Meet Our Team
Our full-time staff is made up of passionate people who believe deeply in the cause of affordable housing and the mission of Habitat for Humanity.
Bernie QuinnBernie brings his unique experience as a former pastor and non-profit leader to Manatee County Habitat for Humanity. Before joining the MCHFH team, he served as the lead pastor of Grace Community Church in Rochester, New Hampshire, and as Donor Development Director at Habitat for Humanity Lee and Hendry Counties. Bernie has also served as the president of a homeless shelter and a hurricane relief charity, building homes for victims of natural disasters. A seasoned leader of people, Bernie is patient, detail-oriented, and has been a strong advocate for homelessness and poverty alleviation. His vast leadership experience and heart for the Habitat for Humanity mission serve the organization well.
In 2018 Bernie relocated to Southwest Florida from New Hampshire with his wife, Cece. They have been married for 34 years and together raised three children. He has a Masters's Degree in Psychology and continues to be active in church and charitable causes. For recreation, he loves fishing and wildlife photography
Karen McElroyKaren McElroy has been in the nonprofit field for more than 20 years. She joined Manatee Habitat in 2012 and is currently the Vice President of Retail Operations. She is most fulfilled knowing that she can contribute to such a wonderful organization and looks forward to becoming one of the top Restores in the US. When she is not working, Karen’s 6 grandbabies ranging from 1 month to 7 years old keep her busy!
Vice President of Retail Operations
Kerry CollinsKerry Collins was born in New Orleans and later moved to Lafayette, Louisiana – which is Cajun country. What does he miss most about Louisiana? Boiled crawfish of course. Kerry has twenty-five years of experience working with nonprofits and government. He has served on several non-profit and government-related boards. In his spare time, he enjoys boating, diving, and volunteering.
Chief Financial Officer
Emily LaneEmily Chalker Lane is a fourth-generation Floridian who grew up visiting building sites with her father, a structural engineer. She’s always nurtured an interest in homes and is delighted to work with a team that builds some of the tightest, well-thought-out houses in Florida. A seasoned fundraising professional with more than 30 years of experience, she is excited to help grow Manatee County Habitat for Humanity and to work with such a dedicated and professional team. “It already feels like home,” she notes. Emily was most recently at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota, where for fourteen years she worked on two capital campaigns, enjoyed working with donors of all sizes, raised millions of dollars, and loved turning possibilities into realities.
Director of Development
Kaveecia MooreKaveecia is a third-generation Sarasota native. She has more than 10 years of experience in the nonprofit and education sectors and has held various leadership roles in her local community. Her work with Opportunities For All at the Greater Sarasota Chamber, led her to accept her role at Manatee Habitat, where she works with prospective homeowners and existing homeowners who want to find a path towards financial stability.
Director of Homeowner Services
Kaveecia serves on the board of directors for Sarasota African American Cultural Coalition (SAACC), Dreamers Academy, and also serves on the community advisory board for the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe. She holds a B.S. from the University of Florida and a MBA from Barry University and is a graduate of the 2021 Gulf Coast Board Institute. She is the proud mother of her son, Cayson and teddy bear puppy, Prince.
Bruce WinterBruce Winter has worked in and around building construction most of his life and earned his degree in Occupational Education from the School of Engineering at SIU. Bruce served as a Facility Engineer in the US Antarctic Program and has led construction operations in three Habitat affiliates here in southern Florida. Under his leadership homes are being built to the highest level of energy efficiency, sustainability and universal design criteria for low-income families throughout Manatee County. In 2013, Bruce’s hard work and passion for sustainability earned Manatee Habitat the 2013 Housing Innovation Award from the US Department of Energy.
Director of Construction
James McCannJames McCann found his passion for affordable housing services at Manatee Habitat and is a valued part of Habitat’s many programs. When he’s not at Habitat his second passion is for his grandchildren and cats. You can usually find James on one of our construction sites in Bradenton and Palmetto, so stop by and say hello!
Construction Acquistion Manager
Steve ReinfeldtSteve is the Rehab Program Manager for Manatee Habitat. Prior to this position, he was a Vice President/Civil Engineer for an international engineering design and consulting firm for 42 years. Steve has been involved with Habitat for Humanity for over 25 years and was a founding member of a new affiliate in Wisconsin in the early 90’s. Over the course of time he has been a volunteer of the year, Board Member, Chairman of the Executive Committee, crew leader, project manager, construction manager and rehab program manager. Steve is enjoying his semi- retirement with a dream job in paradise.
Barbara SlaterBarbara joined Manatee Habitat with a strong background in customer service, including working alongside volunteers at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. Barbara came to Florida by way of New York, Massachusetts, and New Jersey, and enjoys meeting people from all different backgrounds and experiences. Her goal as our volunteer coordinator is to create a great experience for every volunteer.
Construction Volunteer Coordinator
Luis ValeraLuis joined the Habitat Restore team in 2013 after finishing his professional baseball career with Cincinnati reds minor league from 1999- 2006. He loves helping others and being a leading member of the Habitat ReStore Team.
ReStore General Manager
Micah-Simone DurrantMicah joined the Habitat team in August of 2022. Prior to starting in this role, she studied at The University of Tampa where she graduated with two bachelor's degrees in communication and sociology. Her previous work experience is in public relations, journalism, and social science research. She is passionate about using her love for writing and multimedia to push for social change.
Marketing and Communications Coordinator
David DiffendalA volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, The Fuller Center for Housing, and the Rotary Club for nearly his entire life, David is excited and proud to be part of the Manatee Habitat team. In his previous life, he was an entrepreneur, and most recently, he worked in the hotel business in Central America. He has extensive construction and real estate experience in both the residential and commercial worlds. He currently lives here in Bradenton with the love of his life, Laura, and their four-pound chihuahua, Sticks.
In his new role, David is eager to take on Poling Gardens! Inspired by Millard Fuller, co-founder of Habitat for Humanity, David has seen firsthand how powerful affordable homeownership is in transforming lives. "Harnessing our volunteers to make the dream of homeownership a reality, I feel, is God’s work," said David.
Jennie SnowJennie joined the Manatee Habitat ReStore team in 2018. With a background in Human Resources and 18 years of work experience at Lowe’s, she brings a wealth of knowledge to her role. Beyond her professional life, Jennie’s passions include bowling, indulging in her love for books and movies, and passionately supporting Boston sports teams, particularly the Celtics, a devotion instilled by her mother's admiration for Larry Bird.
ReStore Donations Manager
Originally from Mulberry Grove, Illinois, Jennie relocated to Florida in 2011 due to a job transfer and a lifelong dream of living closer to her beloved aunt. Her commitment to Manatee Habitat ReStore reflects her desire to channel her talents towards helping those in need and making a positive impact in her community.