October 28, 2023 Newburyport Daily News

DANVERS — Essex County Habitat for Humanity officials recently proudly announced that it has welcomed three new members to its board of directors: Leonel Espinal, Stephen Sakakeeny and Jennifer Sutherby.

“I joined the Habitat for Humanity board because my many years of experience in banking and real estate are a great complement to the work this organization does so well,” Espinal said, a Haverhill resident with offices in Danvers. “Through my work I’ve honed my ability to listen to my customers about their families, their goals and their needs. I hope to continue to serve families in our region through Habitat”

Sakakeeny, principal of SAK Environmental based in North Andover, who has and will continue to serve on the site acquisition committee, now also joins the board of directors.

“Our work provides the opportunity for ‘affordable homeownership’ to deserving individuals and families. Ownership that builds equity, wealth, and stability,” Sakakeeny said. “I am fortunate that my experience from my day-job at SAK Environmental where I provide environmental risk management in real estate development can help ECHfH further its mission in affordable housing development.”

Jennifer Sutherby of Ipswich is the third new board member.

“I joined the Habitat for Humanity board to exercise my skillsets to make an impactful difference in Essex County communities and the lives of the families that Habitat works with. My background in architecture, construction and project management was born from a passion to design and create meaningful places. Habitat’s mission exemplifies the same passion; by creating access to housing, they perpetually change people’s lives for the better.”

These additions to the board of directors will enable Essex County Habitat to continue to serve hardworking families in need of an affordable, decent and safe place to call home.