Born and raised in Diamond Bluff, Purchased my home in Red Wing in 1988. Raised two children. I love to kayak and fish with my Dachshund Pete.
I joined Habitat in the fall of 2016 and very happy with what our affiliate has accomplished.
Jodi joined Habitat in May 2018. 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 was a proud elementary teacher for 20 years before coming to Habitat for Humanity. 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 daughters, her grandson and her 3 kitties. She enjoys spending her time with her family. gardening and crafting. She really enjoys her position as a volunteer coordinator for both Goodhue and Rice County Habitat for Humanity. It has brought her faith to life everyday as she brings together homes, hope and community.
Michelle was born, raised and still resides in Red Wing. She attended RW High School. She went on to earn her AAS degree in Accounting from Inver High Community College and her AAS degree in Photography from Dakota County Technical College. For 21 years she owned a group home and was the primary caregiver to special needs adults. She enjoys remodeling and landscaping projects. She joined our staff in Jan of 2019.
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.
On February 4th, 2020 John retired from Executive Director and became Habitat's Construction Advisor.
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.
Bob Hawley is a midwest farm native, born and raised in eastern South Dakota. He graduated
with a Dairy Science degree from South Dakota State University in 1977. The dairy
manufacturing industry ultimately led Bob and his wife Connie to Zumbrota, MN where they
have lived since 1980. In 1993, Bob transitioned to the leather industry, working in South St.
Paul and Red Wing, MN. Bob and Connie raised three boys in Zumbrota and currently have six
grandchildren. Connie enjoys the retail shoe business she created.
Bob has enjoyed participating in many different community and church organizations over the
years. He values what these organizations, their employees and many selfless volunteers have
accomplished to improve their communities. His goal with Habitat for Humanity is to personally
pursue the mission of bringing people together to build homes, hope and community, and to
help Goodhue County do its part to provide a decent place for everyone to live.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Angie is a native of Red Wing. She currently lives in Lake City with her husband, Andy, and her dog, Gomer. Angie has worked in the mortgage industry since 2001, most of this time she has been a Residential Loan Officer with Associated Bank in Red Wing. Angie joined our Family Selection Committee in 2018 and our Board in 2019.
I am Red Wing area home-grown graduate of Central High on East Ave. and, a B.A. in Economics from University of St. Thomas. I grew up in a family of masons and learned at an early age some of the basics of home construction.
My career as a full-time real estate broker and appraiser for over40 years, plus also performing FHA/VA housing inspections helped many families accomplish achieving homeownership.
Born and raised in Mahtomedi MN. Graduated from Mahtomedi High School
Graduated from Bethel University with a degree in Marketing and Finance
With State Farm for 10 Years, agent for 5 years.
Married to Becky who is a hairstylist at Riverblu Salon.
Expecting a baby July 2020.
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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