Here's a look at our amazing team that will be building houses in Beius this summer!
6/23 Update - Please welcome Ralph and Landon to the team!!! Their bios are below
Hello, everyone! My name is Ralph Basner. As a “latecomer” I’ve had the advantage of reading everyone’s bios and quickly realized what a diverse and fascinating crew I’ll have the pleasure of spending a week with! I am a happily married (my 25th anniversary is July 8) father of two sons. Logan, my oldest (21) will soon be returning from a “study abroad” program in Argentina, through his home university at the University of Minnesota/Twin Cities. My youngest son, Landon (17), who I will be accompanying on this trip, just finished his junior year at Colony High School and was part of the 2014 state champion, high school soccer squad! My wife, Diana is an elementary teacher at a Waldorf inspired charter school here in Palmer, Alaska. As for me, I am a 30-plus year Navigability Specialist at the Department of the Interior. My job has taken me to some of the wildest and remote parts of our country here in Alaska, but I am anxious to resume my zest for international travel (I’ve been to 25-plus countries), experience Romania, its people and culture; and make a positive contribution in people’s lives at the same time!
Hi! My name is Landon Basner and I am 17 years old. I live in Palmer Alaska and will be a senior in high school this upcoming fall. I enjoy playing sports and traveling. I will be with my dad (Ralph Basner) on this trip. I’m really looking forward to meeting and volunteering with everybody.
Katie Boland is a high school history teacher at Trumbull High School. I have been an avid volunteer with Habitat for Humanity since my high school days when I helped build my first house in Bridgeport, Connecticut with Habitat for Humanity of Coastal Fairfield County. Since then I have led numerous Collegiate Challenge and Global Village trips and I look forward to showing you all why I love Romania. Besides volunteering with Habitat, I also enjoy running (new found love - still have the love/hate relationship with running though) and I am an avid history buff (early American history is my favorite time period). I advise two groups at my high school -- my Model UN team is one of the top 100 teams in the country and my We the People team made it to Nationals this year! ! I'm so proud of all of my students However, I can't wait for the summer and to meet you all in Budapest!
Hi, my name is Dennis Hope. I am a dual citizen of Canada and the US. I was born and raised in rural Alberta with seven brothers and sisters. I spent most of my professional career in commercial real estate and I have been fortunate to have lived in numerous cities in both Canada and the US. I am now semi-retired and spend my time between Chicago and Scottsdale. I have been on several Habitat builds and liked Bieus so much that I am returning for second tour of duty. I am very much looking forward to meeting everyone.
Hi all! My name is Brandy Johnson and I am 30 years old. I grew up in Jacksboro, Texas and currently live in sunny San Diego. During the past decade I have graduated from college twice, held different jobs including being a paralegal and a grant writer, and have moved coast to coast twice thanks to my husband’s military career. The one thing I did not accomplish in my 20s was focusing on something important to me and traveling oversees to volunteer. So, I figure why not start my 30s with this amazing experience? After some research, I decided Habitat was the perfect match for me. I’m ecstatic to be able to share this experience with two of my younger siblings (Kyle and Logan) and a friend (Sara). I can’t wait to meet the team and I’m so thrilled to be able to make a direct, positive impact on someone’s life through this amazing opportunity.
Sarah Kamp - I am 25 years old and from Burleson, TX. I went to Texas Tech and have a bachelors degree in Biology, Chemistry and Psychology. I am currently running an allergy lab in a doctors office in Grandview, TX as an allergy specialist. I do not have any kids but I have two dogs. Baylee, who is 6 years old, and Piper, who is only 5 months old. I have never done anything like this before so I am super excited!
Hello everybody. I'm Kyle Kinder. I'm 25 and currently live in Burleson, Texas. I was raised in small town Jacksboro, Texas. I work in the oilfield as a crane operator. I decided that I wanted to travel somewhere this year and I thought what better way to it than going to help people. I'm super excited about meeting all you new folks and looking forward to all the experiences that await on this trip
Hey there! My name is Logan Suzanne Kinder, I am currently 18 years old but will be turning 19 on July 12th! (During the trip:D) Me and my brother, Kyle, who is also going on the trip, have the same bday! So he'll be turning another year older on this trip as well.
I have a brother, a half brother, two step brothers, a step sister, and two half sisters! & if that isn't confusing I don't know what is!! But in other words, I kinda have a big family. My hometown is Godley Texas, where I graduated high school last year. Currently, I attend college at Texas State University in San Marcos. There, I'm a business major and apart of the Greek Sorority Zeta Tau Alpha! I aspire to become the owner of my own business one day, but I might change my mind in a year or so. Still deciding! lol
When I'm not sleeping, doing school work, or hanging out with my friends, I enjoy watching movies, reading books, cooking, or going for a run. Cats are by far my favorite animal, but I love all animals as well. I enjoy traveling more than anything! I hope to one day travel the world, and help people along the way if I can. Which is why this trip is going to be the greatest experience of mine yet! I'm super friendly, so I've been told, so I can't wait to meet everyone and help others together! (; See ya soon!
Dennis Langley - I am 61 years old, have been married for 36 years and have three adult children. I have lived in the Chicago area for the past 27 years. I am originally from New Jersey, just outside NYC. I work in the hotel industry as an owner/operator of various brands of hotels. In addition to living in the Chicago area, my wife and I previously lived in Dallas, Phoenix, Houston, Seattle as well a three-year assignment in Italy in the mid 1970’s. This will be my first HFH build and I very much look forward to working with our team!
Amy Manser is from Southern California - She's brand new to our team and will be sending us her bio shortly!
Hi team! My name is Joel Rowland and I'm looking forward to returning to Beius with Habitat and Katie, combining two things I like to do: travel and working to benefit those who are in need. This will be my 15th trip to Romania, 8th with Habitat, 7th to Beius, and 5th with team leader Katie. Why do I keep going back to Romania? Well, that's a story for another time - until then I'll just say I really enjoy working with the Habitat affiliate in Beius, and visiting the country and my friends there. I live in Fremont, California and work as a software engineer for Elekta. Our company produces software and systems used in cancer treatment centers. When I'm not working, I like reading, hiking, movies and... visiting Romania!
Dave Tirsell has volunteered with Habitat locally in Michigan for 20 years, and been able to build with 8 other affiliates in the U.S. This will be my 7th Global Village experience, with team experience to Romania (Comanesti); Argentina; Guatemala; Trinidad/Tobago; Nunavut, Canada; Costa Rica and a build after Hurricane Katrina in Mobile, AL. I have led church mission teams to Venezuela, Panama, Guatemala, and Estonia (3 times). I have been able to travel to 34 different nations, often with my wife, Lila. I am on staff part time with Macomb County Habitat, recruiting volunteers and funding from the faith community. My home affiliate is a tithing partner with Habitat Romania, and I look forward to learning more about the great things being done there and experience serving others in another culture again.
That's it for now I am interviewing a few folks this week so our team may grow. I look forward to meeting all of you in 45 days.