CHAMP  Homes of Cape Cod...places of hope, built on faith.

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Elizabeth (Beth) Hardy Wade, CHAMP Homes, Inc. Executive Director, is a Cape Cod native whose lineage includes a Chatham commercial fisherman, Lighthouse Keeper, and Schooner Captain. Beth is a graduate of Cape Cod Community College and Emmanuel College in Boston.
Beth is no stranger to CHAMP Homes. She first became involved with the organization in 2001 as a volunteer, then as a Board Member (2004) and eventually Board President. She joined the CHAMP Homes’ staff in October of 2013 first as Director of Outreach and Marketing, and then as the Associate Executive Director. Before joining CHAMP Homes, Beth was Vice President and General Manager at John C. Ricotta & Associates in Chatham. Beth also was a force behind the start-up of Maine Farms Realty, a for-profit real estate company, in service to the non-profit, Maine Farmland Trust. She is still actively licensed as a Broker for the practice of real estate in Maine and Massachusetts.
Beth has a major personal interest in housing and economic development and she has served on the boards of the Chatham Chamber of Commerce, Friends of Chatham Affordable Housing and Community Development Partnership. She currently serves on the CDP Board as the Chair of its Housing and Assets Management Committee, and an Executive Committee member.

Denene Shimkus. Director of Programs, CHAMP Homes, Inc. Denene is the coordinator of all programs at CHAMP Homes. Denene is originally from the South Shore area and moved to Cape Cod in 2013. Denene comes to CHAMP Homes with over 20 years of experience in the Human Service field. She has held a variety of positions, Case Manager for Day Habilitation Services, Manager of Vocational Services, and Administrator of Residential Services. She has devoted her career to the care of individuals with Mental Health, Developmental & Intellectual Disabilities, Substance Abuse histories, and those who have been Dually Diagnosed.

Denene has 19 years of supervisory experience and has participated in several Leadership Series that have helped refine her management style and core values to promote team development. Denene has successfully built organizational teams as well as created programming for individuals which have included sensory integration, basic sign language classes, peer to peer team building/self-advocacy, sobriety education and most recently PBS (Positive Behavioral Support) all within residential settings.

In addition to her on the ground experience, Denene has certifications in Behavioral Management Techniques, Medication Administration Practices, Sign Language (ASL), Person-Centered Goal development, Substance Abuse, Motivational Leadership and Effective Communication.

Denene’s other interests have included being active in Town Government. Prior to moving to Cape Cod, she volunteered as a committee member of Citizens for a Better Bridgewater. CBB assisted with educating the community on several town issues through blogging and informational sessions/meetings. Currently, Denene is a member of First Church (UCC) in Sandwich MA, where she teaches Liturgical dance to children and has helped develop a support group called S.O.A.R. Denene also enjoys the beaches of Cape Cod and yoga.

Elise Terry is the Office Administrator. Elise comes from the Federated Church of Hyannis where she was the office administrator for 10 years and worked with her husband and pastor, John Terry. Before that she was a School Secretary in Hollis New Hampshire, where she lived for 16 years and raised her family. Elise grew up singing and is an active member of the Chatham Chorale and Chatham Chamber Singers. She and her husband live in Centerville with their two Westies, William Wallace the Warrior and Duncan Hamish.

Linda Backus of Harwich joined our staff as Life Skills Specialist, May 2017
Linda has obtained many different skills on her own life journey that will prove to enhance the programming here at CHAMP Homes. Her motto for life..."Two hands, one heart is what I have to offer."
Linda is the proud mother of four adult children whom she home schooled for 14 years. Teaching has been a passion of Linda’s and she has found great joy in it. As an active member of Cape Cod Bible Alliance Church, she has been teaching Bible School for 25 years.
Linda also has a strong background in entrepreneurial enterprises. She served in her community as a private home caregiver, providing her services to assist with enhancing the quality of life for those who are aging.
Linda has been a licensed cosmetologist for over 40 years. For many years she chose to work independently as a hairdresser. She even made house calls to people who couldn’t get to a barber or hair dresser in the community. She did this with a mission to simply provide dignity and hair care to those who needed it. Through this, she has been blessed with many warm relationships.
Linda and her husband Rick, live in Harwich. They enjoy a close bond with their four adult children and four grandchildren, cherishing time spent with all the little ones. Linda enjoys crafts, knitting for her grandchildren and for charities, personal bible study, prayer groups and giving of her time and love to others.

Ron Baams, Care staff.

Bob Lynch, Care staff.

Paul Costa, Maintenance and Facilities Chief. 


Mark Boudreau, Board of Directors. President and Member of the Executive Committee.  Mark has a Bachelor of Arts from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia and a J.D. from Suffolk Law School in Boston, Massachusetts.  He has over 30 years’ experience as an attorney in a general law practice in Hyannis, Massachusetts.  He is married to Diane D’Eredita Boudreau, also an attorney, and is the proud father of two daughters, Emma and Grace.    He became involved with Champ Homes and Paul and Caroline Hebert through the request of a friend, Garrett Douglas, former Chairman of the Board of Champ Homes.  Mark is also on the finance committee and is proud to serve the Champs at Champ Homes.

Sheila W. Horan, Board of Directors. Vice-President/Co-Chair and Member of Executive Committee). Sheila was born in Hartford, CT and received her early education in the Hartford area. She graduated from the (now) University of Saint Joseph (USJ) in West Hartford and received a Master’s Degree in Education from Fairfield University. She currently sits on the Board of Trustees of USJ.

In 1973, she joined the FBI and in the course of a 28 year career, served in the Buffalo, Philadelphia, Washington Field and New York field offices and at FBI Headquarters. Her field of concentration included Foreign Counterintelligence, Counterespionage, and Terrorism. Ms. Horan held several senior executive positions at the FBI including Acting Director of the National Security Division. She served as the initial On Scene Commander following the bombing of our embassies in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, in 1998. Following her retirement from the FBI, Ms. Horan joined the United States Conference of Bishops in Washington, DC, as Deputy Executive Director of the Office of Child and Youth Protection, which was established to assist U.S. Catholic bishops with the priestly sexual abuse crisis.

Ed Marshall, Board of Directors. (Member of Executive Committee) Mr. Marshall and his wife Eileen live in Centerville, MA. Ed is a retired business executive with over 36 years of retail store experience. He started his retail career with Morse Shoe Inc. (Canton, MA) in 1962 serving in many managerial positions including VP of Store Operations, Fayva Division until 1989. He joined Trans World Entertainment (Albany, NY) in 1989 and served as Executive VP of Store Operations until 1998. He owned and operated Way-Mar Homes (Baltimore, MD) from 1998-2002.

Mr. Marshall has served on numerous charitable boards and committees. He has been a member of the board of directors of Champ Homes since 2006 and is currently a member of the Finance Committee.

Jim Mellett, Board of Directors. Jim is Jesuit educated having graduated from Boston College High School and Georgetown University. In 1981, he opened his first vocational training school in Paramus, NJ. The school focused on a competency based model which made graduation rates and placement rates very successful. The company specialized in training economically disadvantaged students of all ages. The company grew to 11 nationally accredited schools in NJ, FL, AL, MS and CA. A second division was formed in 1985 to teach entrepreneurial skills to prisoners who qualified for the program. This division ran 11 colleges in FL and CA. Jim later became the President of two colleges located in CT.

Jim and his wife, Val, held several ministries in their church. Perhaps one of the most rewarding was establishing a soup kitchen that would provide daily meals to about 175 needy souls at Mother Theresa’s soup kitchen in Newark. Currently Jim and Val are the owners and innkeepers of the Carriage House Inn, a B&B located in Chatham. The Melletts feel very privileged to be associated with Champ Homes.

Sheila Murphy, Board of Directors. Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Sheila is a self-described, Cape Cod “Wash-a-shore”. Her business career has included work at Chase Manhattan Bank in New York City; and her own travel agency in Osterville, MA. During her business career Sheila raised funds and volunteered for charitable organizations. “I started raising funds by selling Girl Scout Cookies and later served on the Board of the United Fund.” Sheila’s volunteer work has included various tasks at Cape Cod Hospital, Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, and Pilot House. In February of 2014 she was elected to the Board of Directors of HFAC/CHAMP HOMES.

John C. Ricotta, Board of Directors. John C. Ricotta, Founder and President of John C. Ricotta & Associates, was born in New York City and raised in Southport, CT. John attended Lawrence Academy and Boston University. A full-time Chatham resident since 1978, John has worked full-time in real estate for 35 years specializing in the listing and sale of luxury properties.

John is active in the community and has served the Town of Chatham in a number of capacities. He has held positions on town committees including the Personnel Committee and a long tenure as Zoning Board of Appeals Chairman. He is also a member of the non-profit Chatham Conservation Foundation. John also serves as a member of the Board of Corporators for the Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank, the Board of Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank Charitable Foundation, as well as here at our CHAMP Homes.

Louis (Chip) Russo, Jr., Board of Directors and Member of Executive Committee. Chip Russo was the long time Treasurer of Fidelity Institutional Asset Management (Pyramis Global), a division of Fidelity Investments. In this role, Chip was responsible for oversight of Pyramis Portfolios and Products, including trade oversight, security pricing, expenses and financial statements. Prior to becoming Treasurer, Chip held various positions at Fidelity, including running Institutional fund accounting operations and administration during his 25 years at the firm. Chip graduated with an Accounting degree from University of Dayton and an MBA from Whittier College (CA).

Pam Ryan, Board of Directors. Clerk. (Member of Executive Committee) Pam was born in Miami Florida and was raised in Connecticut. She graduated from Vassar College with a degree in Psychology and after graduation spent three years teaching in East Harlem. Following this time, she began a career in corporate sales promotion, initially as a copy writer and later as a sales promotion manager for Clairol, Inc., and Johnson & Johnson in New Jersey. Relocating from NYC to Connecticut after her marriage to Dennis, they founded an executive search company specializing in placing marketing management personnel with major packaged goods companies. Later, while in Florida caring for her parents and after a lifetime of rescuing animals in need, she started a dog foster program for the local shelter which continues to this day fostering 200 to 300 dogs per year that would otherwise be euthanized. She and her husband Dennis relocated to Cape Cod in 2007 with their five adopted fosters.

Robert (Bob) Schulte, Board of Directors and Member of the Executive Committee. Bob, his wife and their two children moved to Centerville from Southern California and have lived on Cape Cod for over 20 years. Bob graduated from the University of Southern California and is a retired partner in an international consulting firm. In addition to his involvement with CHAMP Homes, Bob is proud to be a “Big Brother” with the Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Cape Cod. He was also a board member of the Centerville Civic Association for eight years. Bob joined the CHAMP board of directors in 2014 and is also a member of the Finance Committee.

John Terry, Board of Directors. Reverend Terry was ordained in the United Church of Christ at his home town of Cleveland, Ohio, in 1970. He and his wife Elise began their work at the Federated Church of Hyannis in the fall of 2006. They have two sons; Charles who lives and works on the Cape and Eli just back to Cape Cod after serving in the US Air Force. John is a graduate of Defiance College, Andover Newton Theological School and New York Theological Seminary. He has served churches in New York, Cleveland, Atlanta and New Hampshire. John enjoys golf, gardening, reading, hiking and hanging out at home with the family and their White West Highland Terriers. He has served for many years on our Champ Homes Board, as well as on the Boards of Cape Cod Habitat for Humanity and Grace Veteran’s Center.

Kara Duff, Board of Directors. Kara believes in being engaged in Community and likes to share her story. She believes wholly in the statement we are each other. Since Kara was a teenager she has volunteered in some capacity. Prior to working in the real world, under her mother, she began volunteering at Holyoke Hospital and later at Cape Cod Hospital. Kara moved to Cape Cod in 1994 and through her own personal housing struggle she learned about great difficulty in accessing and paying for decent year round housing for herself and family. She feels incredibly fortunate to live on Cape Cod in her own home but recognizes it wasn’t simply hard work that got her there. She also had incredible support from her, family, friends, community, and the government. Yes, the government…because without the USDA Rural Development Loan she and her husband could not have purchased their home in Brewster.

Kara holds an Associate in Arts degree from Cape Cod Community College and counts her life experience of being a former single parent as invaluable. During that time Kara became familiar with many of the available resources on Cape Cod which she now tells others about. She is both an accomplished public speaker and published writer. She additionally credits her experience with WE CAN, as first a participant, and now an employee as helping her flourish professionally.

Kara lives in Brewster with her husband, and 2 sons, along with their sizable grey cat, Elise, mutts, Rocky and Trixie, and a big house rabbit with a personality to match named Milkshake, affectionately known as Milkie. All of her animals are rescues.


Rev. Steve Trudel began his first full-time ministry position at Cape Cod Bible Alliance Church in Brewster, assuming the Lead Pastor position in 2017. After owning a painting company for over fifteen years, Steve heard a call from the Lord to prepare for full-time ministry, and in 2010, Steve and Alison, along with their four children found themselves living at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, where Steve pursued his Master of Divinity degree. Steve’s greatest passion in life is following Jesus, studying and proclaiming His word and seeing His work in the life of His people both locally and to the ends of the earth.
Steve spearheaded the creation of the CHAMP organic garden (along with other dedicated members of the Bible Alliance church). He has spent valuable time relating spiritual wisdom to the CHAMP Homes’ community through a series of “Garden Story” Cookouts and CHAMP Homes program participants affectionately know him as “Past-ah Steve.”

Nancy Griffin was born and raised in Bridgeport, CT. Her love for Cape Cod began at age 7, when her family began spending summers in Orleans. Nancy graduated from Fairfield University with a semester at American University interning at the Smithsonian.  Following graduation, Nancy moved to NYC for her first job with Parker Brothers Toy Company.  She next spent 14 years at Time Warner, Inc. gaining experience in Inventory & Direct Mail Marketing. She moved into International business as VP of International Publishing for Infograms/Atari Inc.  Nancy lived abroad in Florence and Viareggio, Italy and worked for an Italian company in Milan as a Senior Sales Consultant. After 9/11 Nancy came to the Cape to find solace and peace, and is now in her 16th year of as a realtor working for William Raveis out of the Chatham and Orleans offices. She has always championed causes including breast cancer fundraising, MS research, and the needs of the elderly. She volunteered in Haiti after the earthquake in 2010, and very fittingly, she is an advocate for the homeless. Nancy brings a zest for life and passion to her diverse set of skills in marketing, research/communications, PR and guidance in her real estate business and to CHAMP Homes. Nancy was the initiator and Chair of the very successful 2016 – 25th Anniversary Gala!


Other Board members, support staff and volunteers:

Jim Mellett, Board Member and Volunteer. Vocational Coordinator.
Chip Russo, Board Member and Volunteer, Food Service and Hospitality Coordinator.
Pam Ryan, Board Member and Volunteer, CHAMP mentor and Materials Coordinator.
Bob Schulte, Board Member and Volunteer, Grants coordinator.

We also want to take this opportunity to acknowledge our many other volunteers, who are not named here, yet play crucial roles on a slightly less frequent or occasional basis. God Bless you all! It is only through your combined efforts that we are able to continue with our mission!


Champ Homes' Mission

To create a home away from home for those who are homeless and to give them hope. Champ Homes will always be places of hope, built on faith.

Champ Homes appreciates your generous support!




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