Habitat Choptank Welcomes New Board Members

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Habitat for Humanity Choptank has welcomed four new community leaders onto its volunteer Board of Directors. These members join with eleven other current directors in lending their time, talents and treasures to deliver on the Habitat mission in Dorchester and Talbot counties.

Local optometrist Paul Brant, owner of Cambridge Family Eye Care, LLC, brings a history of community and professional service with local, statewide and national organizations. Most recently, he was a director on the Dorchester County Chamber of Commerce to which he served a term as president.

Eric Lowery, a Technology Support Analyst with Chesapeake College, also has a strong sense of civic involvement. Among his various community roles, Lowery is a founding member and President of the Frederick Douglass Honor Society which was created in Talbot County in 2009.

From left to right, Eric Lowery, Paul Brant, Larry Neviaser, Phyllis Rambo, and Charlie Bohn, current board president.

Board members Larry Neviaser and Phyllis Rambo have been longtime Habitat Choptank supporters. Neviaser owned Neviaser Toyota Dodge in Easton for 26 years and was a partner in Automotive Restorations, Inc. / Vintage Racing Services in Connecticut until this year. He previously served on the affiliate Board from 1996 – 2004 and is a past president.

Rambo has been volunteering with Habitat Choptank since 2006. She has served as co-chair of the homebuyer selection committee, volunteered at the ReStore, and most recently chaired the Women Build House Committee. Prior to her retirement, Rambo was a project manager and principal consultant for Ciber Enterprise solutions in Colorado.

“Stable, secure housing is a challenge for many of our working neighbors,” says Charlie Bohn, board president. “Fortunately, experience has shown that better, affordable living conditions can help families build a brighter future for themselves. Our strategic plan is aimed at expanding the Habitat mission so that more parents and children can be part of this life-changing experience.”

Launched in July 2015, Habitat Choptank’s strategic plan provides a blueprint toward expansion for the board, staff and volunteers. It is the result of a more than 12-month review and planning process involving input from some 100 different stakeholders.

Goals in the plan provide guidance and direction for increasing Habitat Choptank’s traditional self-help home ownership program and for the addition of other housing services in the target communities where it operates. In response to identified community needs, the forecasted growth is both geographic and programmatic. Habitat Choptank will work concurrently in four communities within its two county service area – Easton, St. Michaels, Cambridge and Hurlock; operate at a level to complete at least eight home sales per year; build stronger neighborhoods through quality, sustainable new construction homes and rehabs, and through Neighborhood Revitalization; and develop well-prepared home owners using right-sized financing combined with education, support and relationships pre- and post-settlement.

For information, to volunteer, or to make a donation, call 410-476-3204 or visit www.habitatchoptank.org.

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