Denise is a one-in-a-million kind of supporter. She volunteers, donates and even directs the nonprofit by serving on the board. She knew from the first Habitat commercial she saw in the late 80s that this would be a significant work in her life. Denise has participated in over 25 Habitat homes for local families. Her generosity and caring for low-income families is truly remarkable. Read an interview with Denise about why she supports Habitat.
Bill Van Eman
President of the Board
Bill Van Eman is a Texas native and graduated from Texas A&M with two degrees in agribusiness. He has been a banker for over 20 years in three different markets in Texas. He serves as the Treasurer of the Bryan/College Station Habitat for Humanity and is currently the President of the local high school football officials association. He is a Life Member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, and a teacher for Junior Achievement. Bill and his family are members of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, where he serves on the Vestry.
Michele Esparza is an attorney and has practiced law for 28 years. During these years she has observed the challenges that many people face when looking for a home. Michele supports Habitat as it meets this challenge by providing safe, affordable homes and an opportunity to achieve the American dream.
Connie Flickinger is a lifelong Texan. Born in Victoria, TX. Connie moved to College Station in 1990 to attend Texas A&M. Since graduating with a civil engineering degree in 1993, Connie has worked for the Texas Department of Transportation, currently as Assistant Area Engineer overseeing highway construction projects in Robertson and Brazos Counties. Connie has been an active supporter of B/CS Habitat for Humanity for more than 20 years ever since she was introduced to B/CS Habitat for Humanity through her church, Peace Lutheran Church, in 1994. Connie currently serves as the Faith in Action committee co-chair. Her greatest source of pride is leading the efforts to build the first local Interfaith Habitat House in 2012, beginning a tradition of the interfaith community joining efforts to build Habitat homes in our community. Connie’s also serves as the Mission and Outreach Chair at Peace Lutheran Church where she organizes and supports volunteers and fundraising efforts for non-profit agencies. Connie is an active member of an interdenominational Faith and Inclusion Team that looks at ways to include all members with varied disabilities as active participants in worship and the life of the congregation. In addition to helping people, Connie also greatly enjoys rescuing animals of all types and has worked with and supported various animal rescue organizations. She always has a menagerie of critters on her farm in Robertson County that she enjoys caring for and spending time with. Connie is also a certified Texas Master Naturalist.
Celia Goode-Haddock is a native of the Bryan College Station area. After graduating from Texas A&M University she went into the title insurance business with her parents. Twelve years later she and her partners bought University Title Company from her parents. Her involvement in real estate was a perfect fit for her passion for Habitat. Having your own home is a dream of many Americans and she wanted to be sure those willing to work hard to improve their circumstances could have that dream come true. Habitat for Humanity is the signature charity of University Title Company. Celia and Bill have four children between them and eight grandchildren. They enjoy watching their grandchildren in their activities and traveling. Celia is the CEO/Chairman of University Title Company.
Past President of the Board
Kathryn Greenwade serves as the Vice President for Communications and Human Resources for The Association of Former Students of Texas A&M University. A member of The Association team since 1999, Kathryn leads The Association’s communications functions – including publications, public relations and AggieNetwork.com – along with organization’s human resources team. Prior to her tenure with The Association, she worked for the Texas A&M Career Center, and in organizations in the Dallas area from 1988-1997. She earned a BS in Journalism from Texas A&M in 1988 and has maintained the PHR certification from the Human Resources Certification Institute since 2000. In addition to her duties at The Association of Former Students, Kathryn served as an Academic Mentor to Company C-2 in the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets for 13 years and was selected as a Fish Camp Namesake in 2000. She is also an active member of the Brazos Valley Figure Skating Club. Kathryn is VP of the Association of Former Students.
Bert Loudon is a Texas native, graduating from Texas A&M with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering degree. During his military service in the US Army, he met and married Mary, his beloved wife of 58 years. After his military service, he had a 36-year career with Square D Company in various sales, marketing and management positions in a number of US cities, mostly outside of Texas. Throughout those years, Bert had the opportunity to work on Habitat builds throughout the United States. Shortly after retiring, he moved back to Texas and has been in College Station for almost seven years. Bert and Mary enjoy international travel, Aggie Sports, OPAS, BVSO and serving at their church, Christ United Methodist Church. For Bert, serving on the B/CS Habitat Board is an honor as well as a new adventure.
George Nelson Jr.
George L. Nelson Jr. grew up in Bryan, TX and attended Bryan High School. George started volunteering and serving the Brazos Valley community at a young age as a volunteer firefighter. He was first introduced to Habitat for Humanity while in high school, volunteering alongside his dad and brother to build a Habitat home right here in Bryan. George is the Weatherization Program Manager for U.S. Department of Energy and Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs. He is a dedicated family man to his wife, Candi Nelson, two daughters, Emma and Marissa, two dogs and one cat. He enjoys a few rounds of golf every now and then, along with hunting, fishing, and anything else outdoors. George looks forward to serving his community on the Board of Directors for B/CS Habitat for Humanity and is humbled to be given this opportunity to serve such a great organization.
Janet Turner Parish is Clinical Professor and Assistant Department Head in the Department of Marketing in Mays Business School at Texas A&M University. In addition, she is the Director of the Department’s Professional Selling Initiative which is aimed at creating new opportunities for students in sales-related careers. Dr. Parish is also a Mays Teaching Fellow and a recent recipient of the Association of Former Students College Level Distinguished Achievement Award for Teaching. Dr. Parish holds BSBA and MBA degrees from The University of Southern Mississippi and a Ph.D. in marketing from The University of Alabama. Dr. Parish’s research interests include relationship marketing, services marketing, service innovation, customer service and satisfaction, and the role of frontline employees in service encounters. Parish teaches a variety of marketing courses including principles of marketing and services marketing. She teaches in the May’s undergraduate program as well as the Professional and Executive MBA programs. Additionally, she has taught in several of Texas A&M’s Center for Executive Development programs. Her research has appeared in Journal of Service Research, Journal of Organizational Change Management, Annals of Family Medicine, Health Environments Research and Design Journal, MIT Sloan Management Review, Journal of Interactive Marketing, and Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Dr. Parish serves as an ad-hoc reviewer or Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, Journal of Service Research, and Journal of Interactive Marketing. She has also reviewed for Journal of Retailing, Journal of Applied Business Studies, and several national conferences.
Future President of the Board
Linda Ravey is a native of Texas, born in Austin and living in Bryan for 36 years. Currently she is a program manager for Texas A&M System Technology Commercialization and has been employee of the A&M system for 20+ years. Linda has served in various roles including development work, administration, marketing and communication, new company development, and has a track record of being an effective team member and leader. A recent example is that in 2014 she received the “Outstanding Employee Service Award” from the A&M System. She was the lead A&M producer of the Texas Aggies go to War Exhibit that opened in Bastogne, Belgium in December 2014. Her experience on other boards and her employment with A&M coupled with a passion to see others realize their dreams through having a home of their own is a great fit for her involvement for Habitat. Linda has lived in Bryan for 36 years raising her family in the community. Linda and Rick have six children between them and the blessing of 12 grandchildren. They enjoy fishing, camping, hiking and traveling.
Gabby Ring moved to the Brazos Valley from Houston over 5 years ago. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and holds an MBA from The University of Colorado. Over the last twenty years, she has held various roles from sales, retail, marketing, and management to corporate strategy. She is currently the Manufacturing Operations Director for LiquidPower Specialty Products Inc. in Bryan. She challenges her employees and other companies to team up with Habitat for Humanity to make a difference in our community by supporting a great organization that provides a way for parents to obtain a safe and affordable home for their children.
Justin Smith is from Bryan, Texas and grew up in a home built by our Habitat for Humanity affiliate. He graduated from Bryan High School and was blessed with an opportunity to pursue a post-secondary education and play football for Tarleton State University. During his college football career Justin was part of three Lone Star Conference Championship teams as well as being named to the LSC Commissioner’s Honor Roll three times. Upon graduating from Tarleton State University, Justin began a career in other cities in Texas before deciding to move back to Bryan and follow his passion of giving back to the city he loves so much, Bryan. Justin is currently Principal of Sam Rayburn Middle School in Bryan and has served roles from coaching football and track to teaching math. Justin has also been named Secondary Teacher of the Year in Rockwall ISD in 2007 and Bryan ISD in 2010. He is married to Tina Smith and has two children: Jaxson (5) and Ruby Catherine (3). Justin attributes much of his success and being able to live the Dream to being raised in a tight-knit community and believing in a strong upbringing for children and the mentality of “It takes a village to raise a child.”
Secretary of the Board
Mary Stasny has been a Lecturer in the Accounting Department at Texas A&M since 1997. Before teaching at Texas A&M, she taught accounting at Blinn College in Bryan and College Station. She received an MBA in accounting from Texas A&M, and has a BA in history from the University of Texas. Mrs. Stasny is taking classes in the Department of Educational Administration, concentrating in the areas of school finance and public school funding. As the mother of four, she is an active volunteer in local schools, and also serves as the Treasurer of the Bryan/College Station Friends of the Library.
Gerald Still joins the Board of Directors in 2017 and brings management development experience to Habitat from his career in oil exploration and production. Gerald has been involved with every Habitat home supported by Christ United Methodist church. As an advisor to BUILD, Mr. Still is dedicated to promoting volunteerism with Aggie students. Gerald and his wife Martha mentor and support Texas A and M students through a President Endowed Fellowship the couple began in 1980.
Matthew Upton serves as Assistant Dean for Career & Student Services at the Bush School of Government and Public Service, at Texas A&M University. In this role, he oversees teams working in recruiting/admissions, career services, writing, and leadership development. After spending a good portion of his life trying to decide what to be when he grows up, he now uses that experience to help others in their desire to successfully navigate their graduate school experience and career development. He is passionate about helping others develop personally and professionally while finding ways to impact the world around them. As evidence of his experience trying to find a career path, Matt holds a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science, a Master of Science in Higher Education Administration and a Ph.D. in Human Resource Development—all from Texas A&M University. In addition to his role at The Bush School, he also teaches graduate courses in career development, strategic planning and change theory/organizational change in the Educational Administration and Human Resource Development department at Texas A&M. In the community, Matt has been actively involved with Mercy Project and Run for Compassion, on projects aimed at curbing poverty and ending child trafficking in Ghana, Africa. He and his wife are also actively involved in Classical Conversations, part of the local homeschooling community.
Thomas M Woodbury spent his entire career with Exxon Mobil with an interruption to serve in the US Army stationed in Germany from 1970 to 1972. Tom’s career took him around the world to places such as Canada, England, Italy, several countries in West Africa, and Russia. Now he and his wife are living the quiet life in College Station. Tom has been a volunteer with the Week-Day Construction Crew since 2008 and has served on the BCS Habitat Board since 2013. He also serves as a co-chair of our Faith In Action committee. Tom’s other interests include serving on the United Campus Ministry Board and also supporting the development of a Class of ’69 Traditions Plaza Project to become a class gift to Texas A&M University.