Rochelle Sibbio joined Habitat for Humanity of Summit County in June 2006. Prior to that she was Director of Foundation Development at the Coleman Foundation in Portage County for two years and Director of Development for the Akron Urban League for nearly seven years. Rochelle holds a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and a master’s degree in technical education with a concentration in community counseling from the University of Akron.
Rochelle has worked in the non profit field for over 20 years. During this time she has increased her knowledge in non profit management and fundraising. She also holds a Certificate in Fund Raising Management from The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University and a Certificate from the Institute for Nonprofits at North Carolina State University.
Rochelle serves as a member of the Habitat for Humanity International US Council and is the chair of the affiliate enhancement committee. She also is a member of the board of directors for the Building Materials Reuse Association, a national membership organization focused on the reuse of construction and building materials. She is a proud graduate of Class XXV of Leadership Akron and serves on several alumni committees for the organization. She has served on various task force groups in the greater Akron area focusing on housing issues.
During her time as President & CEO Rochelle has worked collaboratively with the board of trustees to grow the organization from an annual operating budget of $600,000 to over $3,500,000 a year. The growth included a $2 million capital campaign to move the organization into a 67,000 sq. ft. facility in Akron, the 2nd largest Habitat size operation in Ohio. The programming has also changed exponentially including building more new homes per year than ever in Summit County, an A Brush With Kindness home repair program, and a full scale deconstruction and demolition program – the LARGEST program in the country for a Habitat for Humanity affiliate completing over 400 homes per year. Rochelle’s leadership has inspired other directors around the country to engage their city and municipalities in deconstruction work as well.
Rochelle is a frequent presenter at both state and national conferences for Habitat for Humanity and presented in October 2015 at the Ohio CDC Conference on Deconstruction Best Practices and Engaging Municipalities. Smart Business Magazine Akron/Cleveland has selected Rochelle as a 2016 Non Profit CEO of the Year.
Rochelle has two children, Andrew and Camile and is a member of St. Patrick Parish in Kent, Ohio.