Rebuilding Together Elects New Members to National Board of Directors
Washington, D.C., January 14, 2021– Rebuilding Together, the leading national nonprofit organization providing critical home repairs and revitalizing our communities today announced the election of two members to its national board of directors. Bryon Cornelison, Director of Special Projects for the office of New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell, was elected as a representative of the organization’s National Affiliate Council. He is a current board member and former Executive Director of Rebuilding Together New Orleans. Jide Falaki, Senior Vice President, Finance and Treasurer for McKesson Corporation was re-elected to the board. He previously served on the national board of directors in his role as Vice President, Corporate Finance and Treasurer at Lowe’s Co. Inc.
“I am truly impressed by Bryon and Jide’s dedication to Rebuilding Together and the skillsets they bring to our board of directors,” said Kevin Rafferty, Chairman of Rebuilding Together’s board of directors and Executive Vice President of Hancock Whitney Bank. “Their expertise in healthcare, city government and home improvements combined with their continued contribution to our organization will undoubtedly have a positive impact on communities across our country.”
Bryon Cornelison has a long history of caring for special populations, starting with 15 years in the mental health and senior care fields in the 1980s and volunteering with Rebuilding Together’s New Orleans affiliate until joining the staff in 1998. Bryon was promoted to Executive Director in 2000 and expanded the affiliate to year-round services with the addition of a dozen AmeriCorps NCCC team members. He also hosted Kick off to Rebuild in 2002 during Super Bowl weekend in New Orleans. He was instrumental in the organization’s first capital purchase of a warehouse in 2003 and led the affiliate through Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Bryon took a sabbatical from Rebuilding Together for the last decade, using the skills he acquired with the organization to learn about and sell paint for both Sherwin Williams and Home Depot and provide expert project management to home renovations in New Orleans’ historic French Quarter and Garden Districts. Bryon, through the numerous contacts that Rebuilding Together provided, now works for the City of New Orleans in the Office of the Mayor, handling Special Projects throughout the city. Bryon rejoined the local Rebuilding Together affiliate in 2019 as a board member to assist with the task of separating this affiliate from a larger preservation organization, which had been the arrangement since 1988.
Jide Falaki is as an accomplished corporate finance leader at global firms and Fortune 50 companies with more than 20 years’ experience. He is currently the Senior Vice President, Finance and Treasurer at Las Colinas based, McKesson Corporation. In this role, he is responsible for Global Treasury Operations, Capital Markets, Risk Management and McKesson Capital. Prior to joining McKesson, Jide was with Lowe’s Co. Inc. for four years where he was most recently Vice President, Corporate Finance and Treasurer, responsible for Treasury, Risk Management, Strategic Finance, and Mergers & Acquisitions. He previously led Global Financial Planning and Analysis and Finance Decision Support for the Shared Services and Technology functions. Before joining Lowe’s, ‘Jide served in a variety of roles at Best Buy, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Citibank. He is a graduate of the University of Ibadan, Nigeria (Bachelor of Science) and Baylor University (Master of Business Administration); and an active member of the Association of Finance Professionals (AFP), and the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA). Jide is married to Folake, his wife of 18 years, and they have three children. He enjoys traveling and is an avid soccer fan.