The board of directors for Cumberland County Habitat for Humanity recently added some new faces and some members assumed new positions.
John Zanichelli remains president, serving his third term, and has a new president-elect, Anne Grove, who will join him on the executive committee. Others on the executive committee include Larry Henson, vice-president; Lois Viening, secretary; Beverly Andrews, new assistant secretary; Cynthia Johnson, new treasurer; and Pearl McClain, assistant treasurer.
Other voting directors and members-at-large, include Harry Chambon; Barbara Dahar, new position; Gary Nelson, new member; Sarah Baisley; Mary Settles, returning member; and the Rev. Dr. Charles Traylor, new member.
Operating committee chairs, who report to the board, include Barbara Dahar, Re-Store; Bill Andrews, church relations; June Frazier, public relations/nominating; Gene Taylor, building; Vanessa Petty, fundraising; Dewey Peterson, site selection/development; Jean Clark, family partnership.
The new board members introduce themselves in their own words:
Beverly Andrews: "My husband, Jack, and I moved to Fairfield Glade from western Maryland four years ago after my retirement from the Allegany County Public Schools as supervisor of student services, school counselors and pupil personnel workers. I have three daughters and one grandson. I wanted to volunteer in an area where I could continue to meet the needs of families and children. Habitat for Humanity provided that opportunity. I am a member of the partnership committee, which works with families until a year after their home is built, and answer the phone in the office. I am looking for ward to learning more about the local Habitat organization and its role in the community as I serve on the board of directors."
Cynthia Johnson: "I graduated from Michigan State University in 1973 with honors in mathematics and 37 credits in accounting and auditing. I received my CPA certificate in 1978, in 1989 certificate of Achievement in Government Accounting and Auditing, and in 2010 Certified Government Financial Manager. I worked for the state of Michigan as an accounting manager and specialist for more than 13 years, then 11 years as a financial manager, audit and tax manager, also Medicaid auditor, and more recently have been self-employed as a CPA. I play bells at Christ Lutheran church in Fairfield Glade, and attend worship at First United Methodist Church with my mother, Virginia Johnson."
Gary Nelson: "I am a senior staffwriter and photographer for the Crossville Chronicle. I am married to Kim, who teaches at Pleasant Hill Elementary School, and have a daughter, Sara, who is a student at the University of Florida, and a son, Dylan, who is a senior at Stone
Memorial High School. I have volunteered off and on with Cumberland County Habitat since 1998 when our young adult group from Fairfield Glade United Methodist Church did furniture pickups for the first Habitat Thrift Store when it was in an old church building on Genesis Rd., before the building on McLarty Lane was built. The hours then were from 9 a.m. to Noon on Saturdays. Habitat for Humanity always has had a special place in my heart. It's nice to see first-hand how great people feel when they move into their own home. I am honored to be affiliated with Cumberland County Habitat for Humanity."
Charles "Chuck" Traylor: "I have served as pastor of Fairfield Glade Community Church since 2008. A second-career minister, I previously was a newspaper editor. I was ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA) in 1987. I have served small and program-size churches, been the organizing pastor of two Presbyterian churches and also served as Executive Presbyter of the Presbytery of the Northern Plains, overseeing 70 congregations in North Dakota and western Minnesota. I live with my wife, Sarah, two dogs, and six Appaloosa horses in Crossville. My daughter, Maggie Traylor-Seibold, and her husband, Thomas Seibold, a native of Germany, live at the Teaching Drum Outdoor School in Three Lakes, WI. Maggie is an editor and researcher working with writer/anthropologist Tamarack Song, founder of the school. Thomas is an instructor trainee at the school."