Meet The Team

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Meet The Team2018-10-04T13:05:35+00:00

We Serve Local Habitat for Humanity Affiliates

Habitat Texas was formed by and for local affiliates in Texas. Our role is to “help the helpers” in doing what they do best which is building more homes for more families, engaging volunteers, and building stronger communities all across Texas. Through a network of connections and expert consultants, the staff of Habitat Texas brings resource development, training and technical assistance, disaster preparedness and legislative advocacy to each of the state’s 72 affiliates.

Shakespeare said of Helena what may be said of our staff, “And though she be but little, she is fierce.”

How we spend the time

Legislative Advocacy 95
Training and Technical Assistance 90
Resource Development 30
Disaster Preparedness 15

Meet The Team

Amy Ledbetter Parham
Amy Ledbetter ParhamExecutive Director
With twenty years’ experience in construction, Texas government and nonprofit management, Amy Ledbetter Parham serves the 72 Habitat affiliates as Executive Director of Habitat Texas. Amy was a political campaign manager and a design professional for an architectural firm that specialized in public buildings and school districts. She has worked with more than 100 nonprofit organizations as a consultant in private practice, including Habitats, before coming to Habitat Texas. Amy holds a Master’s degree in Public Leadership from the LBJ School of Public Affairs and B.A. in Government from the University of Texas and a B.A. in Design from Texas State University – San Marcos.
Andrea Earl
Andrea EarlCommunity Outreach Officer
Andrea Earl serves as Habitat Texas’ Community Outreach Officer, focused on planning and establishing Habitat’s statewide VISTA Program and developing key partnerships with faith and business. Prior to joining Habitat Texas, Andrea worked as a policy analyst and advocacy coordinator with Texas Impact, with a focus on poverty, disaster, homelessness, and mental health policy areas. Andrea is a two-time AmeriCorps alum and native of North Carolina where she earned her bachelors degree and a Master in Public Administration and a B.A. in Communication from Appalachian State University.
Michele Seymour Burns
Michele Seymour BurnsConsumer Finance Officer
Michele Burns comes to Habitat Texas with 15 years of affiliate experience with Midland Habitat for Humanity. Michele has over 40 years of experience in mortgage loan originations and servicing. She serves on the MPAR (Mortgage Procedures and Regulations) statewide team, is a Certified Homebuyer Counselor, a Certified Relocation Professional, has achieved a certificate in Non Profit Executive Leadership, and is a past recipient of Habitat Texas’ Mary Ruth Rodenbaugh Staff Excellence Award. Michele is experienced in Bootstrap loan processing plus various grants for down payment assistance. She holds a B.S. degree in Communication Sciences with specialization in teaching the deaf from Texas Women’s University.
Amy Vargas
Amy VargasOffice Administrator
Amy Vargas comes to Habitat Texas from the public education sector where she served as a Secretary and Bookkeeper for a local school district. Originally from Greenville, Texas Amy now resides in Kyle with her husband and son. Currently, she is pursuing a degree in American Sign Language Interpreting with a focus on Deaf Advocacy from Austin Community College. Amy is a strong believer that what you put into the world always comes back to you, therefore she strives to do good by others every day.
Christine Kutnick
Christine KutnickResource Development Officer
With more than 20 years of experience in fund development, Christine has led many start-up and small non-profits to increase their revenue and grow programs to serve more of their constituents strategically. At Habitat Texas, she works with foundations, corporations, and individuals who want to make an impact the state-wide basis. In addition to securing resources to help Habitat Texas, she also provides workshops and coaching to Affiliates as a way to empower them to produce more safe homes for Texas residents.
Julia Burkley
Julia BurkleySpecial Projects Coordinator YAV
Julia Burkley serves at Habitat Texas as a Young Adult Volunteer, a volunteer corps through the Presbyterian Church (USA). At Habitat Texas she works on developing a faith engagement program to engage faith-based organizations on the state and local level. She is coming from most recently Davidson College outside of Charlotte, North Carolina, where she got a Bachelors of Arts in Religious Studies and Gender and Sexuality Studies. Originally from the Hudson Valley in New York, she hopes to continue a career in ministry and advocacy.
Zeel Vora
Zeel VoraPolicy Analyst VISTA
Zeel Vora serves as the Policy Analyst VISTA at Habitat Texas, where she researches current policies, programs, and data and works to find ways to share this information with affiliates. She graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelors of Science in Public Health, and is passionate about fighting food waste and loving animals. Zeel has also lived in Toronto, Canada for 12 years and hopes to attend law school shortly after her AmeriCorps year.

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