"This is just a phenomenal fit for me," said Stacy Todd of her new position as executive director of Habitat for Humanity Northeast Michigan.
Todd began work March 25 for the faith-based organization known worldwide for building decent, affordable housing for those in need. She is enthused that the position combines her years of work experience, volunteerism, and personal interests and beliefs.
In the weeks and months ahead, Todd will be supporting the continued construction of the newest Habitat house in Alpena. She also will be familiarizing herself with service groups and organizations in the area, making church connections and focusing on upcoming fundraising events.
Habitat for Humanity Northeast Michigan Executive Director Stacy Todd
A graduate of Lapeer West High School, Todd holds an Associate's Degree in Technical Drafting and will complete her Bachelor's Degree in Family Life Education from Spring Arbor University in November. She moved to Alpena a year ago for a position with Home Depot. Prior to that, she resided in Johannesburg since 1995 and spent nine years as an inspector for the Otsego County Housing Commission, in addition to working for Home Depot in Gaylord.
"This new position is falling in line with my drafting and design career, real estate appraisals and home inspections," said Todd. "In the faith world because this is a faith-based organization I've been part of the Christian community in Gaylord for the past several years."
As such, she served as one of the coordinators of the Big Ticket Festival in Gaylord. She also has helped various youth groups with trips and events, and served as president of the Impact Festival, a smaller Christian festival event also held in Gaylord.
"The organizational skills and learning I've done through the Big Ticket Festival, combined with all the other volunteer work and work experience, has led me to this new position," Todd said. "It's like a dream come true."
She sees her new position as a challenge, but one she welcomes.
"It's a bit overwhelming," Todd said. "There's so much information to glean as I orient myself and steer the ship. It's definitely a challenge, but is a perfect fit for me."
She also is impressed with Alpena.
"It's such a wonderful, quiet community. It really feels like home," she said.
One of the first Habitat events she will be working on is the Spring Perennial Sale planned for Mother's Day weekend at the ReStore on Chisholm Street. She said Habitat will be accepting donations of perennials for that event. In conjunction with the perennial sale, a live auction and a sale of handmade Adirondack chairs are slated.
She also hopes to continue the good work that has been done by Habitat in the past, and to continue raising awareness of the organization's mission and purpose. She replaces the previous executive director, Mike Wilson, who now serves as manager of the new Goodwill store in Alpena.
Todd has three adult children: daughter Heather, age 22, who recently graduated from the Hollywood School of Beauty in Alpena; daughter Tiffany, age 26, of Oscoda; and son Brandt, age 21, who currently attends college in Florida. Another daughter, Nichole, is deceased.
She also has one granddaughter, Arrabella Nichole.