Name : Cate Manley
Industry Type : Home Builders
City & State : Lake Mary, FL
Job Title President/COO
Relocation Preferences : Central Florida Area-Orlando
Objective : CEO/President, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Orlando & Osceola
Resume :  
Cate Manley                                         

Lake Mary, FL 32746




Organizational Leadership Policy/Advocacy Compliance Research & Outcomes Grant writing

Collaborative Partnerships Career Counseling Civic Engagement Public Affairs

President & CEO                                                                                                           

St Joseph Habitat for Humanity

July 2017-Present                                                             
                                            St. Joseph, MO
St Joseph Habitat for Humanity, Inc., is a Habitat International affiliate with an annual budget exceeding 2 million.

Work as a liaison with the Board of Directors to support the agencies mission to expand and reach our maximum impact. Collaborate with other local agencies to serve families in our community by developing housing solutions as part of a global housing ministry to provide decent home ownership opportunities to financially strained families.

Drive community collaboration with the aim to provide sustainable solutions to socioeconomic issues and to give hope, share avenues for solutions, and to provide mentorship and support to improve sustainability.   

Advocacy at local, state, and federal levels.

Work to serve others for the greater good of Habitat and the city.

  • Oversee daily operations and project management to ensure budgets and timelines are met.

  • Identify areas of opportunity (grants/funding)

  • Partner with board members, civic, volunteers and the community to support initiatives and committees to implement improvements.

  • Ensure compliance with Habitat International, local, state, and federal funding requirements.

  • (HUD, HOME, NSP, CDBG, Habitat grants) MLO for MO 2020.

  • Monitor agency budgets to ensure there is a margin to support our mission to serve,

    lead, and support the endeavors of future homeowners, staff, faith partners, volunteers, board of directors, and businesses, to improve the lives of those in need of safe housing/safe sleep in our community.

  • Collaborate to do more for those in need.

  • Manage build schedules and facilities maintenance schedules with the Construction Director.

  • Conduct staff performance reviews and employee development.

  • Use qualitative analysis and tracking of progress/outcomes for federal, state, and private funders.

Responsibilities include:

  • Represent the agency with media, city council, and the community, as a reflection of our mission.

  • Adhere to Habitat International guidelines, and submissions, to remain compliant at all times.

  • Establish project plans, monitor progression, work to remove obstacles.

  • Monitor OSHA practices for safe and efficient workplace practices.

  • Conduct department and program audits of best practices and establish protocols. Train to improve deficiencies to ensure readiness for submissions to grants.

  • Participate in financial and budget adherence, explaining and adjusting when there are variances

  • Adhere to and monitor budget, performance, inventory, ordering and contract protocols.

  • Recruit, select, train, evaluate, mentor, motivate & retain a unique and diverse team of staff, homeowners, partners, and volunteers

  • Ensure the protocols for hygienic CDC recommended practices, disinfecting, and social distancing are followed at all times by staff and volunteers, in adherence to local Department of Health.

  • Adapt & improvise when there is a sudden shortage in staff, inventory, or products, regardless of the need to support an event, project or meal

  • Plan, Support, Attend, & Host VIP events and tours

  • Grant writing, Project Management, understanding of General Construction projects, program development, collaboration within many sectors in the community. 

Director of Business Operations                                                                                                             Yonkers, NY

Andrus, Sanctuary Institute- Trauma Informed Training for Care, Classrooms and Communities.

November 2015– December 2017                                                                                               became remote 7/16

Oversee all business and program functions for nationally and internationally recognized training and consultation arm of Andrus agency. Influencing leadership practice for over 350 agencies through a trauma informed/trauma responsive practice, driving positive improvement, while addressing the effects of ACES in urban area communities, and within populations of individuals. Sanctuary Model is a research-informed trauma responsive training model. Andrus Center for learning and Innovation serves human impact agencies, social impact organizations, education systems and communities.

Manage a remote team, negotiate contracts, university research partnerships, recruit subject matter experts, and collaborate with state and county partnerships for grant applications. Develop strategic goals and actions that drive new business. Maintain political awareness in regard to education, urban communities, social justice, career equity, and public health, to lead a nationally located team of faculty trainers who train organizations.

Nominated and Invited to attend White House United State of Women Summit, Washington, D.C. June 2016 as a Changemaker.

Met with US Directors of Education, Civil Rights, and White House Educational Excellence for Hispanics and African American leadership to develop solutions to address educational and institutional racism, equal education and training access for pre-k through post-secondary/career technical educational programs, to work toward solutions to improve public health and economy in communities.

Integrated Federal and legislative language into marketing of the SI program resulting in Sanctuary's Trauma informed approach being recognized as a marker to fill mandates in k-12 schools and among higher education entities with populations who face adversity.


Director, Home Builders Institute, Veterans Business Alliance                    August 2014-November 2015

                                                                                                                             Orlando & Kissimmee, FL

HBI worked & partnered with multiple resources to recruit veterans to get them trained in home building trades with their hands on program, while also acting as a mentor to support readiness for careers, assist businesses with onboarding practices for improved outcomes and expectations from the veteran employee and the employer, setting the stage for fewer pitfalls, and increased employee retention. The VALOR Mentorship techniques make onboarding for all types of employees smoother, but are critically important to the expectations and needs of an employee with prior military service as their prior predominate previous work experience.

•Member: Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer's Veterans Advisory Council

•Member: Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs Veterans Advisory Council

•Veterans Business Initiative, CFDC

•Board Member: Mission United United Way

•OSHA 30 Construction, Certified

VBA, results driven business network made up of non-profit, B-corps, and for-profit businesses who share the vision to make reintegration of military personnel into the civilian workplace a top priority. Speaking with business leaders who need a trained workforce, and are willing to hire, train, and employ, transitioning military and/or justice involved individuals into a civilian career path for sustainable, gainful employment by developing and implementing education solutions using academic principles.

Established VALOR Mentorship Program. A relationship management process that integrates basic military principles into the civilian HR Department. The Veteran Advocacy Liaison for Retainability (VALOR) Mentorship Program is a high touch service that helps both employers who hire former military, and acts as a liaison for the veterans who are on boarding into a civilian work environment.

College President (two campus locations, for acquisition transition)

American Institute Holdings, Inc

                                                              August 2012-August 2014

                                    Celebration, Florida/Denver, Colorado

                                              (online, nationwide staff/faculty)

Hybrid learning, online general education and classroom labs.  Higher education institute focused on advanced healthcare degree programs.                                           Managed annual budget 10 million.

•Recruit, Hire, Train, mentor, develop, and motivate, successful remote academic and sales teams to achieve the highest level of success in meeting & exceeding admissions, retention, placement, graduation rate goals.

•Created and executed strategies for internal process improvement, included resource allocation, integrated marketing and lead management, intuitive strategic planning for current and new programs, employee and business accountability metrics, and performance management tracking.

•Plan, develop and execute sales strategies, to meet and exceed sales quotas. Implement and adjust school marketing plans as needed to reach and exceed goals.

•141% population growth in 1 year

•46% Increase current student job placement outcomes (CAR in-field placement 73%)

•55% Increase in overall student satisfaction campus wide (CAR retention 71%)

•78% Increase in overall employee satisfaction online and on-ground

•Performed as a leader in creating and delivering unique, memorable, customer experiences that resulted in 36% increase in higher sales & profits in first 90 days.

•0 citation accreditation audits, Approvals of ACICS, ABHES, CAAHEP, CoARC, accreditation, and State CIE/Dept of Education.

VP of Public Affairs & Corporate Development

Florida Technical College, DAVE School, LaSalle Learning Center

                                                                    July 2009-August 2012

                                  7 Florida campus locations, 3 brands              

                                                                        23,000 students in PR

Managed 12 million in Career Services, Clinical Internship/Externship & Public Affairs Department Budget

•*promoted several times.

Full Cycle recruitment and department management. Directly Supervised, recruited, trained, managed, developed, evaluated - 7 teams of Business Developers for student recruitment (sales), career services departments, Alumni Development, externship, & student retention program managers. Company grew from 3 ground campuses (1 brand), serving 800 students, to 7 campuses (3 brands) serving over 6000 students, on-ground and online.

•Developed business contact databases and B2B affiliation agreements in multiple industries for sponsorships, advisory boards, and partnerships in Business, Film & Entertainment, Professional Sports teams, Education, Hospitality, Healthcare, Government, IT, Simulation, Bio, & non-profits.

•Prepared annual operational plans, implement action plans, analysis of data, solutions for improvements, evaluation, action plans.

•Recruitment, screenings, interviews, coaching, development, used technology to enhance relationship management with employers for interviews, advisory board meetings, conferences, and professional sessions.

•Used all related sources of technology and media marketing to remain aware of employment trends and career opportunities..

•Developed intern sites for graduates and created a job bank of over a 3000 employers, extern partners, and advisors.

•Write press releases, editorials, legislative packets, managed marketing and publicity campaigns, events, sponsorships, wrote training manuals, and marketing copy.

•Planned local events, career fairs, health fairs, open houses, workshops, and legislative visits.

•Planned US Department of Education meetings with higher education leaders.

•Plan & host annual legislature luncheons 2011-2014, to advise of education issues.

•Developed governmental/public affairs plans, implemented grassroots initiatives, and kept leadership abreast of legislative issues.

(more experience available upon request)

University of Phoenix                                                                                                                                Graduate 8/2012                 Bachelor of Science Degree, Business Administration & Communications            


Western Governors University                                                                             Anticipated Graduation 10/2020                  Masters of Information Technology, Project Management            


BOARD OF DIRECTOR - Affiliations

Mayoral Appointment: Board President, St. Joseph Housing Authority 2018-2023

Board member, Legal Aid of Western Missouri

Board member, St. Kolbe Puckett Center for Healing

Advisory Board, Concorde Career Colleges, Health Education


US Dept of Education accreditation evaluator/auditor

Mayor Buddy Dyer & Mayor Teresa Jacobs Veterans Advisory Council-Orlando/Orange

United Way's Mission United Veterans Advisory Board

Coalition for the Homeless Rethink Homelessness/Veterans

Prison Ministry-Lowell Women's Prison (largest women's prison in the free world)

Global Emergency Resource Responder Team

Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida

White House Educational Excellence Initiative for Hispanics and African Americans & My Brother's Keeper

Congresswoman Frederica Wilson's 5000 Role Models

UCF College Business Incubator Guest Lecturer-How to hire college talent for your new business.

Central Florida Employment Council Volunteer

Croom’s Academy Business Advisory Board, Sanford, FL

Hispanic Health Initiatives-Kissimmee, FL

Cambodia Missions

Collegiate DECA Florida Association Judge



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