Founder Sue Z. Hart was born on a small farm in Vail, Washington. At the age of three, her family home burnt to the ground. Her family moved into the logging camp, where her father worked. For six years they lived in a two bedroom camp house while her family built a new home, with the help of many family friends. Sue believes the experiences of her childhood played a big part in her belief that we all need to help our neighbors and be actively engage in our community. Passionately involved in her community, Sue served two consecutive terms as President, NAWIC (National Association of Women in Construction) Puget Sound Chapter 60 and remains active on the Board. She is a member of the Master Builders Association of King & Snohomish Counties and serves on many Advisory Boards. She is active in her Church and Community. Sue holds certificates in Business Management, Project Management, Universal Design, CAPS, DiCor (Critical Thinking & Creative Problems Solving skills) and is a Certified Laughter Leader. Sue loves to learn and empower others. While Sue thoroughly enjoys travel, she still calls Washington home and resides in Bonney Lake. Sue has two grown daughters and six grandchildren who are her greatest delight.
Interim Board Chair and Instructor Jerry Vandenberg grew up in West Seattle and served in the United States Navy. After his service to our country, Jerry worked his way through the University of Washington as a laborer and carpenter. Upon graduating with History and Business Management degrees, Jerry was employed as a Field Superintendent for Barclay Dean Interiors and worked his way to the company President. In 1990, Jerry bought the construction division of Barclay Dean. In a ten year period, they created two construction entities: Barclay Dean Construction (now Jackson Dean Construction) and Barclay Dean Architectural Products. In 2000, Jerry sold to his partners and retired in Lake Tapps, where he has lived since 1970. Jerry has a long history and commitment to community service. He has formerly served as a board member and board chairman of Western Washington March of Dimes; board member of Cascade Land Conservancy (now Forterra); board member and board co-president and chairman of MOHAI-Museum of History and Industry; member of The Southwest Seattle Historical Society Advisory Board; and former member of Seattle and Bellevue Rotary Clubs. Currently, Jerry is a member of Sumner Rotary Club and board member of Building Beyond the Walls. Jerry continues to be actively engaged in his community and enjoys spending time with his wife and grandkids.
Board Secretary Monica Gaub is a community activist with a background in youth alcohol, tobacco, drug and violence prevention. A Community Mobilizer and experienced grant writer, she currently serves as the Facilitator of the White River Families First Coalition. Monica is very involved in the community and has served as President or Vice-President for the Buckley Youth Activity Center non-profit board for the past five years, being active in fundraising, strategic planning, board policy development and forming the Buckley Bicycle Co-Op for youth. She serves on the pastoral care team at her church, preparing freezer meals and connecting people to volunteer opportunities throughout the area. Her personal service projects include the Northeast Pierce Resource Guide, which lists local services and volunteer opportunities, a Facebook page promoting local engagement volunteerism, and contributing to a Facebook page for local events, classes, and resources. Raised on a farm in rural Minnesota, Monica now lives in Bonney Lake with her husband Ty. They have four adult children and two grandchildren. Monica and Ty enjoy traveling and have a large garden, harvesting and donating excess produce to a local outreach.
Board Treasurer Andrea Carvalho has been bookkeeping for 15 years for a variety of businesses, not-for-profit, internet start-up, agriculture, yoga and medical research. She splits her time between teach yoga, managing a yoga studio and doing bookkeeping. She believe passionately in the importance of community involvement and volunteerism. Her current community projects are Building Beyond the Walls, bookkeeper and Board Treasurer and Habits for Happiness (sohapp.org), bookkeeper and Board Treasurer.
Board Director Jason Tonneslan is married with two young adult daughters and has a two year old grandson. He is a longtime resident of Sumner, Wa. Jason was born into a family heavily involved autosports in Southern California and was "raised at the racetrack". His teen years and early twenties were consumed by skateboarding and being a young parent. His obsession for skateboarding, payed off as he excelled at it and got local recognition. Jason's grandfather, one of the most influential people in Jason's life, taught him the art of welding when he was very young. Jason needed to provide for his family as he was a young father. Being at the racetrack all the time, gift for welding and having a natural artist eye, it was an organic progression to the world of custom car building. During this time his second daughter was born, Jay was building high end custom show cars. He loved it and continued this for 10 years. While in this career he invented and manufactured an auto leveling air suspension kit. Cars he designed and custom built were featured at SEMA and many local car shows, these cars would often receive awards. Jay's career life and personal life often intertwine as he brings his passion for life into his work. Jay got married to his wife in 2010 a soon after decided he wanted to pursue teaching. He was involved on an advisory board and found out there was an opportunity for him to teach high school. Jay loves teaching shop at White River High School, and the time it allows him to spend with his wife, 3 dogs, 2 daughters, and his grandson. He also has not let go of the adrenaline junkie inside of him as he enjoys racing go karts at the track, & still skateboards. He also enjoys playing the guitar and volunteering around the community.
Advisory Board Member Candice Taylor retired in 2006 after a 45-year career in banking. After retirement, Candice participated in the Flagship Construction Training Program where she learned valuable constructions skills. She used her new skills while volunteering with the Snohomish County affiliate of Habitat for Humanity. During that time she organized and participated in two trips to the New Orleans area, building new homes for the victims of hurricane Katrina. Since that time she's participated in several local Habitat for Humanity builds as well as builds in South Carolina and Utah. She also participated in the Jimmy and Roslyn Carter Work Project in Vietnam in 2009. Candice was raised in northern Utah and moved to the Seattle area in the late 1960s. She has four grown children and four grandchildren. She now lives in the Lake Chelan area and enjoys activities with her family and volunteering in the community.
Advisory Board Member Mark Van Lue, who was most recently the Chief Operating Officer for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles, joined the affiliate as Vice President of Construction and Real Estate in 2007. Mark started his Nonprofit career in 1999 as Construction manager for Habitat for Humanity in South Bend, Indiana. In 2006, he moved to Americus, Georgia to accept the position of Director of Construction and Environmental Resources at Habitat for Humanity International, where he provided global support, training, and oversight to Habitat's construction operations. He also provided project management for Habitat's disaster response team in the US Gulf Coast, and for high profile special event builds in the US and abroad. He has been in construction and nonprofit management for over 35 years. Raised in Indiana, Mark now lives with his wife, Laura, in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He has two grown daughters and five grandchildren. Mark has been honored with the Clarence Jordan award for developing the Cornerstone Training Program, a hands-on construction skills training course, and the Lester M. Wolfson award for non-fiction writing.