Celebrating Exceptional Rebuilding Together Leaders at our National Conference

Washington, D.C. – November 13, 2012 – Rebuilding Together, a national nonprofit that believes in a safe and healthy home for every person, awarded five team members with their Of the Year Awards.

Each year, the Of the Year awards are presented to select members of Rebuilding Together’s affiliate network for exceptional leadership in their affiliate and their communities. These leaders are nominated by members of their affiliate’s staff and board. The winners show outstanding work and dedication to providing a safe and healthy home to low-income families.

  • Amy Radachi, executive director of Rebuilding Together Dayton, won the Executive Director of the Year Award. Executive Directors lead the charge of fundraising and project management. Since 1996, Radachi has led Rebuilding Together Dayton in rehabilitating nearly 500 homes, organizing 15,500 volunteers, and leveraging $3.6 million of economic investment for the city of Dayton.
  • Jerry Liu, NARI member and president of D.G. Liu Contractor Inc., won the Volunteer of the Year Award. The work of Rebuilding Together wouldn’t be possible without the thousands of volunteers that swing hammers and pick up paintbrushes every year, especially members of skilled trades associations. He’s been a faithful house captain at Rebuilding Together Montgomery County for more than 22 years.
  • Dave Christensen, construction manager at Rebuilding Together Twin Cities, won the Staff Member of the Year Award. Christensen is constantly looking for ways to do more with less for Rebuilding Together Twin Cities’ homeowners. Christensen frequently volunteers his nights and weekends, personal tools, materials, and the time of his friends and family to complete a project.
  • Linda Byster Hogan, a board member of Rebuilding Together Dutchess County, won the Board Member of the Year Award. Hogan is a founding member of Rebuilding Together Dutchess County. Her passion for her homeowner recipients has never wavered throughout her 20 years with Rebuilding Together.
  • Mike Verla, an AmeriCorps member at Rebuilding Together Philadelphia, won the AmeriCorps Member of the Year Award. Verla served nearly 2,000 hours in his community and the Rebuilding Together Philadelphia affiliate. He played a critical role in helping plan and implement Building a Healthy Neighborhood, one Rebuilding Together’s largest national events that revitalized the Overbrook community in Philadelphia.

About Rebuilding Together

Rebuilding Together believes that everyone deserves to live in a safe and healthy home. Our focus provides critical repairs, accessibility modifications and energy efficient upgrades to low-income homes and community centers at no cost to service recipients. Our impact extends beyond the individuals served to revitalize and stabilize vulnerable neighborhoods and communities across the country. Our 200 local affiliates complete 10,000 rebuild projects a year thanks to the efforts of nearly 200,000 volunteers from corporate partners, skilled trades professionals and everyday good citizens. Join us — visit www.RebuildingTogether.org