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Bonnie Bessor, Executive Director

Bonnie Bessor joined Rebuilding Together Baltimore as Executive Director in 2004. Immediately prior, she worked at Associated Catholic Charities as a development officer for homeless service programs in Baltimore. She has also worked in housing and poverty advocacy organizations as a legislative advocate, community organizer, AmeriCorps program director, and volunteer manager. She began her career by serving people with chronic mental illness. She holds a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Maryland. She is also a graduate of the Weinberg Fellows Program, an intensive leadership training program for nonprofit executives.

During her tenure at Rebuilding Together Baltimore, Bonnie has been instrumental in growing the staff, budget and services of the organization, tripling the budget and increasing the staff from one full-time person (herself) to a team of seven. In that time, the organization has also expanded to include a robust energy efficiency program as well as year-round services. Bonnie serves on the National Affiliate Council for Rebuilding Together, and is a member of the Rebuilding Together National Board of Directors. In 2011, she was honored as one of Baltimore’s Top Neighborhood Moms and was also awarded Executive Director of the Year by her peers in the Rebuilding Together affiliate network. She is active in her community association and lives in Baltimore City with her husband Les and their rescued dog and cat “Iggy” and “Rosie”.

E-mail: Bonnie@RTBaltimore.org

 

 

Jim Diel, Project Manager

 

Jim Diel joined Rebuilding Together Baltimore in 2008 as a member of the CapacityCorps program, and was hired as full time Project Manager in August of 2009. Before joining the CapacityCorps, Jim served in the AmeriCorps as a carpenter for Opportunities in Industrialization Center of Washington. His service with O.I.C. consisted of new home construction for low-income homebuyers and weatherization of low-income homes in Washington State. Prior to his service in the AmeriCorps, Jim attended the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater for Sociology with an emphasis on Social Inequality, and Environmental Studies with a focus on Sustainable Institutions and Communities. While attending UW-W, Jim launched a successful student organization that promoted social and environmental sustainability on campus and within the community by utilizing the Natural Step Framework for sustainability. Jim enjoys snowboarding, reading, and long walks on the beach.

Email: Jim@RTBaltimore.org

 

Candace Handy, Program Manager

Candace Handy joined Rebuilding Together Baltimore in November 2012 as an office assistant. She is a Towson University Graduate. Candace was born and raised in Baltimore, and has been very active in her community through her work with non profits in the past. Candace enjoys music, organizing, and spending time with family and friends.

 

Email: Candace@RTBaltimore.org

 

 

Gail Dener, Volunteer Office Assistant

Gail Dener joined Rebuilding Together Baltimore in March of 2012, a few months after retirement from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. Looking for a rewarding volunteer job where she could continue to be of service, RTB was a perfect fit. Prior to joining RTB, she held a position as a clinical pharmacist at the VA hospitals in Perry Point and Fort Howard, Maryland, as well as Memphis (TN), Richmond (VA) and Buffalo (NY), where she earned her pharmacy degree in 1972. Currently she lives with her husband, Perry Evans, and rescued Shih Tzu dogs, Murphy and BooBoo, in Parkville, where she stays out of her husband’s hair by enjoying scrapbooking, trips to New York with friends and gardening.

Email: Gail@RTBaltimore.org

 

 

Isaak Dearden, Intern

Issak Dearden joined Rebuilding Together Baltimore at the beginning of isaak dearden2015. He is currently a sophomore at Loyola University Maryland majoring in finance. Isaak was born and raised in Yarmouth, Maine. Before joining us, he worked with general contractors in Maine during the summer. He has been very active volunteering with various youth and other non-profits in his hometown. Isaak enjoys almost all outdoor activities, playing or watching sports, trying new food, and traveling most of all.

Email: Isaak@RTBaltimore.org

 

 

Riley Russell, AmeriCorps Program Coordinator

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Riley Russell joined Rebuilding Together Baltimore in August 2016. Riley was born and raised in Baltimore County, and attended CardinalGibbons High School. He then went to Frostburg State University where he received a bachelor’s degree in education. After graduation Riley decided he wasn’t ready to pursue a teaching career, but he wanted to become more involved in the community. Before joining Rebuilding Together Riley worked as a general contractor and wanted to use the skills he has learned to serve the Baltimore community.

 Email: Riley@RTBaltimore.org

 

Arielle Faulkner, AmeriCorps Community Partner Coordinator

arielleArielle Faulkner joined Rebuilding Together Baltimore in August 2016.  In May 2016, Arielle graduated from Towson University where she received her Bachelors of Science in Sociology and Anthropology, with a concentration in Criminal Justice.  Prior to joining, Arielle worked as a retail sales associate for two years.  Upon completing her undergraduate degree, Arielle realized that she had passionate desire to help serve and give back hope, amongst other things, to various communities in Baltimore, where she has been a lifelong resident.  With this realization, Arielle recognized that Rebuilding Together Baltimore could provide this opportunity for her.  As the Community Partner Coordinator, Arielle is looking forward to working with others on both on  a professional and personal level to ensure a positive and safe experience during her time here at Rebuilding Together Baltimore.

Email: Arielle@RTBaltimore.org

 

 

Larry, CCO (Chief Cuddling Officer)

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Larry the schnoodle joined the RTB team in November 2016 after being adopted from the Harford County Humane Society. Larry is full of energy, and loves to run up and down the hallway of the RTB offices. He enjoys dancing and cuddling.

His favorite toys are his rubber ducky and a squeaky-mouse cat toy.

 

 

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