Meet Our Staff

John Hartigan

Program Manager

John is a native of Raleigh, North Carolina.  He grew up in NC and  graduated from North Carolina Wesleyan College where he played Soccer.  He graduated with studies in Education and Sports Management at Campbell University and The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.  John lived in Florida for 3 years before moving to TX 13 years ago. Prior to coming to Rebuilding Together Greater Dallas, John worked in Garland for the National Cheerleaders Association as a Regional Event Director managing camps and special events. While in Florida, John worked for the Orange Bowl Committee where he managed community programs and also worked at the Orange Bowl Football game.  In North Carolina, John worked for many years at the YMCA, then moved to the Southern Athletic Conference where he managed Conference championship events .  
John currently lives in Flower Mound, TX with his wife Joan, and their two sons Christopher, age 14, and Connor, age 12.

Bob Pirtle

Project Manager

Magdalena Watkins

Intake Coordinator

Magdalena, or Madeline as many like to call her, was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. Magdalena moved to Texas with her family in 1976, when her father was offered a job in Dallas at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Dallas. Her father later opened his own catering business in 1978. Magdalena worked with her parents as a Sales Representative for 35 year for her father's business. They closed the business in 2011 when her father passed away.

In 1992, Magdalena married her East Texas Cowboy and love of her life, James, and later in that same year she was diagnosed with Multiple Scleroses.

Magdalena came to Rebuilding Together Greater Dallas as a volunteer in August of 2014 and was later hired part time to help out in the office. Magdalena answers phone calls, handles files, helps applicants with applications and paperwork, and many other critical components in the office. She enjoys working at RTGD because of the gratification it gives her when we are able to those in need.