Our Team

Christine Lacourse – Executive Director

Christine joined BBAHFH in November of 2009. She has an associate degree in Architectural Engineering and a bachelor’s degree in Construction Management from Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, MA. After years of working as a residential designer, she decided to use her current skill set while helping those in need. As the Executive Director of the affiliate, her responsibilities include grant writing and fundraising efforts, planning and coordinating of the builds, and committee oversight with efforts in land acquisition, volunteer engagement, family support and faith relations.

Kara B. Lees – President

Kara is a certified public accountant and is the Assistant Comptroller at Bridgewater State University which is based out of Bridgewater, Massachusetts. Kara has extensive experience in compliance with laws, regulations and reporting for non-profit and governmental entities. Kara has always believed in giving back to the community and feels honored to serve Habitat. She believes even the smallest token of outreach can impact the lives of many. At times when our country needs unity, Kara also feels that work that benefits a local community can lead to building a better future.

Brigette Benoit – Secretary

Brigette works in the building and construction field and has a Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design from New England Institute of Technology. She, along with her husband and their three children, have always tried to provide service to those in need. As a family they have worked to raise money, volunteer, and always offer a hand to others. “BBAHFH was the perfect place for me to set roots and help others because it incorporates three of the priorities in my own life: home, family, and service.”

Margaret McSweeny – Volunteer Coordinator

Margaret McSweeny is a lifelong resident of Marion. She is the Advancement Associate at Our Sisters' School, a tuition-free independent middle school for girls from low income families. She has a BA in religion from the University of Puget Sound and a MA in education from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. She enjoys volunteering and giving back to the local community.

Nancy McFadden – Family Relations

Nancy moved to Marion in 1977. She is licensed clinical social worker, and she works at Bridgewater State University as the Field Coordinator for the School of Social Work, and as adjunct faculty. She has served on numerous human service boards and other organizations since her arrival in Marion.

Leslie Piper – Family Relations

Leslie Piper is the Director of Music at St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church in Marion, MA, and the Founder and Artistic Director of the SouthCoast Children's Chorus. She received her BA in Religion from Hamilton College (NY), and her MA in Historical Musicology from Smith College (MA). She has taught music at all levels, from preschool through college, and was Director of Vocal Music in the Bloomfield Hills School District (Michigan) for ten years. She and her husband Geoffrey are the proud parents of Benjamin, Nathaniel and Katie, all of whom have spent time working with aid organizations both in the U.S. and abroad, and share her passion for service. She has served on the Board of the Marion Art Center, and is currently a member of the Rochester Cultural Council.