Executive Committee 2020-2021
Chairman of the Board and President of the Corporation
Al Beranek received a B.S. in Chemistry and then served in the U.S. Army. After the Army, he got his M.B.A. and served multiple corporations. In 1986 he and a partner started their own chemical/manufacturing company, which they sold in 2014. Al and his wife Pat have been married for 43 years. They lived in Pittsburgh for 35 years, retiring to Pinehurst in 2008. They have three daughters and three sons-in-law; one family lives in Texas, one in Illinois, and one in Raleigh. Al and Pat have four grandchildren.
Lisa Fagan is currently a Portfolio Manager in BB&T’s Commercial Lending Department. A military veteran, Lisa has lived in the Sandhills since 2010. She is an active member and past Board member of the Southern Pines Rotary Club. Lisa is married with two children. She attends Emmanuel Episcopal Church. Her hobbies include running, cooking and volunteering
Leonard F. DiNapoli was born in New York, NY and received BBA and JD degrees from St. John’s University, New York, NY. He started his legal career as an attorney with Willkie Farr & Gallagher, a Wall Street firm, and subsequently served as Vice President and General Counsel of The Duplan Corporation, a NYSE listed corporation in the textile industry. He then started a 30-year career with Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. and its various subsidiaries engaged in the insurance brokerage and employee benefit and management consulting businesses, during which he served as Vice President and Associate General Counsel of the parent corporation and as General Counsel and Secretary of Mercer Consulting Group, Inc. and Seabury & Smith, Inc. Upon his retirement in 2005 he moved to Pinehurst with his wife, Rita. He currently serves as a District Coordinator of AARP Foundation Tax-Aide and oversees its free tax return preparation services provided to low-to-moderate income taxpayers in 8 locations in Moore and 4 other NC counties.
Kirk Lynch received a BS in Economics from Colorado State University in 1982. Then, he went into the corporate world with American Telephone and Telegraph in marketing and advanced through several marketing and product management positions over a 23 year career. While working full-time, he continued to pursue advanced studies. In 1990, he earned a MBA with an emphasis in Information Systems from the University of Colorado at Denver. In 1992, he earned a Masters Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University. In 1995, he earned a MS in Accounting from the University of Colorado at Denver. Kirk has been teaching at Sandhills Community College since 2002 where he is a full-time instructor in the Business and Technologies Department. In 2018 Kirk earned a doctorate in Adult Education and Community College Administration. His wife, Susan is a Public Defender in Hoke County .
Board Members 2018-2019
Amie began her career with Habitat for Humanity as a volunteer. After serving for a term on the Board of Directors, she joined the staff team as Finance Director. In 2014, she stepped into the role of Executive Director. In this role, she provides overall executive leadership of the affiliate in accordance with the direction set by the affiliate Board of Directors including oversight of the fund development efforts to support the organization.
Contruction and Finance Director
Farrah began her career with Habitat for Humanity as Finance Manager in March 2017. In October 2017, Farrah soon took the challenge of Construction Director and has since lead Finance and Construction together. Farrah manages the daily task of building hope through Habitat homes. Farrah came to habitat as a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones Investments. Farrah has been an Unclassified General Contractor in North Carolina since 2008. Farrah’s experience is in residential construction and she owned a construction company for several years, with a primary focus on asphalt. Farrah has an associate degree in Accounting and has experience working in the accounting field. Farrah earned a Project Management Certificate through NCDOT via NC State University. Farrah says putting nails of stability in the foundation of humanity makes her reflect on how blessed her life has been. Farrah states that Habitat promotes opportunities for all people; and Sandhills Habitat is at the forefront in female leadership opportunities.
Our ReStore Director
ReStore Manager, Moore County
Dondi Jones has been a part of Habitat of the NC Sandhills for the past nine years, He began as a driver doing pickups of donations, and eventually worked his way up to ReStore manager, where he has been for the past three years. Dondi manages 6 full-time paid staff and approximately 60 volunteers on a week to week basis. His role also includes daily monitoring of sales and inventory that comes in and out of the ReStore. Dondi says that “It’s been great to be a part of something great!!”