|Lisa Caracci - Executive Director
Lisa, a native of the Bath / Corning area, first began her professional career at Corning Incorporated. She worked in Research and Development as a Process Engineer and Project Manager. After 6 years with Corning, she took on a new role as a Stay at Home Mom. Lisa has four children; two biological daughters and two internationally adopted children from Guatemala, one girl and one boy. Four kids only a total of three years apart sure kept her busy. During her ten years as a SAHM, Lisa became very involved in volunteerism. She volunteered as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) and was very active in her church where she found her true passion; short term missions trips. Lisa’s trips included a children’s home in Macon, Georgia and outreach in Baltimore, MD but quickly expanded to global trips. She has since been to Tegucigalpa, Honduras 7 (and counting) times; 6 as a team leader. Once her children were all in school, Lisa decided to tackle the work-force again. She started working for Southeastern Steuben County Habitat for Humanity and soon thereafter became their Executive Director. Lisa has been at Habitat since 2014 and is loving it. She recently was able to go on a Habitat International Global Village trip to none other than Guatemala. Rest assured, her travels won’t stop here, nor will her Habitat work where she imagines a world where everyone has a decent, affordable place to live. In her free time Lisa enjoys cycling, running and reading. The majority of her free time, however, is spent chasing her kids all over.
|Noelle Gross - Finance Administrator
Noelle is our Finance Administrator. She received an MBA from Alfred University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Elmira College. She handles office finances with a special flair, and brings humor and laughter along with her each day. She believes strongly in the mission of Habitat, and loves to see well deserving, hardworking families move into their very first home. Noelle is also a wife and Mom. She and her husband Joe live in Big Flats, and have two beautiful girls Jordyn & Erin. Together they spend free time hanging with friends, bike riding, watching LAX games, and sitting by the campfire eating s’mores. Life is good when you do what you love and you love what you do!!!
|Jon Wylie - ReStore Manager
Jonathan Wylie has been the ReStore Manager for eight years starting with the organization in June 2008. He graduated from Mansfield University with a Bachelor Degree Psychology in 2006. He first started college at Corning Community College in Computer Science but later found he loved learning about human psychology. As the ReStore Manager he enjoys working with donors, customers, and his dedicated staff/volunteers. He is proud of knowing that he has played an integral part of the growth of the ReStore and its impact on the surrounding community. He can be seen in flashes around the store as his busy schedule keeps him moving but always has a smile on his face. He always has time to stop to make sure the customers are happy or have a conversation with the many regulars to catch up on how they are doing . When not at the ReStore, Jon loves to spend time with his wife Amanda and his daughter Norah. He also loves trying new things, inventing new ideas/products, being with friends, watching movies, and can always be heard talking about how good the Oakland Raiders are going to be the next season.
|Mitra Pratt - Project Coordinator
| Matthew Harmer - ReStore Development VISTA
Matthew was born in Toronto, Canada, where he enjoyed the cultural offerings of the big city, riding the subway to school, and sampling a variety of ethnic cuisines. He moved to Upstate New York as a teenager, where he enjoyed the sights of many cows, having to walk to school, and eating Pudgie’s Pizza. He eventually made his way to Japan for 2 ½ years, then returned to Upstate New York for some reason. He has worked with AmeriCorps for 3 ½ years now, as a Farmer’s Market Supervisor in Oswego, New York; Education Specialist for a homeless shelter in Des Moines, Iowa; and as a Volunteer Coordinator with Habitat for Humanity in Bridgeport, Connecticut. He enjoys crossword puzzles, watching baseball games, and travelling.