Habitat Young Professionals MidOhio Board
Adam Noel is the Chair of the HYP Mid-Ohio Board. Originally from Maine, Adam has lived in Columbus for the past 6 years. He became involved with Habitat for Humanity-MidOhio in December 2010, regularly volunteering on Saturdays. To date he has volunteered more than 1,000 hours. He has also helped build homes on HFHI Global Village trips to Costa Rica, Argentina, and Portugal. Adam began volunteering with Habitat looking to help others, meet new people in Columbus, and learn a wonderful life skill. One of his fondest Habitat memories is the smiles on the children’s faces at the first dedication ceremony that he attended; the homeowner even introduced him to goat meat. Adam attended St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia and holds two degrees, a Bachelors of Business Administration in Information Systems and a Bachelors of Information Systems in Enterprise Systems. He has been working as an SAP Business Analyst at L Brands since 2010. Outside of work and his involvement with Habitat, Adam enjoys hiking, skiing, camping, anything outdoors, volunteering, and traveling.
Bea Nyero, from Kampala, Uganda, is Vice-Chair of the HYP MidOhio Board. Her role is to provide leadership in absence of the Chair, run the Board’s election process, and fulfill a variety of duties as assigned by the Board. A self-proclaimed “foodie,” Bea enjoys the fantastic array of restaurants and the reasonable cost of living in Columbus, where she has resided since 2008. She loves to shop and spend time with family and friends. Bea is currently pursuing a degree in Marketing Communications and Public Relations at Franklin University; she also works at Nationwide Insurance as a Communications and Training Specialist. In this role, she leads internal and external communications initiatives and coordinates training presented by stakeholders to improve processes in her department. Driven by her experience living in substandard housing and her desire to give back, Bea enjoys her work on the Board and loves to see the progress of the HYP Chapter coming to fruition.
Tirzah Harper currently serves as the Secretary of the HYP Board, which entails recording meeting minutes, maintaining board records, distributing documentation, and handling legal and compliance matters as needed. Tirzah is originally from Montana, but most recently resided in Akron before moving to Columbus one year ago. She loves the diversity that Columbus offers and enjoys knitting and traveling (she has been to 46 out of 50 states!). Tirzah is a graduate of the University of Akron and holds a BS and MS in accountancy. She currently works for RSM US LLP in risk advisory services in the area of IT audit. Tirzah joined HYP to gain professional networking experiences and is excited about the opportunity to be a founding member of an organization whose mission she supports. She enjoys using her organizational skills to help support the board’s mission and goals.
As the treasurer of the HYP Board, Wolfgang Teran oversees the management and reporting of HYP finances. Though he grew up in Miami, Wolfgang has been in Columbus for 10 years and is excited to see and be a part of all the changes occurring in the city. After receiving his undergraduate degree in finance from Florida International University, he attended OSU for his master’s degree in City and Regional Planning and for his MBA. He currently works for Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing and its affiliate, Ohio Capital Finance Corporation. In his free time, Wolfgang enjoys anything car-related and playing tennis and racquetball. Wolfgang is excited about HYP’s tremendous potential to reach the community and make a significant impact on the affordable housing shortage. His favorite part of being an HYP board member is working with great, diverse people that are all excited to be a part of the group.
Lee Matsos is the Advocacy and Education Chair, responsible for keeping the Board up to date on events in Ohio affordable housing and advocacy. He also builds awareness with Chapter members about the link between affordable housing and poverty alleviation. Lee is from Wooster, OH and is a new transplant to Columbus. He loves the diversity of the city as well as the many cultural activities to choose from. With an English degree from The College of Wooster and an MBA from the University of Missouri-Columbia, he is now a grant writer at Economic and Community Development Institute (ECDI), a nonprofit that assists low- and moderate- income entrepreneurs with launching and building successful businesses. Lee has found the HYP MidOhio Board to be an excellent way to contribute to a great cause while making connections with outstanding young professionals and the community as a whole. He has a deep respect for Habitat’s goals of revitalizing neighborhoods and creating inclusive housing markets. Lee enjoys working with people that have so many unique skills to offer, and feels gratified to contribute what he can, observing how everyone’s input comes together and moves the Chapter forward. Singing, going to concerts, watching sports, playing golf, and traveling are among Lee’s favorite hobbies.
Hoi Ning Ngai grew up in Brooklyn and Queens in the great city of New York. As Membership and Networking Chair, she reaches out to groups and organizations whose young professionals may be interested in getting involved with HYP Mid-Ohio and its activities in Franklin, Licking and Morrow counties. She moved to Columbus last year, and describes the community as engaging and vibrant. Hoi Ning enjoys the variety of activities the city offers, from great food to film, music, theater, sports and fitness. She loves the arts, particularly modern dance and independent films that tell fascinating stories. She also loves to explore in every sense of the word — from traveling, to eating bizarre foods, to finding new workouts. Hoi Ning received a B.A. in Psychology from Dartmouth College, as well as an M.A. and Ph.D. in Higher Education from UCLA. She now works at Kenyon College, where she helps students, faculty and staff navigate their academic lives as Dean for Academic Advising and Support. Having grown up in a low-income housing situation, she was drawn to Habitat’s effort to improve access to affordable and quality housing, and felt serving on the HYP MidOhio Board would be a great opportunity to connect with like-minded young professionals.
Chan White, Fundraising and Events Chair, is responsible for HYP MidOhio Chapter’s fundraising and event planning activities. Chan is a native of nearby Urbana Ohio. She enjoys the endless things to do here in Columbus, as well as the many choices for food. A graduate of The Ohio State University with a B.A. in Social and Behavioral Sciences, she now works for OSU’s Alumni Association, keeping alumni and donors engaged with the University through giving and events. Paying forward has always been important to Chan. One day, she volunteered to work on a Habitat build and knew the person who was receiving the home. Observing how volunteers worked together, she found the experience to be very inspiring — plus she discovered that she was capable of things she never knew she could accomplish. From then on, Chan knew she had to get involved with Habitat. Now on the HYP MidOhio Board, she admires the energy and passion shared by every member. Even after long days at work, she feels energized by Board meetings and inspired to do even more. In her spare time, Chan enjoys running, lifting weights, reading, and spending time with friends and family.
As HYP MidOhio’s service chair, Kristen Auletto works closely with the affiliate to coordinate all volunteer activities and provide service opportunities for HYP members. She was born in Newark, Delaware, but considers Columbus her home, as she has lived in the city for 13 years, excluding a brief 4-year stint at the University of Dayton. Kristen’s favorite things about Columbus are the diversity, the food, and the big-city opportunities with a small-town feel. Kristen has a degree in English and currently works as a writer and researcher for an educational nonprofit, writing instructional materials and assessments. Kristen was inspired to join HYP because of her passion for serving others and her desire to work alongside other like-minded individuals to make the community a better place.
Patrick (PJ) Gamble, Leadership and Professional Development Chair, is a Columbus native who loves the city’s diversity, accepting people and continuous growth. PJ studied history at Capital University and is now a Program Manager at PrimaryOne Health, a federally-qualified health center system, where he oversees daily operations for one of the organization’s ten locations. Habitat’s powerful vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live motivated PJ to serve on the HYP MidOhio Board. Working in and among people of underserved communities, his desire is to be part of the solution and spread awareness about the basic need of shelter, which is so often taken for granted. He enjoys being part of a very balanced and diverse group of young professionals who all share a common interest to serve the community-at-large alongside peers. PJ’s favorite hobbies include exploring new restaurants with his wife of 5 years, whether here in one of the nation’s fastest growing restaurant cities, or traveling the world. He also enjoys playing soccer and listening to music.