South Shore Habitat for Humanity
Martine Taylor, Executive Director
Richard McGowan, Director of Operations
Evelyn L. Nelson, Vice President of Development
Jeanne Connolly-Horrigan, Director of Marketing & Community Relations
Ron Waite, Construction Manager
Martine L. Taylor
Martine Taylor joins South Shore Habitat for Humanity, having recently left Project Hope, a multi-service agency that provides low-income women access to education, jobs, housing and emergency services in Boston where she served as a consultant for the Development and Operations Departments. Martine was responsible for client relations, strategic planning, special event planning, and organizational development. Prior to joining Project Hope, Martine worked as the Director of Strategic Development for Richard White Sons, Inc., a prominent New England construction management and general contracting firm. Martine focused on expanding the existing client base and developing new business. In addition, she assisted the firm in assessing short and long term strategic goals to foster company growth and expansion.
For most of Martine's career, she was the Executive Director for Rebuilding Together Boston (RTB), an affiliate of a national non-profit organization that renovates homes of low-income homeowners and non-profit facilities. RTB's initiatives focus on providing safety, security, and independence to their recipients, while preserving home ownership and reducing the risk of homelessness. As Executive Director, Martine was responsible for the overall development, management, and execution of all programs and services offered by Rebuilding Together Boston.
During her tenure with RTB she served as the New England representative and Secretary of the National Affiliate Council (NAC), has served on the National Conference Planning Committee, and National Committee on Advocacy and Public Policy. During Martine's term on the NAC she was instrumental in helping the National Organization (RT) develop the Standards of Excellence and a new Affiliate Partnership agreement.
Martine has served as the Director of the Christian Youth Conference in Ocean Park, ME, was the former Director of Youth Leader Core, a state-wide youth development program for high school youth, and is actively involved in her church, The First Baptist Church in Needham, MA where she has served as Trustee and is now currently Vice Chair of the Deaconate.
Martine has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Family Studies, with a concentration in Family Relations from the University of New Hampshire.
Richard T. McGowan
Director of Operations
Dick has been a volunteer with South Shore Habitat for Humanity since 2006. He became the Chair of the Finance Committee in early 2007 and joined the Board of Directors in the fall of 2007 as the Vice President of Administration. Dick was asked to serve as Interim Executive Director from May to August of 2010 while a search was conducted for an Executive Director. In September 2010, Dick joined the staff as the Director of Operations where he will be responsible for Construction, Fiscal, and IT management, as well as Human Resources.
Prior to taking early retirement, Dick spent 24 years in the insurance industry with Canton based One Beacon Insurance Company, a $2 Billion Property and Casualty insurer. Dick was Director of Finance and Administration for the IT Division where he led a team that successfully implemented process automation and improvement in the areas of planning, budgeting, forecasting, cost allocations, management reporting and contract management. In addition, he provided oversight for a $200 million dollar budget and overall financial operations. Prior to that he served as the Manager of Financial Systems for Corporate Finance where they provided systems support and implemented a number of automation initiatives that improved productivity and reduced ongoing expenses.
Along with a wealth of management experience and demonstrated leadership skills, Dick has a successful track record in project management, financial oversight and process improvement. In his spare time, he enjoys woodworking and landscaping projects and he has hands on experience building houses.
Dick has a B.A. from Stonehill College.
Evelyn L. Nelson
Vice President of Development
Director of Marketing & Community Relations
Jeanne graduated summa cum laude and salutatorian from Curry College and obtained a master's degree in communications managment from Simmons College. She brings more than 25 years' experience in marketing and communications, including positions at Reebok, Tufts Medical Center, Tufts University School of Medicine, and Two Ten Footwear Foundation. As Two Ten's Director of Program Outreach, she built strong partnerships with a national footwear community. Promoted to Director of Communications, Jeanne oversaw all communications, marketing, outreach, and community initiatives. She is a current member of the International Association of Business Communicators and involved with Boston Women Communicators. Volunteer activities include communications consultant and Steering Council member of Massachusetts Pain Initiative, a division of HopeHealth, and with Christ Church Food Pantry in Plymouth. She is a runner, swimmer and avid cyclist, each year participating in the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge to support cancer research at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.