Somerville, NJ, April 10, 2017– Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity, which provides affordable homeownership opportunities and builds homes in partnership with families and communities, is pleased to introduce two new board members. With the appointments, Nuno Barboza of Far Hills and Neil Fant of Flemington join the organization as it begins construction of three new homes in Somerset County. Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity has built 50 affordable homes in Hunterdon and Somerset counties since its founding 25 years ago.

“We are so excited to have Mr. Barboza and Mr. Fant join the leadership team and help us expand our work,” said Jan Holmstrup, Executive Director. “The need for affordable housing in our area has never been greater. Homeownership lifts up the whole family, and as a result, the whole community. When we have strong board members to help drive the vision of the organization, we all benefit.”

Nuno Barboza, an executive at Johnson & Johnson, has an extensive background in leading IT groups across Europe and the USA. Coming from Portugal to the United States a little more than a year ago, Barboza is keenly aware of the challenges of establishing oneself in a new community.  He shares, “My family had to start a completely new life on this side of the ocean: start a new job, get a new home, and deal with many basic things that most people take for granted. I can relate to many of the partner homeowner families we help. Part of Johnson & Johnson’s Credo is that we have a responsibility to care for the communities in which we live and work. I share those values, not only as a J&J employee, but also as an individual. When the opportunity came to join the board, I didn’t think twice.”

 Mr. Barboza has hit the ground running helping Raritan Valley Habitat secure resources to update their website and improve their technological capabilities. With an eye to the future, Barboza is clear on his hopes for the organization. “I want to help Raritan Valley Habitat grow and be able to positively impact even more families around us. I want us to be able to claim in the foreseeable future that in our community everyone has a decent place to live.”

 Although Neil Fant is new to the Board, he is no stranger to Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity. Mr. Fant has served on the Family Selection Committee for over two years. In this capacity, he plays an important role in selecting partner homeowners through a very structured and thorough process. “One of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had is meeting the people that apply for a Habitat home and hearing their stories and their hope for a brighter future for themselves and their children,” he shared. “I’m extremely proud to be part of an organization that is doing good world-wide in a financially conservative way that consistently pays it forward—every homeowner pays their mortgage, every mortgage payment goes towards the building of a new home for a new family.”

A retired executive of AT&T and Solix Inc., Mr. Fant’s leadership experience will make an important contribution to Raritan Valley Habitat. He is currently supporting efforts that will broaden and strengthen revenue sources to provide financial stability for the future. Mr. Fant adds, “We have the opportunity to increase the good that we do given more resources both monetary and human. I want to be part of making that happen.”

Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity’s full board of directors includes: Meg Helms (Board President), Christopher Pribula (Board Treasurer), Janet Luton Perantoni (Board Secretary), Rita Auld, Nuno Barboza, Mark Carmichael, Armand Ferranti, Kellianne Greenwood, Neil Fant, Thomas Fik,  Michele Rast, and Maureen Tusim.

Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity seeks to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities, and hope in Hunterdon and Somerset counties. Together, with the community they build strength, stability, self-reliance, and shelter. The vision of the organization is a world where everyone has a decent place to live.

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