New Board Members to Help Habitat for Humanity Texas’ Humanitarian Work

Habitat for Humanity Texas proudly announced its new board members Phillip Schmandt, Craig Chick, Andy York, Philip Stacy, Joey Hopkins, and John Trube, as part of twelve board members statewide.

These members embody Habitat’s spirit of community and bring unique talent, specialized expertise, and new energy to the statewide organization. 

LaJuan Hollis, Habitat for Humanity Texas Board President, states, “Housing is critical for healthy communities, and our goal at the state level is to educate our elected officials on that. No one should pay more than half their income to live in their hometown.”

Phillip Schmandt, Partner at McGinnis Lochridge and head of its real estate (Land & Water) practice group, has practiced real estate and corporate law in Texas for over twenty years representing developers, governments, and nonprofit entities. Phillip has extensive experience in all aspects of the real estate development process, from entity formation and financing to acquisition, due diligence, and entitlements. Mr. Schmandt is currently on the board and serving as President of Austin Convention Enterprises (ACE) which oversees Austin’s convention center hotel.  He is also on the board of the Workers Defense Project, a non profit organization protecting the rights of immigrants.  In the past, Schmandt has served as the Chair of the City of Austin’s Electric Utility Commission and the chair of Mayor’s Task Force on Generation Planning, which crafted Austin’s first energy efficiency point of sale ordinance.

“I believe housing is a human right, and I am excited to work with an organization whose mission is laser focused on securing affordable housing for all who need it,” states Phillip Schmandt.

John Trube is currently the owner of Trube Corporation, a full service real estate development, brokerage, and consulting firm based in Austin, Texas. 

“I am honored to join the Habitat Texas board. These times are confusing and unrelenting challenges continue to dismay us while pushing permanent housing further out of reach for many,” says Trube.

With several years of experience in the private and public sector real estate development, Trube’s background encompasses master-planned ground up development of multiple product types to government and corporate owned real estate development projects. 

“Habitat Texas plays a critical statewide role in supporting local efforts towards ending homelessness and I am proud to be a gear in that life improving machinery,” Trube continues. 

Craig Chick serves as the Director of Public Affairs at Foley & Ladner LLP where he brings over 24 years of experience in legislative and governmental affairs as a senior advisory in the Texas house and senate legislature. Chick’s renowned expertise focuses on a variety of topics ranging from economic development, employment, environmental regulation, electric generation & transmission, housing, immigration, workforce, property rights, real estate, and transportation. Alongside his professional accomplishments, Craig Chick also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

“I’m very honored to have the opportunity to make a more direct impact on affordability and the public policies that hinder homeownership.” says Chick. “Homeownership is a fundamental component of Texans realizing the American Dream.  The work of Habitat for Humanity Texas is key to building a stronger local community and State.” 

Hopkins currently serves as Executive Director of Midland Habitat for Humanity where, since 2018, he has helped families and communities through new construction and home rehabilitation programs. He also brings years of experience in real estate and working with a mineral fund to the board. 

“I am excited to join the board of Habitat Texas and build on all of the hard work previous board members and staff have made. Through this board service I hope to help other Texas Habitat affiliates reach their goals and ultimately help get more families in homes,” states Hopkins. 

Stacy currently serves as Executive Director of Kerr County Habitat for Humanity where, since 2015, he has helped families and communities through new construction and home rehabilitation programs. Stacy, a Kerrville native and Tivy High School graduate, earned a bachelor’s degree from The University of Texas at Austin in 1982 and later graduated from the SMU Southwest Graduate School of Banking program in 2005. Professionally, Stacy taught in Kerrville schools for ten years before beginning a career in banking in 1999. He served as Senior Vice-President for Union State Bank and Guadalupe National Bank before joining Habitat in 2015.  

“First of all, it was an honor to be asked to serve on the board of Habitat Texas. I was excited when Jack Wilson from Smith County called me and asked me to apply,” said Stacy.  

“In business, government, churches and nonprofits, we know that leadership matters. We are truly honored and humbled to have these leaders join us in the leadership of Habitat for Humanity Texas as we work toward a world where everyone has a decent place to live,” says Amy Ledbetter Parham, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity Texas. “Almost one third of Texans struggle with housing. With the pandemic and remote learning, the struggle is highlighted. We need visionary leaders to address these urgent issues, and the Habitat Texas board of directors is the beginning of that.”