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.
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.
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 Blank 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.
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, nonprofits, and small businesses and volunteered with important community organizations. In 2017, she joined the Grand County Planning Commission, served 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.
Tom joins us with 10 years of experience working with Habitat for Humanity where he managed the Habitat for Humanity Restore in Eagle, Colorado. Early in his career, he worked in the financial, insurance, and brokerage industries at companies such as Brown and Company, Charles Schwab, and Farmers Insurance. Currently, he is the owner of Moab Express Shuttle Company which provides airport, event, and private transportation services. Tom resides in Moab with his wife, Kari and dog, Paige. Their children, Katie McKay is the sales manager for Homewood Suites in Moab, and Sean McKay is a student at the University of Utah. When not working on his business or spending time with family, he enjoys reading, cooking, jeeping, and working on his house.
As soon as Nancy came to Moab in 2004 for a mountain bike guiding job, she knew it was a place to call home. After 7+ years of guiding, renting, and searching for an affordable house to buy, she and her husband Eric met Emily Neihaus. She told them about her fairly new program and by Spring of 2012 they were building their new straw bale home. Since then they have given many, many home tours to new student builders and potential homeowners, showing off the beautiful details of their efficient home. Nancy is a huge advocate for Community Rebuilds and is now serving on the board for her second term, representing all CR homeowners in the nonprofit program.
Advisory Board Members
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.