Staci Evans hails from Waterloo, NY, the birthplace of Memorial Day!
After high school, she spent 4 years at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY –
playing on the NCAA Women’s Division II volleyball team and creating
relationships to last a lifetime. It was at Le Moyne that Staci was first
introduced to service to others and “curis personalis”, Latin for “care for the individual person”. While at Le Moyne she participated in two alternative Spring Break trips – one to feed the homeless in Philadelphia, PA and a trip to a very unique and special place in the middle of a “holler” in West Virginia -
Nazareth Farm. The trip to WV would spark a life dedicated to mission and
the understanding that all humans are connected.
After Le Moyne Staci spent four years in volunteer service - the first in DC
with the non-profit So Others Might Eat (SOME) where she worked in a
soup kitchen and a homeless shelter teaching literacy to those who needed
it. The next 3 years she spent traveling across the US with AmeriCorps,
being deployed to disaster relief sites and serving in communities with
limited resources. During AmeriCorps she served with Habitat for Humanity
of Omaha, Nebraska where she became committed to Habitat’s belief that
everyone deserves a simple, decent place to live on terms they can afford.
Staci earned her master’s degree in non-profit management from
Binghamton University and went on to become the Executive Director
of Broome County Habitat for Humanity for four years before changing
careers. For the last 17 years she has worked as a contract negotiator for
various defense contractors – BAE Systems, L3 Harris Corporation,
and now SAIC – where she negotiates and administers contracts between
her company and the US Government.
Habitat for Humanity has remained her priority and she previously served as
the Board President of both Ontario County Habitat and Wayne County
Habitat in NY. Staci currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the Board of
Directors at both Greater Rochester Habitat for Humanity in Rochester, NY
and at Nazareth Farm in West Virginia. She is a member of the Athletic
Hall of Fame at Waterloo High School and Le Moyne College and now
serves on the Hall of Fame selection committees for both schools.
Staci earned a certification in yoga from YogaFit, is a Level II reiki
practitioner, and is currently working on a mediation apprenticeship as a
volunteer with her local Center for Dispute Settlement. She loves to run,
read mysteries, find relatives on ancestry.com and putter around her house
and garage, doing projects. Her ultimate priority is being a conscious parent
and raising her 16-year old son, Nick, to be a well-rounded human with
empathy and kindness as two of his core competencies.