THE  TEAM

ADMINISTRATIVE  TEAM
Emily Niehaus

Founder

Emily is the founder of Community Rebuilds. She is proud of the accomplishments of the organization and the CR team in the pursuit of shifting the construction paradigm to be inclusive and regenerative.

Rikki Epperson

Executive Director

She is a huge fan of CR and served as Chairman of the Board of Directors for nearly three years before becoming the Program Director, and now the Executive Director in Fall 2019. 2015-present.

Doug Nichols

Lead Builder and Qualifier

Doug has been a natural builder of over 20 years, and currently serves as the lead instructor and contractor for CR. Fall 2013-present.

Jessica Manderfield

Program Director

Jess has been 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 even the assistant supervisor for our Bunkhouse build. She has now joined the administrative side of CR, and became the program director in Fall 2019. 2014-present.

Reid Saunders

AmeriCorps VISTA 

Planning and Development

Reid is in her third year as an AmeriCorps member. She joined CR after a year in West Virginia restoring buildings. She is excited to now serve with CR planning for future homes and helping design some of the most sustainable buildings in the world. September 2018 - present.

Lena Jaffe

Program Administration Intern

Lena worked as a build intern in the Fall of 2017, and her experience left such an impression on her that she is back to learn more about how the magic happens! Lena is from rainy Washington, and is overjoyed to be back in the desert. July 2019 - present.

Alivia Michalski

Americorps VISTA

Fundraising

This is Alivia's first year serving in AmeriCorps. A recent college graduate from Nebraska, she is eager to learn more about grant proposals and community outreach. CR provides the perfect opportunity for her to contribute skills learned in college as well as gain new ones. October 2019-present

E.T.

Administrative Assistant

Moab native, musician, writer, IT guy, jack-of-several-trades. Seer of Void.  2019-present.

Kenny Fallon Jr.

Americorps VISTA

Planning and Development

Kenny is in his first year as an AmeriCorps member. He got fired up about affordable housing while working on a 20K Home at Auburn University’s Rural Studio. Now he is excited to help plan for upcoming CR homes. September 2019-Present. 

Moab Fall 2018 Crew
Jason Pronovost

Construction Supervisor

Jason has been an intern, board member, and CR fan since 2012. He recently built his own straw bale home prior to becoming an instructor in 2017.

Alex Burbidge

Construction Supervisor

Alex has been a natural builder in Moab for the past two decades. He came onto the team in the Fall of 2017 when it just so happened that CR was building next door to his home.

Brittany Vallene

Brittany is originally from Western Washington and has a background in Urban Planning. She recently served as an intern and then office intern in Spring of 2019. Brittany is continuing on as the build apprentice for Fall 2019. 

Apprentice

Cole Staats

Apprentice

Originally from Austin, TX, Cole has lived all of the place and had a smattering of interesting experiences, primarily in the restaurant industry. He first joined us in the Spring of 2018 and is continuing on as an apprentice for the Fall 2018- Spring 2019 semesters.

PAST STAFF
Jordan Deschamp

AmeriCorps VISTA 

Recruitment Coordinator

Jordan served as an intern in the Fall 2017 build. She enjoyed CR and Moab so much that she decided to come back as an AmeriCorps Vista to handle intern recruitment. August 2018 - Fall 2019. 

Melissa Graciosa

Construction Supervisor

An Oregon native, Melissa previously worked as a trail crew leader and youth educator. After being both an intern and apprentice, she became a supervisor. Spring 2015- Spring 2019. 

Jamie Shalvey

Office Intern

Jamie was an intern with Community Rebuilds in Fall 2018, and returned as an Office Intern. Originally from Virginia, she worked in a Boston planning firm prior to CR. Fall 2018- Spring 2019. 

Kenya Wright

Apprentice

Kenya is originally from the San Fransisco Bay Area. She was an intern in the Spring of 2016 and returned this past fall to work on our pilot build in Bluff, UT. Spring 2018-Spring 2019.  

Karen George

Construction Supervisor

Karen is a natural builder for Build Like A Bird, LLC in Asheville, NC. She first built with CR in the Fall 2016 and is back as our Construction Supervisor for our pilot build in Bluff, UT.

Beatrice Denham

Apprentice

Bea worked with CR as an intern in 2016 and 2017 on builds in Crested Butte and Moab before becoming an apprentice in 2018, Fall 2016 - Fall 2018.

Amanda Jane

Construction Supervisor

Amanda Jane has worked with Community Rebuilds on two builds, Spring 2016 and 2017. She supervised the construction of our new intern campus. When she's not working with us, she is probably working for Habitat for Humanity in North Carolina.

Maggie Stitzel

Assistant Construction Supervisor

Maggie is a native of Fort Collins, CO. She first came to CR as an intern in the Spring of 2017. After restoring homes in Detroit for the last year, she joined us to be a part of the campus build.

Callie Ochsner

Apprentice

Callie is originally from Arizona, has a background in civil engineering. She was an intern in the Spring of 2018 and is sticking around to apprentice with CR for the Fall of 2018 and Spring of 2019 semesters. Spring 2018- Spring 2019. 

Claire Spalding

AmeriCorps VISTA

Volunteer Coordinator

Claire was an intern for the Spring 2016 semester and loved CR and Moab so much, she decided to stay on for an additional 2 years through AmeriCorps. Her key duties centered around intern recruitment. February 2016 – July 2018.

Mitchell Heuer

Construction Supervisor

Mitch hails from Montana and has been a builder since 1990. 

Fall 2016

Marcus Henderson

Apprentice

Originally from Harlem, NY, Marcus has a background in sustainable design and permaculture. Marcus joined us in the Spring of 2017 as an intern and continued on as an apprentice through the Fall of 2017 and Spring of 2018.

Spring 2017 – Spring 2018

Dusty Syzmanski

Construction Supervisor

Dusty is the principal at Straw and Timber Craftsman, and has worked with CR as the straw bale subcontractor/natural building instructor in Gunnison County, CO. in both 2013 & 2016.

Amanda Stephenson

Apprentice

Originally from Dallas, TX, Amanda has worked in a variety of industries from healthcare to now building. She was an intern in the Fall of 2015 as an intern before becoming an apprentice.

Spring 2016 – Fall 2016

Kyle Terrio

Apprentice

Kyle has a background in architecture and began as an intern during the Fall of 2014 and Spring of 2015. He worked on several projects in Moab, as well as our three story duplex in Mount Crested Butte, CO.

Spring 2016 – Fall 2016

Will Munger

Apprentice

Will lead CR interns as an apprentice from the Fall of 2015 and Spring of 2016.

Mitch McComb

Construction Supervisor

A Denver, CO native, Mitch is a natural builder living in Bluff, UT. He was a part of three CR builds from Spring 2015-2016.

Chris Strayer

Construction Supervisor

Chris is a natural builder based in Cleveland Ohio. He joined CR for four builds from the Fall of 2014 to the Spring of 2016.

Lev Darkhovsky

Apprentice

Lev is an alumni of the Spring 2014 intern crew. He worked with CR as an apprentice for Fall 2014 and Spring 2015, and is continuing to work on natural building projects in the Moab area.

Gabe Woytek

Assistant Supervisor

Gabe’s first CR experience was as board member in 2011, and then went on to become and intern and staff in the year of 2014. In 2017, he became a CR homeowner.

Eric Plourde

Construction Supervisor

Eric is currently the principal at Ecologic Design Build. He helped get CR off the ground as a straw bale subcontractor and instructor from 2011-2014.

Dan McCann

Apprentice

Dan is a CR alum from the Fall 2013 build who continued on as an apprentice for the Spring 2014 semester.

Kris Wilson

Apprentice

Kris worked with CR as a graduate fellow during the Fall of 2013.

Kristin O'Brien

Apprentice

Kristin is a CR alum from the Spring 2013 build who continued on as an apprentice for the Fall 2013 semester.

Serah Meade

Associate Director

Serah is was an intern with one of the early semesters in Fall 2011. She went on to become an administrative team member as Associate Director until 2014. In 2017, she became a CR homeowner.

Jessica Retka

Administrative Apprentice

Jessica was an intern for the first CR build in 2010. She then went on to serve as an administrative role in 2011.

Kate Heath

Apprentice

Kate is a CR alum from the firs build in 2010, and continued on as an apprentice for the year of 2011.

Kelly Matthews

Co-Construction Supervisor

Kelly worked as a co-instructor for three different CR homes from 2011-2012.

Doni Kiffmeyer

Construction Supervisor

Doni lead the first build in 2010, helping Community Rebuilds get off the ground.

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Community Rebuilds' mission is to build energy efficient housing, provide education on sustainability, and improve the housing conditions of the workforce through an affordable program.

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