“We look forward to his 20 plus years of experience in communication and management in nonprofit and community organizations” – Habitat for Humanity

Cookeville – The Upper Cumberland Habitat for Humanity (UCHFH) officially has a new Executive Director (ED).

Today upper cumberland Native Dr. Jeremy Byrd officially takes his spot as ED within the organization. According to UCHFH, Byrd was born in Cookeville then traveled to Overton County to attend high school before returning to Putnam County to attend Tennessee Tech. Following his graduation in 2003, Byrd went to Tennessee Temple and then Union University where he received his doctorate in Ministry. He is married with two children.

“We look forward to his 20 plus years of experience in communication and management in nonprofit and community organizations,” said UCHFH in a release. “His passion for education and community service along with his professional expertise will guide UCHFH on our continued path of excellence in this area and for our Habitat Families. His background in ministry, community organizations and helping them prosper will only guide the staff, volunteers, and their donors to make the Upper Cumberland Habitat for Humanity so much better than it is already.”

Mike Porten has served as interim Executive Director in the meantime.

“UCHFH would also like to thank Mike Porten for his role as Interim Executive Director,” said the release. “He has done a fine job leading this group through a sale of their building, relocating the Restore, relocating their offices, completing two builds, and helping find a permanent replacement for an Executive Director. Mr. Porten has spent numerous years working with, volunteering and being on their Board. He was willing to step in and help and UCHFH is thankful.”

On June 16 UCHFH is hosting an open house and ribbon cutting to welcome Byrd and let the public check out the new administrative office’s location at 1546 E. Spring Street in Cookeville. Doors open at 11 a.m.

Photo courtesy of Habitat for Humanity.

Ron Moses is the managing editor of the Upper Cumberland Business Journal and can be reached via email. Send an email.

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