Board of Directors

Habitat Housing Solutions Inc's employees are highly-trained, experienced and dedicated to the success of our business.

Paula Portch

Chairman/President

 

Paula Portch joined the staff of Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County in December 2006. Prior to joining Habitat, Paula was President of Kitchen and Bath Design Center, Inc.  Previous to running a construction company, she was the Information Technology (IT) Director of Magellan Health Services, Inc., and Becker and Poliakoff P.A.  At both Magellan and Becker, she designed, integrated and installed computer systems locally, statewide, nationally and internationally.  Paula also served as the Controller of Grant Thornton.  Her professional background is multi-faceted, including the construction and finance industries, as well as technology.

Christopher Heggen

Kimley-Horn and Associates

 

Christopher W. Heggen has over 15 years of experience as a transportation engineer and is a Vice President and shareholder at Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. in West Palm Beach. He serves a number of clients throughout South Florida, primarily evaluating traffic impacts and parking requirements for new development and redevelopment projects. He also serves as the manager for the Forensic, Aviation, Civil, Transportation Engineering and Landscape Architecture group within the Kimley-Horn West Palm Beach office.

Mr. Heggen earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Florida and was recognized as one of the top 2014 “Top 20 under 40” Engineers in the Southeastern Region by Engineering News-Record (ENR). He has been active in his church and several community organizations.

Jennifer Davidson

Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County

 

Jennifer Davidson began serving as Communication Coordinator for Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County on February 17, 2014 and was subsequently promoted to Development Associate in February 2016. She also volunteered with the affiliate beginning in 2011 as a Future Homeowner and now continues to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity International as a Team Leader for international volunteer groups. Previous to working in the non-profit sector, Ms. Davidson worked in the Culinary field as a Lead Baker for Whole Foods in Wellington and Pastry Cook for Ritz Carlton in McLean, Virginia. Jennifer received a B.A. in Web Development and Programming from DeVry University, graduating Summa Cum Laude in March of 2015. In addition, she holds a degree in Patissiere from Le Cordon Bleu London, graduating with honors in December 1998.

Bernard J. Godek
Bernard “Bernie” Godek assumed his duties as Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County on May 1, 2007 and was subsequently promoted to Chief Executive Officer in April 2014. Mr. Godek recently served as an Associate Superintendent of Business Operations for both Prince William County Public Schools and Roanoke City Public Schools in Virginia where his responsibilities included new school construction and school rehabilitation projects ranging in cost from $1.5M to $56M. Previous to his time in public education he served as Vice President of Quality Plans and Programs for UXB International Inc., an international environmental restoration company. Prior to that Bernie served in the U.S. Army and retired in 1997 at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel after 21 years of distinguished military service. Bernie received his B.A. in Sociology from Hofstra University in New York. He is an ISO 9001 certified lead internal auditor and he earned a Six Sigma Green Belt certification from Villanova University. He recently served as a member of the City of West Palm Beach Affordable Housing Advisory Committee; he is a member of the Association of School Business Officials International, a member of the Military Officers Association of America and served 3 years as President of the Board of Directors for the Association of Apartment Owners in Wailea, Hawaii.

 

Gerald Hearns

Student Florida Atlantic University

 

Gerald was born and raised in Palm Beach County and is currently attending Florida Atlantic University.  He is seeking a degree in Bachelor of Business Administration and Management with a concentration in Entrepreneurship.  Hearns is serving as an intern for Merrill Lynch in their Ft. Lauderdale office.  He is researching launching his own clothing line and currently writing a book.

Seeking Partners

For more information on how to become a Partner in providing families with affordable housing please contact us:

Phone

561 290-1492 561 290-1492

Email

info@hhsipbc.org

US Mail

Habitat Housing Solutions Inc

6758 N Military Trl 107 Riveria BeachFL   33407

 

News

Habitat Housing Solutions, Inc. awarded $353,000 by Palm Beach County Commissioners to build 2 homes in Greenacres

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