Audrey Lyon, Executive Director is an attorney with extensive experience in housing and community development. Before coming to Yachad, nearly 18 years ago, Audrey was the Executive Director and senior attorney with Lawyers Committee for Better Housing, a housing advocacy organization in Chicago, Illinois. She is a graduate of Northwestern University and Chicago-Kent School of Law. Although everyone teases her about her absence on work sites, she is the backbone of Yachad.
Mitch Liebeskind is our Program Director.
Born in DC, Mitch is excited to make real
change in the city he was born in and in the lives of Yachad homeowners. He is a graduate of The
University of Maryland and came to Yachad from the BBYO world. He loves history, baseball, exploring
new restaurants, and city life. When you meet Mitch, please let him know where you think the turning
point was of World War I, why you think the DH has no place in the game, or where your favorite tacos
are in the city. And don't worry, he doesn't wear a tuxedo and bow tie when he paints.
Robin Renner is our Construction Director. As a little girl Robin wasn't allowed to play with power tools. This made a strong impression on her so once she met a few carpenter friends she tagged along until they paid her and let her play with power tools. Since then she has been building and fixing things for about 25 years, part of that studying architecture. For the last 10 years she has been working with nonprofits to improve homes and neighborhoods by helping homeowners repair their homes. She believes neighborhoods improve when people are proud of their home and feel safe and comfortable in them.
Wendy Low is Yachad’s Avodah Program Associate. Wendy is working at Yachad through a year of service with AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps. Wendy graduated from the University of Denver where she studied Biology with minors in Chemistry, Philosophy, and Judaic Studies. While in school, she worked on social causes including gender equality, genocide education and interfaith work. This year, she is very excited to learn and work for the cause of affordable housing. In her free time, Wendy writes and performs poetry, plays guitar, rock climbs, and hula hoops--though not usually simultaneously. Wendy strongly believes in story-telling for social change and is excited to share the stories of homeowners, volunteers, skilled workers, and everyone who makes Yachad's work possible.
Roy Thillberg has over ten years of experience building new homes. He is a Class A licensed Virgnia builder and a small business owner. He currently resides in Sterling, VA with his family.