Sarah Brachle Wagner is an experienced nonprofit professional who brings over twenty years of in depth and hands on experience in affordable housing development, fundraising, partnership development, and non-profit operations. She brings extensive experience in both the nonprofit and government sectors.
Prior to joining Habitat for Humanity, Sarah was the founder and principal of SBW Solutions, a consulting firm, where she and her team helped nonprofit organizations to secure nearly $10 million in grant funding and tax credit equity over the course of four years. From 2006-2013, she was the Executive Director of DuPage Habitat for Humanity, during which time she spearheaded two successful fundraising campaigns, which allowed for a tenfold increase the annual operating budget and development of over 30 homes. Sarah also spent an early part of her career in Washington D.C. at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as a Presidential Management Fellow.
Sarah holds a B.A. from DePaul University and an M. A. from the University of Chicago.
Brian has over 27 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, with a focus on Resource Development, Marketing, Social Media, Technology and Knowledge Management. Prior to joining Chicagoland Habitat for Humanity, Brian held positions with the McGaw YMCA, The Alford Group, The Field Museum, Hadley School for the Blind and The Goodman Theatre.
He has an extensive knowledge of fundraising software systems, information management and the integration of not-for-profit technology and "back-end" processes. As a consultant and Chief Information Officer of The Alford Group, he was instrumental in building services and counsel designed to combine the best practices of data and donor relationship management with fundraising strategies.
Brian holds a Bachelor of Arts from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, and apprenticed at the Actor's Theatre of Louisville. He is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), and has conducted seminars on fundraising best practices and ePhilanthropy for such organizations as the Association of Consultants to Non-Profits (CAN), North Park University, Support Center of Chicago, AFP's Indiana Fundraising Day, North American YMCA Development Organization (NAYDO), New Trier Township and Blackbaud, Inc..
Erin Shade has spent the better part of two decades directing successful development programs, including co-directing a successful $175M capital campaign for her alma mater, Wheaton College. Her experience spans leading annual fund programs, developing and executing new fundraising and donor engagement efforts, and planning events both locally and around the country.
In all scenarios, Erin’s priority is to build effective relationships with those whose passions and interests align with the mission and needs of Habitat for Humanity. She is an experienced writer who places a high value on collaboration and consensus-building across organizational boundaries.
Erin holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication degree from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. She was introduced to Habitat for Humanity her junior year in college, when she volunteered to spend several Saturdays hanging drywall in Chicago. Erin has three sons who keep her on her toes.
Kevin Barszcz is a Chicago native and US Navy Veteran attached to CVN-77, Engineering Department with the Mighty "E" Division. Kevin deployed in 2011 to the Middle East with Carrier Strike Group Two in direct support of Operation Enduring Freedom with the Navy’s 5th and 6th Fleets. Kevin is a DePaul University graduate and has spent the last 7 years focused on building a stronger Veteran community in the Chicagoland area. He has a passion for helping his brothers and sisters in arms and is excited to help introduce Habitat for Humanity's Veteran Build Program in the Chicagoland area.
Dru brings an extensive background in affordable housing and nonprofit management to Chicagoland Habitat, where she assists Habitat affiliates in preparing state tax credit applications and supports the Habitat mission through a variety of special projects. Her prior experience includes serving as the Executive Director of the DuPage Homeownership Center (now H.O.M.E. DuPage), a HUD-certified housing counseling agency, and as the Director of Finance for two DuPage-area nonprofits. She began her career working in market research and communications with Freddie Mac.
Most recently, Dru was a principal with SBW Solutions LLC, where she provided grant writing and technical assistance to Habitat affiliates and other nonprofit organizations. She also taught a graduate course in nonprofit financial management at North Central College. In 2017, Dru was appointed to the Board of Commissioners of the DuPage Housing Authority and currently chairs the board’s Finance Committee.
Dru holds a B.A. in Economics from Kenyon College and a Master of Public Affairs degree from the University of Texas at Austin.
Lindsay Hurey brings extensive and diverse experience in finance and accounting to Chicagoland Habitat. Prior to joining Habitat, she spent 15 years working at Exelon Corporation in various roles of increasing responsibility, including financial planning and analysis, controllership functions and project management. She began her career as a financial statement auditor at Arthur Andersen and KPMG. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Purdue University.