Chicagoland Habitat for Humanity announces new 2021-2022 board members

Updated 4/27/2022 9:21 AM

In celebration of National Volunteer Month, Chicagoland Habitat for Humanity is pleased to announce the election of eight new board members in the last year.

As a support organization to eight regional Habitat affiliates, Chicagoland Habitat strategically recruits and harnesses the skills and strengths of board members who have subject matter expertise to further our core mission - helping Habitat for Humanity affiliates to serve more families through home ownership and home repair.


"These leaders bring a wealth of expertise to our board of directors," said Sarah Brachle Wagner, CEO of Chicagoland Habitat. "From retail to real estate, marketing to mortgages, construction to technology, we are excited to grow the breadth and diversity of our board to advance Habitat's impact."

J. Kelly Bufton is a senior counsel in the Real Estate Practice Group in the Chicago office of Haynes and Boone. He has represented clients on both sides of every kind of transaction in the real estate industry. Kelly is also the former chair of the board of directors of DuPage Habitat for Humanity.

Melissa Dorko is a managing director at Deloitte Consulting LLP. Prior to Deloitte, she was a chief growth officer at Wunderman Thompson where she was responsible for overseeing all revenue performance, strategy, and alignment of the organization's growth, marketing, and public relation's teams within the North American for the agency.

James Harris, CMB®, AMP is a senior vice president at Wintrust Mortgage and is a 29 year veteran of the residential mortgage banking industry. James currently heads the Affordable Lending Division of Wintrust Mortgage. He is a graduate of the Mortgage Bankers Association's School of Mortgage banking and has earned their highest residential designation of Certified Mortgage Banker, (CMB).

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Chris Kempa serves as chief executive officer of True Value Company. He joined the company in November, 2019 and previously served as chief commercial officer, where he rapidly implemented and executed an integrated merchandising, sales and pricing go-to-market strategy.

Kim King is senior director of Global Sourcing and Procurement for Elkay Manufacturing Company located in Downers Grove, IL. She is responsible for the sourcing and procurement function, including building and maintaining supplier relationships, risk mitigation, cost savings, and overall procurement and sourcing strategy for Elkay's Plumbing division.

Ashlee Pforr is a project executive at Skender, one of Chicago's largest building contractors with full-service construction capabilities in office, healthcare, multifamily, interiors and more. Ashlee was named to Crain's 2021 Notable Women in Construction in Design.

Anthony Scattone is the deputy chief people officer at Aon. In this role, he is responsible for the core capabilities within the People Organization including the compensation, benefits, talent acquisition, learning, M&A and the wellbeing Centers of Excellence.


Sanjay Sood is senior vice president and chief technology officer for CDW. He is responsible for establishing the company's future technology vision and strategic direction, while building and implementing platforms to support customers, coworkers and partners.

About Chicagoland Habitat for Humanity

Chicagoland Habitat for Humanity was created in 1998, as a support organization for Habitat for Humanity affiliates in the Chicago area, with a goal of significantly increasing the number of families served in the Chicago region. Habitat is committed to creating opportunities for individuals and families to thrive; to revitalizing neighborhoods and building communities; and to helping transform generations through home ownership. We do this by making housing affordable to hardworking people without access to conventional financing and offer individuals a hand up, fueled by our belief in dignity, self-sufficiency, collaboration, and hope. To learn more, visit


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