Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

November 13, 2012

Habitat welcomes new officers, board members

By June Frazier
Chronicle contributor

CROSSVILLE — Anne Grove has been elected president of Cumberland County Habitat for Humanity. She is the second woman to serve in that position since June Frazier, the founding president in 1996. 

She moved to Fairfield Glade in 2006 from northern Illinois where she was involved in starting a new Habitat affiliate in Ogle County, later serving as secretary and president of the board at that location.

She has served Cumberland County Habitat as an office partner, on family partnership and family selection committees, and as a director on the board for three years. She has been on mission teams after Katrina to St. Bernard Parish, New Orleans, and to Bay St. Louis, LA.  She is a Stephen Minister at Fairfield Glade Methodist church, serves on other committees and reads to children weekly at Crab Orchard Head Start. Prior to retirement, she was a first- and second-grade teacher and worked with Head Start as  teacher and administrator. She and husband, Jim, have two married children and two grandsons.

Ron Fischer will be president-elect, having served the last year as a director on the board, worked on the building sites and the fund raising committee for the “Building A Dream” music project as ticket manager. He chairs the trustees at the Fairfield Glade United Methodist church. He brings 38 years of business experience to Habitat, including insurance, building contractor and leadership roles with the Salvation Army in Belleville, IL.

New to the board is Jim Stielow, vice-president, who has been a partner in the back room of the office doing repairs for three years and serving on fund raising. Born and reared in Detroit, he is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University with a B.A. degree in economics. He owned a convenience store for six years, a small farm, and worked for Ford Motor company for 37 years until he retired in year 2000 as operations analysis supervisor at the Atlanta Assembly plant.

He and Sandy, his wife of 49 years, have one son, three grandchildren and two great grandchildren. She has volunteered three years with fund raising and will join him on the board as fund raising  chair.

Another new face on the board will be the Rev. Tim Chesson, pastor of Faith Worship Center, 95 McLarty Lane, neighbor of Habitat at 329 McLarty Lane. He is husband of Sherry Chesson, one of two staff volunteer coordinators. Pastor Chesson will chair church relations. He is a past chairman of the Cumberland County Ministerial Association. He has been in ministry since 1984, serving locally seven years, whose last Pentecostal church was in Lowell, MA.

Other officers are Lois Viening, secretary; Beverly Andrews, assistant secretary; Cynthia Johnson, treasurer; Pearl McClain, assistant treasurer.  Other voting directors are Barbara Dahar, Gary Nelson, Sarah Baisley, June Frazier, Larry Henson, and the Rev. Chesson.

Standing Committee chairs include Barbara Dahar, ReStore; Gary Nelson, public relations; Gene Taylor, building; Dewey Peterson, site selection and development; Jean Clark, family partnership; and Barbara Krueger, human resources.

Staff members are Melinda Weigle, executive director; Vanessa Petty, development director; Donna Quarles, ReStore manager; Pat Wiedemann and Sherry Chesson, volunteer coordinators. The new part-time truck driver for pickups on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturdays is Lee Korb of Fairfield Glade. For more information, call (931) 484-4565 or visit