Sue Z. Hart
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.
Board Vice President 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.
went to college at the University of Idaho, studying Linguistics, Spanish, and Teaching English
as a Second Language. He married his college sweetheart Cassie in 2010, and moved to
Australia with her in 2011, where she studied veterinary medicine and he worked as an English
teacher for international students, and at Subway in his spare time. They moved back to the
U.S. in 2016, with Cassie beginning her veterinary career and David switching careers to
wastewater treatment (long story). David and Cassie now live in Orting with their 1 year-old
daughter, Freya. David enjoys reading, running, time with friends and family, enjoying the great
outdoors, and learning new things. He joined Building Beyond the Walls because of his desire
to make his community a better place, and for the opportunity to work with and learn from such
and we moved to Europe. We lived in multiple countries but settled in Edinburgh, Scotland, and lived
overseas for 10 years. During that time, we started a family and our daughter Sara was born. We
moved to the PNW in 1985 and divorced within 2 years.
It was during my 1 st year here that I started my career in construction. I worked for over 32 years with
the same company that has grown and prospered into a large General Contractor in the area.
In the early years, I was very fortunate to work for Jerry Vandenberg. He mentored and helped me gain
my knowledge of the trade. I started as a project managers assistant, became a project manager, and in
1995 I became the contract administrator, which I did for the balance of my career.
I belonged to NAWIC, The National Association of Women in Construction for over 25 years. During this
time, I was the Treasurer for the organization multiple times. It was through this group that I meet Sue
Z. Hart and learned of Building Beyond the Walls.
I retired in 2018 and a year later Sue Z. and Jerry reached out and suggested that I join the team and
become a member of the BBTW’s board and join the finance committee. It has been a learning experience
providing a great opportunity to meet so many amazing people. I enjoy the commitment and direction
the organization is headed and look forward to seeing BBTW grow and expand in the community.
Todd is the state chapter leader for the American Tiny House Association, a national effort with affordable housing as at his core mission. He is passionate about bringing homeownership to those who can only dream of it. In 2010 Todd with the help of many others founded the Roots Collective Farm in Buckley, Washington. Todd is the director for Washington Tiny House Association and is currently working with multiple elected officials, and even advising government entities such as HUD, Dept of Veteran Affairs. He works closely with multiple non-profits including Building Beyond The Walls to
promote construction skills training. Currently 2 years with the Pierce County Flood Control District
Advisory board and now on the Orting Veterans Tiny Home Village board of directors.
Since his early youth, his parents experienced poverty and having to sell nearly all our possessions to
keep living in a safe humble home. At a very young age, he started working and became a business
owner and now has over twenty-seven years of entrepreneurship experience running nine businesses to
include Seattle Tiny Homes, INC, and TrueLand Development as well as an extensive background in
criminal justice and public safety. In 2005 he was injured with Pierce County Sheriff Dept which led to
homelessness, and a struggle to balance medical conditions and a lifestyle of entrepreneurship. He loves
serving his local community with the Sumner Lions Club as well as the Gordon Family YMCA.
Board MemberDave Roberts grew up in the Northwest and graduated from the UW with a major in sociology and track (on scholarship for four years). He then went to seminary where he met his wife of fifty
years, Merletta. They have two daughters and three grandchildren.
Before he retired Dave served three churches, all within the state of Washington, from rural far-eastern WA, to Seattle suburbs to a south-central small city. Along the way, Merletta formed a clown troupe in the church, with Dave joining in. We worked with the county fire marshal, introducing children (and parents) to smoke detectors. We are proud that while we continue that partnership there were no deaths in home fires in the county.
Most of his woodworking has been cabinetry and small gift items. In retirement, he wanted to
expand his experience and knowledge of construction/carpentry with the thought of volunteering
for Habitat for Humanity or similar organizations. He took the flagship class of BBTW in about 2016 and has served as a helper for two or three succeeding classes. He used what he learned from BBTW to help build a very simple house in Tijuana with a church group over Christmas–New Years’ break three years ago.
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.
Mark Van Lue
Advisory Board Member