The Grove home dedication

Gina Valencia and her son, Jaime, 6, look out during the open house at the Habitat for Humanity home dedication ceremony Oct. 18 at The Grove apartments. Habitat is taking applications for the final eight units at The Grove.

Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Teton Area is tapping a wilderness medicine business operations manager from Lander’s National Outdoor Leadership School to serve as its new executive director.

Kris Greenville will replace Kendra Heimbuck, who left the position in early August after her husband accepted a job in Sheridan.

“I came to Wyoming a little over 18 months ago to change the trajectory of my career and establish roots in this amazing region,” Greenville said in a statement. “I am excited about working for an important, community-based organization like Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Teton Area.”

Before his work in Lander, Greenville spent 10 years working for the Pacific Pension & Investment Institute in San Francisco. He also has nonprofit experience working for the YMCA.

“It was really important to me to find an organization that was really tied in with local issues, and certainly housing in Jackson is an important local issue,” Greenville said. “It seemed like a really good fit.”

Habitat board President Carol Linton said the board hired Greenville after reviewing more than 35 applications for the executive director role.

“He has spent his entire career in the nonprofit world and has the leadership qualities, community-oriented passion and diverse skill sets we were looking for,” Linton said.

Greenville will start by Oct. 1, a press release said. He said he’s coming to town for Old Bill’s Fun Run this weekend.

Habitat for Humanity is building 24 affordable condos for low-income workers on Snow King Avenue.

The Grove, as the project is called, is the organization’s largest project ever. The goal is to hand over the last sets of keys by June 2021.

“Keeping the momentum that the board and the staff and all the volunteers have created around the Grove — I think that’s really important,” Greenville said.

“That’s a really great example of what the community can do with Habitat to build housing, and I certainly don’t want to lose the momentum as we approach putting the finishing touches on the Grove.”

Contact Allie Gross at 732-7063 or county@jhnewsandguide.com.

Allie Gross covers Teton County government. Originally from the Chicago area, she joined the News&Guide in 2017 after studying politics and Spanish at Vanderbilt University in Nashville.

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