Meet our newest board member

Jim Nelson, our newest board member, came on board in the summer of 2021. Welcome!

Jim Nelson

Executive Director, Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity (Moorhead, MN)

Since 2017, Nelson has led Lake Agassiz Habitat; he oversees all operations including construction, mortgage origination, fundraising, family services and the ReStore thrift retail business. Lake Agassiz Habitat serves both Clay County, MN and Cass County, North Dakota with the primary cities of Fargo, ND and Moorhead, MN.

Nelson previously served as a member the senior leadership team at the Fargo-based CoreLink Administrative Solutions. Nelson has expertise in architecture, construction management, global vendor management, business process improvement, and facilitating cross group collaboration. He has a bachelor’s degree in Architecture from North Dakota State University and a master’s degree in Architecture and Urban Design from Washington University in Saint Louis, Missouri.  He is a licensed architect and holds a master’s certification in Corporate Real Estate.

Nelson believes we do our best work when we align our abilities, passion and purpose, and he believes we have an obligation to serve others. He enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, fishing and following the NDSU Bison football team. He is married to Gail, and they have two adult children.

Read more about our other new members below!

Aubrey Albrecht
Vice President of Education and Chief Innovation Officer, Minnesota Multi-Housing Association
Formerly with Urban Land Institute of Minnesota
Marjorie Grevious
Yoga Teacher and Spiritual Life Coach
Former Twin Cities Habitat Homeowner Development Manager
Vincent Henry, Jr.
Realtor, Edina Realty
Formerly with Simpson Housing Services
Nexus Community Partners Boards & Commissions Leadership Institute Graduate
Emma Kasiga
Senior Loan Officer, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
Formerly Housing Counseling and Financial Coaching staff member with African Development Center
Jill Kiener
Vice President of Development, Excelsior Group
Experience with Family Housing Fund as the Northside Home Fund Consultant
Grant Piller
Financial Planner, Piller Financial Group

Who else makes up the Habitat Minnesota board?

Board Members give time, talent and treasure to help us work toward our goal of a world where everyone has a safe, decent place to live. For any nonprofit organization, board members should meet basic legal obligations including Duty of Care, Duty of Loyalty and Duty of Obedience, but great board members do even more, offering servant leadership to their organization and community. Habitat Minnesota is grateful to have such leaders from Habitat affiliates and community members.

2021-2022 Habitat for Humanity of Minnesota Board of Directors

  • Julie Gugin, Chair
  • Bret Busse, Vice Chair
  • Kevin Pelkey, Secretary
  • Deb Flannery, Treasurer
  • Aubrey Albrecht, Community Member
  • Mary Jayne Crocker, Community Member
  • Katie Cumming, Community Member
  • Doug Gettle, Affiliate Member
  • Marjorie Grevious, Community Member
  • Vincent Henry, Community Member
  • Geri Hickerson, Affiliate Member
  • Emma Kasiga, Community Member
  • Jill Kiener, Community Member
  • Cathy Lawrence, Affiliate Member
  • Ruth Lunde, Community Member
  • Jim Nelson, Affiliate Member
  • Grant Piller, Community Member