DuPage Habitat for Humanity Welcomes Two New Board Members

John Mulherin and J.B. Phillips are welcomed to DuPage Habitat's Board of Directors.

Two new members will join the DuPage Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors beginning on September 17, 2018. John Mulherin and J.B. Phillips both come to the board after serving on DuPage Habitat’s Finance Committee for several years.

Mulherin’s extensive background in real estate law and passion for volunteering his talents to the surrounding community make him an ideal board member. He currently serves with the Glen Ellyn Planning Commission and the Rotary Club of Glen Ellyn, and is greatly looking forward to his time with DuPage Habitat. He hopes to support our future growth and the challenges that may come along with it. He also sees this time as a way to keep busy after he retires later this year. Mulherin formed an initial relationship with HOPE Fair Housing several years ago, after hearing the president speak at a Kiwanis meeting. He went on to build relationships with Community Housing Advocacy & Development (CHAD), as well as Bridge Communities, which eventually led him home to DuPage Habitat. Speaking about his continued involvement in the community, he says, “I like to have new experiences. You can learn so much from being a part of things.” Mulherin has worked in law for over 50 years in DuPage County. He lives with his wife in Glen Ellyn.

DuPage Habitat first caught Phillips’ eye when he saw “A Hand Up, Not a Hand Out” on their table in a gym, where several nonprofits were set up to talk about volunteer opportunities. He started by helping with volunteer orientations at DuPage Habitat, assuming that the most he’d grow as a volunteer would be by using a hammer. He never expected that as Vice President of First American Bank, his skills were most needed in an area he knew well: Finance. Phillips joined the Finance Commission but found himself wanting to do more. He thought the opportunity to join the board was perfect, saying, “I really believe we are called to wherever we’re needed.” Phillips’ dedication to affordable housing began at a young age. After retiring as a schoolteacher, his grandfather bought and maintained low-income homes, and let Phillips tag along. Years later, despite choosing an entirely different career path, he’s still following in his grandfather’s footsteps. Before moving to the area, Phillips volunteered for an organization which would later become Rebuilding Together. Now he’s lived in Wheaton for over 12 years with his wife and daughters.

  

 

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