HYP Board

Habitat Young Professionals MidOhio Board

Adam Noel, Chair

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.

Rachel Gratz, Vice Chair

Rachel is the Vice Chair of the HYP Board. Hailing from Lima, Ohio, she has lived in Columbus for over 6 years. She received a bachelor’s degree in social work from Ashland University and a master’s degree in social work from The Ohio State University. She currently is exploring new employment opportunities in the social work field and spends several days and nights a week volunteering with Habitat and other organizations. Rachel has been involved with Habitat in Columbus since she moved to the area. She looks forward to sharing the skills she has learned with others as a member of the Board, as well as forming relationships with others who are interested in learning more about Habitat. In her spare time, Rachel enjoys cooking, camping and hiking, volunteering in variety of settings, playing games, working in her garden, sewing/making things, and playing with her nephews.

Andrew Gregory, Secretary

As Secretary on the HYP Board, Andrew is in charge of managing minutes and overseeing documentation to keep HYP running smoothly. Born and raised in Logan, Ohio, Andrew moved to Columbus to attend The Ohio State University and loves the variety of opportunities that the city offers. Andrew currently attends medical school at Ohio University. Andrew joined HYP to increase his presence in community engagement and looks forward to being a guide and mentor to other volunteers. His hobbies include long distance running, volunteering, experimenting in the kitchen, playing board games, tennis, and philosophizing.

David Picotte, Treasurer

David serves as Treasurer on the HYP Board.  In this role, he is focused on the financial standing, oversight, and strategy for the HYP organization.  David joined HYP to support affordable housing efforts in Central Ohio.  Originally from New York, David moved to Columbus, his wife’s hometown, in 2014.  He is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and received his Master of Business Administration from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.  He is currently a Director of Finance at Alliance Data Credit Services and in his free time enjoys cycling, running, and spending time with his dogs.

Ryan Bush, Fundraising Chair

Ryan is the Fundraising Chair on the HYP board. In this role, he sets fundraising goals and coordinate fundraising campaigns. Ryan is from Cleveland and attended Ohio University, where he received a degree in business administration. He has lived in Columbus for the past year and enjoys the nightlife and the presence of young professionals. Ryan works as an IT consultant for Infoverity. He has been involved with Habitat for a long time. After participating in a Bike and Build program, during which he cycled across the country to raise awareness for affordable housing, he knew that he wanted to continue to support the cause. He is also looking forward to meet new people during his tenure on the board. Ryan enjoys cycling, pickup basketball, and cheering on all Cleveland sports teams.

Samuel Collier, Jr., Membership & Marketing Chair

Samuel serves as the Membership and Marketing Chair on the HYP Board. In this role, he works to continue to engage and expand the membership of the HYP chapter and promote HYP events on social media. Sam served as a Cardiopulmonary Technician in the United States Air Force from 2004 to 2008 and is now respiratory therapist at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and a member of the Air Force Reserve. Outside of work, Sam is also involved with the Columbus Urban League. He is passionate about Habitat’s mission of providing decent, affordable housing to the Central Ohio community, and he is currently pursuing his real estate license.

Kristin Auletto, Service Chair

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.