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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: John Dawson, Shane Winters, R.J. Young, Peter Shaeffer, Owen Heath, Jerry Roman, Emily Brownfield

Officers and Board of Directors of The Build Team NFP:

Emily Brownfield, Director
  • Emily Brownfield is the Director of Corporate Sponsorships and Major Gifts for the Elgin Symphony Orchestra. She recently returned to Illinois in 2017 with her husband after serving as the Executive Director for Brighter Tomorrows, a local nonprofit in Rochester, Minnesota working with families facing pediatric cancer. In the short time, Emily has resided in the Chicago suburbs, she has been impressed with the compassionate commitment to the community that residents share and she is excited to join The Build Team as a Director. She has experience in managing fundraising campaigns, cultivating donor gifts and planned giving, volunteer recruitment, and grant writing. She has a Master's degree in Nonprofit Management & Philanthropy from the University of Northern Iowa.
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.
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.

Jerry Roman, Director
  • Jerry Roman has over 45 years of experience in advertising branding and marketing. Following his studies at the University of Illinois and The Art Center College of Design in California, he was an art fellow at Bradley University where he taught advertising design. He spent fifteen years as art director/creative director in major international agencies before starting his own company, a Chicago creative agency that served national and local corporations for 30 years. Jerry, a tool geek, gravitated to The Build Team through his interest and experience in construction. 

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).