Lancaster Lebanon Habitat for Humanity has replaced its executive director, Stacie Reidenbaugh, who stepped down in January to start her own nonprofit consulting practice, The Reidenbaugh Group.
Taking her place is Andrew Szalay who has been serving as interim director since March.
In the role, Szalay is overseeing the Lancaster-based Habitat’s efforts to provide affordable homes for first-time home buyers in Lancaster and Lebanon counties. He hopes to expand newer initiatives, such as home repairs and renovations, neighborhood revitalization and community-wide educational efforts on housing-related issues.
“I’m excited about the additional avenues we can take to support home ownership on a broader scale,” Szalay said in a statement.
Szalay previously served as Habitat’s director of operations, a position he assumed last fall after managing housing policy issues across the country as the director of state and local relations for Habitat for Humanity International.
Prior to that, he worked as the director of public policy at Mortgage Bankers Association.
“As we searched for a new executive director, we were struck by the leadership that Andrew had shown in both his role as our director of operations and interim executive director,” Charles Yohe, Habitat board president said in a statement.
In addition to appointing Szalay, the organization added five new members to its board of directors: Dee Cook, Lebanon County Career and Technology Center; Jim Radick, Fulton Financial Corp.; Christian Recknagel, Benchmark Construction; Mark Leiden, Thrivent Financial; and Vicar Angela Hammer, St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Lancaster Lebanon Habitat for Humanity builds homes for families in need of safe, affordable housing in Lancaster and Lebanon Counties. Since 1986, the organization has built and repaired homes across the region. The Lancaster and Lebanon chapters were once seperate but merged in 2016.
Currently, Habitat is rehabilitating six homes in Lancaster and Lebanon.
Additionally, the organization is turning over the keys to two Habitat home-buyer families this spring.
As part of its partnership with Lancaster’s SoWe initiative, the organization is launching a repair program running into 2019.
The chapter has $4.5 million in assets and $3 million in gross receipts.