2019-2020 Board of Directors
Architect, roofer, sea-plane pilot and golfer, Jack Wilson’s first love is Habitat of Smith County and Patricia, his wife, not in that order. Under his leadership, the Smith County affiliate rose to one of the most robust repair programs in the nation. He brings diverse experience to his position as Habitat Texas Board President. After all, Habitat affiliates are, at once, a construction company, retail store, lending institution, and social service nonprofit.
With Habitat’s mission combining nonprofit excellence with faith relations, Brenda Shuttlesworth’s background as a licensed Baptist minister and executive director of Waco helps shape Habitat Texas’ outreach to regional and statewide faith organizations. By also teaching at Baylor University– home to the very first Habitat college chapter in the nation, Brenda is able to bring a variety of perspectives to her seat on the board.
What starts in Texas, ends in Texas. David Bills started his career drafting legislation for the Texas Legislative Research Council before he traveled the world as an attorney oil and gas. He returned home to Texas in 2014 to run a short-term home rental business and volunteer for Habitat Texas. He is our expert on the Housing Trust Fund and government code review.
If he isn’t paddle-boarding in Lake Travis, Beaman Floyd may be found in the halls of the state capitol building and working with legislative clients to address the needs of Texans or volunteer building in Guatemala. This, along with his advanced studies at the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, guides Beaman’s work as Habitat Texas’ Vice President of Strategy and Relations on the board of directors.
In addition to serving on the SouthStar Bank SSB board of directors since January 2015, Doug Foster is also the Director of Regulatory Affairs at Polunsky Beitel Green, LLP beginning in September 2014. Mr. Foster, most recently, was the Commissioner of the Texas Department of Savings and Mortgage Lending. During his tenure as Commissioner Doug also served as Chairman or Vice Chairman on three national regulatory boards including ACSSS, SRR and the SLC of the FFIEC. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and has spent two summers in Israel doing biblical archaeology.
Laurie Mealy’s deep and long-time connections as executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Grayson County gives a voice to the smaller affiliates serving Texans. With a background in social work working with victims of child abuse, Laurie understands the role affordable housing plays in stable families and neighborhoods.
Complementing Habitat Texas’ advocacy work is Ann Bishop’s expertise in operations of state agencies and the legislature. Her leadership as head of the multibillion-dollar Employee Retirement System of Texas along with cutting edge technology implementation, legal compliance and fiduciary system accountability helps Habitat with the complex analysis of housing needs and the impact it has on communities.
Before Steven Leggett became the executive director of Abilene’s Habitat for Humanity, he was a marketing and development expert in university and energy settings. Bringing knowledge and skills in communications to Habitat Texas, Steven is focusing on developing partnerships with faith groups at the regional level to the board.
Klaudia Flanagin has 32 years of experience in advertising including media, account service, research, and strategic planning, while having worked with some of the top agencies in the country. She is also the founder and owner of Grok It Strategies, a research and strategy company.
Shahreen AbedinCommunity Member
With her well-respected work in public relations and communications Shahreen Abedin brings her knowledge and talent to our board. Her background in nonprofit fundraising, marketing and media with companies such as CNN are some of her many accomplishments. Shahreen also has applied knowledge of the First Amendment and media law making her a well-rounded individual for her current role as Director of Communications for the Dell Medical School of UT Austin.
LaJuan GordonAffiliate Board Member
Her leadership in various areas of nonprofit development symbolizes her work in the community and as the Executive Director for the Northeast Texas Habitat for Humanity. As an affiliate board member, LaJuan Gordon brings her criteria and quality insight to our board.
David McGuireCommunity Board Member
David M. McGuire is the President and President and Chief Lending Officer of the Spirit of Texas Bank and has served in those positions since 2009. Mr. McGuire received his Bachelor of Business Administration—Finance degree from Texas A&M University in 1987. With over 37 years of banking experience, Mr. McGuire’s extensive business and banking experience and his perspective, knowledge and extensive community relationships we are thrilled to have him on our board.
Miha Vindis Community Board Member
Founding Partner at Engage Leadership Consulting, Miha Vindis comes to our board with an array of experiences. He teaches leadership and management strategy at the University of Texas at Austin; and offers related strategic and marketing consulting to senior leadership through Vindis International LLC. His research projects include the development of digital social capital models and their ability to influence engagement.