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Lynn Morgan named local Habitat’s interim executive director

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A longtime board and committee member with Thousand Islands Area Habitat for Humanity has been named the agency’s interim, part-time executive director.

Lynn K. Morgan recently signed on to the post for at least six months, until the agency finds a permanent director.

“Everyone works but myself,” she said, regarding employment of board members. “To be able to talk with businesses open from 9 to 5 otherwise would be a challenge. Our affiliate, at this point in time, is really on edge to do more than one house per year.”

The retired teacher and library media specialist said that by increasing the exposure of the local Habitat name in the community, there could be more sponsors and volunteers for construction of homes for needy north country families.

Board President Walter H. Plumley said Ms. Morgan was the perfect fit for the position because she has more than 15 years’ experience with the agency as a board member and on the family selection committee.

He said the board only recently decided it would go forward with a part-time executive director after William R. Davis Jr. lasted only three months as the agency’s first executive director. That post has been unfilled since October.

“This buys us some time to really carefully put a full-time position out and screen candidates,” Mr. Plumley said. “Then we will have Lynn, who can mentor them. We feel it’s a crucial interim step to our full-time position. With Lynn, it lets us take a deep breath. She knows what’s going on and will be able to take care of the office now.”

Mr. Plumley said Ms. Morgan will be the start of what the Thousand Islands Area Habitat for Humanity has been missing all along — a face for the agency. With a director missing, board members have been running the organization.

Since Ms. Morgan accepted the part-time executive director position last week, she no longer will be vice president of the board.

Finding more board and committee members continues to be a struggle, Mr. Plumley said.

Ms. Morgan, Carthage, said she has remained dedicated to volunteering for the agency because “there’s a tremendous need for decent, affordable housing.”

“We built 20 houses, with our 21st under construction now,” she said. “It’s great to see these families pull themselves up by their bootstraps. They, for the most part, take pride in their homes.”

Ms. Morgan said her part-time status isn’t locked into a certain number of required hours per week. She said she is not interested in the permanent, full-time executive director post.

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