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Board & Staff

Who We Are

Our Staff

  • Jamye Sheppard - Executive Director
    Jamye Sheppard - Executive Director

    Jamye joined Haywood Habitat in August 2014. A graduate of East Carolina University, she brings 30 years of non-profit management experience. She is a board member of the Rotary Club of Waynesville, ARC of Haywood County, and serves on the board of Waynesville Housing Authority. She has also served on the boards of Western Economic Development Organization and Downtown Waynesville Association. On joining Haywood Habitat, Sheppard said, " It is personally gratifying to professionally align with my belief that having a safe and stable home is foundational. Access to affordable housing directly impacts health, education and employment. Home is where everything starts."

  • Ryan Newell - Construction Supervisor
    Ryan Newell - Construction Supervisor

    Ryan joined the Haywood Habitat team in May 2016. His experience in all phases of construction are invaluable to our organization. As President of NewHeight Builders, Inc., he was named "Southern Living" Custom Builder in 2006 and 2007. A Waynesville native, he has instructed green building classes at Haywood Community College, been active in Rotary International, served on the advisory board of Leadership Haywood, and is a US Army veteran.

Board of Directors

  • Laura Tragesser, President
  • Tracey Magdeburg, Vice President
  • Jack Ewing, Secretary
  • Randy Rogers, Treasurer
  • Paula Barton
  • Rich Buell
  • John Burgin
  • Karen Denney
  • Brandon Lazarus
  • Michelle McElroy
  • Allen Newland
  • Amy Russell
  • Bill Snyder
  • Danielle Treadway
  • Sarah Wenzel

Thank you to our generous sponsors

  • Bridge Foundation
  • Canopy Fdtn.
  • Haywood Co. Comm. Fdtn.
  • G&P Masonry
  • Dogwood Health Trust