New era dawns at Heart of Iowa Habitat for Humanity

Erich Kretzinger, left, and new Executive Director Jeff Lamoureuz, who took over on July 1.

After ten years recruiting families, organizing volunteers, completing projects and securing funding, Erich Kretzinger stepped down as executive director with Heart of Iowa Habitat for Humanity on June 30.

Fulfilling a succession plan created in 2014, when service area and staffing were expanded to include supporting Guthrie County volunteers in serving families, Associate Director Jeff Lamoureux moved into the position of executive director on July 1. A new associate director will soon be named.

As the affiliate’s first staff member and executive director, Erich began his service in January 2010, as the newly combined Boone and Greene Counties Habitat organizations looked to accelerate the number of families served each year. In addition, significant new mandates and regulations from government agencies and Habitat for Humanity International, greatly encouraged the move from an all-volunteer leadership model.

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