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 14 homes, completed 100 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.
Linda Carvalho, Deputy Director Superstorm Sandy Projects
In 2013, Carvalho began working with Coastal Habitat after witnessing first-hand the local devastation of Superstorm Sandy. She initially thought she could make the most impact by "wielding a hammer" however soon realized her 35 years of experience in the publishing industry would be better leveraged assisting in the development of the organization’s Sandy-specific repair, rebuild and restore initiatives for 18 shoreline cities and towns. Today, Carvalho, as the Deputy Director of Superstorm Sandy Programs, is responsible for the Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative strategy, outreach, volunteer management and project implementation.
Carvalho joined the Coastal Habitat team after retiring from a career in New York City publishing industry, most recently serving as the Vice President of Advertising and Custom Publishing at BusinessWeek McGraw-Hill. During that time, she co-founded the McGraw-Hill Mentoring Program and served as president of the corporation's Women’s Initiative. Additionally, she served as an award-winning Adjunct Professor at New York University's master of publishing program. She resides locally with her husband. In her spare time she volunteers at the Sea Girt Lighthouse.
Richard Virgilio, Director of Marketing
In early 2007, Virgilio began his work with Coastal Habitat by volunteering at the organization's resale store, the ReStore, in Asbury Park. Soon after, he started chairing the ReStore Committee and served on the organization's Board of Directors. Virgilio became the Director of Marketing in 2010, overseeing the marketing, social media and media relations efforts of both the organization and the ReStore. For corporate supporters, he implemented a customizeable donor promotions plan designed to align with each supporter's specific internal efforts. The plan is now mirrored by other Habitat affiliates.
Virgilio also serves as vice president of a marketing agency based in Northern New Jersey, working with "Fortune 500" financial and technology companies as well as national non-profits to develop impactful 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 of the ReStore
Lindstrom joined the 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 her stewardship, the ReStore has experienced increased sales and quality of merchandise, as well as grown to welcome national in-kind donors including Ashley Furniture, Wayfair.com, Lowes Home Improvement 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 more than one million tons of potential waste from landfills annually.