Board appointments at Habitat for Humanity

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MANSFIELD — Veronna Drane, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Richland and Crawford Counties has announced the following appointments to the board of trustees.

Janis Hoover joined Habitat in 2015, as a member of the Hard Hat committee. She moved to the Mansfield area after attending Marion College in Indiana and joined Richland Bank in 1978. During her 38 year career she has held various positions with the bank and is currently the administrative officer and branch manager at the Marion Avenue Banking Center. Janis was honored as Richland Bank’s TWIN honoree in 2010. She is a member of the Ontario Growth Association, an Ambassador for the Chamber of Commerce, and serves on the Education Committee at Richland Bank.

Barb Murray is in her 17th year as executive officer with the Mansfield Association of REALTORS®. She has been the personnel director and administrative assistant for both the Mansfield Area Girl Scouts and Richland Newhope Industries. Barb has extensive experience in budgeting, marketing, and as liaison for state and national REALTOR® associations. Her work with members includes informing the public about the role associates play in helping the community beyond the obvious buying and selling of real estate.

Dawn Barnes is a branch manager with Wood Forest Bank, a wife of 28 years, and a mother to two young men. She has been in the banking industry for five years, and has 12 years of experience in the management field. Dawn bring a variety of talents to the Habitat board, including banking knowledge, photography expertise, and previous board experience with the Salvation Army. Her goal is to strengthen the Mansfield community through volunteerism and financial literacy.

Stan Butts has participated on previous Habitat projects as an engineering consultant and hands on-volunteer. He co-owns and operates Valleyview Country Getaway, located in the Possum Run valley with his wife Diana. Stan has served on a variety of corporate boards including the American Hockey League Hampton Gulls, a pharmacy chain, and an arts and craft chain. He recently was employed at North Central State College as a physics, chemistry, and speech tutor. He is an ambassador for the Chamber of Commerce, member of the Convention and Visitors Bureau, and is a Master Gardener.

Habitat for Humanity serves as a bridge into home ownership for many individuals and families denied this opportunity through conventional pathways. Applicants are evaluated on a variety of parameters centered on ‘willingness to partner’, ‘commitment to the program’, financial stability, and completion of the ‘sweat equity’ requirements. Habitat is a Fair Housing organization.

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