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Habitat for Humanity International thanks retiring board members for their service

ATLANTA (Dec. 10, 2009) – Habitat for Humanity International is immensely grateful to three members of its board of directors who have completed their terms of service.

Board members oversee the direction of Habitat’s activities worldwide as the organization works to eradicate substandard housing. Directors are elected to two-year terms that may be renewed four times. They receive no compensation for their voluntary service.

Retiring board members include

  • Ronald Terwilliger, of Atlanta, who served as chair of Habitat for Humanity International’s board and recently retired as chairman of Trammell Crow Residential, a developer of multi-family housing in the United States. A graduate of the United States Naval Academy and a Baker Scholar at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Business, Terwilliger is the former chairman of the Urban Land Institute, where he remains a trustee. Additionally, he is chairman emeritus of the Wharton Real Estate Center and past chairman of the Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership. Terwilliger also has served on the governing boards of the Enterprise Foundation and the U.S. Naval Academy. Terwilliger made a historic $100 million commitment to Habitat for Humanity in 2009.
  • Paul Ekelschot, of Zaandam, Netherlands, who retired as the senior vice president of Financial Services for Royal Ahold NV. Previously, he served as the senior vice president for Internal Audit at Royal Ahold and Philips. Ekelschot is active with Rotary Club and is a member of the board for the Netherlands Society of Certified Public Accountants. A graduate of Erasmus University in Rotterdam, Ekelschot holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and accounting and is a certified public accountant.
  • Janet Huckabee, of Little Rock, Arkansas, who recently retired as manager of Service to Military Families for the state of Arkansas with the American Red Cross. The wife of former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, Janet Huckabee served as first lady of Arkansas for 10 years. Her volunteer efforts with Habitat included serving as co-chair of the First Ladies Build program and serving on the Women Build Steering Council. Huckabee has volunteered for Habitat for Humanity’s Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Projects in Texas, the Philippines, Georgia and most recently, in Thailand.

“We are so grateful for the faithful service that Ron, Paul and Janet have given to Habitat for Humanity and the impact they have made during their tenure on the international board of directors,” said Jonathan Reckford, chief executive officer of Habitat for Humanity International. “Their compassion for those in need of adequate shelter has inspired them to lead by example as they have urged the organization, their peers and other supporters to help even more families around the world in need of affordable housing.”

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