Meet the Board

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Our board members serve, guide and lead the Habitat staff on our mission to eliminate substandard housing in Bryan College Station. Our directors represent a variety of professional fields, including real estate, accounting, education, banking, marketing and so many others. Most importantly, they’ve chosen to use their experience to build homes, community and hope for our neighbors.

Thank you for your service!

“to work alongside these families as they build their new homes… is both rewarding and an incredibly humbling experience.”
Denise Bermudez

Executive Committee

Kathryn Greenwade, President of the Board
Bill Van Eman, Future President of the Board
David O’Neil, Treasurer
Celia Goode-Haddock, Past President of the Board
Denise Bermudez, Secretary

Directors

Michelle Esparza
Isabel McPartlin
Janet Parish
Linda Ravey
Justin Smith
Mary Stasny
Gerald Still
Trish Thornton-Havel
Matthew Upton
Tom Woodbury

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Bios

Denise Bermudez
Denise BermudezSecretary of the Board
Denise Bermudez 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.
Bill Van Eman
Bill Van EmanFuture 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.
Michelle Esparza
Michelle Esparzadirector
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.
Celia Goode-Haddock
Celia Goode-HaddockPast President of the Board
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.

Kathryn Greenwade
Kathryn GreenwadePresident 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.

Isabel McPartlin
Isabel McPartlindirector
Isabel McPartlin is co-founder, with her husband Todd McPartlin, of iMarketing Leader an online marketing company based in the BCS area. In addition to Isabel’s involvement with iML she is also the independent owner and service provider of her own business as a Personal Stylist for Alchemy Style Exchange. The goal of this company is to help build confidence in people from the outside in.

Isabel became an active weekly volunteer at the Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore in the Summer of 2012. Her love of interior design and vintage finds made ReStore the logical place for her. Her other community activities include a foodie group called Renegade Kitchen, which brings local food and food service providers together with the community in a fun, social, and sometimes educational atmosphere.

Isabel graduated with a BS degree in fashion merchandising from TCU. Upon graduation she moved to Chicago where she worked as a manufacturer’s representative at the Merchandise Mart. Over the course of 16 years, the dynamic of the fashion industry changed and she parlayed her fashion sense and background into working in the interior design industry. She acquired a real estate license and a subsequent rehab business.

Isabel is an entrepreneur at heart and she loves color and beauty. Her goal in life is truly to leave this world a more beautiful place than she found it.

David O'Neil
David O'NeilTreasurer of the Board
David O’Neil is a 33 year banking veteran and is the Wells Fargo area president for the Greater Texas South region comprised of 55 banking stores in 38 distinct communities. He previously served as president for Wells Fargo in the Midland/Odessa market from 2006 to 2011 and is a graduate of Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls earning a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in 1984.

Besides B/CS Habitat, David serves as a board member of the Community Foundation of the Brazos Valley, the Bryan/College Station Chamber of Commerce and Junior Achievement. He also teaches 4th and 5th grade Sunday School at Brazos Fellowship Church. In previous roles he served as board chair for the United Way of Midland, Casa de Amigos of Midland, the Wichita County Heritage Society and the Midland Chamber of Commerce.

David and wife Corinne of 26 years and have 3 children: Kaleb (19), Ariel (15) and Matthew (14).

David is also Area President of Wells Fargo.

Jesse Norris
Jesse Norrisdirector
Jesse Norris serves as President of the Texas A&M University Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter, or Aggie Habitat for Humanity. He studies nuclear engineering and will graduate in May 2017. Along with Aggie Habitat he has worked as a tutor and supplemental instructor for the Texas A&M Academic Success Center. He is also a member of Alpha Nu Sigma.

He grew up in California and moved to Texas in 2009. He began his service for Habitat for Humanity that same year through Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity. The direct contact and impact this organization has with the families it helps is what stuck with him and has led to his continued contributions to Habitat for Humanity.

Trish Thornton-Havel
Trish Thornton-Haveldirector
Trish Thornton-Havel brings her Real Estate experience and a strong commitment to the community to B/CS Habitat. Born and raised in Bryan, Texas, she began her Real Estate career 7 years ago and has a firm commitment to offer hometown service.

Trish graduated from Texas A&M University in 1983 and owned a local retail business for 12 years. She also served Bryan Independent School District for 22 years teaching second grade for 7 years and leading the HOSTS program as the Program Coordinator for 15 years. Trish was honored with the National HOSTS Teacher of the Year and the Bryan I.S.D. Professional Specialist Teacher of the Year Award.

Besides serving as a director for B/CS Habitat, Trish is a member of the Sterling R for the Texas Real Estate Political Action Committee. She has served as a director of the Bryan-College Station Association of Realtors. She has also been a member of the Chamber of Commerce, Bryan Little League, and a director for the Bryan Independent School District Education Foundation.

Janet Parish
Janet Parishdirector
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.

Linda Ravey
Linda Raveydirector
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 Habit.

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.

Justin Smith
Justin Smithdirector
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.”

Mary Stasny
Mary Stasnydirector
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 Stilldirector
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
Matthew Uptondirector
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.

Tom Woodbury
Tom Woodburydirector
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.