Our Team

Our Organization

Our Team

Our staff, board, committees and internships are made up of a diverse group of motivated individuals that believe deeply in the cause of affordable housing and the promise of a more livable Greater Providence.

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

Volunteer Leaders

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

Committees

Family Services Committee

Shelley Peterson, Chairperson
Saint Andrews School

Carla Cuellar
Rhode Island Family Service

Adriana Dawson
Verizon

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

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

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

ReStore Committee

Wendy Webster Chairperson
Happy Hope Factory

Eric Busch
Peregrine Group

Win Gandy
UPS

Seth Handy
Handy Law, LLC

Interns

Marketing

Myles Forgue Providence College
Marketing Coordinator

Alex Adames Providence College
Marketing Branding Intern

Abby Foster Providence College
Marketing Metrics Intern

Meg Grasberger Providence College
Digitial Marketing Intern

Bryn Morgan Providence College
Digital Marketing Intern

Matt Ring Providence College
Marketing Branding Intern

Construction Management

Matt Affrunti Roger Williams University Construction Management Intern

Matt Butler Roger Williams University Construction Management Intern

Gabriella Cruz Roger Williams University Construction Management Intern

Nick Hull Roger Williams University Construction Management Intern

Family Services

Anthony Dispena Providence College
Family Services Inter

Sarah Downey Providence College
Family Services Intern

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