BOARD OF DIRECTORS

CHRIS WISEHART

Occupation: 

Realtor with Century 21 Realty Team

Family info:

Wife Darcy and 2 daughters

How long you’ve been in Columbus, what brought you here?

Moved to Columbus in 1994 due to Darcy’s job at Columbus Community Hospital.

Why do you believe in Habitat’s mission?

As a Realtor and a Christian, I believe everyone deserves a clean & comfortable place to call home

What creates a home in your mind?

A safe place where everyone feels comfortable and at ease to enjoy life and look forward to returning to at the end of the day.

LISA SAENZ

Occupation: 

I am a Bilingual Realtor at kwELITE Keller Williams.

Family info: 

My husband, Luke, and I have been married for 14 years and we have 3 beautiful, bouncing boys— Madden, 16, Liam, 12, and Luke, 10. Our family wouldn’t be complete without our golden doodle, Jake, or Jakey as we call him.

How long you’ve been in Columbus, what brought you here? 

My family and I moved to Columbus 5 years ago. Before our move, we lived in Wichita, KS – Rock Chalk Jayhawk, Go KU, for the past 15+ years. But when Luke was offered a great opportunity with Great Plains State Bank, we decided to venture to the Husker state, and so far it has been wonderful.

Why do you believe in Habitat’s mission? 

Becoming a part of Habitat for Humanity was something that seemed very natural to me. Decent housing is a challenge not just reserved for larger cities but is also found in our backyards. Habitat’s ability to bring awareness and solutions to the situation provides a generous helping hand. Watching a recipient family nail their new address to their new home is incredibly heartwarming. Not just because they now have a place to live, but they have a place that is theirs and will be the catalyst to improve their lives.

dorothy bybee

Occupation:

Vice-President of Patient Care Services/Chief Nursing Officer

Family info:

Married to Craig Bybee and have three children and six grandchildren who all live out of town.
We are from Oregon where we raised our children on a small sheep farm.

How long you’ve been in Columbus? What brought you here?

We have been in Columbus for almost three years.  My position at Columbus Community Hospital is what drew us to Columbus.

Why do you believe in Habitat’s mission?

The mission of Habitat for Humanity is very dear to my heart.  I had a friend years ago who was a single mother with three children, one with special needs.  Housing was always a challenge for her and she was constantly moving.  When she received a Habitat house, her whole world changed.  We saw it in how she looked, how she worked and how her kids behaved. The experience made a lasting impression on me.  Habitat does much more than simply provide a home, Habitat provides hope.

What creates a home in your mind? 

A home to me is wherever Craig is.  He is my rock and best friend.  We have lived all over the country and every place has been home because we were together. I hope that through Habitat I can help others find that home.

Lori Peters

Occupation:

Executive Director

Family info:

Married to Doug Peters and have four children ages 9-16.

Why do you believe in Habitat’s mission?

My favorite part of Habitat’s mission is giving people a hand up and not a hand out.  It is very rewarding to see someone succeed after working so hard.  The tangible evidence of how home ownership changes the life of a family for the better is awesome!

What creates a home in your mind? 

Home is a place of love, laughter and peace.

Miki Naylor

Occupation:

Wholesale Loan Specialist at Union Bank & Trust

Family info:

Hubby of 41 years, Jeff Naylor. Children: Dr. Andy Naylor, Katie (Naylor) Parlane, Sara (Naylor) Becker, Megan (Naylor) Huckabee

How long you’ve been in Columbus? What brought you here? 

I have lived in Columbus for 53 years now. I was just starting 3rd grade when my family moved here from Idaho in 1970, as my Dad was the first Theatre and Speech instructor at the new Platte College (n/k/a Central Community College). I met my hubby here, we married and raised our four children in Columbus. And now our family has grown to include in-law children and grandchildren – such a blessing!

Why do you believe in Habitat’s mission?

 I have always found the Habitat for Humanity program to be inspirational and heart-warming!  I believe EVERY PERSON should have a place to call “home”, that feels safe and provides security for themselves and their family.

What creates a home in your mind? 

While homes can look and feel different for every person, to me “home” is not only a physical location but also a sense of love, security, foundation, and belonging!

Chuck Keep

Occupation:

Corporate Accounting Supervisor at NPPD

Family info:

Wife Becky, son Patrick (wife Madison and their twin sons Ayden and Nolan) and daughter Ericka.

How long you’ve been in Columbus? What brought you here?

Moved to Columbus from Lincoln in 1997 to take an accounting position with NPPD.

Why do you believe in Habitat’s mission?

I believe everyone deserves to have a decent, clean, safe place to call “home.”

What creates a home in your mind? 

It’s more than just a shelter. It’s a place where one feels safe, secure, respected, and loved by the other family members and where memories are created that last a lifetime.

Travis Hill

Occupation:

PMO Manager at NPPD

Family info:

Married 15 years. Wife Tara, Trey (16), Taya (13), Tynlee (11), Tristen (9)

How long you’ve been in Columbus? What brought you here?

We’ve moved to Columbus 3 times since 2005. Our roots are now firmly planted in Columbus. We are currently in “go” mode as we chase our kids around for all of their Lakeview Community School activities. We enjoy Columbus because it has everything we need and still provides us the opportunity to be out of the “hustle and bustle.”

Why do you believe in Habitat’s mission?

I believe in habitats Bible based mission because the organization seeks to glorify God, by serving His people. A safe and comfortable home lays a foundation for security and confidence. These homes provide more than a roof over someone’s head. They provide a launch pad to pursue fulfilling lives within our community.

What creates a home in your mind? 

Family is the cornerstone to any home. A structure that provides a safe and dependable atmosphere allows families the opportunity to build each other up, rather than being concerned about fixing issues. A strong family is what makes a fantastic home.

Angie Houser

Occupation:

VP of Human Resources for First Nebraska Bank

Family info:

3 children and 3 grandchildren

How long you’ve been in Columbus? What brought you here?

I have been in the Columbus area 20 years.

Why do you believe in Habitat’s mission?

I am a Christian and a firm believer in paying it forward. Everyone faces trails and tribulations in their lives and I believe what you do with those experiences is important. For me paying it forward to help others be able to make that step is important. God has blessed me with the opportunity to do this.

What creates a home in your mind? 

In my opinion a home is a building only. But being able to live in stable home for a family gives them the ability to feel safe, gather and have peace of mind.

Ron Ernst, MD

Occupation:

Retired General Surgeon

Family info:

Married to Ann since 1982. 3 children. 4 grandkids

How long you’ve been in Columbus? What brought you here?

Grew up in Columbus with Ann. Returned after training in 1987. A great community and wanted to raise our kids close to grandparents.

Why do you believe in Habitat’s mission?

The American dream is to have one’s own home. We want to help those that need it.

What creates a home in your mind? 

A home is where one can feel safe and relax.

Jordan Williams

Occupation:

Lender Great Plains State Bank

Family info:

Married to Emily Williams. 2 Sons.

Why do you believe in Habitat’s mission?

As a longtime member of the community, I’ve witnessed the positive impact Habit for Humanity has created for community members by helping fight poverty, revitalizing neighborhoods and creating stability for the next generation by creating strength and independence through homeownership.

What creates a home in your mind? 

A safe, inviting, accepting, fun and stable place that allows family and friends to bond with one another while amplifying positive interactions and encouragement.

Andy Sueper

Family info:

Wife-Mary Sueper; Children-Madeline, Ben, Jack, Will, Sam, Olivia; Pets-Dog-Myles; Cats-Cat and Zuri

How long you’ve been in Columbus?

I have lived in Columbus for a total of 42+ years. I was born and raised in Columbus.  Moved to Omaha for School in 95 and came back to have and raise my family in 2000 and have lived here ever since.

What brought you here?

To be a part of a smaller community.  Living in Omaha was a great experience and gave me a chance to see the world from a different perspective and live a life in a city much bigger than I was raised in.  What I realized in that time is that making a life and a difference in a smaller community was important for my wife and I. Having an opportunity to be a part of a community that you get to know people and people get to know you was important to both of us, as sometimes being in a city does not give you as much opportunity. In turn we felt it was important for our children to grow up in a community where they are close with their family but also gave them opportunities that sometimes larger cities cannot offer by being in a town that is close nit and people still look out for one another.

Why do you believe in Habitat’s mission?

Why I believe in Habitat’s mission, is being born in raised in Columbus, there is a certain pride that comes with being a part of the Columbus community. I not only work in Columbus, raise my family in Columbus, but there is a certain amount of responsibility that comes with it, to ensure the next generation has the possibility to have the same experience that I did when I was growing up here in Columbus. One of those things is ensuring this and the next generation a safe, and affordable place to live and to call Home, not just a residence. These homes that are being built are providing an opportunity to people that work and live in our town that some may have never felt they would have the opportunity to own a home, or be in a family neighborhood, and with that opportunity they can grow and create memories for their family, but also for the next generation to carry on and cherish. Owning a home is a sense of accomplishment, a sense of ownership and a sense of responsibility, that in turn creates a sense of pride and togetherness.  Habitat’s mission of bringing affordable housing to our town is not just building a home.  Habitat For Humanity is building a better community, by working together with many volunteers for a common goal to give back to more than just ourselves, which in turn creates opportunities for others that may not have been possible without the help of the community and organizational support.

What creates a home in your mind? 

I grew up in a family home.  I used to think that consisted of a roof and walls with bonus spaces and areas to those that could afford it.  As I am older now and I am raising a family it is much bigger than that. Although I understand that shelter is important, a home is a place that is your own small personal area of this world, that gives you a sense of ownership, and an opportunity to create lasting memories for years to come.

Keith Luedders

Occupation:

Platte County Public Defender

Family info:

Wife Tracy, 2 daughters and a son.

Why do you believe in Habitat’s mission?

Home ownership is something almost every family works for and dreams of. Habitat for Humanity strips away the barriers that exist for deserving families who need just a little assistance getting started. Habitat provides assistance and motivation for these families to work toward their dreams.

What creates a home in your mind? 

A home is a place where a family can feel safe, where they feel they belong. A home is not just a house, it is a house that is being inhabited by a family, in much the same way as a body is inhabited by a soul.

Jason Bergevin

Family info:

I’m married to Dr. Jenna Fiala. We have three children: Grant (20), Lance (17) and Blair (15) and a golden doodle named Brady (after Tom Brady).

How long you’ve been in Columbus, what brought you here?

I’ve lived in Columbus for about fifteen months. I moved to Columbus after being appointed to be the District Judge in Platte County.

Why do you believe in Habitat’s mission?

Habitat’s mission of bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope aligns with my values. I’m a believer in teamwork and helping others. Habitat does both.

What creates a home in your mind? 

Home is a place where you can both get away from the world and invite others in. Home is filled with good food, drinks, laughter and love.