Jessica Macy

Jessica Macy is the Office Manager at CMHFH. Her previous background is in accounting and analysis, and she is excited to apply that experience at Habitat. The core values of partnership and empowerment resonate especially well with her desire to see people come together in the community.

Jessica lives in Sauk Rapids, and enjoys reading, knitting, and spending time with friends and family.

Alicia Chapman

Alicia Chapman is the Communications and Resource Development Associate at CMHFH.  She has worked at both daily and weekly newspapers and in the communications field for the over 10 years and is currently finishing her Master’s Degree in Social Responsibility/Higher Education Administration at St. Cloud State University.  She was drawn to Habitat by the idea of making a difference in the community by giving people in need a “hand up, not a hand out” and providing the tools for success.  She and her husband live in St. Cloud with their son, two dogs, and two cats.  She enjoys hiking and camping and is an avid St. Cloud State Hockey fan.

Art Buhs

Art has been building for 47 years and operated a successful residential homebuilding business for 27 years.  He also previously served on the CMHFH Board of Directors and Construction Committee.  Art enjoys spending time with his wife, their three sons, and 5 grandchildren.  He and his family stay busy managing several small businesses.

Bruce Johnson

Bruce Johnson has been the Executive Director of Central Minnesota Habitat for Humanity for eight years.  He has been serving a variety of nonprofit organizations both professionally and as a volunteer for the past 26 years.  Bruce is a member of Salem Lutheran Church in St. Cloud and has been active as an adult leader in its Youth Program for over 12 years and is currently a member of the church Council.  Bruce has two adult children and a grandson. Bruce enjoys spending his free time outdoors camping, canoeing, hiking, swimming and generally enjoying God’s Creation.  When forced indoors, he can be found catching up on reading and movies or hanging out with friends and family over coffee.

Eileen Bitzan

Eileen has served for 13 years with area nonprofit organizations in roles such as as program director, outreach coordinator, and volunteer coordinator. Prior to that, she worked as an administrator in student development at the College of St. Benedict. Eileen has three adult children and enjoys biking, hiking, and reading in her free time.

Marie Gertken

Marie Gertken is the Administrative Director and has been working with Central Minnesota Habitat for Humanity since 2005.  She also works with several local small businesses.  She has been working in bookkeeping and administration for over twenty years.

Marie lives in Avon, less then 10 miles from the farm that she grew up on in central Stearns County.  She enjoys being back in a small rural community after living in Minneapolis and St. Cloud.  She enjoys gardening, reading, hiking, and traveling throughout the United States.

Kris Lehman

Kris Lehman joined Central Minnesota Habitat for Humanity in August 2011.  Prior to being a part of the Habitat staff, Kris worked as the Missions Coordinator at Atonement Lutheran Church.  Her connections with local churches and non-profits have been helpful to her in her role as the Faith Relations Coordinator for CMHFH.  In that position, she works to gather the faith community to help build homes for families in need and to build relationships within and between congregations.

Social justice, advocacy and compassion for the homeless, hungry and marginalized are important to Kris. She appreciates that Habitat empowers families and provides a long-term sustainable solution, through affordable homeownership.

Kris holds a bachelors degree in Elementary and Physical Education from Concordia College in Moorhead, and is a proud Cobber! Kris enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, reading, walking, biking, and volunteering at church and in the community. She and her husband Greg have three adult children.

Melanie Blake

Melanie Blake is the Volunteer Manager at Central MN Habitat for Humanity.  She joined the staff in May of 2009.  As the Volunteer Manager, her role includes coordinating individuals and groups to fill the various volunteer positions.  Melanie’s role includes Church Relations, where she works with churches to help them be involved in the various projects.  This role fits her well as she worked in a church for 12 years as a youth director.  She brings the experience of working ecumenically with hundreds of volunteers and planning events. Construction and serving people are two of her favorite things to do, as she has led several youth mission trips where teens have worked on homes in impoverished areas. She enjoys being on the Habitat staff because it gives her the opportunity to live out her faith by serving families and volunteers.

Melanie lives in Sauk Rapids with her husband, Eric, who is the Director of Youth Ministries at Salem Lutheran Church in St. Cloud.  They both enjoy fishing, frisbee golf, being outdoors, playing sports, mentoring teenagers, and building people up so that they fulfill their God-given potential