Nonprofit hires executive director


Beverly Thiel. Courtesy Habitat for Humanity of Kent County

A nonprofit that builds and repairs homes for members of the community has named a new executive director.

Beverly Thiel will take the role at Habitat for Humanity of Kent County at the end of May.

Thiel brings more than 25 years of nonprofit experience in organizational development, donor relations, operations and fiscal management. 

She is succeeding BriAnne McKee.

“We can’t imagine someone better prepared than Bev to continue leading Habitat Kent and its transformative impact in Grand Rapids,” said Mark Mossing, board chair, Habitat for Humanity of Kent County.

“Her past experience of elevating nonprofit organizations will be an invaluable asset to the organization as we set our sights on strengthening not just individual families, but entire neighborhoods.”

Most recently, Thiel was executive director of Starlight Ministries, a Grand Rapids-based nonprofit that offers support to those grieving death. In this role, she accelerated grant writing and funding, developed new equity and inclusion programming and established board processes and procedures.

Previously, Thiel spent 21 years in various leadership roles at YMCA branches in Michigan and Indiana. During her tenure in West Michigan, she was responsible for leading hundreds of staff and volunteers, fundraising and community partnership efforts.

She also oversaw construction and facilities management, programming development, fundraising and capital campaigns, stakeholder engagement, inclusion initiatives and community partnerships.

She holds a B.S. in education from The Ohio State University.

Thiel is joining the organization shortly after the public launch of $9-million capital campaign, with goal of investing in 400 homes over three years.

The centerpiece of the campaign is Plaza Roosevelt, a 5.5-acre site in the Roosevelt Park neighborhood, where Habitat for Humanity of Kent County is bringing together eight other local organizations to bring improved housing, expanded health care, education and economic opportunities to the neighborhood.

The nonprofit is currently building the first seven of 17 Habitat homes planned for the site. Grand Rapids Public Schools has broken ground on a new high school at Plaza Roosevelt.

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