New staffing has been announced for Cumberland County Habitat for Humanity. They include Pat Wiedemann as development director; Jennifer Knaebel, administrative assistant to Executive Director Melinda Weigle, and also Home Store manager; and Kim Patterson, volunteer coordinator.

Pat Wiedemann for the last two years has been the volunteer coordinator, and when the development director position became available, Wiedemann interviewed for it. Her experience with organizations, such as the Pleasant Hill of California Chamber of Commerce, that city's Commission on Aging, 4th of July Commission, Lions Club, service as a board member for the Pleasant Hill Foundation and the Friends of Rodgers Ranch fundraising committee, has given her the background needed for this new position.

According to her, the biggest accomplishment in her life has been the establishment of an all-volunteer transportation system for seniors in that California community and the award that allowed them to acquire a 12-passenger van. It was her involvement with that city that inspired her and her husband, Pete, to settle in Pleasant Hill, TN and guided her to her ministry at Habitat for Humanity.

Wiedemann already has been busy completing her first SHOP (Self-Help Home Ownership Program) grant that is administered through Habitat for Humanity International. Wiedemann has been busy speaking at different churches and community functions. She is helping the United Fund with upcoming events. If you would like Wiedemann to speak at your church or club, give her a call at the Habitat office, 484-4565.

Jennifer Suzanne Knaebel, better known as "Jen," is the new administrative assistant and Home Store manager, replacing Vanessa Petty, who moved out of state. She is a recent graduate of Tennessee Technology University with a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism/communications with emphasis in public relations.

Currently she is enrolled in classes at UT, working toward a grant writing certificate. She is saving money to attend graduate school, where she plans to get a master's degree in social sciences.

She believes true happiness is found by helping others. She is a former member of Students for Human Rights, Big Sisters Club, Environmental Club, One Campaign, Save Darfur, and current volunteer board member of the American Red Cross. She also has worked with a diabetes support group, writing grants.

Hobbies include running, skiing, hiking, reading, painting, attending concerts and learning to play guitar. She works part-time at Dynasty, an Asian restaurant in Crossville. She is a certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor. Her philosophy is to work hard, play hard and always put others first.

Kim Patterson is the new volunteer coordinator. She was reared in Cumberland County and instilled with the values of volunteering. She says it's a joy to extend a helping hand to a neighbor. "I believe we have a wonderful community, and the volunteer program of Habitat for Humanity keeps us unique and special," Patterson said.

She has participated in many outreach programs in other less fortunate states, as well as Mexico."It only blesses me to have the opportunity to be involved with Habitat for Humanity in Cumberland County. Anyone interested in receiving a touch and tickle to his or her heart should try what our great state of Tennessee is best known for ... volunteering!"

Her education includes being a graduate of Davidson College in Nashville, TN, majoring in business, travel and hospitality. At San Angelo State University in Texas, she majored in family law.

She has two children and three grandchildren, who are the love of her life, she says. Hobbies are singing gospel music, attending church functions, canning her own vegetables and meats, reading, yard sales, playing with her grandchildren and her pets.

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