mr. McElwain is a frequent guest lecturer on real property at the University of Virginia Law School, and for Virginia Continuing Legal Education Seminars, and has assisted with the organization and presentation of the Virginia State Bar’s Annual Advanced Real Estate Seminar for several years. Mr. McElwain has been a bank director for close to thirty years, and currently serves as chair of the advisory committee for the central Virginia region of BB&T. Mr. McElwain is the Board Secretary and a member of the Executive Committee. His second and final term on the Habitat Board of Directors ends June 2018.
Steve Colgate, Treasurer
Steve was responsible for all of the operations support for the United States Department of Justice, as well as, the global law firm DLA Piper, LLP. The Department of Justice, at that time was an organization of 130,000 employees in 2,600 domestic and 160 overseas locations with an annual budget of $25 billion. DLA Piper employed over 3,500 lawyers globally and had an additional 4,000 support staff in over 20 countries with annual revenue of $2.1 billion. In this capacity managed the strategic planning, financial management, information technology, security, computer security, facilities, human resources and telecommunications activities for both the largest law enforcement agency and private law firm. Additionally, Steve is a long‐time member of the Mid Week Crew. His first term on the Habitat Board of Directors ends July 2018.
Kathleen is passionate about helping people and systems envision preferred futures and move toward healthy organizations, communities, relationships, families, and people. As a retiree, Kathleen can be found supporting her grown children and their families, volunteering and serving as a Board Member with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville, on the golf course, traveling, at the beach, and/or reading a good book. In addition to her work as a coach, organization consultant, trainer, educator, and facilitator, Kathleen has held management and leadership positions with responsibilities as a Human Resource Manager, IT Manager, Recruiter, Staff Director, Change Agent, and other assignments. She holds an M.S. in Organization Development from American University/NTL Institute (AU/NTL), With Distinction, and a B.S. in Business Management from the University of Maryland. Kathleen’s second and final term on the Habitat Board of Directors ends June 2018.
Wendy is committed to leveraging the best of nonprofit and business expertise to build a thriving community. She has lived in Charlottesville for almost thirty years and served the community in many capacities. In 2006 she founded the Center for Nonprofit Excellence (CNE) and co-founded the Community Investment Collaborative in 2011. She was a volunteer tutor and board member with the Literacy Volunteers of America, a member of the Vestry at Church of Our Saviour, and a member of the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation Advisory Board and Screening Committee. In addition, she has served on the Educational Foundation Board of Piedmont Virginia Community College, and as a board member for the Charlottesville Free Clinic and is currently a member of the boards of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville and the Southern Environmental Law Center. She earned an MBA from the Darden School (‘91) was a member of the 2013 Class of LEAD Virginia. She is married and has two children and enjoys traveling, tennis, gardening and networking to help people find what they need. Wendy’s second and final term on the Habitat Board of Directors ends June 2018.
Reverend Albert Connette
Albert Connette is pastor of the Olivet Presbyterian Church on Garth Road and has been an active participant in and coordinator of the local Presbyterian Churches’ Habitat House sponsorships since 1997. He is a native of Wilmington, NC and graduated from Davidson College in NC and Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, VA. Remarried in 2010, his wife Charlotte Matthews is a poet and teacher at UVA. He has two children, Grant and Sarah, and two step-children, Emma and Garland. He is currently renovating an older home in Crozet where he gets to employ and hone skills acquired on Habitat workdays and home-repair mission trips. He enjoys vegetable gardening, hiking and river float fishing trips. Albert is also member of the Executive Committee, and his second and final term on the Habitat Board of Directors ends August 2017.
Douglas P. Gernert
From 1994 through February 2016, Douglass Gernert served as President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board for totes Isotoner Corporation. Upon his retirement in 2016, Mr. Gernert was elected to continue to serve on totes Isotoner's Board of Directors and also to serve as a Special Advisor to the Board. From 1992 to 1994, he was Senior Vice President of Robertson Ceco, an international producer of building products, and President of its Cupples Products Division. From 1988 to 1992, Mr. Gernert was Vice President at HMK Enterprises, Inc., a private equity firm, where he was responsible for the formation and execution of portfolio business unit strategies as well as managing the acquisition program. Mr. Gernert was a Manager for the international consulting firm Bain & Company, Inc. from 1984 to 1988 and previously worked in sales for Procter & Gamble in New York City.
Currently, in addition to his Board position at totes Isotoner, Mr. Gernert serves as a Director on the Boards of Travelpro Group, Simpson Performance Products and aden + anais Holdings, inc. Since 2010, he has served on the Board of Kid Pan Alley, a non-profit organization dedicated to using music and song writing to foster creativity, teamwork and self-confidence in children. Mr. Gernert has lived in Charlottesville since 1989, and interests include cooking, travel and racquet sports. He has been a member of the Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville's Midweek Crew since fall of 2016.
Mr. Gernert holds a Bachelor's Degree, cum laude, in Political Economics from Williams College and a Master's Degree in Business Administration from the Harvard University Graduate School of Business.
Carter Hoerr has over 35 years of business management and operating experience. He is a proven leader with specific expertise in strategic planning, business development, non-profit fundraising, alumni engagement, club management, organizational development, marketing and communications, investor relations, finance, e-commerce and web development. Formerly the Executive Director of Advancement at the Darden School of Business, he currently serves as the Senior Director of Principal Gifts at Darden and manages critical and complex relationships with principal donors and prospects. He was previously President and CEO of Vmeals Acquisition, LLC, Owner and Operator of Mailing Services of Virginia (MSV), Vice President and Operations Manager of J.W. Sieg and Co., Associate Publisher of Travel Guide, Inc. and an indepedent consultant and advisor for various business clients.
In addition to his wealth of professional experience, Carter has also held volunteer leadership roles in numerous community service organizations including the EMCERT Advisory Board, the Thomas Jefferson Area United Way, the Historic Renovation Corporation of the University of Virginia, among others. He served as a Board Member and President of Farmington Country Club from 2003 to 2006 during which time he founded (and still serves on the board of) the Farmington Preservation Foundation, a non-profit subsidiary of the club dedicated to the historic preservation of the club's Jeffersonian architecture.
Carter earned his Bachelor's degree with distinction from the University of Virginia in 9179. He is married to the former Gail Marsh, and they have two daughters, Berkeley and Lucia. His first term on the Board of Directors ends June 2019.
Will Hueston spent most of his career facilitating incremental positive progress on complex challenges like global food security. Will's passion lies with leadership development and public policy, promoting the integration of ideas from multiple disciplines and cultures in order to make substantive improvement for the common good. The focus on 'building community' makes the work of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville especially appealing to Will. He spent his early years as a rural community organizer in Southside Virginia followed by veterinary practice, epidemiology and policy positions with the U.S. and British governments, and faculty appointments at six different universities. He earned an undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Virginia in 1976 and a DVM, M.S. in Veterinary Preventive Medicine and a PhD in Epidemiology at Ohio State University. Will is a regular Midweek Crew member and served as an advocate for two partner families.
Julia is an educator and a writer and a lifelong Charlottesville resident. Her father, David Kudravetz, served on the Habitat board for a decade and continues to provide legal and strategic advice as a member of the Habitat Advisory Council. At Piedmont Virginia Community College, Julia teaches English Composition classes to adult students. At the Bridge P.A.I., she co‐founded and co‐hosts a monthly reading series that brings together the Charlottesville downtown and UVa literary communities. She serves as a member of the advisory council for the Virginia Festival of the Book, and on the fundraising committee for the City Schoolyard Garden. She is currently completing the Center for Non‐Profit Excellence’s Board Development Academy. Julia's first term on the Habitat Board of Directors ends July 2018.
Ray is the Vice President of Martha Jefferson Hospital Foundation. He received a Bachelor's Degree in American Studies from Windham College. Ray has been with the Hospital since 1989 with responsibility over that period for community relations and philanthropy. Ray has also assisted the Hospital with the management of its volunteer program, community health partnerships and outreach services and governmental relations. He is a Certified Fund Raising Executive with the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy and Association for Fundraising Professionals. A 37 year resident of Charlottesville, Ray previously served as Director for Development at UVA's Children's Medical Center and as Executive Director of the Central Virginia Chapter of the American Red Cross. He currently serves on the board of Worksource Enterprises and previously on the Board of the Charlottesville Free Clinic, the Charlottesville Area Planned Giving Council and the Thomas Jefferson Area United Way, and other community advisory boards and task forces. Ray is married to Patricia Smith and they have two grown children.
Paula Newcomb is the President of Expedition Trust Company, a South Dakota chartered private trust company with an office in Charlottesville. She was formerly the President of VNB Trust, N.A. From 1993 to 2004, she served as Director of Development and Public Affairs for the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, the private nonprofit organization that owns and operates Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson. She was Vice President for Development University Relations at the University of Redlands from 1986 until the end of 1991. Paula spent the first nine years of her development career at St. Lawrence University. She also serves on the Westminster Canterbury of the Blue Rdige Foundation Board and the Focused Ultra Sound Council. She was founding Director of Charlottesville Tomorrow and has served as a Director, Chairman and Volunteer of Piedmont CASA. She is currently volunteering as a Big Sister. A native of Denver, Colorado, she received a B.A. from Franklin and Marshall College in 1977.
Gloria Peña Rockhold
Gloria Rockhold is the Community Engagement Manager for Albemarle County Public Schools, which serves 13,100 students in 26 schools covering 726 square miles. Her responsibilities include promoting the active engagement of the county’s diverse communities in K-12 education, while ensuring the delivery of high quality educational services to all residents. Her particular focus is on the rapidly growing Hispanic community in Albemarle County. Most recently, Gloria coordinated a 7 week summer maker academy for students living in the Southwood community and began an after school maker program. A consistent component of her work is the inclusion and engagement of families in the educational conversation. She works closely with diversity resource teachers in each school to develop programs and special events that bring parents into the schools as active participants in their child’s education.
In addition to her position with Albemarle County Public Schools, Gloria is the executive board chair of Creciendo Juntos, a service organization for the Hispanic community; a board member of the Charlottesville Free Clinic, Habitat for Humanity and the Citizens Action Committee for the Office of the Public Defender. She also is a graduate of Leadership Charlottesville. Prior to her current position, Gloria served as a multi-cultural mental health counselor at Albemarle High School. She holds a Master’s degree in Leadership and Foundations in Education from the University of Virginia and a Master’s degree in Multi-Cultural Mental Health Counseling from the American University of Prof. Psychology. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Louisiana State University. Gloria was born in Asuncion, Paraguay and formerly lived in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Gloria’s second term on the Habitat Board of Directors ends June 2019.
Lori Schweller is an attorney in the Charlottesville office of LeClairRyan, a national firm, where she practices real estate law--transactional and land use/zoning. Lori is on the Board of Governors of the Virginia State Bar Real Property Section and chair of its Land Use Committee. Lori and her husband, Russell, have lived in Charlottesville over 25 years and have two children in college and high school. Lori's first term on the Habitat Board of Directors ends June 2019.
Tim Sims was born in Charlottesville and was raised in Albemarle County. After graduating from Western Albemarle High School, he attended and majored in German at George Mason University. Tim’s career path led to banking 14 years ago; he has worked in consumer banking and currently works with commercial clients. Tim is passionate of the mission to create affordable housing and helping those in our community realize the dream of homeownership. Tim’s second and final term on the Habitat Board of Directors ends June 2017.
Miles is the Rector at Grace Episcopal Church in Cismont/Keswick and also serves All Saints Chapel in Stony Point. He began his work here in November of 2013, moving from North Carolina. There he was the priest‐in‐charge of the partnership of St. Luke’s, a historic church in Lincolnton, and The Church of the Epiphany in Newton, North Carolina. Miles has previously been a curate at St. Mary’s, Asheville and has worked in the administrative areas of hospice and North Carolina’s early childhood development program called “Smart Start”. Previous to that he was a United Methodist elder for sixteen years, serving churches throughout North Carolina. He is a double graduate of Duke University with a Bachelor of Arts in Religion and a Master of Divinity. His previous board experience has been with Christian Ministry of Lincoln County, Region A Partnership for Children, and Haywood County Christian Ministry. Miles's first term on the Habitat Board of Directors ends July 2018.
Anne Ternes and her husband Edward moved to Charlottesville in 2004. After settling in, motivated by familiarity with successful affordable housing initiatives in Latin America, Anne joined the staff of HFHGC in 2007. Habitat had just purchased the Southwood Mobile Home Park to secure the area for a mixed income community with ample affordable housing. Drawing on experience acquired from Peace Corps service in the Dominican Republic and subsequent work at the Inter-American Foundation, Anne saw an opportunity to contribute to a vibrant Southwood community with scores of hard-working families. Retiring from staff in 2014, Anne serves on the Family Selection Committee as well as the HFHGC Board of Directors and maintains close ties with the Southwood community. Anne’s first term on the Habitat Board of Directors ends July 2017.