Habitat Hires New Executive Director

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Payson Area Habitat for Humanity plans to complete the 14 town homes of Longhorn Village over the next three to four years.

To that end, PAHH has hired Cristine Royer as their executive director. Grant management, fund-raising and volunteer coordination will be in Royer's purview.

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Cristine Royer

"When I saw the job posting, I thought, what an awesome opportunity to make a difference and really help people in the community," Royer said.

She worked with Valley of the Sun Habitat for Humanity years ago and was impressed with the organization.

She and her family moved to Pine three years ago to get back to a small community.

Royer was a service manager at Wells Fargo Bank and an administrative assistant at Frontier Elementary school.

Raised in Dillon, Mont., a small college town of 5,000 people, Royer grew up seeing just how much difference one person can make in the life of another.

"When you become really networked within the community, you get to know families, you become involved in (sports programs for children), you see what is of value and you see where your niche is," she said.

A business degree from the University of Montana at Western was the foundation for jobs in accounting, advertising and corporate communications.

Royer also worked as an outreach retention specialist with at-risk, low-income children, when she lived in Montana.

She is enthusiastic about PAHH's future.

"I want to expose Habitat, not only in the community, but statewide, as we continue to look for funding," she said. Word-of-mouth and group presentations are a part of that advertising.

On Tuesday night, she spoke to the Sheriff's Posse.

Habitat's office hours are 9 a.m. to noon, Monday through Wednesday, which allow Royer the time to speak practically anytime, any group might wish.

Royer may be contacted directly by calling (928) 951-0330.

She wants to grow the volunteer office staff, as the Longhorn Village project progresses from Arizona Department of Housing approvals, a tentative July groundbreaking, to the beginning of construction.

PAHH has built about one home a year for the past dozen years.

Phase one of Longhorn Village is an ambitious four town homes, built for families. Phases two and three will add another five town homes each.

PAHH is now accepting applications for the second phase, she said.

Royer, who started the job two weeks ago.

"Payson Area Habitat for Humanity is looking forward to working closely with Cristine on Longhorn Village and other projects far into the future," said Gene Sampson, PAHH board member. "The board asks for the community to welcome Cristine into her new role as executive director and to continue to support Habitat in its efforts to build decent affordable housing in the Payson area."

PAHH volunteers will get an opportunity to meet Royer at the All Habitat Picnic.

Anyone who has worked with PAHH is invited to the potluck, 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 20, at Ramada 5 in Rumsey Park. RSVP by calling (928) 474-0330.

"This is also a chance for the members from various committees, who would not ordinarily see each other, to meet," said Charles Proudfoot, PAHH president.

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