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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Meet the Team: Thailand

Kelly Green        Atlanta, Georgia
Hello everyone!  This will be my second Fuller build.  As my wife (Angie Baker) mentioned, we joined Kat in 2013 for a build in India.  This trip was actually my first time venturing outside of the U.S., and, although I was probably a little hesitant at first and took some prodding from Angie, it turned out to be one of the most memorable experiences of my life.  Just like Angie, I enjoy pretty much any outdoor activity, especially hiking and biking, and I’m also one of those FDIC folks.  I’m looking forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones.  See you soon!

 Amy Steckdaub     Temecula, CA
Hi my name is Amy Steckdaub.  This is my first build and I am so excited to be a part of the team!   My passion is teaching Yoga and Ayurveda.   Five years ago I did part of my yoga teacher training in India and I fell in love with the people and the country.   My friend Robin Sweeney told me about the build and I jumped at the opportunity to travel abroad and to be of service with this organization.  I love to travel and hope this is be beginning of many adventures.    In addition to teaching yoga I work as a bookkeeper, I have been self-employed for the past 25 years.  I can't wait to meet all of you!  

Michelle Eiland     Randolph, MA
I was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio but have also lived in Louisiana and Texas because of work. I am currently working as a bank examiner in the Boston area. I enjoy traveling, listening to music and volunteering. I’m excited to finally get back into volunteering. This will be my fourth build with The Fuller Center for Housing, having previously volunteered in Peru, India and recently... Haiti! I have also been on two builds with Habitat for Humanity’s Global Village in Egypt and Honduras. I look forward to seeing familiar faces and meeting new friends.

Lesylee Ann Hodge     McKinney, TX
I am not a native Texan nor did I get here as quick as I could. I landed here with the FDIC, my employer for the past 33+ years. I've been married to a native Texan for almost 12 years and we have 2 cats - Max and Marley who are orange tabby brothers.

Lampang, Thailand will be my 7th build and my 4th one with Kat, who I first met on a build in Egypt in 2010. Since then I've participated on builds in Honduras, Peru, India, Philippines, and Armenia. I worked with Boots Walker in Armenia and am looking forward to working with her in her hometown of Lampang.

Travel is my hobby and I've been to more than 70 countries far exceeding my 60 countries by 60 goal. I'm looking forward to working with those of you I know from past builds and making new friends.

Norm Neece

I have been retired from the FDIC since 2005.  I've been on builds in India, the Philippines, and Armenia.  I've also helped build and supply a library for an AIDS orphanage in Cape Town, South Africa.  I love meeting new people and helping where I can.  My picture is from volunteering at a nursing home in Walnut Ridge, Ar where I grew up.  My father lives in the nursing home and the other turkey is my childhood friend who also resides there.  I currently live in Arlington, VA and am looking forward to working with you all in Thailand.  I love to travel and have been to over 100 countries and just returned from a week in Bangkok.
Angie Baker     Atlanta, GA
Hi! My name is Angie Baker, and I live in Atlanta with my husband - Kelly Green - and our maltipoo, Bailey.  I’m a Southern girl born and bred in Alabama (and, no, I am not a BAMA fan – WAR EAGLE!!).  This is my second Fuller trip – the first being to India in 2013 with Kat.  I am chomping at the bit to put on my work gloves and build another house in another part of the world – what a great way to really get to know the people and the culture!  Kelly and I both work for the FDIC (along with several of our Thailand teammates), and we enjoy anything that will get us out from behind the desk and into the outdoors.  We especially enjoy playing tennis, biking, and hiking.   I look forward to meeting all of you!

Robin Sweeney    Temecula, CA
Hi Everyone,
My name is Robin Sweeney. I have never had the pleasure of doing a build before and am very excited to finally do so. My 15 year old daughter Meg will be a part of the team as well.  I have known Kat most of my life and feel so blessed to finally join her on a build.  I have been to Thailand once before and fell in love with the beauty of the people and the stunning landscape.  I have not been to the area of our build so I look forward to seeing another part of the country.   Meg and I will travel a bit before the build (around Thailand and perhaps Cambodia) and a will try to get in a little R&R on the back end as well.  We are simply thrilled to meet you all and work with you! 

I have been a stay at home mom for the past several years for my 2 daughters. I have just begun working again for the Temecula Lavender Company as the wholesale sales manager.  In my previous life I was an elementary school teacher back in Boston.  We currently live in Temecula CA.  I love skiing, traveling, music, drumming, hiking, golf and reading.   Can't wait!!!! 

Meg Sweeney
Hi! My name is Meg Sweeney. I am 15, and I live in Boston Massachusetts. I go to school at Concord Academy. I love theatre, art, and history, and I can't wait to start the build!

Michael Dion    Columbus, OH
Hi -- I spent almost forty years in Information Technology with a bank and then the last six years with IBM.   Have been happily retired for the last ten years.  I did my first service trip in 1990 and became instantly hooked.  Have done archaeology, worked with a textile museum, worked in orphanages and elderly homes, and taught English around the world.  I've traveled with Habitat for Humanity nine times, and with Fuller Center seven times - six of those times were in Haiti.  At home, I spend time in my gardens, with two book clubs, volunteering in the Archaeology Department at the Ohio History Connection and any number of activities with my church. Looking forward to meeting all of you!

Penelope Moreland-Gunn

I was born and raised in the Washington, DC area and have worked for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation for 27 years. I have held a number of positions of increasing responsibility within the organization. I have two college educated married daughters and one beautiful granddaughter.  I became a yoga instructor in 2015 after completing the Yoga Alliance 200 hour training program. Now, I teach once a week.  In 2014, I participated in a Habitat for Humanity build in the Philippines and enjoyed the rewarding experience. I am very athletic and love exercise and reading.

Maxxe Sternbaum   Los Angeles, CA
My name is Maxxe Sternbaum.  I have been on a few HFH trips with Kat (and probably a few trips with some of the people included on this chain!).  I am from Los Angeles and work on a biodynamic farm in Malibu.  I love exploring, books, coffee, and animals (especially dogs!).  I look forward to meeting everyone in Thailand (my first time here!) and particularly look forward to meeting Boots.  Yes!

See y'all soon :)!

Christopher Sliney      Los Angeles,  CA
I live in Los Angeles with my wife (Lisa Taback) and our two children.  Lisa and I each have careers in the film industry, although I’ve shifted to renovating old commercial buildings of late.  I am an avid traveler who has known Kat for many wonderful years.  (We first met when she was an executive at Disney and I ran a production company providing services to her team.)  Whenever Kat would reach out with an email that she was embarking on another build, I would promise to join "one of these days."  Well…that day arrived in February as I joined her and Christina on the trip they led to Haiti.  And I got bit!  (Not by a mosquito but by the build-a-bug.)  So I decided to climb aboard Kat’s next trip…to Thailand. 

Outside of work, I spend a lot of time in Baja, where I am a member of the Baja Coastal Institute, a non-profit that aspires to help the Sea of Cortez survive overfishing, reckless development and global warming to remain a valuable contributor to ocean health.  I also coach a club soccer team and practice yoga (something tells me there might be some yoga sessions in Lampang!)

Part of the reason I joined this build is that I have previously visited Thailand a couple times, including to this very region where we will be working.  (I celebrated New Year’s there some 25 years ago at the Cave Lodge and went spelunking on a multi-day adventure through the longest subteranean "through-cave" in Southeast Asia.) 

So I am very excited to be returning.  I’m looking forward to meeting all of you and working shoulder to shoulder in Lampang.  And, with any luck, my nephew will be joining us.


Kelley Green