goodhue county habitat for humanity staff

Executive Director John Parkes

John has spent a life time in construction; he was owner and operator of his company for almost twenty years. His first exposure to Habitat for Humanity occurred in 1996 when he had the good fortune to participate in a global village mission project, constructing homes, and attending Spanish language school with his wife 

Jannae in Guatemala. That experience created a desire to explore more opportunities with Habitat for Humanity. That opportunity came in 2014 when Goodhue County Habitat for Humanity decided to create a position for a Construction and Outreach Coordinator a position which John served for one and a half years.

In the spring of 2016 the preceding Executive Director that served for 14 years retired and the decision was made to offer John the position of Executive director.

In 2016 Goodhue Habitat for Humanity was able to build homes for two new partner families, and the trend for the future is to increase that outcome.

When John is not occupied with the work of Habitat he enjoys kayaking with his wife (of 39 years) or teasing his two Granddaughters. John’s adventurous side has taken him to Alaska and wilderness rafting.

Admin Assistant Deb Schubert

Deb joined Habitat in the fall of 2016

Volunteer Coordinator Jodi Beach

Jodi joined Habitat in May 2018.  She has taught elementary education for 20 years in St. Paul, District 196, Farmington and Lonsdale.  She graduated from Augsburg College with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s degree in Education from St. Mary’s University of Winona.  She is the president of the Friends of the Farmington Library and a committee member for One Book, One Farmington. She has volunteered with her local church, Feed My Starving Children, The Farmington Rotary, The Farmington Business Association, Trinity Care Center and the Farmington Ambassador Program. Jodi lives in Farmington, MN with her two children, her husband and her two kitties. She is a new grandmother and sees love and joy in her grandson’s eyes every day. 

Accountant Emily Guida Foos

Emily joined our affiliate in July of 2017.  She has a background in Human Resources, Accounting and Administration.  She is also the Bookkeeper for Rice County Habitat for Humanity.  Emily has a great skill set to help both affiliates keep our financial books in order! In 2018 Emily followed in her father’s footsteps (Dan Guida) and was appointed Executive Director of Red Wing Arts Association.

meet our board of directors

Board President Nicholas Abney

Nicholas “Nic” joined the board of directors in 2016 after several volunteer build days with his employer, Xcel Energy. He has volunteered with HFH affiliates for several years and is now making greater use of his talents. 

Nic is a US Navy veteran and originally from Kentucky. He met his wife, Amanda, while stationed in Washington State and now has three wonderful children. Nic is an instructor at the Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Plant in Welch MN. The Abney’s moved to Red Wing, MN in 2011 from Charleston South Carolina. Nic enjoys spending time with his family, enjoying all four seasons, and working on their 100+ year old home. 

1st Vice President Tracy Bible

Tracy is originally from Green Bay, WI.  She graduated from UWEC and has been in banking since 2003.  

In 2008 Tracy and her husband moved to the area where they reside in Hager City.  They have 2 beautiful children and their passion is to find new adventures to capture memories with them every chance they get. 

Tracy has been volunteering for Goodhue County Habitat for Humanity since 2010.

2nd Vice President Andrew Yackel

Andrew (Drew) was raised on a hobby farm in Southwestern MN near Windom, where he attended high school. Drew graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in 2010 in St. Peter before attending Luther Seminary in St. Paul where he earned his Masters of Divinity to become a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). After being called to serve as pastor of Urland Lutheran Church in rural Cannon Falls in January of 2015, he quickly discovered just how strong the sense of community is in Goodhue County. Joining the Goodhue County Habitat for Humanity board of directors was a way for him to live out his calling to ministry by following Jesus' living example of welcoming all people to the table of love and community. Andrew enjoys serving on the Family Support Committee, where they work to connect with and empower Habitats partner families to become successful home owners. 

Treasurer Roger Johnson

During Rogers 38 years as a pastor he has taught, preached and tried to model that the good news of God's love and care must be more than words. It is a message that must be lived out. Roger deeply appreciates how Habitat gives opportunity to do that in a community setting, in retirement Roger hopes to be able to give more time to making his faith tangible.

Roger has been involved with North St. Louis County Habitat for 7 years prior to moving to Red Wing. He has seen Habitat dramatically change the lives of families. It is a way in which God’s love is truly given a tangible expression. He would like to continue helping families through the work of Habitat in Goodhue County.

Having only moved to Red Wing in July of 2016 Roger has not had much exposure to community involvement yet. He has become a member of a church congregation where he teaches Sunday school and serves on a committee. Roger has donated blood at a local Red Cross blood drive. He has had conversations with the Red Wing police chief about continuing his work as a law enforcement chaplain.

1996-2002 Board member of Mesabi Family YMCA - membership committee chairperson

2006-20011 United Way of Northeastern Minnesota board member- member of executive board, board president, treasurer

2011-2016 North St. Louis County Habitat for Humanity- board member, executive committee, building committee

Secretary Jennifer Lappegaard

Board Members

Board Member Dick Eick

Rev. Dr. Dick Eick has been a GCHfH Board member since the winter of 2015. Dick was honored to be elected because he believes passionately in Habitat’s core mission, and because HfH is (kind of) responsible for three of his ten wonderful grandchildren! (Daughter Kathy and Tom met working on Habitat projects in metro Boston in the late 1990s!) 

Pastor Dick retired to Red Wing, MN in 2008 after serving sixteen plus years as the Senior Minister of Zion UCC in Waukon, IA (far northeast Iowa). He began his ministry in metro Washington, DC where he pastored two congregations over a 25 years stretch. During 40+ years of active ministry, he was involved in building low income housing, helped to establish the Hospice movement in the USA, and participated in a very dynamic hunger ministry in his last rural parish which has routinely raised over $25,000/year for the last decade. 

His wife and best friend is Carol Huenemann Eick, who is a “preacher’s kid” and a social worker. Their four children live on both coasts and in the heartland (Kansas), so Carol and Dick travel a lot each year to keep in touch with family, and because they want to stay somewhat involved in their ten grandchildren’s growing up. 

Dr. Eick has two degrees from Yale University (a Divinity degree and an Masters of Urban Studies). His doctoral work at United Theological Seminary (New Brighton, MN) focused on ministry with rural and blue collar families. 

   

Board Member Russ Ehlers

Russ is a lifetime resident of Red Wing, MN.  He has been a Habitat for Humanity volunteer since 2011, on the Habitat for Humanity board of directors since 2017 and also on the Habitat for Humanity building committee since 2017. Russ works at Red Wing Ford Chrysler in the parts department.  He is married to his wife, Brenda for over thirty years. Russ and Brenda have two adult daughters, Laura and Katie.  Laura is married to Mark and have a daughter, Lillian.  Russ enjoys being outdoors, traveling, and road trips.

Board Member Randy Fett

Randy Fett is Pastor at St. Ansgar’s Lutheran Church in Cannon Falls, MN. He has been in the ministry 33 years, serving in South Dakota, Nebraska, and Minnesota. Randy is a certified Intentional Interim Minister, trainer for Youth and Family Ministry. He graduated in Business Administration Management from the University of South Dakota, Master of Divinity Wartburg Seminary, Doctor of Ministry studies focused on forming spiritual leaders. Randy is a former Grand Island, NE area Habitat for Humanity board member, and leader of several Ministry boards. Randy is an active runner, cyclist, and outdoor adventurer. He is married to Jan who is a registered nurse focused in surgery with Alina Hospital Owatonna. They have 3 married children and 5 grandchildren.

Board Member John Plehal

John Plehal is a retired Naval Officer and former director at a major non-profit association. He is originally from Austin, Minnesota, graduated from the University of Utah and received his commission in the Navy through the ROTC program. He served 28 years in various operational and staff positions, including command of an aviation squadron and senior staffs in the Pentagon. He retired as a Captain after completing an assignment on the faculty of the National Defense University where he previously earned a Masters Degree in National Resource Strategy. He has subspecialties in Financial Management and Personnel Management.

Following retirement from the Navy, John spent ten years in Marketing and Membership Development at the Military Officers Association of America, based in Alexandria, Virginia. He moved to Red Wing, Minnesota in 2016 and remains active in a variety of volunteer roles. He has three adult children and a dog.

   

Board Members Not Pictured

Bob Hawley

Megan Smith

Doreen Jablonske

The go to team

Dedication and Hard Working

From left to  right  John Schueller, Russ Ehlers, Darwin Bartlett, Dan Bender, Ken dicke, Bruce Ohlhaber, and kneeling John Plehal, Dick Eick (not pictured).

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