Peter Simons joined HomeAid America as CEO in March of 2013. Prior to joining HAA, Mr. Simons spent 20 years as a homebuilder, the bulk of it with Beazer Homes, one the nation’s ten largest homebuilders. Mr. Simons’ roles at Beazer included Colorado Division President (at which time he served on HomeAid Colorado’s Board of Directors for over ten years), Senior Vice President of Corporate Development for Beazer’s Corporate office in Atlanta, and initially as Director of Operations for Lokelani Homes, the Hawaii Division of Beazer.
Mr. Simons graduated from the Yale School of Management in 1989 with an MBA. Before earning his MBA, Mr. Simons worked on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. for five years, serving as Sr. Legislative Aide to Senator Daniel Inouye of Hawaii. Mr. Simons earned a BA from Yale University in 1982, majoring in Economics and Political Science.
Director of Marketing & Communications HomeAid America
With over 10 years in the nonprofit sector, Amanda is an experienced communications, marketing and fundraising professional dedicated to finding solutions to address housing insecurity. Previous to this role, she served as the Director of Communications and Community Outreach for HomeAid Colorado. She began her career as a Development Associate at PDK Fundraising, Inc. raising funds for organizations including The Salvation Army, American Red Cross, The Conservation Fund, Robert Duvall's Childrens Fund and various community foundations. Amanda came to HomeAid from Mile High United Way where she led marketing, event planning and volunteer management teams.
Amanda graduated from Virginia Tech with a BS in Psychology and Sociology. She is currently earning a Master's in Nonprofit Management at the School of Business and Economics at Regis University.
Laura McKenna has 30 years of experience as a nonprofit leader, specializing in project management, program development, fundraising and grant writing. Previous to her role at HomeAid America, Laura served as the Executive Director of HomeAid Colorado for 16 years. During her tenure at the Colorado chapter, Laura managed the development of 56 housing projects that added nearly 400 beds to give homeless families and individuals a place to rebuild their lives. She has previously served on the HomeAid America Board of Directors and Executive Committee.
Laura’s current role is to develop strategic partnerships with builders and suppliers to support our growing pipeline of projects as well as work with foundations and corporate donors to support the work of existing chapters and chapter expansion efforts across the country. Laura earned her Master’s in Organizational Communication from Southern Illinois University and a BA in Communication from Truman State University.
Lynn began her career with McGladrey & Pullen, CPA’s, a national public accounting firm, where she worked with companies spanning a variety of industries doing both software consulting and accounting services. Lynn started a private accounting practice where she served multiple manufacturing companies in the private sector for the next eleven years, until she joined HomeAid America in 2002. Lynn sits on the Board of Directors for Gold Rush Cure, a childhood cancer advocacy Foundation in Orange County, and One Step Ministry which serves homeless single parent families in South Orange County. Lynn has a Bachelor’s degree in Business with an emphasis in Accounting from California Baptist University.
Robin Arnett began her career in the building industry 20 years ago at the Building Industry Association (BIA) of Orange County, home to HomeAid’s first chapter. She left the BIA and became the Executive Officer of the Home Builders Association of Midwest Georgia, an affiliate of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). She took that experience to NAHB as a Regional Field Representative before starting at HomeAid America 12 years ago.
Robin’s role at HomeAid is to work with the chapters to improve operations and to implement the HomeAid Shelter Development Program. Robin has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Legal Studies from Chapman University.