SCHFH Board

Our organization is led by a board of committed local community members who volunteer to serve. They provide strategic direction and ensure that we are accomplishing our mission with fiscal responsibility and operational excellence.

Elias Makres

Elias Makres

SCHFH Board President

Profession & Company: Commercial and Residential Contractor; Hogan Contracting Inc.

Community Involvement: Member of the Ga. Baptists Disaster Relief Team, VP of the Board of Directors for Trinity Classical School, Church outreach ministries including: disaster relief mission trips, Community Home Repair ministry, youth mission trips and community food drives.

How did you first get involved with Habitat? In 2001, I was invited to be the house leader with Newnan-Coweta Habitat, and built a house in Turin, Ga. with volunteers from two churches. The experience was very positive and I have remained active with Habitat projects and SCHFH since then.

What do you like most about Habitat? Changing lives and communities one household at a time.

Jim Corbin

Jim Corbin

SCHFH Board Member

Profession & Company: HVAC contractor, Corbin Comfort Systems

Community Involvement: Member: Lake Spivey Rotary Club, Conditioned Air Assoc. of Ga.(CAAG), Metro Atlanta Air Conditioning Contractors Assoc.(MAACA). HVAC advisory committee member: Southern Crescent Technical College & Laurus Technical Institute, SCHFH Board member since 2006.

How did you first get involved with Habitat? Did the HVAC in our first Habitat house in Atlanta in conjunction with a Jimmy Carter project of 7 homes in one week in 1988 with other MAACA members and have been involved since then.

What do you like most about Habitat? Habitat is a version of the old “Barn Raisings” of the past, where neighbor helps neighbor. Also, homeowners are required to work on their own homes as well as for others.

Lauren Hill

Lauren Hill

SCHFH Board Member

Profession & Company:Marketing Research Analyst, TRC Staffing

Community Involvement I attend Ray of Hope Christian Church where I serve as a greeter and finance ministry volunteer.

How did you first get involved with Habitat? My first experience volunteering with Southern Crescent Habitat was back in 2008. I signed up for a Women’s Build event and kept coming back. The day I volunteered we worked on interior finishes in a unit of town homes off of Flint River Road.

What do you like most about Habitat? There‘s instant gratification volunteering with Habitat. You work alongside the family that will ultimately live in the house you’re working on, which builds community and you see the fruits of your labor at the end of each build day.

John Goolsbee

John Goolsbee

SCHFH Board Member

Profession & Company:Social Services Case Manager, Dept. of Family and Child Services, Clayton Co. Georgia.

Community Involvement: Deacon, Morrow First Baptist Church, Member, Fayetteville Masonic Lodge

How did you first get involved with Habitat? I became involved with Habitat about twenty years ago doing mission work w/ my church.

What do you like most about Habitat?I like empowering people to change their lives, to break the cycle. To eliminate substandard housing. To strengthen communities..

Shana Rooks

Shana Rooks

SCHFH Board Member

Profession & Company: Attorney at Law, Shana M. Rooks & Associates, LLC

Community Involvement:Clayton County Board of Commissioner for District 3, Elected Vice-Chairman in 2014; Charter Member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Psi Alpha Omega Chapter; Saint Philip AME Church

How did you first get involved with Habitat?When I was on Spring Break during my freshman year at Spelman College, my best friend and I were invited to participate in a Scavenger Hunt for the local affiliate in Dublin, Georgia as a fundraiser. A woman who I admired dearly, Carolyn Watson, was a board member and thought enough of me to introduce me to the mission of Habitat and the good works the organization did in providing homes for those less fortunate. Habitat has been on my mind since then. In 2004 when I was asked to join the Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity I felt a since of purpose and fulfillment in being of service to others.

What do you like most about Habitat? The ability to positively effectuate change in the lives of other people. Those people we help are also helping themselves and other potential homeowners.

James Ruvalcaba

James Ruvalcaba

SCHFH Board Member

Profession & Company: United States Marine Corps (Ret.)

Community Involvement Volunteer Veteran Constituent Service Representative, Congressman Westmoreland’s District Office, Toys for Tots Coordinator (Fayette County), Atlanta After School All-Stars, Coordinator for Institutional Effectiveness, Member of Marine Corps League (Fayette and Coweta counties), Member of Veterans of Foreign Wars (Peachtree City)

How did you first get involved with Habitat? Through a friend and current Board member of The Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity.

What do you like most about Habitat? I admire and respect that Habitat offers "hand-ups" and not ‘hand-outs." I was raised extremely poor in a large family of 11 siblings in a mud (adobe) home and I learned at an early age that people truly value and appreciate items that are "earned" in contrast to items that are easily attained. I sincerely admire that Habitat works to transform the lives of people in need by educating them in the responsibilities of home ownership and stipulating some "sweat equity" as a prerequisite to qualifying to purchase an affordable Habitat home. This is truly a noble mission and I’m honored to be a part in this principled effort to help transform the lives of families in need.

Keith Wahlig

Keith Wahlig

SCHFH Board Member

Profession & Company: Retired High School Math Teacher

Community Involvement: I attend Christ Our Hope Lutheran Church where I am the President of the Church Council and Finance Committee Chair. I am also active with HFH Atlanta.

How did you first get involved with Habitat? A fellow teacher at Lovejoy High School was president of SCHFH and recruited me.

What do you like most about Habitat? I like the fact that HFH is in the business of giving a hand up and not a handout.

Shingo Watada

Shingo Watada

SCHFH Board Member

Profession & Company: Product Manager, TOTO USA INC

How did you first get involved with Habitat? My involvement with Habitat started as a volunteer through my current employer.

What do you like most about Habitat? What I like most about Habitat is the opportunity it provides to meet people from different walk of life. It gives me hope to see the kindness and dedication of fellow volunteers and dignity and grace of new homeowners.

Jane Young

Jane Young

SCHFH Board Member

Profession & Company: Retired

Community Involvement Member of the Morrow Civic Women’s Club, Church Member First Baptist Church of Morrow

How did you first get involved with Habitat? It was approximately 25 or more years ago when a home was to be constructed off of Warren drive in Clayton County. Since then I have worked on homes in the Albany, GA area with my church missions committee, First Baptist Church of Morrow, and later as the Habitat community grew, a group of us went to the new home of a 92 year-old great grandpa who had three people living with him. Our church surprised his family with everything someone would need in a new home. I have worked on Habitat homes in the Forest Park area, as well as other areas of Clayton County.

What do you like most about Habitat? We have enjoyed surprising several new homeowners with a welcome basket of items to get them started and I have enjoyed my numerous years of association with the Habitat community.

Honorary Board Members

Anne Dunivin

Anne Dunivin

SCHFH Honorary Board Member

Profession & Company: Retired, One of the first women to receive her Masters in Chemistry from Emory University, Riverdale Councilwoman for 2 terms. At the age of 93, she joined U.S. Masters Swimming and has won three gold medals at the Georgia Golden Olympics and holds national records.

How did you first get involved with Habitat?Ms. Anne Dunivin dedicated more than 20 years of service to Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity. She served on our board as well as on the Family Selection Committee. In 2009, due to her dedication and commitment to helping families, Southern Crescent Habitat named a street after her in the Avery neighborhood in Jonesboro.

What did you like most about Habitat? “We all work together, and somebody receives a house that couldn’t otherwise be a homeowner…I enjoy being a part of a project that helps people own a home.”