2019-2020
Habitat for Humanity of Champaign County
Board Members

Charles Blatti
Charles Blatti is a research scientist at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications who designs tools and methods for exploring genomics data in human health. He became involved with Habitat for Humanity of Champaign County as a member of the student chapter during his undergraduate, masters, and PhD studies at UIUC. He now serves as the staff advisor to the student board and as a member of the CUHabitat Construction Committee. He believes in Habitat’s mission to provide families with the beneficial and stabilizing opportunity of homeownership while bringing neighbors together to build a stronger community.

Jonné Brown
Jonné Brown is a retired University of Illinois administrator in the College of Engineering. Jonné has volunteered at Habitat for Humanity of Champaign on the Family Selection Committee for several years. She is strongly committed to Habitat’s mission of putting actions behind our collective faith in God through the building of residential homes for families needing the security and hope of owning their own home.

Vanessa Bustos
Vanessa Bustos is president of the Campus Chapter at the University of Illinois. She is a senior majoring in Political Science and double-minoring in Legal Studies and Criminology, Law, and Society. She has volunteered with Habitat since high school and plans to do so for the rest of her life. Before fully dedicating herself to Habitat, Vanessa volunteered and served as vice president for Circle K International, a service organization under the Kiwanis family. Vanessa strongly believes “there is incredible value in being of service to others” and is grateful that she is able to make a difference in the lives of others through Habitat.

Mary Conner
Mary Conner previously worked in social services at the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), Department of Human Services (DHS), and has been a licensed child care provider. She is currently retired. Mary has volunteered on various committees at The Church of The Living God. She co-facilitates a grief support group called “GriefShare” to help families cope with the loss of a loved one. Mary’s desire for helping families drives her passion of commitment to Habitat as a Board Member, and as part of the Family Selection Committee.

Nick Crompton
Nick Crompton is the Executive Director of Facility Planning and Construction at Carle. His team manages all of the construction projects for Carle. He has been at Carle since 2013. Prior to joining the board, Nick has volunteered on many Habitat build sites including one in South Africa. He understands the importance of having stable housing and believes in Habitat’s mission to be able to make a difference in the lives they serve.

Toni Delporte - President
Toni Delporte works for Hickory Point Bank in the Commercial Lending Division where she has managed the Credit Department for more than 10 years. In addition to her involvement with Habitat, Toni enjoys volunteering for various charitable organizations and working with her church, the Champaign Church of Christ, on its various endeavors. Toni is passionate about people’s needs being met and is grateful that this passion can be realized through Habitat.

Tim Gilles - Secretary
Tim Gilles is retired from an administrative position at the University of Illinois. Tim has served in numerous roles at Habitat including board president and currently as the secretary. In addition to his work with Habitat, Tim and his wife enjoy volunteering with the Champaign County Forest Preserve District. Tim was attracted to Habitat because he enjoyed hammering nails and putting boards together to make something useful. Tim stayed with Habitat because he can see the change his time and dollars make right here in his community.

Jenell Hardy - Vice President
Jenell Hardy is a Certified Research Administrator in Sponsored Programs Administration at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has managed grant and contracts for 15 years, ensuring compliance with federal, state and local regulations. In addition to being on the Habitat Board, Jenell has served in many capacities in Champaign-Urbana related to housing and low income families. Jenell is a member of The Church of The Living God in Champaign and is very active in several ministries internal and external to the church.

Kate Metz
Kate Metz worked in administration at the University of Illinois for 38 years before retiring in 2009. Kate is currently Vice President of the Daily Bread Soup Kitchen. She’s also a volunteer with OSF Faith in Action and frequently travels to Haiti to volunteer at God’s Littlest Angels orphanage. She believes, “the best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” It’s her passion and brings her joy!

Arica Moss
Arica Moss is a Habitat for Humanity Homeowner! She works during the day with Champaign County Early Head Start and some evenings serving as a Client Advocate at Courage Connection. She enjoys working with families in the community, and she is taking courses in pursuit of a MSW degree from the University of Illinois. Arica joined the Habitat for Humanity Board after being a member of the Family Selection Committee for a number of years. One of her passions is helping other low-income families achieve their goal of home ownership through hard work and determination.

Andrey Nesbitt
Andrey Nesbitt has been employed at Champaign Urbana Mass Transit District for over three years and servers as a supervisor. Andrey became a Habitat for Humanity homeowner in 2019 which was a dream come true for her and her daughter, Jaliyah Nesbitt, who will graduate from Central High School in 2021. Andrey is a people person and loves listening to different walks of life. Her goal is to pass things forward to people in the community since they have been so helpful and kind to her. Her board service to Habitat is one way that she is doing that currently.

Colin Ramage - Treasurer
Colin Ramage is a Commercial Credit Underwriter at Busey Bank, where he has worked since graduating from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with a Master’s in Economics. This is his first foray into non-profit work, and he is looking forward to the opportunity to give back to his community. He particularly appreciates Habitat’s goal of being “A hand up, not a hand out”, and truly believes that setting people up for lasting success through stable housing is a great way to build a better future for everyone.

Roger Webber
Roger Webber currently serves as a Circuit Judge in the 6th Judicial Circuit. Prior to that he was in private practice for almost 25 years and served as both an Assistant Public Defender and an Assistant State’s Attorney. Roger was a founding member of the Tuscola Kiwanis Club and along with his wife, Jane have been active supporters of Developmental Services Center for many years. He believes working with Habitat is a great way to improve neighborhoods and give back to the community.

Steve Young
Steve Young works in Sponsored Programs Administration at the University of Illinois. Previously, he worked in the Development Department at Eastern Illinois Foodbank. Steve is not only serving his 1st term on the Habitat Board, but he is also a part of United Way’s 2019 Emerging Community Leadership Class. Steve believes in hard work and helping others which embodies what Habitat for Humanity of Champaign County is about.