Harrisonburg, VA – July 10 – Central Valley Habitat for Humanity (CVHFH) this month announced that it has named Dr. David Wenger its new Executive Director. In this role, he will serve as the organization’s chief administrator, committed to the cause of affordable housing.
Wenger will take over responsibilities from Marsha Smith, who led the organization for 9 years. Smith plans to continue being an advocate for area families, by serving on one of CVHFH’s committees.
“We are excited to have someone with David’s experience taking the lead,” said Gil Colman, member of the CVHFH Board of Directors. “With over 25 years as a school administrator, he has the leadership and management skills to help us continue doing great work in the community. Plus, he has the compassion and dedication that’s the heart of Habitat.”
“From meeting families and walking with them through the process to home ownership, to grilling hot dogs and writing grants, Marsha worked to make the world a better place,” Board Member Larry Brown added. “We believe David’s one who can bring this same kind of energy to the role.”
Prior to joining Habitat for Humanity, Wenger worked as an administrator for six area elementary, middle, and high schools. Most recently, he was the principal of Fulks Run Elementary School, where he served for ten years.
He graduated from Bridgewater College in 1985, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics. He went on to University of Virginia, where he received his Master of Education degree in 1988 and an Educational Doctorate in 2004.
Wenger is a long-time member of the Fulks Run Ruritan Club serving in the past as a member of the board of directors and president. Additionally, he has served in the Broadway/Timberville Chamber of Commerce and supported other community service groups. He currently attends Mt. Zion Church of the Brethren.
“After a great deal of soul searching and prayer, I decided to retire from public education. I knew during the next “chapter” of my life I wanted to continue to serve families and members of the Harrisonburg-Rockingham community. When I became aware of the opening with Central Valley Habitat for Humanity, I immediately felt led to explore the opportunity. I see this as a chance for change and a new beginning,” Wenger said. “I’m pleased to be joining the Central Valley Habitat for Humanity and its active and engaged Board. Together, we’re going to work hard to develop strong relationships with local churches, businesses, and organizations who support our mission.”
“Many in our community believe in helping low-income families achieve affordable home ownership. And they want to be a part,” he added. “We’re going to help bridge the gap, so everyone who wants to be a part, can share their time, talents and tithes. There’s a role for everyone to play.”