Dr. Gertrud Konings, Board Director
Dr. Gertrud Konings retired last year as Professor of Biology from the El Paso Community College (EPCC). She has a Ph.D. in Biology from the Free University Berlin, Germany, and worked at different universities and the industry in several countries before moving to the United States. In El Paso, where she now resides for over 20 years, she takes much interest in the local community and participates actively in several organizations that focus on the local environment. She is the Vice-president of the El Paso Cactus & Rock Club and supports the other organizations through offering hikes and presentations.
As a Board Member of Rebuilding Together El Paso, she places her focus on the beautification of yards of houses served by the organization, according to her motto: “A healthy yard provides a healthy living environment”, not only for the immediate persons living in the house, but also to the surrounding neighborhood.
Lisa Badillo, Board Director
Lisa currently works for Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso (TTUHSCEP) as a Senior Managing Director, primarily responsible for the institution’s contracts and real estate. Prior to that, Lisa worked for a local developer, residential construction company and spent 10 years working for two separate Fortune 500 companies. Lisa first volunteered with Rebuilding Together El Paso (RTEP), formerly known as Christmas in April, in 1998 as a house captain for 7 years and rejoined the organization in 2019. In addition to volunteering for RTEP, Lisa also serves as a mentor for the Challenge Program at Loretto Academy, serves as the blood drive coordinator for TTUHSCEP and volunteers with the Animal Rescue League and their Rescue Runners program.
Lisa is native El Pasoan. Her academic accomplishments include a Bachelor of Business Administration with an Accounting concentration from St Edwards’s University, an M.B.A. in Business from the University of Texas at El Paso and an M.S.H.A. from TTUHSC. Lisa enjoyed watching sports with her husband, Norm and daughter Mia.
In his daily life Laird lectures Global Business at the College of Busi- ness at UTEP. The global aspect of his interest comes from quite a few years international life in various European countries, although he worked also closer by in Mexico. This international experience gives him a broad perspective of life and makes him serve for the community through Rebuilding Together El Paso, very much stimu- lated by his wife, who is the treasurer. At our Board, Laird is the sec- retary; he is amongst others responsible for writing and publishing the minutes of the board meetings and he makes certain that newsletters and other communications with the community that we send out are properly edited. Laird is supporting the organization al- ready for many years and participates actively in any fundraiser or operational event like the National Rebuild Day. When discussions are getting heated in the Board, he always knows how to make a quip to release the tension. This makes him a well valued colleague and friend.
We are proud to have Karin Smith on our Board as Treasurer. With her background in Accountancy and her qualification as CPA she is well equipped to control
finances of our non-profit. ! Karin is of Austrian background and has lived over 30 years in the USA, first in Michigan and since the nineties in El Paso. Recently she made her final commitment to her “new” country, by acquiring US citizenship. !
Karin has a busy job in the El Paso accountancy firm SBNG, where she manages the tax accountants, which makes the months March and April when the tax season is in full swing, doubly busy in combination with Rebuilding’s Event Day preparations. !
With Karin’s support “Rebuilding Together El Paso” has established a solid financial control. The last 5 years our non profit! has had a surplus, which has very well enabled us to fulfil on a continuous basis our mission of providing service to low income elderly and or disabled homeowners.!
When the City audits our organisation regarding proper qualification of homeowners or when we are audited on our financial control, it is Karin who in her professional way provides positive evidence.
Roger de Moor, Executive Director
Roger, who is of Dutch origin, came to live in the USA in 1996. His career with Philips Electronics moved him over three continents, before settling down in El Paso. After finishing his Ms Sc in Industrial Engineering and Mgt Sciences, he moved to Portugal to start his international assignments. During the first part of his career he was an internal consultant in Organization and Efficiency, working in countries like Portugal, Singapore and Austria on factory, National and Product Division levels.
During the next phase of his career, he managed factories and complete businesses in Portugal, Juarez Mexico, Ohio USA, Poland and again in Juarez. His experience spans the whole industrial life cycle, from starting and growing new activities, to managing and reorganizing mature businesses and selling factories or even closing operations all together.
After his last assignment as Vice President of the Philips NA TV activity in Juarez Mexico, Roger settled down in El Paso.
After being retired from industry he was for six years active as President of Rebuilding Together El Paso, a non-profit in the housing sector. He just changed this position to Executive Director of the same organization, as to safeguard the sustainability of the growing organization. He is also Chairman of the Board of VOAD (Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters)
Dr. Radosveta (Ettie) Wells, Advisory Board
Dr. Radosveta (Ettie) Wells, born in Bulgaria, graduated from the Medical University in Sofia, completed residency in emergency medicine at the University of Virginia, worked in private practice emergency medicine for years, currently assistant professor at the Department of Emergency Med- icine, associate residency program director, Paul L. Foster School of Med- icine, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, El Paso, married to James Wells, children Yana and Edward.
Ettie is on the governance Board of Rebuilding Together El Paso.