Habitat for Humanity director leaving to take job with city of Urbana

Habitat for Humanity director leaving to take job with city of Urbana

CHAMPAIGN — Habitat for Humanity of Champaign County is looking for a new leader.

Sheila Dodd, the organization's executive director since 2011, will be leaving next week to take a new job as grants manager in the city of Urbana's Community Development department.

Dodd said her last day with Habitat will be Nov. 16.

"I will still be able to help in the community, but just in a different role," she said.

The organization's board has begun a search to replace Dodd. Michelle Stallmeyer, Habitat's family support director, will take charge on an interim basis, Dodd said.

During Dodd's tenure, Habitat has helped 50 families become homeowners. The number of new homes built has climbed from one or two a year to six a year, she said.

Habitat's fundraising store in Champaign, called ReStore, has also grown — seeing a 30 percent growth in revenue during her years with the organization, Dodd said.

Dodd also led the local Habitat organization in helping with Gifford's recovery efforts after a tornado in 2013, and she's been credited with forming strong partnerships in the community and building a dedicated staff.

Her successor will like likely see some new opportunities to boost homeownership and help revitalize neighborhoods, Dodd said. Habitat for Humanity International is encouraging its affiliates to move toward renovating available single-family homes in neighborhoods as well as building new houses, she said.

Kate Metz, president of the organization's board, said Dodd did an outstanding job.

"Sheila will be missed, but we know that her presence will continue to be felt within the organization for years to come," she said.

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