Habitat for Humanity International names Juel Shannon Smith to Board of Directors
AMERICUS, Ga., Feb. 19, 2003 -- Juel Shannon Smith, a consultant to Educators for Africa, Teachers for Africa and UNCF International Partnership Programs, has been elected to Habitat for Humanity International’s Board of Directors. Smith was chosen to become a part of the 31-member board, which oversees the organization’s mission of building simple, decent housing in partnership with people in need throughout the world.
"Habitat for Humanity helps to break down the cycle of poverty and give families throughout the United States and the world... hope!” said Smith. “I am humbled by the opportunity to serve on Habitat’s International Board of Directors."
Since completing bachelor’s, master’s and doctorial degrees in elementary education and counseling psychology at Langston University in Langston, Okla., and the University of South Florida in Tampa, Fla., Smith has worked for 13 years as a counseling psychologist for the Counseling Center at the University of South Florida. In addition, Smith founded the Institute On Black Life and the Center for Africa and the Diaspora, where she served as executive director for 13 years.
Smith also was the international director for “Education Across the Miles,” an organization that builds schools for children in remote villages across South Africa for The Links Inc. To date, the nonprofit organization for professional women has funded 57 schools and has chapters throughout the United State, Bahamas, Germany and South Africa.
As a professional educator and lecturer, Smith travels extensively throughout Africa, Europe, the Caribbean and the United States, speaking to government, civic and social groups. She has been hosted by the presidents of Gabon, Senegal, Ghana, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Smith’s years of service with nonprofit groups includes working with United Negro College Fund, South African Global Partnership, United Way, Girl Scouts, Sister City, the International Foundation for Education and Self-Help and the Nashville Ballet, among others.
Members of the HFHI board receive no compensation for their voluntary service. Board members typically serve two terms with three years in each term period.
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. Founded by Millard Fuller, along with his wife, Linda, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliates in more than 3,000 communities in 87 nations have built and sold more than 125,000 homes to partner families with no-profit, zero-interest mortgages.