Meet Our Staff

Dayna Norvold, Executive Director

Dayna has led Rice County Habitat for Humanity as its Executive Director since November 2007. Dayna comes to Rice County Habitat with 15 years experience in church youth ministry. She has a Masters in Counseling Psychology from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin – Stout. Dayna has led over a dozen trips around the country to different Habitat affiliates that include youth and intergenerational groups. Dayna served in Lutheran Volunteer Corps in Washington D.C.  in 1995-1996.  She has served as a Youth Director in Lutheran Congregations in Duluth, MN, Bellingham, WA, and Northfield, MN.  Dayna came to Northfield in 2004 and has been active with the North Rice Thrivent Chapter, Philanthropic Education Organization (PEO), Northfield Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA), Rice County Homeless Prevention Team and Highview Christiania Lutheran Church. Dayna participated in the Blandin Community Leadership Program in 2011. In September 2013, Dayna was recognized by NAHRO (National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials) for outstanding leadership and service as a Commissioner of the Northfield HRA.

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Cheri Johnson, Community Engagement Coordinator

Cheri joined Habitat in April of 2017.  Cheri has lived in Faribault for over 30 years, worked as a closer for Edina Realty and is very involved in the Elks Club in Faribault.  Cheri will be working with our Family Services Committee to recruit families and work through the application process.  She’ll also be working with our volunteers and organizing our events.

Emily Foos, Bookkeeper

Emily joined our affiliate in August of 2017.  She has a background in Human Resources, Accounting and Administration.  She is also the Bookkeeper for Goodhue County Habitat for Humanity.  Emily has a great skill set to help both affiliates keep our financial books in order!

Traci Morris, Data Base Manager

We are thrilled that Traci has joined us as our Data Base Manager in September of 2017.  Traci is extremely efficient and knows her way around the data base.


Larry Narhi, Site Supervisor

Larry 2, as we like to call him, has volunteered with Habitat since 2012 and became our Site Supervisor in 2015.  Thanks Larry for keeping our “Go To Crew” in line and for building beautiful homes!


Larry Menzel, Site Supervisor and Safety Coordinator

Larry 3, as we like to call him, has volunteered with Habitat since 2014 and became our Site Supervisor in 2017.  Thanks Larry for keeping our “Go To Crew” in line and for building beautiful homes!