Y'all come see us!
The Fuller Center’s international headquarters — The Wieland House — is located at 701 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Americus, Georgia. We are open 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays except holidays — and we love having visitors. Please give us a call at 229-924-2900 and plan a visit!
David has been a leader in affordable housing for thirty years starting with Habitat in Tijuana, then serving as the director of Habitat Education Ministries followed by seven years as president of Habitat for Humanity Colorado. A co-founder of The Fuller Center, David oversaw the formation and growth of projects and partnerships as the Vice President for Programs, traveling extensively around the world. In February 2009, the board elected him to serve as The Fuller Center’s president after Millard Fuller’s death.
Favorite quote: “There is only one way to get ready for immortality, and that is to love this life and live it as bravely and faithfully and cheerfully as we can.” — Henry Van Dyke
RYAN IAFIGLIOLA, Vice President of International Programs
Ryan helped lead the Inward Bound program in Cleveland, Ohio, and the Habitat for Humanity chapter at the University of Notre Dame before joining The Fuller Center. He started as a volunteer to work hand-in-hand with his hero Millard Fuller and ended up creating the Bicycle Adventure. Today he is on staff and oversees the Bicycle Adventure and Global Builders programs, as well as works closely with our international programs to further their development..
Favorite quote: “We have the know-how in the world to house everyone. We have the resources in the world to house everyone. All that’s missing is the WILL to do it.” — Millard Fuller
Vice President of Communications
Chris enjoyed a 22-year career as a multi-award-winning journalist before coming to The Fuller Center in June 2011. He continues to write a popular column for the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer and is the author of four books, including “The Best of Chris Johnson” and “The Best of Chris Johnson, Volume II”. In addition to writing stories and blogs, Chris handles The Fuller Center’s website, social media, public relations, media relations, photography, print publications and video operations as a one-man department.
Favorite quote: “Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.” —
Vice President of U.S. Programs
Stacey spent a decade leading the Flint River Habitat for Humanity affiliate in Albany, Georgia, and most recently worked in affiliate development for Habitat for Humanity International. Stacey develops, organizes and nurtures newly forming covenant partners in cities where concerned groups have come together and asked to join us. She also assists covenant partners with construction, administration, organization and training.
Favorite quote: “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” — Dr Seuss
CATHY SMITH, Associate
Director of U.S. Programs
Director of U.S. Programs
Cathy began working with Millard and Linda at Habitat in 1999. She now works with The Fuller Center’s U.S. covenant partners to assist them in record-keeping, reporting, compliance and training. She also is the office manager and the human resources coordinator for our U.S.-based staff.
Favorite quote: “Faith without works is as dead as a doornail.” — Millard Fuller
Global Builders Coordinator
Ian graduated from UGA in 2014 with his BA in International Affairs before interning with the UGA Wesley Foundation’s international student and media programs. Today, he serves as The Fuller Center’s Global Builders Coordinator — promoting the program and helping teams organize and plan trips to work with The Fuller Center’s international covenant partners.
Favorite quote: “Joy is the serious business of Heaven.” — C.S. Lewis
Bike Adventure Director
A native of Connecticut, Connor graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. After graduation, he joined the 2015 Fuller Center Bike Adventure for its 2015 cross-country ride from Oceanside, California, to Portland, Maine. Connor says that during the trip he gained an “utmost appreciation for the Bicycle Adventure’s mission” and accepted the opportunity to coordinate and lead these important fundraising and awareness trips.
Favorite quote: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” — Jesus (Matthew 22:37-39)
Database and Donor Manager
Database and Donor Manager
Erica processes donations to The Fuller Center and payments for Global Builders trips as well as the reports and receipts that accompany them. She maintains our database of partners and supporters and analyzes data for our fundraising and communications efforts. She has been part of the team since 2005 and recently graduated from Georgia Southwestern State University here in Americus.
Favorite quote: “But it ain’t all buttons and charts, little albatross. You know what the first rule of flyin’ is? … Love. You can know all the math in the ‘Verse, but take a boat in the air you don’t love, she’ll shake you off just as sure as the turning of worlds. Love keeps her in the air when she oughta fall down, tells ya she’s hurtin’ ‘fore she keens. Makes her home.” — Cap. Malcolm Reynolds (Serenity)
Kathyie manages and oversees the finances at the Fuller Center as well as Koinonia Farm. She worked for many years at Habitat for Humanity. Kathyie is a longtime friend of the Fuller family.
Favorite quote: “It’s not your blue blood, your pedigree or your college degree. It’s what you do with your life that counts.” — Millard Fuller
Stacey organizes and processes registrations for all Fuller Center events. In addition, she handles lots of paperwork and communications for the Global Builders Program and other Fuller Center programs.
Favorite quote: “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” — Galations 6:9
Gloria is the friendly voice and smiling face of The Fuller Center headquarters. She was a family social worker at the Georgia Dept. of Human Resources for 25 years and has been the pastor at Word of Faith Ministry since 1999.
Favorite quote: “But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” — 1 Peter 3:15
Adding to her careers as a homemaker, mother and insurance agent, Sheilla embarked with her husband in a new one—helping families in need to have a decent home. From Tijuana to the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation and on to Americus Sheilla has established a reputation as the ministry’s hostess, organizing meals and special events for hundreds of donors and volunteers. Today she calls Global Builders volunteers to follow up on their trip and supports her husband in leading the organization.
Favorite quote: “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” — Martin Luther King Jr.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
David Snell, President — The Fuller Center for Housing; Americus, Georgia
Bill Lee, Chairman — President and CEO, North American Retail Hardware Association, Indianapolis, Indiana
Karen Warkentien, Secretary — Senior Regulatory Consultant, Lewis & Harrison, LLC; Arlington, Virginia
Pierre Maloka — Former member of Parliament, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kinshasa DRC and Midway Park
Cary Summers — President, The Museum of the Bible, CEO, The Nehemiah Group , Rogersville, Missouri
Wilmer Martin— President & CEO of TourMagination, Kitchener, Ontario
Rev. Chet Johnson — President, Fuller Center for Housing of Gary, Indiana
Judy Blalack — Director, Silver Valley Fuller Center for Housing, Smelterville, Idaho
David Forehand — Attorney; Atlanta, Georgia
Keith Uffman — Pastor, Webster Presbyterian Church, Webster, Texas
Jeff Cardwell — Owner, Cardwell Do-It-Best stores, Indianapolis, Indiana
Steve Coggins, General Counsel — Partner, Rountree, Losee & Baldwin; Wilmington, North Carolina
Linda Fuller Degelmann, Emeritus — Co-founder of The Fuller Center for Housing and Habitat for Humanity; “First Lady of Affordable Housing”
Todd Sloan, Assistant Treasurer, ex-oficio — District Sales Manager, Linear Technology Corporation; South Barrington, Illinois
MILLARD FULLER VISION TRUST
Bill Muse, Cincinnati, OH. Chair; Lorene M. Burkhart, Indianapolis, IN; Maggie Chrisman, Tucson, AZ; Dr. Gary Cook, Dallas, TX; Robert and Millicent Crowley, Tucson, AZ; David Danel, Hammond, LA; Betty DeMent, Opelika AL; Hub Erickson, Downers Grove, IL; Ron Fisher, Indianapolis, IL; Rev. David Good, Old Lyme, CT; Lyle S. Hanna, Lexington, KY; Dr. Greg Hunt, Olathe, KS; Dr. KunMo Chung, Seoul, Korea; Phil Lader, Charleston, SC; Mack McCarter, Shreveport, LA; Rev. Jim McIlrath, Warner Robins, GA; David Matthews, Winston Salem, NC; Don Mosley, Comer, GA; George and Anne Peagler, Americus, GA; Robert Potts, Jonesboro, AR; Allan Purtill, Huntersville, NC; Vera Randall, Boween Mountain NSW, Australia; Janet Spier, Indio, CA; Jill Stuckey, Jonesboro, GA; Rev. George Tolman, Tucson, AZ; Katie Weir, Shreveport, LA; John Wieland, Atlanta, GA; John Schaub, Sarasota, FL