Our Team

Faith Davis, Marketing Fellow

Chris Lambert
Founder & CEO

Dr. Chris Lambert is the founder and CEO of Life Remodeled, award-winning author of Next Level Nonprofit, and founder of the Next Level Nonprofit organizational operating system. It’s not the career trajectory Chris envisioned when he studied marketing at Indiana University, planned for law school, or dreamed of a lucrative career as a real estate developer. But a new call took shape after a spiritual awakening during his junior year of college, and Chris went on to earn his MDiv and doctorate in preaching from Fuller and Gordon-Conwell seminaries, respectively. Moving to Liberia, Chris and his wife helped a village mobilize support to drill a well, acquire farm animals, and construct their very first school building. Upon returning to the U.S., Chris founded a church called Ekklesia. In 2010 he launched Life Remodeled, which repurposes vacant school buildings into one-stop hubs of opportunity and helps create neighborhood revitalization that lasts.

From recognition on the TEDx stage to lists like Crain’s 40 Under 40, Building Design + Construction 40 Under 40, and SMART BUSINESS Dealmaker of the Year, Chris’s reputation precedes him. But it’s the journey ahead—and the people who are helping to lead the way—that excites him most.

Jen Friedman
Next Level Nonprofit Director & Certified Coach

Dr. Jen Friedman is an esteemed organizational consultant and leadership coach. She blends her psychology background with 20+ years of experience in nonprofit leadership, mental health, and education. Her profound knowledge of the intricacies of systems thinking and human emotions elevates those with whom she partners. Jen’s expertise lies in developing leadership, enabling personal growth while building cohesive teams, and creating effective systems to help organizations evolve. Her exceptional ability to inspire positive change and foster growth has earned her recognition and admiration from clients across various industries. She works locally and nationally, and speaks widely about growth mindset, emotional intelligence, and servant leadership. 

Diallo Smith

Diallo Smith is the President & COO at Life Remodeled, a Detroit non-profit focused on
sustainable and equitable neighborhood revitalization. Diallo and his team repurpose vacant
school buildings in Detroit into one-stop hubs of opportunity, mobilize thousands of volunteers
annually to clear four square miles of blight, and aid other non-profits in building organizational
excellence through their Next Level Nonprofit program.
As President & COO, Diallo builds organizational capacity, cultivates a thriving organizational
culture, develops effective leadership/management strategies, structures human resources
(including DE&I initiatives), provides risk management and advises on special fundraising
Born and raised in Detroit, Diallo is a graduate of Cass Technical High School. He went on to
pursue a bachelor's degree in finance at Wilberforce University in Ohio and then a master's
degree in divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. His passion for creating equity
and providing opportunity in Detroit then led him to the work he does now with Life Remodeled.
Diallo and his wife, Dr. Jameel Smith, enjoy live music, exploring new restaurants, and raising
their two children.

Ben Shat
NLN Certified Coach

Ben Shat is an accomplished tech executive with a track record of success in business development, sales, and executive management. He’s created and led global sales teams at Amazon, built the North American business of an international software start-up to a successful $100M+ exit, and managed large sales teams responsible for over $500M in annual revenue. Ben is a certified Next Level Nonprofit Coach who excels at building teams and leaders, cultivating organization culture where talent thrives, and driving growth through strategic planning and execution. Committed to empowering others, Ben finds fulfillment in coaching executive leaders and mentoring youth, leveraging his innate ability to cultivate potential and inspire personal growth. Ben is passionate about helping missional organizations grow and amplify their impact to the people and communities they serve. Outside the boardroom, Ben cherishes time with his wife and two children, serving at his church, traveling, and indulging his adventurous spirit through mountain biking and snowboarding.

Marc Hehl
NLN Certified Coach

Marc is a seasoned executive coach with experience across nonprofit, technology, and professional services sectors. As a former COO for a Detroit-based technology company dedicated to the nonprofit space, he spent the last eight years building organizations that actively listen and respond to their constituents. His past leadership helped the organization win the “Best and Brightest Companies to Work for” Award for eight consecutive years. Marc is a certified Next Level Nonprofit (NLN) coach who has implemented other nationally-recognized operating models (EOS/Traction) for the last ten years. He prepares executives to thrive professionally and personally and is dedicated to developing leadership skills. Marc also brings over two decades of strategic advisory experience from his time at Deloitte and EY, enriching his coaching with a broad industry perspective.

Faith Davis
Administrative Assistant

Faith Davis is the Assistant to the CEO & COO of Life Remodeled and the Administrative
Assistant for Next Level Nonprofit. She holds a bachelor's degree in English with an emphasis
in Language & Literature from Grand Valley State University. After recognizing her tendency for
business administration, Faith transitioned into this field, where she excels in supporting
executive leadership and organizational operations.
Her commitment to the nonprofit field is evident in her work, where she plays a pivotal role in the
operations of the Life Remodeled office and its Next Level Nonprofit program. Faith’s efficient
coordination and her organizational expertise make her an invaluable asset to the team.
Passionate about her work, Faith continues to drive the mission of Life Remodeled, helping to
ensure sustainable and equitable neighborhood revitalization in Detroit.