Rick Nelson

Rick is the Executive Director at Central Minnesota Habitat for Humanity. He has over 35 years of experience serving non-profits as a senior pastor and consultant in various contexts both domestically and internationally. He has devoted much of his career working with people seeking to improve their lives and enjoy their very best possible future, working on behalf of movements focused in the areas of children and families, homelessness, food scarcity, affordable housing, community building, and cooperative interfaith ventures. In addition to his undergrad degrees in education and communication, Rick has a Master’s degree in theology and ministry, as well as a doctorate in leadership from Luther Seminary in St. Paul.

Rick grew up in the San Diego area and has spent over 17 years in Minnesota. He and his wife Kristen—a Stearns County girl—and 12-year-old daughter Lucy enjoy any activities on or near the water, movies, reading, and the live music scene. Along with golf, theater, and their dogs (Fiona and Joe) their lives are busy, rich, and happy. “I am so thrilled to lead within an organization with such a great reputation, talented staff, and long-standing commitment to the vision and work of seeing to it that everyone has a decent place to live.”

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.

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.