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Habitat Board welcomes new members


Three new members joined the board of directors of LaGrange County Habitat for Humanity (LCHFH) for 2012. All are new to the position of “board member,” but no one is a rookie to the Habitat home-building experience.

Pam Graber, co-owner of Open Range RV in Shipshewana, coordinates the “Women Build” program for the Habitat chapter in Elkhart County, where she resides. She has been involved in LaGrange County Habitat for Humanity’s fundraising efforts. Her company donated an Open Range camper to the 2011 auction, and employees of her company participate in an ongoing payroll deduction campaign. Graber has also been on-site for three LCHFH builds. Her goal for LCHFH is to provide more housing for people in need, through the construction of new homes or rehabilitation of existing homes.

An employee of Coachman in Middlebury, Barb Maskow’s first experience with Habitat for Humanity was her participation in a women’s build in Elkhart County. She stepped up to the plate for LCHFH’s opening on the board of directors through the influence of two long-time members of the organization: Executive Director Mont Arnold and former board member Ted Strawser. Maskow is particularly interested in furthering the Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative, which seeks to acquire vacant homes or to upgrade the homes of local homeowners in an effort to develop local communities.

Dave Myers, a former school administrator, first participated in Habitat for Humanity while living in South Haven, Mich. In LaGrange County, he volunteered for three different home builds. His local church, New Life Fellowship, has helped with setting up the site for the annual auction, which occurs on the first Friday of August in Shipshewana. In addition, Myers is part of the volunteer team that assists with home repairs through the “A Brush With Kindness” program, initiated by LCHFH in 2010. His interests lie particularly with the construction aspect of the organization