serving Kern County


Cassie Fernandez

Chief Executive Officer

Cassie is a hard-working servant-leader with over ten years’ experience in operations, administration, fiscal development, and quality control. Often called a motivational leader, she develops informed staff, with strong leadership skills and exceptional operational abilities. She prides herself on being a results oriented informed visionary with great success in volunteer management, community engagement and development. She credits lots of prayer, precise and inspiring communication, decisiveness and passion for the mission of Habitat for Humanity as the foundation of her successes.

Mary Almaraz


Mary is responsible for carrying out all financial and accounting programs and procedures; safeguarding Habitat for Humanity Golden Empire’s financial resources; ensuring maintenance of adequate systems of internal accounting controls; ensuring adherence to Habitat for Humanity’s financial policies; producing internal and external financial reports; and providing assistance to other departments with respect to various financial issues.

Melanie Raymond

Marketing Administrative Manager

Melanie graduated from Sonoma State University with a B.A. in Communication and Media Studies with a focus in Marketing. She is responsible for all things marketing for the Affiliate and ReStore.

Brillito Paredas

Administrative Assistant

Brillito is the first person to greet you at the Habitat Golden Empire office. She is responsible for answering all phone calls, managing the donation pick ups for our ReStore and providing administrative support to our team.

Rebecca Robison

Construction Manager

Rebecca is a retired U.S. Marine who is joining the team from Heavy Civil Construction sector where she holds a CSLB GC-A license. Her personal strengths are in leadership, strategic planning, organization, and production. Rebecca believes praying and listening to the Holy Spirit will propel her to success as she joins the Habitat for Humanity Golden Empire team. We're excited to see what she will accomplish here at HFHGE!

Art Sexton

Construction Supervisor

Art has been a valued team member and previous volunteer of Habitat Golden Empire for 20+ years. He is responsible for supervising our Habitat construction sites and home repair program. Art brings 30+ years of experience as a project manager as industrial/commercial/residential construction superintendent.

Terry Richmond

Construction Supervisor

"Chief" is a retired US Navy Seabee who brings years of experience to the Habitat Team. Chief is an accomplished laborer with a solid history of achievement in welding, carpentry, concrete work and general construction. He is a motivated leader with strong organizational and prioritization abilities.

John Kaye

Land Acquisition and Development Specialist

John is responsible for managing our site planning, project design, entitlement and permit process, and land improvements for our Habitat Homes. John brings years of experience with Land Acquisition and Development and Real Estate. With a MBA and B.S. in Finance from Arizona State University, we are proud to have John a part of our team.


Daniel Wright

Director of Material Acquisition

Daniel is responsible for creating and maintaining relationships with local businesses and donors to ensure their obsolete inventory, customer returns or perfectly good items from ending up in the landfill.

Morgan Garris

ReStore Assistant Manager

Morgan is committed to recruiting, training and recognizing volunteers who support the mission and ministry of Habitat for Humanity ReStore. Morgan oversees interns, volunteers and staff and serves as a community outreach spokesperson for the ReStore. Morgan has a great eye for interior design and often helps shoppers find the perfect set.

Brian Evola


Brian is a seasoned driver adept at picking up donations safely while meeting tight deadlines. Brian loves Habitat donors and works closely with dispatch to make sure the process goes smoothly. Brain’s smile is contagious and he puts God’s love into action everyday on and off the truck.

Tara Fields


Tara is passionate about serving others and excels behind the register at the ReStore, she is always eager to take on new responsibilities and leadership roles. Tara is great at record keeping and has a long history of community service. Tara is highly flexible and approachable paying special attention to customer care.

Jamie Lorentz

ReStore Assistant Manager

Jamie oversees the display and organization of the ReStore showroom. Jamie has been with Habitat Golden Empire for over five years and oversees effective merchandising, pricing strategies and supervises staff. Jamie enjoys volunteering at the job site on her days off.

John House

Receiving Lead

John is a warehouse logistic professional with an unrivaled work ethic and experience in customer service and delivery. John works hard to make sure donors are greeted at the store and receiving runs as smooth as possible. John is a problem solver and is an expert at inspecting donations before they hit the sales floor.

Christina Woods

Retail Clerk

Christina provides exceptional service, builds loyal relationships, and solves problems at the ReStore. Christina loves shopping second hand and says it’s not only a great deal for her big family, but a good way to care for the environment. Christina’s smile is contagious, to know her is to love her.

Siera Wheeler


Siera is an energetic, hardworking cashier valued for fast, friendly service and accuracy in handling customer transactions. Siera enjoys shopping second hand and quickly moves customers through the checkout process. Her smile and enthusiasm make shopping at the ReStore friendly and fun.

ReStore Address

5101 White Lane

Bakersfield, CA 93309


Affiliate Office

1500 E. 19th Street

Bakersfield, CA 93305


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