Staff

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Bob O'Hara, Executive Officer

Bob O’Hara has been a nonprofit executive for most of his adult life.  His 35-year career with Boys & Girls Clubs has included work at all levels of organizational management, in four Midwest states.  With a great interest in the power of nonprofits and home ownership to benefit the entire community, Bob finds the Home Builders Association to be a natural fit for his talents.

Having an abiding commitment to the professional development of young leaders, O’Hara served on the national board of the Boys & Girls Club professional association for four terms.

Bob and his wife Sara have a long-standing interest in home renovation, having adopted and renovated a century-old home overlooking Lake Michigan in Wisconsin.  They recently returned to the Old Mission Peninsula, where Sara grew up, and plan to renovate her childhood home.

In his earlier years, O’Hara ran eight marathons – including the Boston Marathon, twice.  He is also an avid reader of history and mysteries.  His geek dream is to compete on Jeopardy!

O’Hara holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and English from the University of Sioux Falls, and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Michigan.

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Debbie Perkins, Office and Education Coordinator

Debbie join the Home Builders Association of the Grand Traverse Area in June, 2015.  Debbie has been instrumental in expanding the education courses offered to members and the building community. She previously worked as the Office Coordinator for a local electrical contractor and funeral home.  Before moving to Northern Michigan, Debbie was the Office Coordinator for the Clark County Facilities Division, which oversaw the skilled trades, in Las Vegas, Nevada. “Outside of work, spending time with my 4 children and volunteering with the church are my greatest joys.”

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Sara Javed, Events Coordinator

Sara started working with the association as a volunteer in July of 2016 and quickly moved into Membership Services. She currently holds the position of Events Coordinator.  Sara has been a lead role in planning many non-profit events in the past few years such as Food For Thought, Big Brother Big Sister Bowl For Kids Sake, and the Big Little Hero Race. Her passion for making a positive difference in the community drives her hard work to making events successful and in her upcoming role, creating a stronger base for members.