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Habitat for Humanity International elects new officers to its board of directors

ATLANTA (Dec. 10, 2009) – Habitat for Humanity International recently elected five officers to its board of directors to help lead the organization in its mission to eradicate substandard housing worldwide. The new board officers were confirmed during a board meeting in Thailand.

“I am grateful to our new officers for their willingness to serve,” said Jonathan Reckford, chief executive officer of Habitat for Humanity International. “I am confident that the new executive committee will do an extraordinary job of leading Habitat in our mission to build, rehabilitate and repair houses around the world. These servant leaders bring to the board invaluable expertise in the areas of real estate, management, finance and communication.”

Those chosen to serve as board officers are Ken Klein, Anugerah Pekerti, Ted Dosch, Kevin Kessinger and Gladys Gary Vaughn.

Ken Klein, HFHI board chair, is president of KLEINCO Properties, a mid-sized real estate development firm based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Klein has been involved in building and development for more than 35 years and is actively involved in Habitat’s mission by volunteering to build homes across the country in Florida, Texas, Mississippi, Colorado, California and Washington, D.C.; and internationally in the Philippine Islands, Guatemala and Macedonia, as well the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Projects in the U.S. Gulf Coast and the Mekong River delta. He also continues to serve the Tulsa Habitat Affiliate as an advisory board member. Klein earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Oklahoma State University.

Anugerah Pekerti, HFHI board vice chair, currently works as an advisor to World Vision International Indonesia and is a founding member of Habitat for Humanity Indonesia. He served for 30 years as a professor of business ethics, management and organizational behavior. He has worked as a clinical psychologist and served as president of the oldest private graduate school of management in Indonesia. Pekerti holds multiple degrees in business from the University of Southern California at Los Angeles and psychology from the University of Indonesia.

Ted Dosch, HFHI board vice chair, is the senior vice president of Global Finance for Anixter International in Glenview, Illinois. Prior to joining Anixter, Dosch was the North America chief financial officer for Whirlpool Corporation and previously served as the corporate controller. Dosch’s work with Habitat began in 1999 when Whirlpool became a cornerstone partner with HFHI. Dosch earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Ohio University and is a certified public accountant.

Kevin Kessinger, HFHI board treasurer, is a resident of Kansas City, Missouri, and the executive vice president and chief information officer of TD Bank Financial Group, based in Toronto, Canada. Previously, he was chief operations and technology officer at Citigroup, responsibile for global operations and technology. Kessinger received his master’s of business administration from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, and his bachelor of science and arts from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. In addition to serving on the board of Habitat for Humanity International, Kessinger is a trustee for the Midwest Research Institute in Kansas City, Missouri.

Gladys Gary Vaughn, HFHI board secretary, of Cabin John, Maryland, is the immediate past national president of The Links, Incorporated, an international network of 273 chapters in the United States, the Commonwealth of the Bahamas and the republics of Germany and South Africa. The Links is composed of more than 11,000 women of African ancestry who use their expertise and resources to attend to the needs and aspirations of people of the African Diaspora. Vaughn holds a doctorate in home economics education and administration from the University of Maryland at College Park. She is employed as the Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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 1976, Habitat has built, rehabilitated, repaired or improved more than 350,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1.75 million people. For more information, or to donate or volunteer, visit www.habitat.org.