About Us

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Providence

Since 1987, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Providence has been an independently chartered affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI), the largest nonprofit homebuilder worldwide.

Locally, our mission is dedicated to building decent, affordable housing with families that live in substandard and unaffordable housing and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Our vision is seeing that all residents of the Greater Providence area live in decent, affordable homes.

Globally, our vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Our global mission statement: Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope.

Service Area

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Providence serves the cities of Central Falls, Pawtucket, Providence, and North Providence, Rhode Island.

Leadership

Executive Director, Mark Kravatz

Mark Kravatz
Executive Director
kravatz@habitatpvd.org

As Executive Director, Mark drives the operational, programmatic, and strategic vision of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Providence – our work toward a city where everyone has a decent place to live.

Mark brings more than 17 years of experience in nonprofit and consulting services that specialize in affordable housing, collective impact, systems thinking, healthy housing, energy efficiency, building science, workforce training, public health, education, asset-based community development mapping, and community organizing. Mark worked at Optimal Energy, Inc., a national leader energy efficiency policy before joining Habitat for Humanity of Greater Providence in 2020.

Mark is an alumnus of Providence College and has a Bachelors degree in Public & Community Service Studies. He has served on several boards and committees including the United Way of Rhode Island Community Investment Community, Rhode Island Interfaith Power & Light, Rhode Island Housing Resources Commission, Providence/Cranston Workforce Investment Board, City of Providence Environmental & Sustainability Task Force, South Kingstown Sustainability Committee, and the Community Health Worker Association of Rhode Island.

For his past leadership, Mark and his previous employer were recognized with the 2015 Rhode Island Foundation Initiative for Non-Profit Excellence Best Practices Award for Collaboration, and the 2013 Secretary of HUD Award for Public-Philanthropic partnerships.

Board of Directors

John Meara, President
The Law Firm of Mandell, Boisclair, and Mandell, Ltd.

Jennifer Hellmuth, PhD, Vice President
Bradley Hospital

Winshanai Gandy, Secretary
UPS

Robert Bohlen Treasuer
Re/Max 1st Choice

Amanda Heinsen
United Way of Rhode Island

Sandra Mazo
The Washington Trust Company

Shelley Peterson
Saint Andrews School

Michael Plummer
Main Street Home Loans

Mark Rhoads
Citizens Bank

David Travers
Main Street Home Loans

Melissa Dominguez
Providence Public Schools

Nicole Picard
Brown University

Elijah Stephenson
Youth Build Preparatory Academy

Staff

Rob Maloney, Site Supervisor

Volunteer Leaders

Paul Chappell, Northeast Field Coordinator (Disaster Response) for Habitat for Humanity International
U.S. Army (Retired), Peace Corps.
Construction Site Logistics

Interns

Margaux Bessette University of Rhode Island
Project ReStore Intern

Dante Driscoll University of Rhode Island
Project ReStore Intern

Myles Forgue Providence College
Marketing Intern

Claire Reilly Providence College
Development Intern

Haley Precopio Roger Williams University
Community Development Intern

Committees

Family Services Committee

Shelley Peterson, Chairperson
Saint Andrews School

Carla Cuellar
Rhode Island Family Service

Adriana Dawson, Community Engagement Specialist

Helena Moronta
Bay Coast Bank

Nayeli Munrayos
Centreville Bank

Marleny Perez
211 at United Way of Rhode Island

Rosa Pastor
Washington Trust Bank

Marketing & Development Committee

Amanda Heinsen Chairperson

Drew Appleton
Gray Matter Marketing

Raffi DerSimonian
DerSimonian, LLC

Lauren Lenox Maguire
Cleveland Clinic

Bryan McNamara
Corporate Social Responsibility Specialist

David Travers
Main Street Home Loans

Myles Forgue
Providence College, Marketing Intern

Claire Reilly
Providence College, Development Intern

Buildings Committee

Russ Johnson, Chairperson
Landings Real Estate Group

Matthew Banoub
Aten Energy Conservation

Greg Barker
Rhode Island Housing

Winshanai Gandy
UPS

Steve Santos
Community Action Partnership of Providence

Ken Twitchell
Ocean State Energy Audits

Parris Wise
Amos House

Margie McNally
Green Buildings Expert

Greg Spiess
Fielding International Architects

Rob Maloney
HabitatPVD Building Site Supervisor

Governance Committee

John Meara
The Law Firm of Mandell, Boisclair, and Mandell, Ltd.

Nicole Picard
Brown University

Elijah Stephenson
Youth Build Preparatory Academy

Winshanai Gandy
UPS

Non-proselytizing policy

Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliated organizations (including Habitat for Humanity of Greater Providence) will not proselytize. Nor will Habitat for Humanity work with entities or individuals who insist on proselytizing as part of their work with Habitat for Humanity. This means that Habitat for Humanity will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must adhere to or convert to a particular faith or listen and respond to messaging designed to induce conversion to a particular faith or religion.