Maureen Mulligan, Executive Director
Maureen Mulligan has served as Executive Director of Coastal Habitat for Humanity since 2003. Under her stewardship, Coastal Habitat has constructed 18 homes, completed 190 Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative and Brush With Kindness projects, opened a ReStore community resale store, as well as played an integral role in Asbury Park’s Springwood Avenue Redevelopment Program (since 2007).
"Maureen's expertise and guidance has been a transformative force for Coastal Habitat," said Charlie Mannino, former president, board of trustees. "As such, the impact of this organization on the 18 cities it serves has grown ten-fold, changing lives and communities."
Mulligan serves on President Obama's Sandy Relief Task Force and is President of the Monmouth County Long-Term Recovery Group; she chairs the group's construction subcommittee. She is also a member of the Asbury Park Community Development Initiative, the Monmouth County Advocacy Team for the Housing Community Development Network of New Jersey and the United Way Income Impact subcommittee.
Mulligan holds a master of public administration degree from Seton Hall University and received her certification as a fundraising manager from Indiana University. In 2013, she was one of 20 nonprofit leaders selected to complete the Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management program at Harvard University's Business School. She is currently a doctoral student at New York University.
Ollie Lowery, Construction Manager
Ollie Lowery has been working in the construction industry since 1995. Since then he has dedicated his career to constructing single and multi family homes. Lowery joined Coastal Habitat in 2010 as Construction Manager, overseeing the work of a team of professionals and volunteers. Since then, he has managed the construction of seven single-family homes for the organization's partner homeowners. After Superstorm Sandy hit the area in 2012, Lowery oversaw the repair and rebuilding of 40 properties in 28 Southern Monmouth County neighborhoods. Lowery is featured in the organization's "Repair. Rebuild. Restore." video.
Richard Virgilio, Director of Marketing
In early 2007, Virgilio began his work with Coastal Habitat by volunteering at the organization's thrift store, the ReStore, in Asbury Park. Soon after, he began serving as Chair of the store's committee and on the organization's Board of Directors. Virgilio became the Director of Marketing for the organization in 2010, overseeing the marketing, social media and media relations efforts of both the organization and it's store, as well as supporting donor outreach. For corporate supporters, he implemented a customizeable donor-centric promotions plan designed to align with each supporter's specific internal efforts. The plan is now mirrored by other Habitat affiliates.
In 2017, the educational video he produced to detail the organization's impact potential donors Coastal Habitat won awards from the Association of Marketing and Communications Professionals and Telly digital marketing.
Virgilio also is president of a national public relations and digital media firm, working in partnership with nonprofits, "Fortune 500" financial and technology companies to develop impactful multi-platform communication strategies. He began his career in radio and television production with CBS Radio, Paramount Domestic Television and Warner Brothers. He graduated cum laude from Kean University with a bachelor of art degree in communications.
Sue Lindstrom, Manager, ReStore
Lindstrom joined the Asbury Park ReStore as manager in 2008 leveraging, as she says, "a career's worth" of retail management experience. She oversees the day-to-day operations of the 8,000 square-foot home goods resale store including customer service, merchandising, B to C marketing, volunteer management / training and donation procurement.
Under Lindstrom's stewardship, the ReStore has experienced double-digit sales increases and higher quality merchandise donations, as well as grown to welcome national in-kind donors including Ashley Furniture, Wayfair.com, Lowes Home Improvement, Bed Bath & Beyond and Target.
Further supporting the community, Lindstrom implemented a job training program at the ReStore, partnering with area high schools as well as regional organizations. County and state agencies have recognized the store and its positive impact on the Monmouth County community. Under Lindstrom's stewardship, the store diverts one-half a million tons of potential waste from landfills annually.