Meet Our Staff
Jamie became the executive director of ICHFH in October 2018. Before joining Habitat's team Jamie worked for the Itasca County Family YMCA for 15 years. During her time at the YMCA Jamie coordinated the Active Living Center and evidence-based programming for older adults, was a joint employee with ElderCircle, and ended her time there as the Aquatics Director. Jamie received an associate's degree in sales and business management from Hibbing Community College after growing up in rural Bovey and graduating from Greenway High School. Jamie lives with her two children only minutes from where she grew up, and is grateful to live near her family and in a place where she can partake in all the outdoor activities she enjoys doing with her children. She appreciates being able to make a difference in peoples’ lives every day at ICHFH.
Brandi joined the staff as Restore Manager in October of 2023. Brandi and her husband Dan, and stepdaughter MaKayla recently moved to Grand Rapids with their 3 cats and two dogs from Eveleth, MN where she was born. She comes to Habitat with 21 years of experience in the road construction industry with supervisory and management skills.
Brandi’s hobbies include fishing, 4 wheeling, spending time outdoors and traveling. She loves to travel to Alaska to visit her two nieces who she is very close with.
Brandi loves the mission of Habitat and the ReStore and looks forward to meeting the donors, shoppers, and volunteers.
Kathy was born and raised in Eveleth, MN. After school in the Twin Cities and 16+ years in Rochester, she and her husband, daughter, and two sons moved back north to Grand Rapids. Kathy loves the beauty of God’s handiwork in the area and enjoys almost all outdoor activities (except running). She is especially fond of pontooning, paddle boarding, rollerblading, skiing, and snowshoeing. Her perfect day includes sunshine, fresh air, exercise, and laughter with family and friends. Kathy adores Jesus and finds great joy in sharing His love through random acts of kindness and serving to make a positive difference. She gets excited about her three grandchildren, thrifting, and creating and re-purposing items for her home. She is thankful every day to have so many blessings and is thrilled that her family’s lake home fixer-upper is finally complete!
Shari came to us from Roseau, Minnesota where she was born and grew up. She and her semi-retired partner, Mark, and dog Ranger, moved to the Talmoon area in 2020 and live in a log cabin sitting amongst 100-year-old cedar trees.
Shari came to ICHFH with 25 years of experience in office administration and bookkeeping where she has worked in the construction industry and for non-profits. Shari enjoys meeting all the volunteers, ReStore shoppers, and families that ICHFH serves and believes deeply in our vision of increasing the number of families living in safe, decent, and affordable housing.
Shari and Mark are proud parents to six children and grandparents to 13 grandchildren and enjoy spending time with them. In her spare time, Shari loves to forage for herbs and make herbal medicine, garden, cross country skiing, hiking, berry picking and just being outside. She also enjoys cooking and macrame projects.