Bill Buckley


Bill is the Chair of the Northeast Advisory Board. A licensed Professional Engineer registered in the State of Connecticut, Bill has spent his professional career in Civil Engineering, working for the State Health Department, the State Department of Transportation and 25 years for the City of Danbury as its Public Works Director, its City Engineer and its Superintendent of Public Utilities. More recently Bill works with Building and Land Technology (BLT). Bill is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire and an Army Veteran, and has been to Haiti several times with Hope for Haiti to lend critical engineering expertise to local infrastructure projects. Bill Buckley is the Grandfather of Connor, 9, Blake, 5, Hannah, 7 and Maddie, 7.

Bradford R. Orben


Bradford is the Vice Chair of the Northeast Advisory Board. He has been Executive Director of the Finance and Family Office for Building and Land Technology (BLT) for the past eight years. Prior to joining BLT, Bradford worked with the Bank of New York Mellon’s Private Client Investment Services division, the Dreyfus Corporation, and Quick and Reilly. His non-profit commitments include; but are not limited to serving as Chairman of the Investment Committee for St. Vincent’s Medical Center Foundation, Advisory Board Member of the Family Office Association, Greenfield Hill Congregational Church Finance Board, and the Wakeman Boys and Girls Club Board for the Southport Unit.

Bradford is a graduate of Dickinson College with a Bachelors Degree in Economics with a concentration in Financial and Business Analysis. He lives in Fairfield, CT with his wife, Emily and four children.

Michelle Houston

Michelle serves as Chief of Staff at Building and Land Technology (BLT). Prior to BLT, Michelle served as Vice President of Events and Board Engagement for National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF). As founder of The Marcus Group, she provided global clients with fundraising and event production expertise. Michelle began her career in the Executive Office of the President of the United States, serving in numerous protocol positions for Presidents George H.W. Bush, and William J. Clinton. She also served as Assistant to the Social Secretary for President William J. Clinton.

Michelle holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Rhetorical Studies from Marquette University.

Maria Teresa Larrea

Maria works at Building and Land Technology (BLT), where she is currently the Accounts Receivable Manager for the commercial portfolio. She was born and raised in Riobamba-Ecuador, Maria relocated to the United States about 20 years ago. What was a vacation destination became her new home. Maria strongly believes that giving back to the community is not just a privilege, but a necessity. She joined community development organizations in the area and actively promotes outreach programs, fundraisers for local non-profit organizations, soup kitchens, visits children’s hospitals and much more.

Visiting Haiti has been an extraordinary experience that will always be treasured. She is thankful for the opportunity and very determine to help in any possible way with the amazing labor of love that Hope for Haiti carries out.