Our Staff

Habitat for Humanity Owensboro – Daviess county is blessed with a talented and dedicated staff.

Meet Our Staff

Jeremy Stephens

Executive Director for Habitat For Humanity Owensboro-Daviess County

Jeremy started his position in February of 2022.  After spending the first decade of his professional career in education, he strengthens Habitat with 10 years of experience in the non-profit sector and grant writing. He has a bachelor’s degree from Murray State University and a master’s degree from Indiana University in December 2021. 

Jeremy and his wife, Mandy, raise their three children in Owensboro and are active in the community.  Jeremy has served on many Boards in our community including the Opportunity Center, the Brandon S. Mullins Foundation, the Daviess County High School site-based decision committee, and is an active volunteer at Owensboro Christian Church. Although he can be seen volunteering at other local events and organizations as well, Jeremy is very busy with his children’s various activities as well. 

“I love being a part of an organization that empowers people though support and resources in order to better their housing situation”, states Jeremy, “everyone deserves a decent place to live and it’s incredible what a community can do when they come together.  I am a strong believer of ‘give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime’.”

Desiree Cecil

Office Manager and Bookkeeper for Habitat For Humanity Owensboro-Daviess County

Desiree started her position in May of 2022. She brings a wealth of experience to the organization and is truly dedicated to the mission of Habitat.

Desiree and her husband, John, have 3 children and were both born and raised in Daviess County. Her commitment to bettering our community is evident and this organization is blessed to have a person in this role with such a servant’s heart.

Lelia Gaines

Homeownership Program Applicant Manager for Habitat For Humanity Owensboro-Daviess County

Lelia started her position in July of 2022 and is a retired educator, but started volunteering with Habitat Owensboro-Daviess County in 1994. Over the years she has served on committees, worked side by side with our applicants and has worked on the job site helping build as well.

While her years of experience with Habitat Owensboro-Daviess County is extremely valuable, it is her willingness to serve that is her greatest attribute. The organization is so fortunate to have Lelia in this position.

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Chris Oldham

Construction Manager for Habitat For Humanity Owensboro-Daviess County

Chris started his position in May of 2024 and has 20+ years experience in residential construction. As well as being a skilled carpenter, Chris’ greatest attribute is his leadership. Running a volunteer construction crew can be difficult for some, but Chris has an infectious candor and sincerity with our volunteers and it is so amazing to see him teach, educate, and lead people to help build houses.