Benton Habitat for Humanity is excited to announce Joe Whinnery as its new President and Van Melick as Vice President of its Board of Directors. In addition, Terry Neumann and Carl Christianson recently joined as Board members.
The newly elected President Joe Whinnery retired from a career in Parks Operations and Management with the City of Corvallis seven years ago. He now spends much of his time serving on the Habitat Board of Directors and it Home Repair Committee. Joe and his long-time partner, Karen, are active participants in their home community of Wren.
Vice President Van Melick is a mortgage broker with Directors Mortgage. He is the father of two children, aged 18 and 15. Van has lived in Corvallis since 2002. He has served on the board of directors with Food for Lane County and is also a member of the Rotary Club of Greater Corvallis.
Terry Neumann graduated from the University of Oregon where he focused on International Business. He spent the last 25 years as the owner of operator of the Corvallis Grocery Outlet in partnership with his wife Jan. After retiring in May 2015, he became a licensed Realtor and Broker with Keller Williams Mid-Willamette Realty.
New Board member Carl Christianson purchased his father’s general contracting and remodeling company, G. Christianson Construction in 2014. Carl grew up in Corvallis, attended Crescent Valley High School, and graduated from Oregon State University with an honors degree in Construction Engineering Management.
Executive Director, Karen Rockwell said, “We are excited to have these talented professionals join our team and help us continue the excellent work that we are accomplishing in Benton Habitat for Humanity’s mission to build safe, decent and affordable housing in our community.”