Community Rebuilds is fortunate to be supported by an amazing Board of Directors. Each board member brings value and expertise to the table, which we are incredibly lucky to lean on as we work towards accomplishing our mission.
Community Rebuilds is an organization that is near and dear to Abby. Many of her friends and acquaintances have been the recipients of CR homes, her sister was a CR intern, and for more than a year, she shared an office with CR in the basement of the MARC. Abby started living in Moab during the summers in college and has been here full time since 2009. She loves hiking and trail running in the desert and getting on the river whenever she can. While in Moab, Abby has worked in restaurants, non-profits, small businesses, and volunteered with important community organizations. In 2017, she joined the Grand County Planning Commission, serving as Vice-Chair in 2019 and as Chair for 2020 until May, when she started working in the Grand County Community and Economic Development Department.
Dave Conine was appointed as USDA Rural Development Director for Utah in 2009. Prior to joining USDA Dave worked as a Rural Development Specialist for RCAC. His experience also includes working as Economic Development Director for the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah, Community Development Director for North Bend, Washington, and a decade in the Utah Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget.
Krissi Montoya moved to Moab in 2003 due to her love of whitewater rafting and close proximity to a variety of beautiful desert rivers. She and her husband built their home in the La Sal Mountains. Designing and building their home themselves while working as the Bookkeeper/Project Manager for a local contractor, she learned a lot about the process of residential construction. Krissi has a background in bookkeeping with 10+ years of experience. She has also had a myriad of work experiences, some of which include River Guide, Homesteader, Certified Medical Coder, and Entrepreneur, starting her own organic health and beauty product line Desert Lush Organics.
A stint in the diplomatic corps of the Canadian Foreign Service didn't help Shannon become particularly diplomatic, nor did her twelve years at the Banff Mountain Film Festival help her beyond some marginal photography skills. But she brought both those experiences with her when she left Banff, Canada in 2013 to make her home in Castle Valley, UT.
Jess began developing her career in natural building with CR since joining us as an intern in the Spring of 2014. She has built homes in Moab, Crested Butte, CO, and was the assistant supervisor for our Bunkhouse build. She joined the administrative side of CR as Program Director from 2014 - 2020. She is now working at Grand County High School as the Woodshop teacher!
Valencia has been a resident of Grand county since 2012. She and her husband have been in Moab since 2015 and they have two beautiful children. She enjoys being a member of the Moab community and especially enjoys being a part of the CR family as a homeowner. In the fall of 2018 her family was able to build a hybrid home in the community and have offered support to CR whenever they can. She often enjoys lending a helping hand and exploring with her family along the Colorado River, in the many adventure spots amongst the rocks and deep in the Manti-La Sal Mountains.
Ed was born and raised in Colorado, and is a graduate of the University of Colorado, Boulder. He retired from a successful 30-year teaching career in 2014 which was peppered with coaching, river running, and construction. He and his family were long interested in alternative home building methods and attended several workshops in Colorado and New Mexico. They built their own straw bale home in Spanish Valley, completing it in 2006. Ed enjoys being in the outdoors, traveling, building & growing things, and running rivers.
Sandy began her love of volunteering with an organization in San Francisco helping drug addicted moms and their babies. She also serves as a firefighter and EMT. Sandy has held board positions such as Director of Development for the Access Fund, and Board President for Community Rebuilds, helping build straw bale homes. She has had a myriad of work opportunities from teacher to construction clean up crew boss, house builder, hospice care giver, store owner, and landscape designer.