Meet our Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is comprised of 15 members who represent South County Habitat for Humanity and who come from diverse backgrounds. These leaders are critical to South County Habitat's success and the impact of our work in the community.

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Sarah Miller, President

Assistant Director, Experiential Education in the Center for Experiential Education at URI

"I joined Habitat because...with my work supporting college students engaging in service in the community, I enjoy watching individuals from all generations come together to get dirty, build homes, revitalize communities, and restore hope in humanity's future."

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Daniel Marantz, Vice President

Office Leader, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties

"I joined Habitat because South County Habitat has been a part of my life for over 18 years. First as an employee and volunteer and for the last 5 as a board volunteer. My initial reason for volunteering was my love of working with my hands and helping others. This has morphed into bringing my leadership skills and passion for the organization to the board, allowing me even more impact on the great mission we have. I joined Habitat because I like to build and design things and help create the opportunity for affordable housing to be available to those in need."

Dr. J. Whitney Bancroft, Secretary

Retired State Leader, 4-H Youth Development Program

"I joined Habitat because I could put my faith and experience to work, having a real impact on the lives of families in need of the life-changing effect of having safe, simple, decent homes."

Scott Ostrowksi, Treasurer

Senior Vice President & Chief Audit Executive, The Washington Trust Company

"I joined Habitat for many reasons, including its core vision of a world where we all have a decent, safe, and comfortable home to live, including right here in our beautiful South County, Rhode Island.  I was touched by the Team and other Board members I had met at South County Habitat for Humanity, and was drawn to their mission to achieve this world through the organization’s fundamental principles of bringing people together through faith and community, focusing on building homes together, and advocating for affordable housing.  We as humans all desire basic needs, including shelter, and the folks at Habitat work very hard, every day, to help meet this need here in our community.  I welcomed the opportunity to be a part of Habitat, to share my time and talent, and to help support and promote the mission!"

Scott Andrews, Director

Independent Financial Advisor

"I joined Habitat because I share the vision that everyone deserves a decent place to call home. The impact of building homes while empowering volunteers with new skills is something that has changed my life. For the last 12 years I have worked with Habitat for Humanity on Alternative Spring Break programs, first as a college student and now as an Alumni Advisor. I have served with hundreds of student volunteers who had no previous construction experience but after serving with Habitat felt empowered with new skills and confidence in their own ability to create meaningful change in the world... Building Homes, Building Hope. I joined Habitat because I could put my faith and experience to work, having a real impact on the lives of families in need of the life-changing effect of having safe, simple, decent homes."

Deborah Byrne, Director

Wealth Management Banking Specialist VP, Bank of America/Merrill Lynch

"I joined Habitat because I strongly believe in the mission of the organization. I also believe that my purpose in life is to give back to the community and to help in any way that I can. It is important to me that I make a positive impact."

Leah Gardiner, Director

Retired State Leader, 4-H Youth Development Program

"I joined Habitat because I could put my faith and experience to work, having a real impact on the lives of families in need of the life-changing effect of having safe, simple, decent homes."

Andrew McQuaide, Director

Individual & Family Supports Coordinator, Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities at Rhode Island College

"I joined Habitat because our incredible community should be accessible and affordable and to support the amazing Habitat team that serves South County."

Richard Morrissey, Director

Retired VP Global Supply Chain Logistics Systems Strategy, Schneider Electric

"I joined Habitat because I like to build and design things and help create the opportunity for affordable housing to be available to those in need."

William Stearns, Director

Retired, past owner of small retail stores and Manager of Restore

"I joined Habitat for Humanity because I believe every child deserves a good stable home to live in."

Clifford Tyler, Director

Marketing and sales/development consultant, retired from Hewlett Packard and South County Habitat for Humanity

"I joined Habitat to help give local families the opportunity for a better life, with access to safe and affordable housing, and a place that they can call home.”

Maura Travers, Director

Retired AVP Attorney, Farmers Group Inc.

"I joined Habitat to support the important work it does in providing safe, affordable housing and to give back to the community where I live."

Ken Sisson, Director

Assistant Director, Enrollment Services at URI

"I joined Habitat because I enjoy working with the students and building affordable housing."

Peggy Benz, Director

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Jill Kass, Director

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