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Habitat for Humanity hires executive director

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Habitat for Humanity of Springfield has named a new executive director, a veteran of the international organization.

Linda Stewart took the reins Sept. 19, succeeding Jan Sederholm, who took the post in 2004 but left Habitat in March.

Matthew Stewart, marketing and communications coordinator for Habitat of Springfield, said in an e-mail that he could not disclose why Sederholm left the post, citing personnel confidentiality. He noted that Kristy Nelson, marketing and development director, has served as the interim executive director.

Linda Stewart had served as executive director of the Wichita, Kan., affiliate of Habitat for Humanity since 2005 before deciding to move to another affiliate.

"This work is my calling," said Stewart, an ordained United Methodist deacon. "I felt like I had done what God had called me to do to build up that affiliate, and I would love to do the same here."

She added that the new position brings her closer to her daughter and three grandchildren, who live in Fayetteville, Ark.

Stewart said after deciding to leave the Wichita affiliate, she googled Habitat jobs and found the Springfield vacancy.

"I'm looking forward to connecting with businesses, civic groups ... just the entire community," she said. "Habitat doesn't just happen alone, and it doesn't happen because of one person, it happens when people come together.

"My hope is the gifts I have will bless this organization and complement what this community is already doing."

Habitat for Humanity of Springfield will host an open house with Stewart 3-6 p.m. Sept. 29 at its office, 2410 S. Scenic Ave.

The Springfield affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, created in 1988, has helped to build or rehabilitate more than 150 homes in Greene County.[[In-content Ad]]

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