Our Team

Zack Rosenburg

Co-Founder & CEO

Zack co-founded SBP in 2006 after spending two weeks volunteering in New Orleans six months after Hurricane Katrina. What he and his then girlfriend Liz, thought would be a one-time, two week trip, led to a passion for direct impact and system change. 

Zack’s realization that a delayed recovery causes extensive human impact and that too many survivors suffer unnecessarily, drove SBP’s mission of shrinking time between disaster and recovery. Today, Zack directs the strategic vision, marketing, partnership development, and fundraising for SBP.

Following disaster Zack plays a direct role in the advisement of local and state government officials, and has worked closely with elected officials from South Carolina, New York and West Virginia, as well as with appointed officials at HUD, helping them to craft effective long-term recovery programs. Among the innovative SBP programs that Zack has designed include: Opportunity Housing, an innovative blight eradicating/affordable housing program that turns blighted properties into well-built affordable housing; and Disaster Resilience and Recovery Lab, which among other things, shares SBP’s learnings and model with at-risk and disaster impacted communities. 

Zack speaks nationally on a broad array of topics including disaster resilience and recovery policy, organizational culture development, high-impact innovation and leadership. His work has been featured in Newsweek, US News and World Report, Politico, The Wall Street Journal and Washington Post. 

Before founding SBP, Zack was an E. Barrett Prettyman Teaching Fellow at the Georgetown University Law Center and he ran an indigent criminal defense practice in Washington, DC. One of Zack's most meaningful victories was freeing a man who served 23 years for a murder that he did not commit.

For his work, Zack has been recognized as New Orleanian of the Year and Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project Champion of Justice, and he has received the Manhattan Institute Social Innovation Award.

Zack received a B.A. from Ohio Wesleyan University and a J.D. from the American University Washington School of Law.  He has also received an Honorary Doctorate from Muhlenberg College, and a distinguished alumnus award from Washington College of Law. 

Zack and his wife Liz, live in New Orleans with their son, Jack, and two cats.

Liz McCartney

CO-FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Liz co-founded SBP in 2006 after spending two weeks volunteering in New Orleans six months after Hurricane Katrina. What she and her then boyfriend, Zack thought would be a one-time, two week trip, led to a passion for direct impact and system change.

Today she is the Executive Director of SBP's New Orleans operation. In her role Liz leads SBP’s ongoing rebuilding work in the city, including the direction of SBP’s volunteer management and construction team. Liz has also lead the expansion of SBP’s innovative Opportunity Housing program which redevelops blighted New Orleans properties into affordable homes for first time low-moderate income homebuyers, and generates revenue which is re-invested into SBP’s owner occupied rebuilding program.

Through SBP’s partnership with Toyota, Liz led her team to reduce the average time to rebuild a house from 116 to 61 days. The model used to achieve these results has become SBP’s standard construction model, applied to all of the organization’s work nationwide.

Liz speaks on a number of topics including disaster recovery and women’s leadership. She has delivered addresses at her alma mater, Boston College and participated on panels at the Farmers Insurance Open Executive Women’s Day.

In 2008 Liz was named the CNN Hero of the Year for her innovative work in helping Katrina survivors return home and in 2016 she was nominated as a CNN SuperHero of the Decade for her continued work in disaster recovery in South Louisiana following devastating floods that summer.

In recognition of her dedication, Liz has twice been named a White House Champion of Change (2011 & 2013) and in 2011 was awarded an Urban Innovation Fellowship at Tulane University to scale and replicate SBP’s model across the country, with support from the university.

Prior to founding SBP, Liz taught middle school in Washington, D.C. and San Francisco, upon her return from Lesotho where she served with the Peace Corps.

Liz received a B.A. from Boston College, an M.A. from The George Washington University and an honorary doctoral degree from Muhlenberg College.

Liz and her husband, Zack, live in New Orleans with their son, Jack, and two cats.

Sutton Hibbert

Chief Financial Officer

Sutton Hibbert joined SBP in May 2014 as the Chief Financial Officer.

In her role, Sutton oversees SBP's Finance and Human Resources Departments. She is responsible for managing the financial health of the organization and provides support for its strategic vision. Additionally, she is responsible for developing, optimizing and standardizing SBP policies and procedures nationally.  In 2015 Sutton guided the organization through a complex New Markets Tax Credit transaction in order to finance the construction of SBP's new national headquarters in Mid-City, New Orleans. 

Sutton joined the team from the for-profit world having worked her way up to CFO in a $200+ million beverage marketing company based in San Francisco.

Sutton is inspired and driven by the resiliency of clients served by the organization and the determination of her colleagues to keep going until the work is complete. 

Sutton holds a B.A. from the University of Mississippi’s Patterson School of Accountancy. 

Hibbert grew up in the Mississippi Delta and after college, spent 13 years in San Francisco before moving to New Orleans in 2008 to be closer to family. She lives in New Orleans with her husband and two sons.

Reese May

National Director of Recovery

Reese May, a two-time combat veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, has worked for SBP on major disaster recovery efforts in six states.

As National Director of Recovery, Reese oversees SBP’s operations across the country. In this capacity, Reese consults with community and elected leaders at all levels, on how best to develop and implement and long-term disaster recovery programs that avoid common mistakes and barriers to a prompt, efficient and predictable recovery.

Reese’s work and policy recommendations to high ranking government officials following severe flooding in South Carolina and West Virginia have enabled those states to realize a more efficient, and effective recovery.

Reese joined the SBP team as an AmeriCorps member in 2011. He later took on the responsibility of exporting SBP’s model to communities impacted by disasters more recent than Katrina, and helped to open SBP’s operations following the 2011 tornado in Joplin, MO.

After Hurricane Sandy devastated the New York area, Reese permanently relocated to NYC, accepting the role of Director of East Coast Operations and leading SBP’s recovery efforts in NY and NJ. Since then, Reese has taken on the role of National Recovery Director and has lead SBP operations in San Marcos, TX; Columbia, SC, and White Sulphur Springs, WV.

Reese’s work is driven by the mission to ensure that each new community recovery should be built upon lessons of the last. These hard earned lessons can and should improve how communities recover. May does not define ‘community’ by geographic proximity. Rather, he believes that community is defined by shared experience, and the collective wisdom of shared experience should inform better approaches to community resiliency and recovery wherever disaster strikes.

May, a native of Mendenhall, Mississippi, holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Southern Mississippi and is a Truman National Security Fellow.

Reese lives in New York City with his wife.

Elizabeth Eglé

Chief Development Officer

Elizabeth is responsible for cultivating and managing relationships with SBP's strategic partners.  She works closely with these companies and foundations to ensure that their investment of dollars and skill-based support are force multipliers for impact, and also supports their employer of choice strategies. 

Elizabeth is also part of SBP's development team, where she is responsible for special events, fundraising campaigns and donor relationships. She can often be found giving tours of SBP's headquarters and worksites, or working with a team of AmeriCorps members to guide them through their Toyota Production System (TPS) problem solving as a TPS Coach. 

Elizabeth started her career as a pharmaceutical sales representative for Ortho-McNeil, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. She then took a leap of faith to chase the American dream of owning a business, and opened a coffee shop with her husband in Washington, DC. After six years and many lattes later, they sold the shop and moved to New Orleans. Elizabeth was introduced to SBP's work after her husband's frequent volunteer experiences with the organization. 

Eglé is most proud to be a part of the SBP team at Welcome Home Parties. This is where donor generosity plus the hard work of volunteers and AmeriCorps members plus the gratitude of the homeowner all collide to form a magical thing called HUMAN IMPACT. These parties are a constant reminder of the importance SBP's investment in long-term recovery.

Elizabeth is originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from East Carolina University. She and her husband, Jack, live in New Orleans with their two daughters.  To Elizabeth, HOME means a predictable mix of chaos with kids and relaxation with neighbors, and it is a constant reminder to count her blessings.

Management

Evan Achiron

Director of Communications & Marketing

Evan Achiron is the Director of Marketing and Communications at SBP. In this role Evan is responsible for messaging and communicating all aspects of SBP’s mission and strategic interventions with various audiences including supporters, corporate partners, media outlets and policy makers. In 2016, Evan worked with SBP’s co-founders to rebrand the organization, and continues to work to further its standing as a leading national nonprofit.

Evan began his career at The Atlantic where he worked on the sales team before transitioning to the New York office of The Glover Park Group (GPG), a Washington, DC based public affairs firm. There, one of his accounts was the St. Bernard Project - then a small organization rebuilding homes in New Orleans. After Hurricane Sandy devastated New York, Achiron saw first hand the need for changing the way America prepares for and recovers from disaster. Volunteering his time, Evan worked with CEO Zack Rosenburg and then Director of East Coast Operations, Reese May, to help SBP secure media coverage for the organization’s work in Rockaway.

Later, Evan joined GLG - a professional learning company - where as Marketing Manager, he helped implement the company’s rebrand and launch its social impact program.

In 2015, Evan joined SBP as Director of Marketing and Communications, where he has overseen the organization’s commemorative activities around the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the launch of the Disaster Resilience & Recovery Lab, and its rebrand. He is currently working to further raise SBP’s profile nationally so that homeowners and businesses are more resilient, and so that survivors of disaster do not suffer unnecessarily from a prolonged recovery.

Evan's work is driven by the realization that the country's traditional disaster recovery model and current policies, are highly inefficient and cannot keep pace with a world in which disasters are happening more frequently, causing more damage and are occurring in places with no history of them - all to the detriment of those impacted.

Achiron holds a B.A. in Political Science from The George Washington University.

In 2016 Evan relocated to New Orleans having lived in New York City since 2009.

Brent Kossick

National Director of AmeriCorps

As SBP’s National Director of AmeriCorps, Brent Kossick provides leadership and support to the 180+ AmeriCorps members and staff who serve to support the mission of SBP. In this capacity, Brent focuses on talent acquisition and development, while also working with SBP’s federal and state partners to ensure program compliance and accountability.

Brent previously served as Director of the South Carolina Service Commission. As Director, Brent provided leadership to a state-wide portfolio of AmeriCorps grantees that include non-profits, government agencies, and institutions of higher learning. To facilitate the work of the Commission, He collaborated with elected officials, government agencies, and non-profit leaders through administrating a Governor-appointed Board of Commissioners. During his tenure, he worked jointly with Governor Haley’s office and the University of South Carolina to establish National Service programming in a high-need region of the state, facilitated passage of a state statute to streamline regulations governing AmeriCorps, and established a statewide VISTA Intermediary project.

The SC Service Commission was activated under the State’s emergency operating plan during the 2015 East Coast Floods and in 2016 in response to Hurricane Matthew. During these emergency events, Brent served as the state lead for volunteer coordination and worked closely with SC Emergency Management Division, SC VOAD, FEMA and CNCS to coordinate volunteers, operate the Public Phone Information System, and develop systems and strategies for ongoing recovery efforts. These experiences ignited Brent’s passion for serving those who have been effected by disaster events, which lead him to joining SBP.

Kossick, currently resides in Columbia, SC and holds a B.A in Pre-Law and Social Studies from Western Kentucky University. He regularly presents at conferences and workshops regarding his experience in AmeriCorps program management

Executive Directors

Thomas Corley

Executive Director - New York

As Director of New York, Thomas oversees SBP’s recovery operations in New York City. Guiding SBP’s Owner Occupied Rebuild program, as well as Project UPLIFT - a home elevation pilot program supported through the Governor's Office of Storm Recovery - Thomas and the New York team have spearheaded growth in organizational capacity and client outreach.

Thomas has positioned SBP as the primary disaster recovery operation focused on homeowners affected by Superstorm Sandy. Offering home-repair services for over 250 families, while implementing an $8.2MM home elevation pilot program, Thomas continues to represent SBP’s dedication to serving Sandy-affected homeowners who are unable to rebuild.

Prior to Thomas  joining the SBP team, he managed production for an artisan tile company in Chicago.   Joining SBP as an AmeriCorps member, he later took on the responsibility of directing SBP’s operations in Joplin, MO.  Implementing strategic outreach initiatives, Thomas and his team offered hard-data on the remaining recovery need in Joplin. This data guided SBP’s ramp-down plan, ensuring total housing recovery within Joplin. This methodology  is now replicated throughout SBP operations nationally.

Thomas is driven by the conviction that “a problem isn’t a problem without a solution”. That is - all problems are inherently solvable. In disaster recovery, problems often cause delay. That delay is felt by families with children, the elderly, persons with disabilities and veterans. Thomas is committed to showing communities, and those he works with, that we must work tirelessly to serve those impacted by the delays in disaster recovery.

Thomas holds a B.A. in Psychology from Northeastern Illinois University. Born on Long Island, he was raised in northern Connecticut with his two brothers and sister. He currently resides in Queens with his dog, Arla Guthrie.

Chris Laugelli

Executive Director - San Marcos, Texas

As Director, Chris oversees the recovery efforts for San Marcos, Texas. He currently heads the administration of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding for the rehabilitation of seven homes in the City of San Marcos. He works with city officials, funders, recovery groups, and community members to overcome roadblocks in the traditional recovery model, and bolsters community partnerships that advance local recovery timelines.

Chris joined the SBP team as an AmeriCorps member in 2015 following his graduation from college. He began as a Site Supervisor in New Orleans, and went on to become a Construction Coordinator, responsible for the coordinating over $750,000 in construction. Additionally, Chris developed and strengthened relationships with vendors, subcontractors, and corporate partners in an effort to stretch funding further for our clients. He deployed to San Marcos, Texas, midway through his AmeriCorps term to assist survivors of the historic floods of 2015. In June 2016, Chris accepted the role of Director in Texas and became a permanent member of the SBP team.

Chris is driven by his conviction that no person should have to live in inhumane or deplorable conditions, as so many do following a disaster. He believes that, in a nation dominated by the notion of pulling one's self up by their bootstraps, we must recognize that many of our fellow Americans do not have boots. Chris is passionate about working to shorten the time between disaster and recovery and advocating for the needs and rights of those most vulnerable.

Chris holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in both History and Anthropology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst

He is a native of Frederick, Maryland and currently resides in San Marcos, Texas.

Kevin McGee

Executive Director - New Jersey

Kevin McGee, Director of SBP's New Jersey operation, has been a part of the SBP-New Jersey team since May of 2014. Kevin previously served as NJ's Community Engagement Manager before assuming his current position in April of 2015. 

Prior to his role at SBP-NJ, Kevin worked as a mental health professional in Monmouth County, NJ for 10 years helping to meet the complex needs of adolescents and their families. Kevin is committed to serving homeowners still recovering from Superstorm Sandy now over 4 years after the storm. Kevin and the New Jersey team are determined to find new and creative ways to meet the housing needs of communities all across the Jersey Shore. 

Kevin, a lifelong resident of the Jersey Shore, holds a B.A. in Psychology from Northeastern University in Boston, M.A. Kevin resides in Long Branch NJ with his pitbull, Red Lightning.

Rachel Pettit

Executive Director - South Carolina

Tommy Ray

Executive Director - Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Cli Roberts

Executive Director - Houston, Texas

Board of Directors

Jacqueline Alexander, JD

Know Your Fruit, Owner

Board Secretary

Francis Bouchard

Zurich, Group Head of Communications and Public Affairs

Board Chair

Trevor Colhoun

Spear Point

Managing Director

Scott Couvillon

Trumpet Advertising

Principal

Keith Daly

Farmers Insurance

Chief Claims Officer

Pete Forlenza

Jefferies

Global Head of Equities

Craig Fundum

Zurich Insurance North America

CAO

Mike Goss

President, Toyota USA Foundation

General Manager, Social Innovation, Toyota Motor North America

Mary Jones

City of New Orleans

Principal Office Support Specialist, Engineering & Building Maintenance Division

Elie Khoury

KFK Group

Principal

Courtenay LaRoche

Certified Nursing Assistant, EJGH, Nurse Assistant

PACE

Ann Limberg

U.S. Trust Bank of America, Private Wealth Management

Head of Philanthropic Solutions and the Family Office

M. Cleland Powell III

IberiaBank

Executive Vice President

Zack Rosenburg

SBP

Co-Founder, CEO

John Solon, CPA

Matrix Financial, LLC

Board Treasurer

Julie Tyson

PGA Tour

Vice President of Business Development

Stefan Wilson

UPS

President, Global Human Resources Services

AmeriCorps Members

Columbia, SC

Houston, TX

Monmouth County & Ocean County, NJ

Rockaway, NY

San Marcos, TX

South Louisiana

Financials