Julie Shiyou-Woodard
President and CEO 

As the President and Chief Executive Officer for Smart Home America, Julie Shiyou-Woodard oversees operations, provides organizational direction, and develops partnerships for a national not-for-profit whose mission is to build resilient and sustainable communities. Throughout her career, she has developed and managed environmental and hazard mitigation funding and projects in collaboration with federal, state, and local agencies. Julie is from Pass Christian, Mississippi, and lives in Mobile, Alabama, with her husband and two children. Connect with Julie on LinkedIn

Email: julie@smarthomeamerica.org

Phone: 1-855-742-7233 x 700

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Michela Schildts
Vice President of Operations

Michela provides executive operational support for Smart Home America, focusing on organizational growth, development, and national project initiatives. She started her career in psychology and neuroscience research, with a stint in Peace Corps Cambodia, before pivoting into disaster recovery in 2015. Her extensive experience rebuilding storm-damaged homes began as a construction coordinator in New Orleans and led to non-profit executive operations for reconstruction efforts in South Carolina. From there, she began federal grant management for local governments as a consultant, focusing on disaster recovery and mitigation housing programs. Michela grew up in the Florida Keys but is happy to call New Orleans home.

Email: michela@smarthomeamerica.org

Phone: 1-855-742-7233 x708

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Graham Green
Communications Director

Graham guides communications and marketing strategy at Smart Home America. He served as an AmeriCorps VISTA member with Habitat for Humanity, supporting rebuilding after Hurricanes Ivan and Katrina. Graham then worked with Habitat for Humanity International and the national Habitat AmeriCorps program. He has managed large-scale regional and national construction and training events, developing collaborative initiatives with public and private sector partners. Graham serves on the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity of Baldwin County, Housing First, Inc, and is a member of the 2018 - 2019 class of Leadership Baldwin County. He lives with his family in Spanish Fort, Alabama. Find out more about Graham on LinkedIn.

Email: graham@smarthomeamerica.org

Phone: 1-855-742-7233 x 701

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Sonja Sheffield
Technical Outreach Director

As Technical Outreach Director, Sonja engages communities and Smart Home America’s partners in primary and continuing education about resilience and mitigation best practices. She has been working in building science since 2015 and is a certified FORTIFIED Evaluator™. As a liaison to professional trade organizations, Sonja advocates for adopting the latest International Residential Code and the Coastal and Inland Construction Code Supplements. She started her career in biological sciences, transitioning to library science for nine years. In her spare time, Sonja enjoys a good mystery book, cooking, and gardening. She is from northeastern Ohio and lives in Mobile, Alabama, with her husband and two children. Learn more about Sonja on LinkedIn.

Email: sonja@smarthomeamerica.org

Phone: 1-855-742-7233 x 702

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Caitlin Burts

Operations Manager

Caitlin will utilize her experience and versatility to oversee internal metrics and implement processes to streamline operations. She is a detail-oriented finance professional with an AAS focused in Business Administration/Management from Faulkner State. Caitlin is proficient in payroll, HR processes, fiscal management, and cost control. She is from Baldwin County and resides there with her husband and two teenagers.

Email: caitlin@smarthomeamerica.org

Phone: 1-855-742-7233 x709

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Gabriella Tucker
Content Strategist

Gabriella graduated from Spring Hill College with a BA in Communication Arts. As a Content Strategist, she informs and implements marketing strategies, provides vital insights into current trends, and creates and edits written and multimedia content. Fluent in Spanish, she has aided in translating documents and resources for Smart Home America and its partners. She is from Austin, Texas, and lives in Mobile, Alabama. Learn more about Gabriella on LinkedIn.

Email: gabriella@smarthomeamerica.org

Phone: 1-855-742-7233 x 705

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Stephanie Sims

Financial Officer

Stephanie provides financial and grants management oversight, ensuring financial reports, yearly budgets, and audits are in order. She spent nearly five years at the Mobile County District Attorney's Office and two years as a substitute teacher in the Mobile County Public School System. Stephanie brings a diverse array of skills to her role, including staff management, financial management, human resources, grant writing, and budgeting. Stephanie is originally from Mississippi and currently lives with her husband and three sons in Grand Bay, Alabama.

Email: stephanie@smarthomeamerica.org

Phone: 1-855-742-7233 x 703

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