BANGOR, Maine — Habitat for Humanity of Greater Bangor is pleased to welcome Lynn Hempen as Executive Director and Steve Hicks as Construction Manager for the affiliate. Hempen brings 20 years of development experience to her new position with expertise in strategic planning, campaign management, annual fund development, board facilitation, and training. Hicks brings 27 years of experience in construction management most recently from Eastern Maine Development Corporation.
The Bangor affiliate of Habitat for Humanity began building affordable homes in the area nearly 25 years ago. Board of Directors president Seamus Higgins said, “It’s our mission to build affordable homes, better lives, stronger families, and safer communities through partnerships with people and organizations throughout Greater Bangor. We are excited to welcome Lynn and Steve to the affiliate and look forward to working with them as we serve an increasing number of families in the area.”
Hempen comes to the organization most recently from John Bapst Memorial High School after more than four years as Director of Development there. She previously worked as senior counsel at nonprofit consulting firms Gary Friedmann & Associates and BHC Consulting, LLC.
“I am honored to be selected by the Habitat for Humanity of Greater Bangor Board of Directors to serve the Bangor community and this great organization,” said Hempen, who began in her new role before Thanksgiving. “I am inspired by the people of this community, who are among the most generous and hardest working I have known. Their commitment has enabled Habitat for Humanity to successfully help families here, and I look forward to working alongside them.”
Hempen was a Fulbright Scholar and a cum laude graduate of Eastern Illinois University with a degree in Communications. She also holds a master’s in International Policy Studies from the Monterey Institute of International Studies.
The Bangor affiliate has built 15 homes since it began in 1988. “Our goal is to begin building two homes each year,” said Higgins. In 2012, with funding from The Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Bangor began repairing homes in partnership with qualified, low-income homeowners. The new housing repair program, A Brush with Kindness, is an exterior home preservation service that offers painting, landscaping, minor repair services, and basic shell weatherization for homeowners in need.
“Steve Hicks will oversee construction for traditional homebuilding and for A Brush With Kindness projects,” said Higgins. Hicks brings extensive construction and renovation experience gained as former owner of his own small construction business, SB Hicks, and as construction manager for firms in Missouri and Maine. Hicks graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of science degree in Business and Technology from Husson University and an associates degree in Building Technology from Eastern Maine Community College.
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Bangor relies on the generosity and commitment of neighbors and partner families to provide affordable homes.
Media Contacts: Seamus Higgins, President, Board of Directors: 207-299-3664 Lynn Hempen, Executive Director: 207-991-1803