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Repairing Homes. 

                            Restoring Hope.



Our History:

The Build Team was born out of a shared vision to give back to the community.  What started as a brief discussion on a Sunday afternoon, led five business and professional leaders to come together to help local families in financial need with essential home repairs.  Organized in December, 2013 as an Illinois not-for-profit company(NFP), we received 501(c)(3) tax exempt status in August, 2014.  

The Build Team NFP began helping its first family in late-Spring of 2014. Since then, we have started and completed twelve projects for families in Northwest Cook and surrounding counties. As of October, 2017, we have several more projects in the planning stages. These projects to Repair Homes and Restore Hope for families have been completed by 94 volunteers who have graciously contributed in excess of 5500 hours of volunteer service.  All of our projects are cost-free to the families, and have been paid for by the extraordinary generosity from individual contributions and grants. 

The combined experience and expertise of our volunteer Board of Directors made The Build Team possible.

 Shown in Photo: Mark Garrette, Owen Heath, John Dawson, Nancy Schumm, and Peter Shaeffer
(Not Shown in Photo: Shane Winters and R.J. Young)

Officers and Board of Directors of The Build Team NFP:

John Dawson, President and Director
  • John Dawson is President and a Director.  John has extensive experience in management and ownership positions with domestic and international companies.  After selling a company 12 years ago, John decided to follow his passion for home building and remodeling and organized Dawson Builders, which he currently operates  from offices in Barrington, Illinois.   John has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire and a Masters from the University of Utah.
Nancy Schumm, Director
  • Nancy Schumm is a volunteer Director and Project Manager. Nancy has been working with non-profits in Illinois since 1988.  She has specialized in environmental land protection and improvement, historic preservation and women's issues.  Nancy has worked for numerous non-profits as a fund-raiser, executive director and coordinator of events.  Since 1997, she has coordinated an effort to provide holiday dinner baskets for the NICASA Woman and Children's Center of Lake County, feeding over 450 families through the effort. Currently, Nancy works as an environmental and historic consultant, coordinating efforts to protect local history and promote better environmental practices.  
Mark J. Garrette, Treasurer and Director
  • Mark Garrette is a Director, and was formerly also Treasurer of The Build Team.  Mark retired as CFO of a diversified leasing and manufacturing company after 40 years in accounting, financial and general management positions with large industrial firms. Mark has served in the past as a board member and treasurer for three not-for-profit organizations. He has a B.S. in Finance and an MBA from Virginia Tech and is a CPA.
Owen Heath, Director
  • Owen Heath is a Director. Owen has 31 years of experience with a major insurance company in the areas of operations, accounting and data processing. During his working career, he actively engaged as a volunteer, and continues to do so in his retirement. Owen has a B.S. degree in Business from the University of South Florida.
Peter B. Shaeffer, Secretary and Director
  • Peter Shaeffer is Secretary and a Director.  Peter recently retired as an attorney after many years of experience in complex financial, regulatory and litigation matters. He has held various positions as a board member and secretary for the governing board of a local church and other  committees of that board. Peter has a B.A. from Dartmouth College and a J.D. degree from New York University. 
Shane Winters, Treasurer and Director
  • Shane Winters is Treasurer and a Director.  Shane is a certified public accountant associated with a local accounting and advisory group.  Shane has a diversified client base of individuals, companies and not-for-profit entities.  Shane joined The Build Team in 2017.  He has a B.S. from Northern Illinois University. 
R.J. Young, Director
  • R. J. Young is a Director. R. J. has extensive technical, management, and leadership experience from a 35 year career in insurance. Throughout his working career he volunteered with numerous nonprofits and has served as a Director and as an Officer on multiple nonprofit organizations. Since retiring he has continued his work with nonprofits and has been an active parishioner at his church. RJ has served as a Director and President of a number of local United Way Boards over the years. He is also a past Treasurer and Director of the Executive Service Corps of Chicago and currently serves as a Director on the One Hope United Board. R.J. has a B.S. in Mathematics from Northern Illinois University and is a Fellow in the Casualty Actuarial Society (FCAS).