Habitat for Humanity of Jacksonville, Inc. (HabiJax) is pleased to announce the promotions of three management team members. Angela Leatherbury has been named Chief Administrative Officer. Roger Cortie has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer. Brenda Thomas has been named Vice President of Resource Development.
“Angela, Roger and Brenda are valued members of the HabiJax team and each brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and passion to our organization, Their unique abilities to lead with a strategic vision while executing the operational details will allow us to continue to enhance our organization and advance our mission to bring people together to build homes, communities and hope.” -HabiJax President and CEO Mary Kay O’Rourke.
Leatherbury joined HabiJax in 2002, first serving a term as an AmeriCorps Service Member and then joining the staff in 2003. She has worked in several different departments within the organization, most recently serving as Vice President of Organizational Planning and Operations. In her role, she will ensure that cost effective operations and infrastructure are in place to support the agency’s stakeholders. Leatherbury has degrees in English and Sociology from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass.
Cortie joined HabiJax in 2003, most recently serving as vice president of construction and real estate. He joined HabiJax as senior builder and was later promoted to Director of Construction. In his new role, Cortie will oversee the organization’s day-to-day operations and ensure that HabiJax is well positioned to be an agent for ongoing organizational change in a rapidly evolving and competitive environment. Prior to joining HabiJax, Cortie held supervisory positions with national homebuilding companies after serving in the United States Navy.
Thomas joined HabiJax in 2013 as Development Director. In her role, she leads the team responsible for the identification and cultivation of individual and corporate donors and the development of revenue fundraising. Prior to joining HabiJax, Thomas managed home builder associations in Bradenton, Boynton Beach and Naples. She also served as the owner of a company that develops brand and marketing campaigns for companies and non-profits, and as a publisher. Thomas previously worked in the mortgage industry for SunTrust Bank and Bank of America. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Oakland University in Rochester, Mich.
Habitat for Humanity of Jacksonville, also known as HabiJax, was founded in 1988 and has become the largest non-profit affordable housing provider in Duval County, helping improve urban core neighborhoods in Jacksonville, including New Town.
HabiJax is one of the most successful Habitat for Humanity affiliates in the United States, having provided homeownership opportunities and other housing services to more than 2,000 families. In addition, HabiJax is an advocate for affordable housing, fair housing policies and economic development and provides workshops and other trainings to help families improve their opportunities for wealth building.