Executive Committee 2016-2017

Rita J. DiNapoli is a native North Carolinian with an early professional background in corporate banking and portfolio management. She became a business owner in the 1990’s and while traveling the NC to NYC route she met and married NYC native Len DiNapoli, a corporate attorney. They resided in Manhattan before moving to Pinehurst in 2005. While living in Charlotte, Rita supported the Assistance League, Mint Museum, Heart Association, and Performing Arts Center. She was an avid participant in producing and directing major fundraisers. Rita has served as President and Ways and Means Chairman of Women of the Pines. She currently serves as Secretary of the Board of Friends of Weymouth and is President of Women of Weymouth. She is past president and board chairman of Sandhills Country Club. Giving back to the community and making a difference is how she has dedicated her spare time since moving to Pinehurst. Rita was co-chair of both of the 2014 and 2015 Habitat galas.
Mark A. Trudeau, is currently an Associate with Thrivent Financial, providing Christian-based financial services to families and businesses in the Sandhills region since 2011. He and his family have resided in Moore County since 2003, and served 25 years in the Air Force as a decorated combat veteran. He has supported the NC Sandhills Habitat for Humanity affiliate as a Repair volunteer/coordinator and on the Board of Directors since 2013, and currently serves on the Trinity Lutheran Church council. Mark is married with three children and earned an MBA from City University of Seattle and a Bachelor’s of Science degree from the United States Air Force Academy. Email Mark ()
Mike Dubbs is the Pastor of Community Congregational Church of Southern Pines. Prior to serving as a pastor in the Sandhills, he lived in Pennsylvania where he has been a pastor and an armed security officer. Mike graduated from Wesley Theological Seminary, Master of Divinity, in 2007 and from Bloomsburg University, BS in Business Office Administration, in 1986. He is a former board member of the Habitat for Humanity affiliate in Huntingdon County, PA. Mike is a volunteer clown at First Health. In 2014 he traveled to Peru on a clown trip with the renowned Patch Adams. His hobbies include photography and chicken farming, and he is an active member of the Southern Pines Rotary Club.
Marilyn Morgan Grube attended Emory University in Atlanta for both her under-graduate and law degrees. In 1988, she was appointed to the federal bench and served for nearly 23 years as United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Northern District of California (Silicon Valley), developing expertise in budget and finance. Currently, Marilyn serves on the Board of Directors of the Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities as Secretary and as the County Council President for the Moore County Extension and Community Association. Marilyn co-chaired both the 2014 and 2015 galas and serves with Family Services. She is a member of the Garden Club of the Sandhills.
Randall Phillips is a retired Corporate Vice President with 30 years experience managing multiple companies. His community activities include current board member and past President of Moore County Community Foundation, current board member and past Treasurer of Given-Tufts Memorial Library and Archives, current board member and President of Companion Animal Foundation of the Sandhills, current board member of Monarch and member of the Finance Committee, past board member and Treasurer of the Weymouth Center, current committee member of AIMS ( Books for Children in Moore County Schools), and member of the Kiwanis Club of the Sandhills. Randall enjoys golf and other activities. Randall and his wife Sandra have been married 54 years and have three children and 11 grandchildren. They have been residents of Pinehurst since 1999.

Board Members 2016-2017

Jana Green has been involved with Habitat with Realtor’s Days, galas, Tour de Moore and other events. She attends Pinehurst United Methodist Church. Jana is a retired nurse who worked 35 years as a Critical Care Nurse Manager of Cardiac/Thoracic Surgical Intensive Care at Kettering Medical Center in Ohio. She has been active with Friend to Friend and Backpack Pals. She currently works with Pinnock Real Estate & Relocations Services and has served on the Pinehurst/Southern Pines Board of Realtors for 9 years. She chaired the Women Build 2012 committee and works on the land committee
Brett Webb is a Financial Advisor with Wells Fargo Advisors in Pinehurst since 2013. His previous professional background was in sales and finance, from corporate level to small business. Brett has lived in Richmond County since he was a small child. He and wife, Olivia, live in Ellerbe with their English cocker spaniel, Joe. Brett is on the board of directors of the Rankin Museum of American Heritage and has been active with the museum since 2011. Brett is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys golf, fly fishing and upland bird hunting. On most weekends, he is a professional hunting guide at the Webb Farm where he takes clients from all over the country on quail hunting outings.
Jeff A. Casey is Vice President of Finance and Support Services with First Health of the Carolinas where he is responsible for the financial operations for Moore Regional Hospital, Montgomery Memorial Hospital, Moore Regional Hospital – Richmond Campus, Moore Regional Hospital – Hoke Campus and Regional Services. Jeff received a BS degree in Accounting from Clarion University of Pennsylvania in 1987. Prior to joining First Health of the Carolinas, he was the CFO of Columbia Southwest Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky. Jeff is a graduate of the Moore County Leadership Institute and a member of the NC Healthcare Financial Management Association. He and his wife, Jame, have three children. Jeff’s hobbies include running.
Steve Kastner is the CEO of St. Joseph of the Pines and has served for more than 30 years in leadership positions in the field of senior living services including Westminster Communities in Orlando, Holy Cross Village CCRC at Notre Dame and the Visiting Nurse Association in Mishawaka, IN. Steve and his wife, Michelle, moved to the Sandhills in the summer of 2014.
Emily Davis has been active with the affiliate since 2001 when she served as the Faith Relations Coordinator through the Vista program. Emily graduated with her BA in Applied Social Science from St. Andrews Presbyterian College. She received her MA in Executive Leadership Studies (Summa Cum Laude) from Gardner Webb University and received her Doctorate of Bible Knowledge from Michael Lord Bible College. Most recently, Emily has worked in the Moore County School system at many levels, including teacher and assistant principal.
Bert Harrell is one of our most valued “Hardcore Regular Volunteers” on the construction site each week. Bert graduated from Atlantic Christian College (now Barton College) with a BS degree in Health & Physical Education. He taught from 1965-1969, and worked for 3 years with North Carolina Natural Gas. Bert then worked from 1972-2013 with CP&L, Progress Energy, Duke-Progress and retired in 2013. He and his wife, Benda, have two children who reside in Greensboro. He has been an active member of Southern Pines First Baptist Church since 1966.
Sharon Lawson moved to Pinehurst from St. Lucia in 2011. She and her husband, Carnie, split their time between Pinehurst and Rye Beach, New Hampshire. Sharon has served on many Boards, including Westside Day Nursery, Pelham Junior League (Treasurer), Bartow-Pell Conservancy, Pelham Art Center, Pawasol, and was founding member of “Grow Well Jr. Golf-St. Lucia.” She and Carnie have five children and 11 grandchildren. Sharon was an incredible addition to the Gala Committee in 2015.
Michael LaGraff and his wife Susan retired to Pinehurst in 1999 following a career of over 30 years that began with the Federal government and included over 20 years with the petroleum industry. His last eight years were as Head of British Petroleum’s Health, Safety and Environment Group based in London. Michael is a graduate of Clarkson University with a graduate degree from Stanford University. He has been President of the Fairwoods on Seven Homeowners Association, the #7 Golf Club Board of Directors and the Pinehurst Civic Group. Michael is active in fund development and public relations, and served as Board Chairman from 2012-2015.

Our Directors

Amie Fraley

Amie Fraley

  • Executive Director

Amie began her career with Habitat for Humanity as a volunteer. After serving for a term on the Board of Directors, she joined the staff team as Finance Director. In 2014, she stepped into the role of Executive Director. In this role, she provides overall executive leadership of the affiliate in accordance with the direction set by the affiliate Board of Directors including oversight of the fund development efforts to support the organization.

Amie graduated from Miami University (OH) with a degree in accountancy, has five years of public accounting experience and eight years of nonprofit fund development experience.

Terry Gaar

Terry Gaar

  • Operations Director

Terry Gaar began her work with Sandhills Habitat in 2012. Before that she worked for Habitat for Humanity International for seven years helping to rebuild the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina’s devastation. Before Habitat, Terry’s business experience was in large and small corporations and city / county government. She worked for Bell South, Laminex and Charlotte/Mecklenburg city – county government. She had her own literacy training company for five years consulting for National Gypsum, LaFarge Gypsum, Celotex, Ingersoll Rand and Siemens Westinghouse. As Operations Director, she covers construction, family services, land acquisition, grant writing and day to day affiliate processes.

Kim Braddy

Kim Braddy

  • ReStore Director

Kimberly began her career with Habitat in May 2014. Bringing over 25 years of Retail and Non Profit Management Experience with Goodwill, Bass, and Polo. The ReStores currently fund four homes a year at an estimated cost of $400,000. One of Kimberly’s major roles is donation outreach and partnership development. Along with her hardworking, mission driven ReStore Teams, she would like to raise that goal from four homes to five this fiscal year.

Our Managers

Dondi Jones

Dondi Jones

  • ReStore Manager, Moore County

Dondi Jones has been a part of Habitat of the NC Sandhills for the past nine years, He began as a driver doing pickups of donations, and eventually worked his way up to ReStore manager, where he has been for the past three years. Dondi manages 6 full-time paid staff and approximately 60 volunteers on a week to week basis. His role also includes daily monitoring of sales and inventory that comes in and out of the ReStore. Dondi says that “It’s been great to be a part of something great!!”

Thom Mann

Thom Mann

  • Construction Manager

Thom joined the Sandhills Habitat team in the beginning of 2015. He is a native of Wilmington, NC and veteran of the United States Air Force. He built his first house in Moore County in 1999 and has been in the construction business “one way or another” since that time. Thom has also owned a cabinet shop, and he continues to build furniture for customers in the North Carolina area and beyond.

Amy Guinn

Amy Guinn

  • ReStore Manager, Richmond County

Amy joined the Sandhills Habitat team in June of 2017. She will be in charge of the Rockingham Restore renovation and community outreach. Amy lives in Rockingham and is eager to get the ReStore on the radar of the area volunteers and shoppers.