Meet the Staff

Therese Cashen, Executive Director

Therese Cashen
Executive Director


Therese started her career with Loudoun Habitat for Humanity (LHFH) as the Community Outreach Manager in 2011 as part of a capacity grant.  During this time she wore many hats working on Marketing, Communications and Volunteer management.  In June 2015 Therese became the Manager of the Leesburg ReStore.  As Executive Director of Loudoun Habitat, Therese is committed to serving the mission of LHFH and the continued growth of the organization.  She is excited about the opportunity to work with future homeowners, hard-working volunteers, and the public and private sector to continue transforming lives through affordable housing.  When not in the office, Therese enjoys working with local middle and high school theater groups and spending time with her children.





Kari Murphy
Director of Resource Development


Kari serves as Loudoun Habitat for Humanity’s Director of Resource Development, working with individuals, local companies and the faith community to help fulfill the mission of Habitat through financial contribution or in-kind gift support. Prior to joining the staff in September of 2014, Kari began her relationship with LHFH as a volunteer member of the Special Events Committee in 2011 where her most notable role was Chair of the Masquerade Ball. Being raised in a small town in central Illinois, Kari learned the importance of neighbors helping neighbors to aid those individuals in need and to help sustain local small businesses. Fast forward many years later, she continues this love of local community in her daily work at Loudoun Habitat. “Every time I interact with a partner family and hear their story and know the appreciation that they have for the work that we as a community, staff and volunteers, do for them it only reaffirms this was the best fit career for me.  I love networking and I love when I can help others find the hand up they need!”




Detra Ganis

Detra Ganis
Director of Finance & Operations


As a CPA and the Director of Finance & Operations, Detra is responsible for all areas related to financial reporting, planning, and forecasting, This includes financial statement preparation and analysis, leading the annual budget process, cash flow forecasting, full-cycle accounting, and more. She also coordinates the operations of our program including real estate acquisition, construction administration, as well as, the contract and real estate settlement processes. Detra joined the affiliate in 2015 after homeschooling her sons through high school and sending them off to college. Detra and her husband of 25 years enjoy watching baseball, visiting the theater, entertaining and dining with family and friends.


Laura van Leliveld, Marketing and Community Outreach

Laura van Leliveld
Communications and Community Relations




As the Communications and Community Relations Manager, Laura wears several hats for the affiliate. She manages the marketing functions that include the website, email, direct mail and brochures. She also works on special events, community outreach and volunteer management. Laura joined the affiliate in 2015 and when she isn’t working at Habitat, Laura enjoys paper crafting, traveling and spending time with her family. “I am so blessed to be a part of the Habitat for Humanity team, working with partner families to better their lives.”


Julie Steele, Outreach Manager

Julie Steele
Outreach Manager




Julie serves as the Outreach Manager at Loudoun Habitat for Humanity. Her background with case management and social services programs equips Julie to fill her role to work closely with our future homeowners and volunteers including outreach and advocacy through the homeownership process. In addition, Julie has a broad experience in both volunteering and in coordinating volunteers for a number of different organizations – including volunteering with Loudoun Habitat with a build project in 2012. In her role, Julie also coordinates with our volunteers to match volunteer needs with the skills and interests of our volunteers. “I am honored to be a part of the Loudoun Habitat team, and to partner with our future homeowner families, volunteers, and the community.”