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.

Executive Director

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.

Family Support Specialist

As the Family Support Specialist for the Aging in Place Program, Cindy is responsible for assisting with program outreach and referral coordination, application assistance, conducting interviews and surveys at the initial home assessments and providing aging in place education. 

Cindy brings 14 years of experience as a medical assistant, serving the Smith Hill community as a Health Center Assistant for The Providence Community Health Centers at Capitol Hill. As a health center assistant, Cindy interacted with people of all ages, and nationalities and ethnicities, in all aspects of their care- from the front desk to back office to after-visit care such as referrals to specialists, etc. She served as an interpreter for Spanish-speaking patients. For the past five years, Cindy worked as an Administrative Coordinator for the Student Health Center at Providence College. Along with the staff at PC, she helped run the new Respiratory Clinic during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Cindy graduated in 2007 as a Medical Assistant from The Sawyer School. In 2015, she obtained a Certificate in Healthcare Interpreting from the Community College of Rhode Island, and in 2020 became a Notary Public for the State of Rhode Island. Cindy is bilingual in English and Spanish. She was born in Honduras and has lived in RI for 23 years.

Home Performance Assessor

As the Home Performance Assessor, Steve Santos will be responsible for conducting initial aging in place home assessments, drafting scopes of work, coordinating site supervisors and sub-contractors, and conducting quality assurance reviews on all Aging in Place home modifications.

Steve brings more than 15 years of relevant work experience both in the construction and home performance fields. He possesses an impressive array of industry-recognized certifications, including the Building Performance Institute’s Energy Auditor, Building Analyst, Heating Professional, Healthy Home Renovator, Quality Control Specialist, Healthy Home Principles, and Healthy Home Renovator. Steve is well-known for his kind and engaging customer service skills

Steve is a native Rhode Islander, a proud Cape Verdean, and is an active community leader in Providence and the surrounding areas. He is on the board of directors for the Chad Brown Alumni Association and the West Elmwood Intruder Alumni Association and is a proud mentor to many young people in the Providence community.

Volunteer Leaders

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


Family Services Committee

Shelley Peterson, Chairperson
Saint Andrews School

Carla Cuellar
Rhode Island Family Service

Adriana Dawson

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

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

ReStore Committee

Wendy Webster Chairperson
Happy Hope Factory

Eric Busch
Peregrine Group

Win Gandy

Seth Handy
Handy Law, LLC



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