Staff and Board of Directors
Overseen by a Board of Directors with extensive background in community involvement, business ownership, knowledge of homelessness and philanthropic hearts, the Renesting Project, Inc. is positioned for growth and plans to expand to other communities in the near future.
2019 Board of Directors
Ken Beatty (Chairman)
Ken works as a nonprofit administrator. He is presently serving his second term on the Renesting Board and is the chairman this year. He states: “I’m looking forward to a great year”.
Baylor Boyd (Vice-Chair)
Baylor, a Shreveport native, discovered joy in working with non-profits throughout Louisiana to serve the communities we love. In his spare time, he likes to travel and work in the yard. Baylor’s response in being selected as a board member: “I’m thrilled to be part of this year’s Renesting Board and look forward to seeing this organization grow and prosper”.
Amy Hardy (Treasurer)
Amy is a consultant with Zurvita and is a semi-retired CPA. She especially enjoys volunteering at her church, with ESA, with Renesting Project, and traveling with her husband.
Danielle Farr Ewing (Secretary)
Danielle is an attorney for City of Shreveport with a passion for serving our community in any way she can which drew her to government work and serving non-profits. In her spare time she enjoy traveling, reading, cooking, and spending time with family and rescue pup Mr. Brooks.
Jan is a retired Caddo Parish Elementary Teacher with 33 years of service, a member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral in Shreveport, LA, and serves on the Altar Guild. Her hobbies include Pilates and yoga, cooking, decorating, homemaking, and reading. She enjoys time family and Phoebe, a white Miniature Poodle that they adore!. She and her husband, Stuart, own Yarbrough’s Interiors.
Debbie is a REALTOR licensed in the state of Louisiana since 2014. She primarily works with first time home buyers and residential resales. Before becoming a REALTOR, Debbie worked with her husband, Kirk. Debbie and Kirk have had a residential specialty paint business since 2001. She has been married for 30 years and has 2 adult children, Allie and Cam. Allie lives in New Orleans and Cam lives in Cincinnati. Deb has 1 grandson, Hardee. Debbie attends St. Lukes UMC and serves on the Board of Trustees.
Tammy states, “GOD has been a huge part of my life since I was a little girl. His love for me and my gratefulness of all the blessings I received gave me the burning desire to give to others. I have done numerous projects: community clean up, food drives, paint your heart out, visiting Veterans in hospitals, donations of all sorts, food deliveries to homes, sponsoring families and much more. I believe that is GOD’s gift to me, the desire to serve/give to others in need. I love how Renesting came to be and everything it does and stands for.”
Jason was born and raised in Shreveport. After graduating from Centenary, he and his wife Kris moved to Northwest Arkansas where they lived until 2014. Jason had been in banking for more than 10 years. However, he decided to leave his career in banking behind to join the family business as a forester with Mudd and Holland Consulting Foresters. He enjoys giving back to his community.
Kris is a professional event planner, who currently serves as the Coordinator for the Louisiana Startup Prize. A native of Baton Rouge, she moved to Shreveport in 2000 to attend Centenary College and never left! She is passionate about helping the under-served members of the Shreveport/Bossier community through her volunteerism as Renesting Project and Robinson’s Rescue Low Cost Spay & Neuter.
Kris lives in Shreveport with her husband of more than 10 years, Jason, and their three rescue dogs.
Linda has spent her professional career directly or indirectly in human services. She is currently VP of Housing at Volunteers of America of North LA, where she has oversight of all housing functions, including project management, development and operations, financial, and physical maintenance.
She came to Volunteers of America after retiring from the U.S. Department of HUD where she managed the Shreveport Multifamily office. She was the first chairperson of HOPE, and wrote this community’s first 10 year plan to end homelessness. She is recognized locally and statewide as a resource for homeless solutions and housing planning and development.
Brigette is a certified public accountant with experience in financial management of large private companies before joining a not-for-profit as their CFO. When she’s not working,she enjoys spending time and traveling with my two young boys, Jack (7) and John David (1) and husband, Mark.
Currently retired, Lea’s diverse work experience includes time as a CPA, an attorney, a financial advisor, an adjunct professor of business law and consumer finance at Centenary College and a brief (18 months) but fascinating time in commercial real estate. Her hobbies include traveling, reading, spending time with her three grandchildren, and volunteering.
Denise is a retired teacher and school administrator. She previously served as Chairman of the Board of Renesting and is thrilled to see this organization continue to grow and serve more clients! She and her husband enjoy living near their family! Her hobbies include quilting, gardening, and working with Renesting!
2019 Advisory Council
Emily Jo Manchester
Emily states, “In 2014, I took a “Poverty Awareness” service trip to D.C. We served the homeless/food insecure by meeting with different organizations in the city to learn about their varying methods of addressing homelessness in their communities. The trip lit a fire in me.
In 2017, while pursuing a Master’s in NonProfit Administration, I learned about the work Renesting Project is doing in the SBC. Volunteering at Renesting over the past year has been one of the best experiences in my life and I am looking forward to continuing to serve my community as a member of the Renesting Advisory Council!”
Susan is a recently retired CPA, and grandmother of two. She is active in several church groups and leads bible studies. Her hobbies include reading, cross-stitching and gardening.
Lynn is the Director of Workforce Development for Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana and has been serving the nonprofit sector for over 20 years. Lynn has helped to secure more than 30 million dollars for NWLA nonprofit organizations and approaches all that she does with a passion to serve others and create positive change.
Lynn has been recognized over the years with multiple awards, and recently recognized by Bossier City Mayor Lorenz Walker who signed a proclamation dedicating a day in April for her service to the community.
Noel Haacker (Founder / Executive Director)
Our founder and Executive Director, Noel Haacker, has answered a calling to serve the homeless in a way that uniquely matches up with her 30 years as a professional Interior Designer. Noel owned and operated Noel Interior Design, Inc. for more than 20 years. She also volunteered 16 years as Interior Design Coordinator for St. Jude Dream Home’s model program which has now been replicated across the United States. Married for 30+ years and the mother of 3 grown children and two grandsons, Noel possesses a unique combination of organizational and people skills and a seemingly endless desire to serve those in need. Recently nominated for the American Society of Interior Designers prestigious national Design for Humanity Award, she continues to use her design skills to serve those in need.