Let's get to know the team before we meet in Budapest
Here's a look at our amazing team that will be building houses in Beius this summer!
Katie Boland is a high school history teacher at Trumbull High School. I have been an avid volunteer with Habitat for Humanity since my high school days when I helped build my first house in Bridgeport, Connecticut with Habitat for Humanity of Coastal Fairfield County. Since then I have led numerous Collegiate Challenge and Global Village trips and I look forward to showing you all why I love Romania. Besides volunteering with Habitat, I also enjoy running (training for my 1st half marathon this spring) and I am an avid history buff (early American history is my favorite time period). I advise two groups at my high school -- my Model UN team is one of the top 100 teams in the country and my We the People team just placed 8th in the nation at the Nationals this past weekend! I'm so proud of all of my students However, I can't wait for the summer and to meet you all in Budapest!
Hello! I am Christina Chiocchi and I'm an 18 year old from Santa Cruz, CA area. I am currently a senior at Los Gatos High School, and plan on going to UC Santa Barbara in the fall with a major of Communications and Technology Management. A few things about me… I love running, biking, reading, music, the beach, cooking, traveling, photography, and movies. I am a fun loving, outgoing person and love meeting new people. I chose the Romania Habitat trip because I wanted to do something memorable and meaningful this summer; instead of going on a "senior trip" I figured this was a much more worthy recipient of my time and money. I look forward to meeting all of you in August!
My name is Judy Drown. I was born and raised in Colorado but have lived all my adult life in Nebraska. I have 2 grown children and 5 grandchildren. I am a mostly retired Registered Nurse. I have been involved in Habitat for Humanity for 20+ years, but have been much more active in the passed 5 years. I enjoy all things about the building process and am willing to do anything that needs to be done except work on roofs due to vertigo. I have been privileged to build in Viet Nam in 2009 and in Haiti in 2012 on Carter Work Projects. There is great satisfaction in being able to assist with building decent housing with new homeowners. I believe we can change the world one step at a time.
Henry Perrin Garsombke (a.k.a. "Perry" or just "Gar") is a retired college professor who builds (and "deconstructs") with Orange County (California) Habitat. He just returned from his first Global Village build in El Salvador, and looks forward to returning to Romania (previous trips were '80, '91 and '92).
Dave & Marie Henry have lived in a rural Massachusetts community for the past 19 yrs. after 25+ yrs. in Anchorage, AK, where we met & married over 44 yrs. ago. Dave is a retired weather forecaster [43 yrs. with NOAA], & I'm a retired RN as of 5 yrs. ago when our second grandchild was born. Dave's main hobby is anything that relates to the computer, whereas I enjoy volunteering with the American Red Cross, Special Olympics, American Cancer Assn., & the American Lung Assn., &, of course Habitat for Humanity International. We both enjoy hiking, biking, camping, gardening, movies, music, & traveling. We have 3 children [2 boys, 1 girl], a grandson & granddaughter, all of whom live on the West Coast [Oregon & Wash.] where we eventually plan to relocate. This will be my 12th Global Village, & Dave has shared 2 of them with me [NZ & India]. Our daughter also did Costa Rica with me a few years ago. This will be our oldest son Mike's first Habitat experience. We're anticipating & looking forward to a wonderful family adventure in Romania as we work with a great team, meet great people, & try to make a difference in the world of one Romanian family by helping them have a decent, affordable home to live in. God bless us all!
Hi, my name is Mike Henry. I'm 42 and work as a software developer in Liberty Lake, Washington. Aside from Canada, I have never visited another nation. I love to travel, however, and I've been looking for a way to volunteer myself to help others, so I'm thinking a Global Village build may offer a fulfilling experience for me. Over the years, my mom has been on several builds herself and has had many good things to say about them, and I'm glad I now have the chance to be a part of one. In fact, both of my parents (Dave and Marie Henry) are accompanying me on this team, so it should be a very special experience for all of us.
Michelle Jaconette: I am a 22-year-old student at the University of California, San Diego and will be graduating in June with a B.A. in Literature/Writing. I am an avid traveler, photographer and writer as well as a blogging enthusiast and sometimes-chef. I will be pursuing a career in education as a future middle school English teacher and will be applying to graduate school in the fall. I first learned about Habitat for Humanity when I was in the 6th grade and I have wanted to participate ever since. The opportunity to go on this trip has come at a pivotal moment in my life where so much is changing and I hope that this experience will serve as a reminder to step outside of my own needs and ground myself in the reality of the world. I chose Romania because I have never been to Eastern Europe before and I'm excited to experience a place that is unfamiliar to me. This will be my first Habitat trip and I can't wait!
Allen Manning: Hello to everyone!!! I am a military retiree who currently resides in a small Indiana town situated on the banks of the Ohio River in between Louisville, KY and Cincinnati OH. After retiring, I decided to forgo the daily work grind and volunteer in my community in several ways. I drive veterans to medical appointments to the Louisville VA Hospital (about 50 miles away) at least once week; help in a local food pantry a couple times a month; serve as a Court Appointed Special Advocate/Guardian ad Litem for neglected and abused children and I enjoy restoring lost and forgotten cemeteries and rediscovering lost lives. I help other's discover their genealogical roots and relish sleuthing and the frustration that comes with it as my late night hobby. Other time fillers include serving on the board of a couple of non-profits and holding elected officer positions in a couple of veterans organizations. I have had the great fortune of travelling to all fifty states and over thirty countries and always look forward to new experiences, new epicurean delights and meeting wonderful people. My most recent international foray was a Global Village trip to Trinidad in 2012. I'm looking forward to traveling to Romania and doing good things for others and getting to know each of you. As for special home building talents, I rate at the bottom of the scale, but am always willing to learn, get dirty and have lots of fun. In Trinidad, I dug a mean septic tank hole...with the help of many others!
Bonnie Mumm: I retired from the University of Nebraska at Kearney in 2011 after 26 years as the Administrative Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance. Loved being involved with all the different administrative areas of University life. Now I enjoy traveling, gourd crafts, sewing and visiting kids and grandkids. After my husband became involved with HFHI, I started working with the group and have been a board member and secretary and am currently still the hospitality chairman, planning dedications and coordinating hostesses for and stocking our food shack for Saturday builds. We love to travel and learn about our world and its people, so I am excited to experience my first international build with HFHI.
Ken Mumm: I am a retired educator of 41 years. I taught English to 8th graders to seniors for 10 years. Then, I became an assistant principal at a junior high school which we converted to a middle school. I became an early adolescent advocate. I was an assistant principal for 23 years. I then taught at our local university in the Teacher Education department for 8 years. I've been an active Habitat volunteer in our hometown, Kearney, NE for 12 years. I was a board member for six years, president for two. Our affiliate has built 64 homes in 21 years. In 2009, 12 Kearney volunteers joined the Jimmy & Roslynn Carter build in the Mekong Delta. We were assigned Vietnam and truly felt the passion involved in helping really poor people build a HOME, that by our standards, wasn't much of a home. That changed my world view and I want to expand that view by helping in Beius.
Kay Payne: I grew up on a sandhills cattle ranch and became a high school French teacher. After obtaining my graduate degree, I directed a Small Business Development Center for 13 years and then a market research center for 10 years, both at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. I'm now retired and enjoy playing in a hand bell choir, volunteering in a grade school's reading program, having entertaining discussions at book club, taking pottery and yoga classes, doing crossword puzzles, and working at our local Habitat for Humanity. My husband, Rodger Payne, and I have traveled to several Car-a-vanner builds, a couple of international builds and have led mission trips through our local church. We have a daughter and a grandson who live in Boston. We'll be grandparents again in early September.
Rodger Payne: I am a retired science teacher (32 1/2 yrs.), a native of Nebraska and a Kiwanian (2 years). My wife and I have been involved with Habitat in Kearney since 1992 and we have worked in two foreign countries and at care-a-van builds in several states.