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The Team

Who We Are

Melissa our CEO

Melissa Songco


Melissa Songco joined Habitat for Humanity of Waukesha County as CEO in April 2021. Her first exposure to Habitat was over 20 years ago while attending Marquette University. She volunteered locally through the campus chapter and traveled on a Global Village trip with Habitat to Zambia during the summer. She jokes that on that trip she caught the “Habititus,” and the mission of affordable housing has become an essential part of her life ever since. Melissa has worked in nonprofits and community development her entire career. She has previously worked for Milwaukee Habitat, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, and Junior Achievement of Wisconsin.

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Sara Clark

Director of HR & Administration

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    Sara our awesome director of ops
    Brett our cool director of devo

    Brett Peloquin

    Director of Operations

    Brett graduated from Marquette University with a BA in Writing and was commissioned as an active-duty Army officer in 2013. He served as an infantry officer with the 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment at Fort Carson, Colorado, before being medically retired in 2018 at the rank of Captain. Brett transitioned to the Non-Profit sector and has previously worked for Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity and Junior Achievement of Wisconsin.

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      Avelina Padilla

      Director of Family Services

      Avelina graduated with a BA from Alverno College and shortly after began her career in lending. She is dedicated to helping families achieve homeownership while having the best experience possible.  In her previous role, she had the opportunity to help many families throughout the process and is excited to continue doing so at Habitat for Humanity! 

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      Erin our kick-ass graphic artist and volunteer manager

      Erin Balderas

      Marketing & Volunteer Manager

      Erin has a bachelor's degree from Cardinal Stritch University, and has worked in marketing and outreach for nonprofits in Milwaukee such as Present Music and Progressive Community Health Centers. 

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      Angela Fullerton


      Angela Fullerton began her career in accounting and later segued into the Commercial Real Estate Industry, working for MLG Capital, Colliers Inc. and Transwestern. Angela specialized in finance, budgeting, cash flow, and return on investment. She was also responsible for managing construction build-outs for small tenants and major renovations in the millions. As part of her construction management work, she supervised the bidding process and managed the change orders, draw requests, and final construction accounting.  


      Angela is so excited to join the Habitat team. She has recently been spending her extra time volunteering at the Waukesha ReStore.  She enjoys gardening, travel, home remodeling and spending time with her grandson, Oliver.

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        Andrew Plichta

        Project Manager

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          Scott Noblot

          Project Manager

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            Alex Litscher

            ReStore Manager

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              Diane Howard

              Donation & Logistics Coordinator


                Board of Directors


                President: Lisa Fenske, Luminare Health

                Vice PresidentSteve Greiff, Johnson Financial Group

                Past President: Warren Widicus, WWidicus Consulting, LLC

                Treasurer: Jonathan Mosca, Bank of England Mortgage

                Secretary: Nickolas Wagner, MPE-INC



                Richard Barnhouse, Waukesha County Technical College

                Bridget Clementi, Children's Wisconsin

                Kristin Ferge, Capri Communities

                Tony Mallinger, Carlisle Architectural Metals

                Aaron Melnarik, U.S. Bank

                Deb Reinbold, Thrive Economic Development

                Chris Siepmann, Siepmann Realty Corporation

                Leo Spanuello, Waukesha State Bank

                Jennifer Walmer, Wisconsin Title, Closing and Credit Services

                Maria Watts, Wisconsin Housing Economic Development Authority (WHEDA)

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