Meet our Newest Board Members
Introducing our two new members who joined DuPage Habitat Board of Directors in January 2020. Bob Shield and Joe Proctor.
Bob Shield is very familiar with what DuPage Habitat does as he has been a Board member of Chicagoland Habitat for the past six years. As he continues to be on the board for Chicagoland it will be the first time a board member has served on two boards simultaneously.
After being in the mortgage industry, with Draper and Kramer, for about 25 years, Bob worked at Wintrust Bank as the Executive Vice President of Sales until his retirement in September 2018. His intro to Habitat started with his father in law who was a volunteer construction leader in South Carolina. During his time being involved with DuPage Habitat he has volunteered on numerous build sites throughout the years and has recently volunteered in Hanover Park, site of our Thrivent Faith Build.
Bob is looking forward to working with DuPage Habitat because he wants be more hands on at the affiliate level and work closer with our future homeowners. Some of the things that he hopes to achieve during his tenure on the Board is coming up with some new ideas and strategies so more families in DuPage County can be served and furthering our mission and vision. He enjoys playing golf, doing handy work and spending time with his grandchildren. He currently lives with his wife in Bartlett.
Joe resides in Naperville with his wife. He has worked in the telecommunications industry for 25 years working at MCI and AT&T. In 2005 he and his wife opened a telecommunications company called JEP Communications. A nationwide provider of VoIP products and services.
He is continuing his love for volunteerism by joining our Board of Directors. Previously, he has done nonprofit work with his church, one of the nonprofit helps kids play golf. Being an avid golf player he and other people in the community volunteer their time to instruct kids how to play without charging them for lessons or club fees. He enjoys working with children as he sees them as our future because what they achieve will help us in the long term.
One of the reasons he is joining the board is personal as his mom was a Habitat homeowner. The current recipients remind him of how it felt for her to have that sense of joy in having ownership and having something that allows them to have a stable state of mind. Joe is looking forward to working with DuPage Habitat as he sees is legacy is giving back. “I think one of the richest rewards you can have is helping someone else who needs help. I’m a person who believes in god and religion, so to me seeing the joy, whether it’s providing a gift to a kid who has never had a gift before, or helping someone attain a house.”
We are so excited to have these two individuals join our Board of Directors and look forward to seeing them support affordable homeownership in DuPage County.