Leadership & Staff
Ed Brady is President and CEO of Home Builders Institute (HBI), a national nonprofit that trains underserved populations, including veterans, transitioning military, high school students and justice-involved youth and adults for careers in the building industry.
A second-generation home builder from Bloomington, Illinois, Brady learned carpentry from a union master carpenter in college and started building houses in 1988. During Brady’s 30+ years in the industry, he has advocated for and defended the building industry through leadership positions at the local, state and national levels. He has served 12 years as independent director of the Chicago Federal Home Loan Bank, working with leading experts to advance the nation’s housing policy. He served as 2016 Chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). After the housing crisis, Brady spent three years on the Bipartisan Policy Center Housing Commission. He has also served on boards for Illinois Habitat for Humanity, as well on other economic development and housing-related boards.
Brady holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Business from Illinois Wesleyan University. He was a licensed realtor in the mid-80s and currently hold his Tennessee contractor’s license.
Outreach for Ed Brady can be directed to Vice President of Administration Laura Bray at email@example.com.
Laura Bray is Vice President of Administration of Home Builders Institute (HBI) and one of HBI’s most tenured employees with more than 35 years of service. Bray possesses institutional knowledge of HBI that lends insightful perspective to the executive team and staff.
Bray has served three CEOs, working with each on a wide range of programs that assist state and local home builder associations and seek to advance and enrich the education, training and placement of men and women in careers serving the workforce needs of the residential building industry.
Bray is the primary contact for the HBI Board of Trustees and manages all aspects of board meetings, special meetings and other events involving board members.
Bray also is HBI’s corporate secretary, responsible for managing the official records for HBI.
Bray works directly with National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) senior staff and acts as liaison between HBI and NAHB with regard to lease issues, maintenance and property management.
Bray earned her associate degree in Science from Northern Virginia Community College.
Her guilty pleasure is golf, and she has twice competed in the National Championship of the Executive Women’s Golf Association.
Edward Harrison is Senior Vice President of Financial Services and Chief Financial Officer of Home Builders Institute (HBI). He is a licensed certified public accountant in Maryland. He joined HBI in 1992 and became its CFO in 2010.
Harrison’s leadership is evident in his direct communications with HBI’s auditor, Tate and Tryon, as well as his excellent working relationship with the U.S. Department of Labor on indirect cost rate and contract negotiations. He was instrumental in implementing Deltek’s electronic expense and time reporting system at HBI.
Harrison is a member of the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants. He volunteers at the First Baptist Church of Highland Park in Landover, Md., where he enjoys working with teenagers. A native of Lawrenceville, Va., Harrison graduated magna cum laude from Virginia State University in Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting.
Tadar Muhammad serves as Senior Vice President of Workforce Development of Home Builders Institute (HBI).
In his current role, Muhammad is responsible for the operation of HBI’s Workforce Training & Employment Department–a budget of more than $8 million and 95 staff. He is responsible nationally for oversight of all workforce development initiatives of secondary and post-secondary students, justice involved youth and adults, veterans and transitioning military and more.
Over the past 25 years, Muhammad has worked in human services, youth development and workforce development with a goal of developing partnerships that assist individuals with learning career-translating skills. Having participated as a featured speaker at several local and national workforce development conferences, he serves on numerous boards and councils to include a Gubernatorial Appointment to the Board of Directors for the Prison Rehabilitative Industries & Diversified Enterprises in Florida, Board Chair for Sunshine Charter High Schools in Orlando, Fla., Board of Directors for the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice Foundation, Board of Directors for the Florida Endowment Foundation for Florida’s Graduates and Orange County’s Citizens’ Commission for Children Advisory Board.
A native Chicagoan, Muhammad moved to Orlando in 1983. After receiving a scholarship to Valencia College and a Warner University Organizational Management B.A., he earned his Executive MBA from Rollins College’s Crummer Graduate School of Business.
Faye M. Nock joined Home Builders Institute (HBI) in 2001. In her role as Senior Vice President of Human Resources, she is responsible for leading organization-wide human resources, from service delivery to talent acquisition, to employee relations, health and wellness, compensation/benefits, organization effectiveness and HR systems. Nock also provides organizational leadership in the development, implementation, and achievement of HBI’s strategic plan and organizational goals. Other areas of responsibility include overseeing the Information Technology (IT) Department and HBI’s risk management program.
With more than 25 years of HR experience in multiple industries, Nock provides an in-depth knowledge of human resources to HBI. Under her leadership, several innovative programs have been implemented, which were instrumental in HBI attaining the coveted “Great Places to Work” designation from Washingtonian magazine in 2005, 2007, 2009 (honorable mention), 2011, 2013 and 2015. HBI also was recognized in 2011 by Principal Financial Group as one of the “10 Best” organizations for offering valuable employee benefits.
Prior to joining HBI, Nock served as a human resource consultant to public, private and non-profit organizations. She also held various senior level HR positions with Marriott Corporation and Johns Hopkins Medical Services Corporation.
A native of Greensboro, N.C., Nock earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Morgan State University.
Gregg Romano joined Home Builders Institute (HBI) in 1993. In the years since then, Romano grew as a leader within the organization. As Vice President of Job Corps, he is now responsible for identifying and developing new business opportunities, promoting effective public relations and strengthening interactions amongst all Job Corps Center operators, regional offices and the program’s national office, as well as maintaining oversight of Job Corps career technical training programs, placement activities, apprenticeship endeavors and monitoring and evaluating HBI’s Job Corps Program performance.
Long imparting wide-ranging knowledge in career technical training and construction technologies, Romano has relied on more than 20 years of building experience and over 25 years of workforce-training and development connecting the two disciplines. As such, he has provided HBI an expertise in program management with the professional and technical skills to manage, develop and implement multi-site training programs and large-scale projects. Romano continued to demonstrate expertise in program management and was elevated to Director of Program Management of Job Corps in 2016.
Prior to joining HBI, Romano worked as a journeyman carpenter, foreman, superintendent and owned, managed and administered all functions of a construction/home-remodeling company. He graduated summa cum laude from Southern Illinois University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Workforce Training and Development, and has conducted graduate degree work towards his Master of Science in Project Management at Thomas Edison State University (formerly Thomas Edison State College), Trenton, N.J.
Bethany Shean joined HBI in 2006. In her role as Vice President of Education Services, she is responsible for leading organization-wide learning management and program evaluation solutions including instructor orientation and training, curriculum development and certification, organizational analytics, and learning management system extended enterprise solutions.
Shean provides an in-depth knowledge of instructional design and learning management with more than 15 years of experience in multiple industries. Since joining HBI, Shean has collaborated with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to implement several nationally recognized courses related to the needs of the building industry. Shean has also provided leadership on several HBI committees including the Regional Instructors Supporting Everyone Committee (current), HBI Safety & Health Board (2016 – 2019), the New Employee Orientation Committee (2018 – 2019) and the Strategic Planning Committee for Employee Engagement and Culture (2017).
Prior to joining HBI, Shean served as an instructional designer for both corporate and university settings including Freddie Mac, Strayer University and ING Direct. She also acted as an adjunct professor for computer ethics at Strayer University for eight years. Shean graduated with honors from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, earning a Master of Science degree in instructional technology and a Bachelor of Arts degree in mass communications.
The Hon. Kristen Amundson is the President of KJA Strategies. She has more than two decades of experience as a policymaker at the local, state, and national level. She represented the 44th District in the Virginia General Assembly from 1999 to 2009. During that time, she was a member of Virginia’s P–16 Council and the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB). Before her election to the General Assembly, Amundson—a former teacher—served for nearly a decade on the Fairfax County, Va., School Board, including two years as its chairwoman. Most recently, she was the senior vice president for external affairs at Education Sector, an independent think tank. She writes frequently on education issues and has been published in The Washington Post and the Richmond Times‐Dispatch, among others.
Laura Dwyer is the Chair of the HBI Board of Trustees. She serves as manager at DuPont™ Building Knowledge Center, a national network of experts who shape Insights, tools and resources to help members of the building industry navigate the changing future. Dwyer was named manager in 2011 after two years as the North American Residential Marketing Manager for DuPont’s Building Envelope and Surfaces businesses. During this time, Dwyer became a voting member of NAHB’s Energy Subcommittee, a member of the Energy and Environmental Building Alliance Board of Directors, and an active participant on Green Builder Media Emerald Circle. Dwyer earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from North Carolina State University and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Delaware.
Debra Erb is Managing Director of Housing Programs for the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, a U.S. government corporation focused on supporting U.S. investment in developing markets. Erb has more than 20 years’ direct experience in mortgage lending in the U.S. plus 17 years of international housing finance experience in Africa, Latin America, Eastern Europe and Asia. Previously, Erb served as Senior Director – MBA International, responsible for international membership development and liaison between international and U.S. mortgage banking companies and organizations. In addition, she managed MBA’s international conference operations and the International Mortgage Institute. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration (International Non-Profit Management) from George Mason University, and a B.A. in International Business Communications from the same university.
In June 2020, John “Chuck” Fowke became the Chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). He will continue serving in that position through the February 2022 NAHB International Builders’ Show. Fowke has been active in the NAHB leadership structure at the local, state and national levels throughout his career. A senior life director, he has served on the NAHB Board of Directors for more than 20 years and is a long-time member of the association’s Executive Board. In 2006 and 2009, Fowke was named Builder of the Year by the Tampa Bay Builders Association. He also served as President of the Florida Home Builders Association, where he continues to serve as a life director. Fowke also stays active in his community, having served as chairman of the Charity Women’s Crisis Center’s Addition and Renovation Committee.
George C. Hess III is the Founder and CEO of Vantage Homes Corp. He was appointed to the HBI Board in January 2016. Hess is active in industry, community and civic organizations such as Colorado Springs HBA Board of Directors, NAHB Budget Committee, and Chair, John Zay Gurst House; Penrose Saint-Francis Hospital Foundation. Hess began his building career upon graduation from Colorado State University where he earned a BS degree in Business Management.
Tim Hourigan is executive vice president of Human Resources at The Home Depot. Hourigan was appointed to HBI’s Board of Trustees in January 2020. He oversees all aspects of HR management for over 400,000 associates. Hourigan’s board service will greatly enhance HBI’s program expansion with The Home Depot Foundation.
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.
Buddy Hughes is president of Hughes Construction & Insulated Concrete Inc. He is a member of the Board of Builders Mutual Insurance Company. Hughes has been of member of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) for 28 years, holding numerous positions at local, state and national levels. Hughes was appointed to the HBI Board in 2020 for a one-year term.
The Honorable Pamela Hughes Patenaude is an accomplished housing and community development public policy expert with a three-decade track record of success as an executive in government, nonprofit sector, and private industry. Patenaude served as the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and as Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development at HUD. Prior to serving at HUD, Patenaude served as the President of the J. Ronald Terwilliger Foundation for Housing America’s Families. Earlier in her career, Patenaude was the Vice President of Manor Homes Builders, Inc., a nationally-recognized custom homebuilding and real estate development firm. Currently, Patenaude is an Independent Director of CoreLogic, Inc., serves on the Board of Habitat for Humanity International and is a member of the Board of the Bipartisan Policy Center.
Tony Mancini is Group Director and Principal of the SGC Horizon Building Group. He launched the SGC Group in 2010, which includes Professional Builder Show Village and Women in residential construction. Mancini also previously held leadership roles within the residential and commercial markets, including Reed Construction Media and publisher of Professional Builder and Professional Remodeler magazines.
Angelo M. Marasco is the Director of Corporate Product Development for ODL of Zeeland, Mich., 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.
Ron Painter, CEO of National Association of Workforce Boards. Under Ron’s leadership, NAWB has developed strong working relationships with policy makers in Washington. As part of this effort to better communicate with policy makers/funders, NAWB launched www.Workforc.elnvestmentWofks. com which won the Davey Award for excellence in an integrated media strategy. The Davey is recognition from an international body of marketing firms. In addition, NAWB has launched Workforce Central podcast, which hosts interesting guests talking about workforce development and the actions needed in the US to strengthen the workforce & workforce system.
Adam Rocke is a retired U.S. Army Colonel and career Infantryman who was a Special Assistant to the Army Chief of Staff and Director of the Soldier for Life (SFL) program. In this capacity, he led the U.S. Army’s effort to create a network of enablers to connect soldiers, veterans, and families with employment, education, and the well-being required to successfully reintegrate into civilian society.
Throughout his distinguished military career, Adam served in various infantry and special operations units, from platoon to brigade, including the Army Staff and Joint Staff, with numerous deployments overseas supporting the War on Terror.
In his civilian career, Adam recently served as the Managing Director of NS2 Serves, a non-profit that provides high demand information technology (IT) training for U.S. veterans and transitioning service members. Prior to that, he was Vice President of Veterans Affairs at FASTPORT, Inc., a digital technology company assisting veterans and military spouses with a suite of services supporting meaningful employment opportunities.
Adam continues his mission to assist service members and their families as the newly-appointed Senior Director for Events and Programs for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation – Hiring Our Heroes (HOH) initiative, where he most recently served in the capacity of Personal Brand Ambassador for the past few years.
Adam is a staunch advocate for veterans and their families and serves on the Board of Trustees at Home Builders Institute, as well as on the Association of the United States Army Retired Soldier and Veterans Affairs Committee, the American Legion Innovations Task Force on Veterans Employment and Training, and in advisory roles for a variety of other veteran-serving organizations.
Scott Sedam is President of TrueNorth Development, an internationally known consulting and training firm focused exclusively on the building industry. Now in its 2P1 year with a staff of five field consultants, TrueNorth conducts consulting projects and training workshops with more than 200 builder, supplier & trade clients in the U.S., Canada, Australia,New Zealand and Mexico. During the recent industry downturn, TrueNorth’s LeanBuilding processes saved clients more than $250 million, demonstrating clearly how to improve product, process and profit without compromising the product or builder, supplier and trade relationships. Scott Sedam’s presentations are a popular feature at industry conferences and company meetings.
Brad Simons is vice president & CFO of Utah luxury custom homebuilding company Magleby Construction and joined the HBI Board of Trustees in January 2020. Simons is past president of the Utah Valley Home Builders Association and serves as a member of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) board of directors. Simons is actively involved in Habitat for Humanity and served as the 2014 president of Utah County Habitat chapter.
Patsy Smith currently serves as Trustee Emeritus on HBI’s Board of Trustees. She 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.
Michael Strech is the President and CEO of the North State Building Industry Association (BIA). Prior to joining the BIA, Strech worked as the Executive Director of the Shasta Trinity Schools Insurance Group, and also served as the Vice President of Member Services with the California Building Industry Association. He is currently working with the Mayor’s task force for economic development. He holds his B.S in Criminal Justice at the California State University, Sacramento (CSUS) and completed course work in CSUS’ Master’s in Public Policy Program.
Chuck Wehrwein is the President of Member Engagement and Business Collaboration at the Housing Partnership Network. Wehrwein leads and oversees membership, policy, governance, and the International Housing Partnership. He serves as a member of HPN’s Executive Leadership Team and plays a key role in managing collaboration among HPN programs and member-driven social enterprises.
He was formerly the Executive Vice President & COO of NeighborWorks America where he oversaw the organization’s division of Field Operations, National Initiatives, the NeighborWorks Services Group (including Training), and Organizational Assessment. Wehrwein joined the organization in 2012 as Chief Operating Officer. Wehrwein earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Master of Business Administration from DePaul University.
Tom Winters is a senior sales executive for Ply-Gem Industries Inc. Winters was appointed to HBI’s Board of Trustees in January 2020. He has over 25 years’ experience in the new-construction home building industry. He is a diverse manager with a consistent track record for increasing sales through building strong customer relationships, Winters’ experience will be an asset to HBI’s Board of Trustees.
Cousins has more than 20 years of experience working with at-risk youth and adults as a workforce development professional. During his tenure with HBI, he has served as an instructor with HBI’s Job Corps Department and a manager, strengthening program outcomes, developing employer linkages to build training curriculums and creating employment opportunities for graduates. He also worked as Director of Training and Technical Assistance where he supported construction training and more than 100 programs as part of HBI’s pre-apprenticeship certificate training (PACT) curriculum.
Prior to joining HBI, Cousins worked in residential construction for 18 years, starting as a carpenter’s helper and working his way up to site superintendent, responsible for managing historic residential remodeling and building new homes in the Washington, DC metro area.
Since joining HBI in 2005, Estle has served Director of Career Services, where he oversees all aspects of student placement services.
As Director of Industry & Academic Partnerships, Geiwitz mobilizes partnerships and builds the strong relationships necessary to implement HBI’s curriculum in schools, educational organizations, training entities, and Home Builders Associations nationwide.
Geiwitz, who joined HBI in 2013, brings 15 years of experience in the nonprofit industry. Prior to joining HBI, she held positions at Rebuilding Together and VH1 Save the Music Foundation. She contributes as a volunteer to organizations such as No Limit Health and Education and The Mission Continues. Melissa holds a master’s in entertainment business.
Hurley joined HBI as the Associate Vice President of HBI’s Military Services in 2014 after over a decade of owning and operating an HVAC business in Georgia. Originally working as an HVAC instructor at Brunswick Job Corps, he has also served as a program manager, regional program manager and director of WTE.
Hurley manages all of HBI’s transitioning military programs. He oversees the daily operations of HBI’s Military Services programs and works with partners to advance HBI’s expansion and enhance job placement opportunities for graduates. Hurley serves as the liaison between HBI and military installations, ensuring successful outcomes for transitioning servicemembers and veterans.
Hurley, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps, draws on his passion for helping transitioning servicemembers to serve well-deserving students.
Rhyna Jefferson is a member of Home Builder Institute (HBI) senior staff.
Jefferson joined HBI in 2015 as Director of Program Management. After serving as Director of Policy Development, she was promoted to Senior HR Business Partner, where she is responsible for building partnerships across HR functional areas.
Jefferson consults with management to resolve issues related to employee performance and talent management, while acting as an employee champion and change agent.
Prior to joining HBI, Jefferson served as deputy manager in the Office of Prevention and Victim Services for the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice. She holds a master’s degree in public administration and policy, and a master’s degree in urban and regional planning.
As Associate Vice President of Program Performance & Evaluation, Johnson is responsible for leading organization-wide initiatives to evaluate the effectiveness of programs and services, implement scalable techniques and efficiencies for program performance reporting, and analyze qualitative and quantitative program data. Johnson also oversees contract compliance and outcome monitoring for several workforce development programs. Since joining HBI in 2014, Johnson has worked closely with funders and partners to streamline compliance reviews, enhance program evaluation methodology, and report performance outcomes.
Prior to joining HBI, Johnson worked in higher education. She earned a BA in psychology from Ashford University and completed graduate level coursework at Northeastern University.
As Director of Quality & Contracts, Lewis is responsible for assessing the effectiveness of programs and services. Lewis, who joined HBI in 2007, also manages contract compliance, serves as a liaison between HBI and funding agencies, and supports accountability strategies for internal programs and channel partners representing the HBI brand. She chairs HBI’s Employee Recognition Committee.
Lewis has extensive experience supporting justice-involved youth and brings more than 20 years of expertise in program operations, training, contract management, and quality assurance. She earned a BS in business management.
MacMaster’s robust background spans over 15 years in nonprofit administration, association management and program development. As Associate Vice President of Industry & Academic Partnerships, she oversees HBI’s efforts to connect and engage the construction industry with residential construction trades training programs across the country.
Since joining HBI in 2011, MacMaster has served in several positions including Director of Business Development. Prior to coming to HBI, she worked with the National Association of Home Builders, National Housing Endowment, and National School Boards Association.
She received her BS from Niagara University and a master’s in public administration from SUNY Brockport. She is certified in nonprofit management and association management.
Michael Manigault is a member of Home Builder Institute (HBI) senior staff, located in HBI’s National Office. As Associate Vice President of Strategy & Grants, Manigault is responsible for the development of strategic partnerships and oversight of the organization’s grant pursuits.
Since joining HBI in 2015, Manigault has played an integral role in the expansion of HBI programming, working with private, state and federal funding sources in connection with military, justice and corrections, and community-based programming.
Prior to joining HBI, Manigault served as project finance associate at a large corporate law firm in Washington, DC. He earned bachelor’s degrees in economics and political science from Howard University and graduated Duke University School of Law.
Jerry Monroe serves as Associate Vice President of Workforce Development at HBI’s national headquarters. With more than 20 years of experience in workforce development, accreditation and postsecondary education fields, Monroe oversees all operations for HBI’s workforce development, training, and employment department.
An advocate for education and workforce issues, Monroe has been instrumental in national and local workforce initiatives and has worked on numerous education and accreditation boards. Monroe currently sits on the Board of Directors for a community support and mental health organization helping underserved populations. He has also previously held the roles of Chief Education Officer, Campus President and Dean of Academics for postsecondary institutions.
A native of Louisiana, Monroe enjoys Mardi Gras and a good bowl of gumbo. Monroe earned a BS in Biology from Grambling State University.
In his role as Associate Vice President of HR/HRIS, Reid oversees talent acquisition and management, employee performance, HR technology, business process redesign and analytics. With over 20 years of experience in HR, Reid has developed technology training, policies and operational procedures, and administered employee health benefits.
Reid sits on the Technology Resource Council of the International Association for Human Resource Information Management. Before joining HBI, he served as an HR analyst, generalist, and benefits specialist. He has worked in entertainment, banking, and healthcare, including roles at Discovery Communications, Inc., Chevy Chase Bank (now Capital One), and Apria Healthcare.
Reid earned a BA in English/communications from High Point University and recently obtained executive certificates in workforce management and development, and digital marketing.
With over 25 years in nonprofit financial management, Taylor provides strong leadership and direction to the finance team. As Associate Vice President of Financial Services, she brings in-depth knowledge across all facets of financial management, strategic planning, and audit and tax compliance.
Prior to joining HBI in 2015, Taylor served as the controller and acting CFO for educational and scientific nonprofit organizations in Washington, DC. Her passion is mission-driven organizations where she can leverage her experience to make a difference and empower her team.
Taylor has served as treasurer for churches in Maryland and provides accounting and tax services to small nonprofit organizations. She is a licensed CPA and holds an MBA in finance.