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Bonnie Bessor joined Rebuilding Together Baltimore as Executive Director in 2004. Immediately prior, she worked at Associated Catholic Charities as a development officer for homeless service programs in Baltimore. She has also worked in housing and poverty advocacy organizations as a legislative advocate, community organizer, AmeriCorps program director, and volunteer manager. She began her career by serving people with chronic mental illness. She holds a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Maryland. She is also a graduate of the Weinberg Fellows Program, an intensive leadership training program for nonprofit executives.
During her tenure at Rebuilding Together Baltimore, Bonnie has been instrumental in growing the staff, budget and services of the organization. Bonnie has been honored as one of Baltimore’s Top Neighborhood Moms and also recognized as Executive Director of the Year by her peers in the Rebuilding Together affiliate network. She is active in her community association and lives in Baltimore City with her husband Les and their rescued animals, Dobby the dog and Rosie the cat.
Repair and Renovation Manager
Christian joined Rebuilding Together in September 2019 as the Repair and Renovation Manager. Christian graduated from McDaniel College in 2012, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. Not long after, he moved to Baltimore to serve as an Americorps member with Habitat for Humanity. After two years, he took a full-time position with Strong City Baltimore as a community organizer working along the York Road Corridor. Christian is a proud Baltimore City resident and lives in Ednor Gardens-Lakeside with his partner, Amanda, and two dogs, Romeo and Gus.
Candace Handy joined Rebuilding Together Baltimore in November 2012 as an office assistant. She is a Towson University Graduate. Candace was born and raised in Baltimore, and has been very active in her community through her work with non profits in the past. Candace enjoys music, organizing, and spending time with family and friends.
Kristin joined Rebuilding Together Baltimore in October 2017 as the Operations Manager. She attended the University of Virginia where she studied Psychology and developed a passion for volunteering and social justice. After taking a year off to waitress and think about what she wanted to do for her career, Kristin moved to Baltimore to serve as an AmeriCorps Construction Crew Leader at Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake and the AmeriCorps Program Coordinator at Rebuilding Together Baltimore. She then worked for a year as the Program and Outreach Coordinator at Yachad, another affordable housing non-profit, before returning to RTB full-time. In her free time, Kristin enjoys hiking, baking cupcakes, and stopping to pet puppies.
Volunteer Office Assistant
Gail Dener joined Rebuilding Together Baltimore in March of 2012, a few months after retirement from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. Looking for a rewarding volunteer job where she could continue to be of service, RTB was a perfect fit. Prior to joining RTB, she held a position as a clinical pharmacist at the VA hospitals in Perry Point and Fort Howard, Maryland, as well as Memphis (TN), Richmond (VA) and Buffalo (NY), where she earned her pharmacy degree in 1972. Currently she lives with her husband, Perry Evans, and rescued Shih Tzu dog, Murphy, in Parkville, where she stays out of her husband’s hair by enjoying scrapbooking, trips to New York with friends and gardening.
AmeriCorps Community Partner Coordinator
Julia McAleer joined Rebuilding Together Baltimore for the August 2019 to June 2020 term. She was born and raised in Baltimore and recently graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a double degree in Political Science and Anthropology. She is eager to work with the York Road Corridor and Baltimore County communities during these next ten months. During her free time, Julia enjoys spending time with her two cats, Otis and Barnes, reading, and badminton.
Dobby the Mexican Hairless (official breed name: Xoloitzcuintli) was adopted by Executive Director Bonnie Bessor and her husband in June 2019. Dobby is a delightful little guy who gets lots of snuggles and love in the office. His main hobbies are dancing and napping.
AmeriCorps Project Coordinator
Ali Willoughby joined Rebuilding Together Baltimore in March of 2020. She was born and raised in Townville, South Carolina and recently graduated from Clemson University with a degree in Psychology and minors in Spanish and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. She is looking forward to learning as much as she can about the behind-the-scenes of a nonprofit organization during her time with Rebuilding Together Baltimore, and is hopeful that she’ll eventually be able to get out and work on some houses!