San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. A volunteer Board of Directors governs the affiliate in accordance with the U.S. Affiliation Agreement. We are blessed to have these talented community leaders who give hundreds of hours of their time to ensure that Habitat homes are continuously built in the San Gabriel Valley, thus addressing the immense need for affordable homeownership.

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Greg Barsamian

Greg Barsamian

Board President • Managing Principal | Coldwell Banker Commercial Alliance

Greg Barsamian has over 27 years of experience as an industrial/commercial broker in the North Los Angeles County region. He specializes in corporate relocation and lease negotiations, commercial leasing and sales, and strategic real estate planning and implementation. His experience and skill set are a strong match for San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity’s mission. Greg received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is very active in the local community serving as a member of the Glendale Kiwanis, the Glendale Chamber of Commerce and now on the Board of Directors for San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity.

Scott Carpenter

Scott Carpenter

Board Vice President • Director, Engineering and Facilities, Technicolor Hollywood

Scott Carpenter has over 26 years experience in Post Production engineering and facilities management following a shorter period in Aerospace building flight simulator projection systems. Scott has an interest in architecture & building materials/finishes and Habitat’s mission of building homes and opportunity for low-income families meshes well with Scott’s background. Scott holds an Electrical Engineering Degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and lives locally with his family. He also serves as an officer and Trustee of the Pasadena Methodist Foundation and is a former Assistant Scoutmaster and Eagle mentor with Boy Scouts of America.

Andrew Pittroff

Andrew Pittroff

Board Secretary • The House of Printing

Andrew Pittroff was born and raised in San Marino and grew up in the family printing business, The House of Printing, in Pasadena which he now helps to run along with his father. He graduated from Colorado State University with a BS in Business Management. Andrew has been a member of the San Gabriel Valley Habitat board since 2012 and believes that the homes built by Habitat provide a stable foundation which transforms lives and provides a lasting impact for generations to come. He is married to Bernadette, a local Realtor, and has three children Grady, Harper, and Miles.

Nimrod Johnson (NJ)

Nimrod Johnson (NJ)

Board Treasurer • Regional Director | Kaiser Permanente

  • Nimrod Johnson (NJ) is the Regional Director of the SOX and Financial Governance team in the Southern California Region for Kaiser Permanente. He started with Kaiser in December 2004 as a consultant and joined the company as a Senior Manager. He later became the Assistant Director for Statutory Reporting and General Accounting. In 2013, he was appointed Director over the SCAL Regional SOX and Financial Governance team where he currently serves.
  • NJ has over thirty years of experience in Accounting and Auditing. Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente, NJ was a Corporate Controller for publicly traded and privately owned companies which included, Sorrento Networks Corporation, Vans, Inc. and Sugar Foods Corporation. He began his career at KPMG in the Los Angeles Office and has worked as an Internal Auditor for Mattel Toys and Masco Corporation.
  • NJ holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Accounting from California State University at Long Beach and is a California CPA. He is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Incorporated.
David Battany

David Battany

Board Member • Executive Vice President of Capital Markets | Guild Mortgage Company

Mr. Battany is the Executive Vice President of Capital Markets for Guild Mortgage Company. He oversees the firm’s capital market activities, including pricing, hedging, and secondary market execution. He’s also responsible for Guild’s credit policy, shipping, and product development functions. Mr. Battany manages investor relationships with GSEs, government agencies, and private investors. Prior to joining Guild,  Mr. Battany was Chief Product Strategist for Penny Mac from 2012 to 2015, where he was responsible for managing the product development group, as well as its relationships with Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, FHA, VA, USDA, Ginnie Mae, and mortgage insurance companies.

From 1990 to 2012, Mr. Battany was with Fannie Mae, based in Pasadena, California where he served as Director of Single Family Business and was responsible for managing the firm’s relationships with west coast based lenders. Mr. Battany began his career in 1986 with First Interstate Bank of California, where he traded and hedged the bank’s mortgage production.

Mr. Battany is a Board Member of the California MBA and is chairman of the National MBA Secondary and Capital Markets Committee. He was previously a Board Member of the National MBA Residential Board of Governors as well as Rebuilding Together, and is presently a Board Member of Habitat for Humanity. Mr. Battany graduated in 1985 from the University of Colorado’s school of Business Administration with a BS degree in Finance.

Christine Bogharian

Board Member • Bank of America

John Clairday

John Clairday

Board Member • Attorney

Before retiring in 2015, after 27 years, from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, John served as Chief Deputy General Counsel within the legal department, and as manager of the District’s Real Estate Group. In addition to serving on the San Gabriel Valley Habitat board, John currently serves as President of the Lincoln Avenue Water Company’s Board of Directors and is a member of the Pasadena Methodist Foundation Board.  John is a graduate of the University of Southern California and Loyola Law School.

Bob Law

Bob Law

Board Member • Chief Estimator | Charles Pankow Builders Ltd.

Robert (Bob) Law is the Chairman of the Construction Committee and works with the Director of Construction to help facilitate the process of Habitat building. Bob is the Chief Estimator for Charles Pankow Builders with whom he has worked for over 40 years. During this time he has provided a strong role in the estimating, value engineering, and building of high rise commercial office, hotel, apartment, condominium, and retail buildings, as well as parking structures and regional shopping centers. With his hobby of house construction, he has personally constructed seven houses or house remodels. Bob is also a licensed California Contractor and a LEED Accredited Professional. He brings his experience of both heavy commercial, high rise, and light-frame residential construction to Habitat for Humanity to help plan and evaluate best ways to build. Bob is also on the Board, and Chairman of the Building & Grounds committee, at Mater Dolorosa Passionist Retreat Center in Sierra Madre. He was formerly a course director of the Boy Scouts’ advanced adult leadership training course – Wood Badge.

Otis W. Marston Jr

Otis W. Marston Jr

Board Member • Owner of Smart Water Irrigation and Landscaping

Otis is chair of the Fund Development Committee. Otis grew up locally and spent many early years working in the family business at Marston’s Restaurant, which is no longer part of the family. For the past 6 years, Otis has owned and operated  “Smart Water Irrigation and Landscaping” with a focus on home and small business landscape installation and renovation. Prior to becoming a landscape contractor, he served on Young Life Staff for 16 years working locally with teenagers and volunteers and serving for three years overseas with Military families. With this background, Otis brings his passion for serving others combined with experience in non-profit work and his contracting experience.

Peg Rogers

Peg Rogers

Board Member • Former Corporate Trainer and Developer

Peggy graduated with a BS from Purdue University in Housing design and then pursued a career in corporate training and development. She was head of technical sales training for AT&T National Accounts. She then joined Enhanced Communications as a Principal developing training for Fortune 100 companies.

Since retirement, Peggy has been an active volunteer both in New Jersey and California, working with Coastal Habitat for Humanity in Monmouth County NJ, Union Station Homeless Services, and Hillsides Organization in Pasadena.

Elaine Wilkerson

Elaine Wilkerson

Board Member • Former Director of Planning | City of Glendale

Elaine Wilkerson had over 35 years of experience as a City Planner when she retired in 2006. She was a planning director in Toronto, Canada; Portland, Oregon and Glendale, California. Since her retirement, Elaine has been active with a number of community organizations including The Glendale Historical Society, the Glendale Women’s Civic League, and Glendale Arts. She has also participated in the election campaigns of two current Council Members in Glendale. Her involvement with San Gabriel Valley Habitat began in 2008 when she chaired the Geneva Homes campaign, and she joined the Board in 2012. Elaine is also a member of the Fund Development and the Family Selection Committees. Elaine served as Board President from February 2012 to January 2017.

David Van Wyk

David Van Wyk

Board Member • Project Management and Integration Studio Executive | Walt Disney Imagineering

As the Project Management and Integration Studio Executive leading Project Management, integration, and technology application for Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI), David Van Wyk is changing the way architects, engineers, design professionals, and contractors collaborate on large, complex, one-of-a-kind projects. David has been an Imagineer for over 30 years and has worked on projects at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disneyland, Disneyland Paris, Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Disney’s California Adventure. He oversees project development at the Anaheim Resort recently completing a major five-year expansion of Disney California Adventure Park.

David holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Cincinnati, is a registered architect and a Fellows of the AIA.  He currently serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board at San Luis Obispo’s College of Architecture & Environmental Design, as well as on the SGV Habitat Board of Directors, where he speaks frequently about technology application, a need for a higher level of design integration and how these concepts are fundamentally shifting the process of our profession and industry.

Emery Younes

Emery Younes

Board Member • Wells Fargo

ADVISORY BOARD

San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Advisory Board is a key support group which provides guidance and inspiration for the affiliate.

Chair John Mac Lean, Chase Bank
Nicolas (Nick) Alparaz, Manager, Transaction Services | PWC
Donna Baker
, Realtor
Tom Doud, 
Whittier Trust Company
Ann R. Dougherty, 
Management Consultant 
David Lazier, 
President AMSEC
Carol Liu
Joan H. McCarthy
The Walt Disney Company
Robert Picardo
Actor
Jeff Throop
, George L. Throop Co. 

HONORARY BOARD

Our Honorary Board is comprised of long-term supporters who have shaped and built the effectiveness of our organization. These dedicated leaders continue to support the mission and building efforts of San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity:

Supervisor Kathryn Barger
Jon Barstad
Jack Conroy
Merwyn Fair
Barbara Hudson
Mary Jane Macy
Senator 
Anthony Portantino

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

sonja-091115Dr. Sonja L. Yates joined the efforts of San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity in 2004. Since that time the affiliate has grown in-house production, fundraising, visibility, and capacity. ReStore (Builders Surplus Store) revenues have increased fivefold since FY 2004. Sonja’s 15 years as Superintendent of Schools in Rancho Cucamonga’s Central School District prepared her well for the vast and challenging responsibilities of the Executive Director position. She works enthusiastically and tirelessly for our mission and cause. Under her leadership, San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity is changing many lives and building stronger communities!