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Habitat for Humanity International thanks retiring board members for service

AMERICUS, Ga. (Jan. 25, 2007) — Six members of Habitat for Humanity International’s board of directors have completed their terms and will be stepping down this year. The 30-member body oversees the operations and direction of Habitat’s activities around the world. Directors are elected to two-year terms that may be renewed four times. Board members retiring this year include:

  • Nabil Abadir of Cairo, Egypt, is director general of the Coptic Evangelical Organization for Social Services, or CEOSS. He was an agricultural engineer for the Ministry of Agriculture from 1970 to 1975, and has since held many leadership positions at CEOSS. Nabil graduated from the Faculty of Agriculture, Assuit University in 1970, and received a diploma in social development from Coady International Institute, Canada. Nabil has also achieved a Master of Arts in public administration from Harvard University and a Doctorate of Laws from St. Francis Xavier University in Canada. Nabil is a board member for several local and national nongovernmental organizations and institutions, including Habitat for Humanity-Egypt.
  • Roberto de Ojeda of Guatemala City, Guatemala, is general manager and an industrial engineer for Molinos Centia, a manufacturer of wheat flour in Guatemala. Roberto has served on the Guatemala Habitat for Humanity national board for the past four years, holding the position of vice resident since March 2005. Roberto attended Louisiana State University.
  • Chantal Hudicourt-Ewald of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, is a practicing attorney. Chantal graduated from Universite d’Etat d’Haiti, Faculte de Droit and the University of Miami School of Law. She was a member of the 1986 Constitutional Assembly and has served on the national board of Habitat for Humanity Haiti.
  • Gwendolyn Carol Johnson of Wilmington, Del., is the president and CEO of First Independent Financial Group, founded in 2002 to provide debt financing and equity growth for its real estate business clients throughout the United States. As CEO of the holding company, she oversees six subsidiaries that work together to meet the needs of the company’s clients. She retired from nine years as senior vice president of the GMAC Residential Corporation, where she facilitated the building of more than 100 Habitat for Humanity houses across the country in communities where General Motors and its GMAC subsidiaries have operations. Ms. Johnson received her B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Cincinnati and a Graduate Key in Savings and Loan Management from Indiana University.
  • Larry Prible of Indianapolis, Ind., has served as chairman, president and CEO of Indianapolis Life Insurance Company. He is also the past president of the board of directors of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Indianapolis. Larry and his wife, Carole, have been actively involved as working crew members and family partners in each of the 38 Habitat homes Indianapolis Life Insurance and their family foundation, Love at Work, have sponsored. In 2002, Larry and Carole worked on houses in Immokalee, Fla.; Gary, Ind.; and at Habitat’s Jimmy Carter Work Project in South Africa. Prible has also been instrumental in establishing ongoing partnerships with community leaders and organizations within neighborhoods where Habitat homes have been built.
  • Chuck Thiemann of Cincinnati, Ohio, served as president and CEO of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati, a $60 billion regional wholesale bank providing funds to more than 760 member depository institutions in its three-state district of Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee. Chuck joined the bank in 1964, was named president in 1975 and retired in 2003. He has served as a board member of First Step Home in Cincinnati and as a director of Social Compact in Washington, D.C.

“On behalf of the entire Habitat for Humanity family, I extend my deepest thanks to the departing members of our board of directors,” said Jonathan Reckford, chief executive officer of Habitat for Humanity International. “These six individuals have brought to the organization enormous insight, experience, knowledge and compassion, and their leadership will continue to inspire our efforts to serve many more families in the future. I am grateful for their service and for the lasting impact they have helped leave on lives and communities all over the world.”

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in Americus, Ga., in 1976, Habitat has built more than 200,000 houses in nearly 100 countries, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1 million people. For more information, visit