Manatee County Habitat for Humanity’s Executive Director Diana Shoemaker has been promoted to the position of CEO, and Greg DeMeuse and Gurn Freeman have joined the organization’s board of directors. Shoemaker has been with Manatee Habitat for 10 years, earning her promotion through strong leadership and a commitment to its mission to help hardworking families achieve strength and stability through affordable housing. Greg DeMeuse of Blalock Walters and Gurn Freeman, formerly Director of Government Sales for FedEx, were brought on as board members to enhance the efforts of the board in accord with organizational growth and capacity building plans.
Prior to joining Manatee Habitat, Shoemaker served as the Director for Family Promise of Manatee County, a nonprofit providing shelter and resources to homeless families. She also served as chair of the Manatee County Affordable Housing Task Force and is a graduate of Leadership Manatee and the LWRBA Executive Academy. She and her team recently completed the Patterson Foundation’s No Mission, No Margin initiative that provides guidance to nonprofits, helping them to increase their capacity to do good.
The Manatee Habitat Board of Directors is led by Board Chair Roger Arnholt, Vice-President Kirsten Regal, Treasurer Barry Berman and Secretary Lauren Fuller. DeMeuse and Freeman will join current board members Todd Powers, Tim Polk, and Gary French.