By Robin Warden
Mitchell Yancey Habitat for Humanity recently named Jo Ann Anderson Fernald as a member of their Board of Directors. She will serve as the chairperson of the Family Support Committee for the affiliate. Her duties will include: assisting in the selection of partner families for Habitat homes; working with families to help prepare them for home ownership: and once they move in, supporting them as needed with financial and home management tasks.
Jo Ann brings valuable skills and experiences to her role supporting Habitat partner families. She recently retired from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she was Director of Disability Services for 12 years. She was Employee of the Year at the University and won the Governor’s Award for Outstanding State Employee. She is a licensed psychologist, is fluent in American Sign Language, and is a member of the Celo Friends Meeting. She has lived in North Carolina since 1989. Jo Ann and her husband Denny live in Spruce Pine with their dog Barley and have four grown children and seven grandchildren.
Jo Ann shares, “I believe that owning a home is more than having a place to go at the end of the day. It is a commitment to and investment in one’s community. Owning a home challenges us to make our neighborhood better for our family and those around us. The memories made at home ground our children and provide a safe harbor in a world that is hectic and demanding.