Board of Trustees 


Ashley Richards, Chairman
Ashley Richards is the newly elected Chairman of HBI and is president of Better Living Homes of New England based in Brunswick, Maine. He has over 35 years of experience in residential construction specializing in energy efficient passive and active solar designs. Richards is a Certified Energy Auditor and a contributor to the Green Building and Weatherization components of the PACT Curriculum. He joined the Board of Trustees in 2009.


Janet Bray
Janet Bray, CAE, is the chief strategist and founder of Bray Strategies. From 2000-2012, Bray served as executive director of the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE). Bray represented the career and technical education profession and ACTE on a number of boards and advisory groups including the Department of Labor Apprenticeship Advisory Committee, Manufacturing Skills Standards Council, National Coalition of Certification Centers, Friends of the National High School Center, America’s Promise Alliance Board of Trustees and the Board of the U.S. Partnership for Education for Environmental Sustainability. Bray serves on the American Society of Association Executives Education Foundation Board of Directors, Greater Washington Society of Association Executives Board of Directors and numerous association-related committees and councils. Bray earned a bachelor’s degree in history and government from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree in adult education from the George Washington University. 



Teresa Bryce Bazemore
Teresa Bryce Bazemore is President of Radian Guaranty Inc., Radian Group Inc.’s principal mortgage insurance subsidiary. As President, Ms. Bazemore is responsible for all domestic and international mortgage insurance business operations.

Currently, Ms. Bazemore serves on the Board of Directors of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Red Cross, the Board of Directors of Public Radio Capital, the Board of Directors of the National Senior Citizens Law Center, the Board of the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Directors for WHYY, and the Board of the University of Virginia College Foundation. HBI is pleased to be added to this distinguished list of organizations.  



General George Casey, Jr.
General Casey is a retired four star Army General who last served as the 36th Chief of Staff of the United States Army. Casey was commanding general, Multi-National Force – Iraq from June 2004 to February 2007. During his distinguished 41-year career in the U. S. Army, General Casey received numerous awards and decorations including four Defense Distinguished Service Medals, two Army Distinguished Service Medals and three Legions of Merit. He earned a bachelor of science degree in international relations from Georgetown University's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and received his master of arts degree in international relations from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. General Casey’s objective is to utilize his resources to help returning veterans continue their education through HBI.




Rob Couch
Rob Couch is an attorney in the Birmingham, Ala., office of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP and a member of the Banking and Financial Services, Real Estate and Governmental Affairs practice groups. His foci are lenders and investors involved in divesting, restructuring, and acquiring commercial and residential mortgage loans; affordable housing; regulatory matters involving the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Government National Mortgage Association (Ginnie Mae), Federal Housing Administration (FHA) and other government-sponsored enterprise matters; and governmental affairs. He also serves as a commissioner on the Housing Commission of the Bipartisan Policy Center, Washington, D.C. Couch was general counsel of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) from 2006 to 2008. Prior to his position with HUD, Couch was president of Ginnie Mae. He also served as a member of President George W. Bush's Task Force on the Status of Puerto Rico in 2008. Couch also served as Chairman of the Mortgage Bankers Association in 2004.




Margaret Doughty
Margaret Doughty is founder of Literacy Powerline, an international literacy expert committed to supporting local governments, foundations, businesses and community organizations in their efforts to create effective systems for lifelong learning. Literacy Powerline links stakeholders, neighborhoods and services together to increase literacy levels through coordinated, high-accountability service provision. Doughty was appointed in May 2011.


Gerald M. Howard
Jerry Howard is NAHB's chief executive officer and has more than 25 years of association experience in Washington, D.C.

Jerry began his association career at the National Association of Realtors, where he served as a Legislative Analyst for tax issues. Prior to joining NAHB, Jerry served as the Chief Lobbyist for the National Council of State Housing Agencies where he was instrumental in the development of the low-income housing tax credit as part of the Tax Reform Act of 1986.

Jerry came to NAHB as tax counsel in 1988 and served in a variety of roles, including Chief Lobbyist. Jerry was promoted to Executive Vice President & Chief Executive Officer in February 2001.

Before embarking on his association career, Jerry practiced real estate law in his home state of South Carolina. His exposure to the housing industry has literally encompassed a lifetime; Jerry grew up working in a variety of roles for his father, a developer.


Rod Love
Rod Love was elected to the HBI Board of Trustees in May 2011. He is president and CEO of Community Synergy Group, which focuses its expertise in legislative policy development, trend analyses, appropriations development and cost value benefit and legislative strategic development. His previous expertise with the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice is an asset to HBI’s programs that target low-income and adjudicated youth and adult ex-offenders.


Jon Luther
Jon Luther is the executive vice president of the Home Builders Association of Greater New Orleans. Prior to joining the HBA, Jon was staff counsel with the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Legal Affairs Department in Washington, D.C. In that role, Luther focused on a wide variety of housing and land use initiatives, including litigation before the U.S. Supreme Court and other federal and state courts. Luther currently serves on several national boards of NAHB and locally with the YMCA of Greater New Orleans.  He was honored in 2012 as NAHB’s national executive officer of the year.



Granger MacDonald
Granger MacDonald, a Kerrville, Texas-based builder and developer with 40 years of experience in the home building industry, is NAHB’s 2015 Second Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors.  MacDonald will serve as HBI's Oversight Officer until 2018.

MacDonald is Chief Executive Officer of the MacDonald Companies, a diverse development, construction and management firm that has completed more than 35 neighborhoods throughout Texas. His company provides affordable housing for communities in need in the state’s rural and small metro areas.

    Angelo Marasco 

Angelo M. Marasco is the Director of Corporate Product Development for ODL of Zeeland, MI where he is responsible for new product categories.  Marasco was the NAHB Leading Suppliers Council Co-Chair in 2013 and has served on its Board of Trustees for six years.  He participates on the NAHB’s Sustainability and Green Building Subcommittee and the Association of Millwork Distributors’ Codes and Standards Committee.

Marasco received a degree in civil engineering and a MBA from Purdue University.  He volunteers locally with the United Way and serves on his church’s pastoral council.  


Peter Merrill 
Peter G. Merrill is president & CEO of Construction Dispute Resolution Services, LLC (CDRS) of Santa Fe, N.M. He was appointed to the HBI Board in February 2012. Merrill has a distinguished record of service to NAHB that includes membership on the 2012 Executive Board and subcommittees for green building, building codes, energy, building standards and many subcommittees. Merrill also is past president of the Santa Fe Area HBA and the New Mexico HBA.


Jud Motsenbocker
Jud Motsenbocker has been a remodeler and builder for more than 40 years. He is an active member at all levels of the NAHB Federation including as president of the Indiana Home Builders Association and HBI board chairman. His many awards include NAHB’s Remodeler of the Year and a citation from the Indiana Vocational Association for teaching high school building trades. He is an instructor for NAHB’s CGR and CGB and HBI's RCS designations.




Jane Oates
Jane Oates is the Vice President for External Affairs at the Apollo Group.  HBI is very pleased that she has joined the Board of Trustees to help further its mission to prepare students for successful careers.  Her experience in the education field will be a great asset to HBI. Prior to joining the Apollo Group in June, 2013, Ms. Oates served as the Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training at the U.S. Department of Labor.  Immediately before joining the Obama Administration, Ms. Oates served as the Executive Director of the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education under Governor Jon Corzine.  For the preceding decade Ms. Oates worked as senior advisor to Massachusetts Senator Edward M. Kennedy.  She was Senator Kennedy's  lead staff on several issues including workforce  training and the Workforce Investment Act.



Pam Patenaude
Pam Patenaude is President of the J. Ronald Terwilliger Foundation.  She brings more than twenty-five years of experience in housing, community economic development, real estate, and public policy. Patenaude previously served as the executive vice president and founding executive director of the J. Ronald Terwilliger Center for Workforce Housing at the Urban Land Institute. During her tenure at ULI, she focused on developing solutions to address the critical shortage of housing affordable to middle-income wage earners.

Patenaude was nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the United States Senate to serve as assistant secretary for community planning and development at the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).


Don Pratt
Don Pratt has been an active homebuilder and construction consultant, arbitrator and educator for more than 30 years. He holds NAHB's CGB, CGR, CGP and CAPS designations and instructs NAHB Education and Michigan pre-licensure education courses. He is a registered code official and a member of the International Code Council Foundation. He has been chairman of Michigan’s Construction Code Commission for three governors and the NAHB Research Center Board.



Patsy R. Smith
Patsy Smith was the 2005 chairman of the HBI Board of Trustees. She is president of Herman Smith & Company, a business established by her late husband, a former NAHB president, prominent land developer and philanthropist. She has served on the Board since 1995 and established the Patsy and Herman Smith Fund for Excellence in the Trades in 2005 to assist HBI programs and its students to connect with the industry.


Randy Strauss
Randy Strauss of Amherst, OH, is the owner and CEO of Dan K. Strauss Construction, Inc.  Strauss Construction is a move-up single family design consultancy and builder and has been in business for 38 years.  Randy is the NAHB Ohio State Representative and was the 2013 Chairman of the NAHB International Builders’ Show.  He served as NAHB National Area Chairman in 2011-12 representing NAHB members from Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia.  Randy is also a member and 2013 Vice Chair of the Vermillion, OH, Port Authority.  He holds a BS degree in Construction Management and Business from Michigan State University and was President of Michigan State’s NAHB Student Chapter program in 1978, as well as president of the Sigma Lambda Chi, Alpha Chapter, the honorary fraternity for light weight wood framed construction programs across the country.  This early involvement was a key to developing his career in the home building sector.   


Frank Wiesner, Immediate Past Chairman
Frank Wiesner is the immediate past chairman of HBI.  He has also served as the HBI Audit Committee Chairman and is the chairman of the HBI Nominations Committee. He has been a member of the HBA of Raleigh-Wake, the HBA of Durham, Orange & Chatham counties and NAHB since 1997. He has served NAHB on various committees and has earned his MIRM and CMP designation through NAHB's National Sales & Marketing Council.









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