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Habitat elects new leadership

Latimer stepping down after serving decade as president

Published: Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013 5:00 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013 10:05 a.m. CDT
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Newly elected officers and Executive Committee members pose for a photo at a recent Grundy-Three Rivers Habitat for Humanity Board meeting. They include, front from left, Mary Lee Howard of Morris, Julie Wood of Ottawa, and Julie Wilkinson of Morris; and, back from left, Chuck Richardson and Gregg Nadess of Morris, Jason Helland of Mazon, and John Latimer, also of Morris.

Grundy-Three Rivers Habitat for Humanity elected new leadership at the December meeting of its board of directors.

Each new officer and Executive Committee member will serve a two-year term beginning this month. Julie Wood of Ottawa, manager of First Federal Bank in Morris, has been selected as president of the organization.

She succeeds John Latimer, who stepped down after serving as president for more than 10 years.

Milestones of Latimer’s tenure include enhancements to the volunteer organization’s infrastructure, the establishment of the first office space, and the acquisition of five lots on the former Paper Mill property in Morris.

Upon election to the post, Wood noted that she has, “big shoes to fill” in following Latimer’s leadership. Latimer will continue to serve as Construction Committee co-chair and was also elected to the Executive Committee.

Additional officers elected at the December Board meeting include Gregg Nadess, vice president; Jason Helland, secretary; and Chuck Richardson, treasurer. The officers will also serve on the Executive Committee, along with newly appointed members Mary Lee Howard, John Latimer, and Julie Wilkinson.

Also serving on the Board for Grundy-Three Rivers Habitat for Humanity are Tim Beck, Kevin Brown, Ed Cunnea, Sarah Grieff, Don Rhine, Gary Spear, and Aaronda Murphy Neuwirth.  Sue Cunnea is the administrative assistant.

Grundy-Three Rivers Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating poverty housing through the construction of simple, decent homes, which are built by volunteers and sold to qualified families with a no-interest mortgage.

For more information, visit or follow the organization on Facebook.

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