Jason Champaigne began serving as Executive Director in March, 2016, after working the past 10 years with the City of Elkhart Planning and Development as Community Development Specialist. In this capacity he managed the construction projects on low income homes using both Federal and private funding, with the work performed by contractors. He also coordinated the activities of volunteer groups such as Catholic Hearts Work Camps and Summer of Service volunteers. He has served as an Aging in Place Specialist, Bridges out of Poverty facilitator, and board member and Treasurer of Family Services of Elkhart County.
Jason will oversee the day to day operations of Builders of Hope, including grant funded assistance programs and self funded assistance, coordinating the use of paid contractors and volunteer workers to serve the needs of the homeowners in Elkhart and St. Joseph Counties.
Jason is a graduate of Purdue University. He resides in Elkhart.
Mike retired from Norfolk Southern in December of 2009 and is now volunteering full time with Builders of Hope. Though he did not earn his living working in construction, he has been involved in construction most of his life, most notably building his own home in 1979. He has served as a elder at his home church, River Valley Church in Mishawaka.
Mike and his wife, Carolyn, have been married since 1971 and have three children and six grand-children. They have been to Honduras twice and led numerous teams to the Gulf Coast area to work in the months and years following hurricane Katrina. They also led rebuilding teams to Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Dickson, Tennessee to rebuild after floods in those areas.