Meet Our Team

Steve Messinetti
President and CEO
503.287.9529 ext. 11

Steve has Habitat in his blood. Working for Habitat for Humanity International straight out of college and then moving to the President and CEO position at the Portland affiliate, Steve has worked for the organization for over 25 years. In the past 13 years with Portland/Metro East, he has grown the organization from less than 10 homes a year to 30, oversaw the ReStore expansion from one struggling store to 4 very successful stores, and launched the Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative. Steve is a member of the PDC Neighborhood Economic Development Group and US Council for Habitat For Humanity International.

Steve’s Favorite Things:
Soccer: Timber’s Army
Band: Billy Joel
Home: Wife April and two children

Brendon Connelly
Chief Operating Officer
503.287.9529 ext. 15

As Chief Operating Officer at Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East, Brendon is responsible for Homeownership, Construction, Finance, Human Resources, and Information Technology. Brendon started his career stocking shelves at Fred Meyer Stores before moving into Human Resources and Organizational Development. He earned his MBA from George Fox University, and has done operationally focused work across a diverse range of nonprofit organizations in the Portland Metro area. Brendon has a deep interest in helping nonprofit organizations operate with integrity and efficiency. Brendon thinks spreadsheets are fun and enjoys framing qualitative problems in quantitative terms. He listens to audiobooks on his commute, hikes with his family, surfs and snowboards whenever possible, and thinks beer is a form of currency.


Erika Kennel
Vice President of Resource Development
How Erika Rolls:
Talent: Huge capacity to socialize
Hobby: Making furniture for her house
Fun: Skydiving
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Jane Christensen
Annual Fund Manager
How Jane Gets Down:
Vacation: Hawaii, Italy, France – who can choose just one
Sport: Tennis
Odd job: Catered for Martha Stewart
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Krista Cibis
Government & Foundations Relations Manager
How Krista Sees Things:
Vacation: Anywhere without rain
Hails: From Illinois & New Mexico
Art: Contemporary
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Melinda Musser
Director of Communications
Melinda 101:
Taco: Carnitas
Talent: Reaching items on the top shelf
Blazer: CJ
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Glenna Griffiths
Systems Administrator
How Glenna Gets Down:
Football: Seahawks!
Music: Zero 7
Getaway: Hawaii
503.287.9529 ext. 20
Preston Korst
Resource Development Coordinator
503.287.9529 ext. 28
Lauren Johnson
Major Gifts Officer
What Lauren Loves:
PeaceCorps: Where she met her husband
Hobby: Golf
Commute: Walking
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Tracy Matchett Oswald
Director of Development
Tracy Digs:
Island: Catalina
Food: S’mores
Music: Creedence Clearwater Revival
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Marianne McClure
Manager of Volunteer Programs
Marianne’s Musings:
Talent: Hostess with the mostess
Magic: Is in the details
Drink: Coca-Cola
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Tor Ostrom
Director of Volunteer Programs & Corporate Engagement
Tor’s Vibes:
Vacation: Lazy Beach, Cambodia
Special Talent: 2013 Waitts Lake Ostrom Fishing Derby Champion
Mexican Food: La Sirenita on Alberta Street
503.287.9529 ext. 12
Dave Caputo
Digital Media Coordinator/Graphic Designer
503.287.9529 ext. 31

Homeownership Program

Matina Kauffman
Vice President of Homeownership & Neighborhood Programs
Matina Lives By:
Laugh: Heard and loved by all
Vacation: Mexico
Hidden Skill: High School Thespian
503.287.9529 ext. 22
Taren Evans
Neighborhood Revitalization Manager
503.287.9529 ext. 30
Shelby Pierce
Homeownership Program Coordinator
Shelby’s Shenanigans:
Animal: Rescued, orange tabby named Tev
Side job: Wreath making entrepreneur
Hidden Talent: Exceptional whistler
503.287.9529 ext. 19
Michelle Rosa Bouza
Homeownership Program Manager
503.287.9529 ext. 37
Julie Wang
Homeownership Support Manager
How Julie Jives:
Hails: From Taiwan
Hobby: Wrangling her child
Food: Homegrown veggie garden
503.287.9529 ext. 34
Jake Antles
Home Repair Coordinator


Josh Philippi
Vice President of Construction
Josh Sees it Like this:
Hidden Talent: Can twirl a hammer like a marching band school girl
Hat Game: On point
Pet Peeve: Laziness
Rob Cunningham
Construction Supervisor
How Rob Rolls:
Musician: All the instruments
Tattoos: Music inspired
Oregon: Native
Sam Eckhart
Construction Coordinator
Ev Hu
Construction Supervisor
How Ev Sees Things:
Talent: Built catio for feline friends
Past career: Journalist at The Oregonian
Food: Burritos
John Keenan-Mudrick
Construction Supervisor
What John Likes:
Music: Jazz
Food: Vegetarian
Father: Of two
John Kott
Construction Supervisor
How John Gets Down:
Dog: Pug life
Home: Currently building himself
Hardhat: Styled backwards, OSHA approved
Nathan Lommasson
Assistant Construction Supervisor
Fernando Morales
Construction Project Manager
Leo Manlupig
Assistant Construction Supervisor

Finance & Administration

Amanda Stricker
Vice President of Finance
503.287.9529 ext. 18
Amanda Matlin
Staff Accountant
Amanda Calls it Like This:
Cribbage: Tournament master
Commute: On bike
Music: Rock n Roll
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Binny Nguyen
Mortgage Servicing Manager
How Binny Rolls:
Juggling: 2 kids
Sports: Taco Trot, aka running to every taco joint on Lombard Street
Talent: Cuts his own hair
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Ramona Reule
HR Manager & Executive Assistant
Ramona Calls it Like This:
Hobby: Flower arrangements
Talent: Ballroom dancing
Travel: Anywhere, near or far
503.287.9529 ext. 24
Jessica Levay
Office Coordinator/Executive Assistant


Cassie Punnett
AmeriCorps Volunteer Engagement Specialist
Ian Gallager
AmeriCorps Construction Crew Leader
Rayne Schwantes
AmeriCorps Construction Crew Leader
Rissa Steele
AmeriCorps Construction Crew Leader
Sam Thune
AmeriCorps Construction Crew Leader
Beth Williams
AmeriCorps Construction Crew Leader