David Emerson, CEO/Executive Director
Start Date: 2006
David voluntarily served as Executive Board Director of South Palm Beach County Habitat for Humanity for two and a half years. While with the South Palm Beach County affiliate, David launched a ReStore, developed a long-term strategic plan, and led the successful search for a new executive director. In 2006 he left 3M, where he was a sales analyst, to pursue his passion for Habitat's mission full-time. David believes that it is a matter of human dignity to provide housing for all people, regardless of race, creed, or economic status. His passion was recognized when he was named 2007 Habitat for Humanity Colorado Executive Director of the Year. He holds a MBA from the University of Michigan, Ross School of Business.
Julie Gallegos, Director of Family Services
Julie started with Habitat in the Spring of 2008 as Manager, then Director of Family Services. Julie introduced the Keys Community program and enjoys teaching Blueprints and Keys to Volunteering classes.
Julie is passionate about international ministry. She enjoys leading Habitat Global Village trips to help build homes with Habitat affiliates in other countries.
Julie has 12 years experience working in non-profits including a Homeless Shelter in Westminster and a Refugee Resettlement Agency in Tucson. She served as a Director of a school for Sudanese and other East African refugees in Cairo, Egypt.
Outside of Habitat Julie is kept very busy with her two young sons. Julie enjoys travel, photography and learning other languages.
John Lovell, Director of Development
John is responsible for all Development and Marketing activities for the affiliate. He began as a volunteer with St. Vrain Habitat in 2000. He worked on the affiliate's first strategic plan and opened the ReStore in 2006. From 2008-2010 John served Flatirons Habitat for Humanity as Executive Director. John became Director of Development for St. Vrain Habitat in 2013. John has been in marketing and sales leadership roles in a variety of industries. He also owns a photography business specializing in portraiture and commercial work.
Habitat's philosophy of "a hand up, not a hand out" initially attracted John to the organization. He believes that all people should put their faith into action.
John is a graduate of the University of Colorado and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. He is an active member of Rocky Mountain Christian Church.
Stephen Scott, Director of Construction
Stephen has 8 years of construction experience on both single family and multiunit homes. He has also been active in Habitat's home repair program.
Stephen attended Belhaven College in Jackson, Mississippi. He first engaged with Habitat for Humanity in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and has worked for affiliates in Bay St. Louis, MS and Tuscaloosa, AL.
Ed Kepple, ReStore Manager
Start Date: 2016
Ed joined our Habitat for Humanity ReStore team in August 2016. He brings more than 40 years of retail experience including store management, district management, merchandising, purchasing, product development and team building by leadership. He has held positions with companies such as Fed-Mart, Costco, Sam's Club, Pace Warehouse, Best Buy, and SAS Retail Services.
Most recently Ed held the position of Store Manager for the Salvation Army flagship store in Parker, Colorado. Ed carries a strong work ethic lead by encouragement, empowerment and enthusiasm for greater productivity by emphasis on TEAM.
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