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, Ziggy the dog and Blaze the cat.
Volunteer Office Assistant
Gail joined Rebuilding Together Baltimore in March 2012, a few months after retirement from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. She assists with office operations. Looking for a rewarding volunteer job where she could continue to be of service, Rebuilding Together Baltimore 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, MD, 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.
Derek joined Rebuilding Together Baltimore in June 2021. He manages fundraising and communications for the organization. Before and after graduation from Georgia Southern University in 2015, Derek served as a Corps Member for AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) Pacific Region in Sacramento, CA and as a Volunteer in Service to America (VISTA) member in Atlanta, GA. After AmeriCorps service, Derek moved to New York City where he worked for the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation as Communications and Development Associate, then as Communications Manager for the 2020 Census Project. He lives in Madison Park with his partner and enjoys cooking, traveling, DIY projects, gardening, and volunteering.
Program Director Neighborhood Programs
Christian joined Rebuilding Together Baltimore in September 2019 as the Repair and Renovation Manager. He now oversees RTB's neighborhood based programs in Northeast and Southwest Baltimore. 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 wife and two dogs, Romeo and Gus.
Program Director Collaborative Programs
Kristin joined Rebuilding Together Baltimore in October 2017 as the Operations Manager. She now oversees RTB's collaborative programs HUBS and BCAUSE. 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.
Mimi joined RTB in November 2022. She now manages RTB's HUBS program. She was born in Birmingham, Alabama and grew up in Asheville, North Carolina where she attended AB-Technical College for Business. She relocated to the DMV area in 2015, where she began working for a construction company and realized her passion for the remodeling industry. After three years, she decided to start working for herself as a freelance interior designer specializing in space management & project manager. Mimi relocated to Baltimore in 2022. When she is not working, she enjoys working on art with her partner, spending time with her two children, & baking.
Akeem joined Rebuilding Together Baltimore in February 2023. He now manages RTB's Northeast Baltimore neighborhood program. He was born and raised in Baltimore City, where he attended Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and The Morgan State University. At MSU, Akeem received a degree in construction management. Soon after graduation he began work with Whiting Turner construction. After 3 years he decided he wanted to work for himself as a clothing designer managing his own brand. when Akeem is not working, he enjoys working designing, Streaming games on twitch, playing football, and spending time with his partner and kids
AmeriCorps Repair Coordinator
Frederic joined RTB in October 2022 as an AmeriCorps repair coordinator. He assists the program staff with gathering materials, hands on staff work and working with homeowners. Frederick was born and studied in the country of Cameroon. He attended the International Institute of Insurance, a school of finance at the University of Cameroon/Yaounde. After graduating at the level of license (Bachelor degree), Frederic interned and worked for the Preservatrice Insurance in Paris, France. He came to the U.S as an immigrant where he learned to speak, read and write English as a second language. First, he attended Baltimore Community College in where he graduated with an Associate degree in accounting. After that, he attended Morgan State University and graduated with a Bachelors degree in INSS (Information Science and System) and is now pursuing a Master's degree at MSU School of Business and Management.