AMERICUS, Ga. (Nov. 21, 2006) – Six new members have been elected to Habitat for Humanity International’s board of directors. The 30-member body oversees the operations and direction of Habitat’s activities around the world. Directors include experts in housing, religion, poverty and finance. Newly instated board members include:
- Bishop Vicken Aykasian – Bishop Vicken Aykasian represents the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America in Washington DC. He has been active in ecumenical efforts, including the World Council of Churches and the National Council of Churches, of which he was recently elected president. Bishop Aykasian helped to institute a partnership with Habitat for Humanity and the Armenian Apostolic Church, including a 37-house build in Armenia in the name of His Holiness Karekin II, Catholicos of all Armenians.
- Edward Bastian – Edward Bastian is the executive vice president and chief financial officer for Delta Air Lines. He has broad finance and audit experience, which he has gained from his position at Delta and his previous work at PepsiCo and Frito-Lay. He also served as a partner at the New York audit practice Price Waterhouse. Bastian is a Certified Public Accountant.
- Gladys Gary Vaughn – Gladys Gary Vaughn is the current national president of The Links Inc., a system of inner-city social clubs that responds to the needs and aspirations of African-American women. Vaughn has a Ph.D. in home economics education and administration from University of Maryland – College Park, and she works for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Vaughn has promoted and secured funding for programs involving issues such as adolescent pregnancy prevention, promotion of physical activity among African American youth and recruitment and retention of minority youth in undergraduate and graduate programs.
- Renee Lewis Glover – Renee Lewis Glover is the chief executive officer of the Atlanta Housing Authority, where she pioneered mixed-income development. Glover has been nationally recognized for her role in transforming U.S. urban policy. By introducing mixed-income communities into cities, she has improved not only housing, but also public schools, transit access and employment opportunities. Glover served on the National Advisory Council of Fannie Mae and was appointed by the U.S. Congress to the Millennial Housing Commission in 2000, charged with providing legislative recommendations to Congress on national housing policy.
- Hugh McColl – Former CEO of Bank of America, Hugh McColl has been active in Habitat’s work for more than 20 years. As a retirement present, Bank of America’s board of directors decided to sponsor and help build Habitat for Humanity houses across the country in McColl’s name. The bank has donated more than $10 million to Habitat for Humanity International since 2002, helping to build 120 Habitat houses in the United States and 100 internationally. McColl has personally traveled to and built on many of the houses sponsored by Bank of America under the name of “The McColl Project.”
- Chainarong Monthienvichienchai – Chainarong Monthienvichienchai is the Vice Chancellor at St. John’s University in Bangkok, Thailand. He has a Ph.D. in education management from London. Among his many achievements, Monthienvichienchai has served on the board of Trustees for Saint Louis College in Bangkok and in early 1980s the Asian Institute of Management Foundation in Manila. From 1980-1997, he also hosted and produced an award-winning weekly television program on a national network in Thailand. He is married to Chintana and has four children: two sons and twin daughters.
“All of us at Habitat for Humanity International enthusiastically welcome these six new members to Habitat’s international board of directors, and we're grateful for their willingness to serve in such a leadership capacity,” said Jonathan Reckford, chief executive officer of Habitat for Humanity International. “They bring to our organization both their expertise and their personal commitment to the cause of affordable housing. We are thrilled that they have joined to help lead our important work around the world.”
New directors are elected to two-year terms that may be renewed four times. The new directors were elected at the board’s October meeting in Manila, Philippines.
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 www.habitat.org .