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Kermode: Housing board has new members

by Jennifer Kermode
Summit Combined Housing Authority

Earlier this year the Summit Combined Housing Authority solicited applications for our advisory board, and now we are pleased to introduce you to our new members.

Ryan “RJ” Gildea, of FirstBank of Summit County, brings a wealth of knowledge regarding loan portfolio management and first-time homebuyer lending to the SCHA. FirstBank has had membership on the advisory board for many years, and we anticipate valuable participation from RJ in the next year.

Marc Hogan, of BHH Partners, continues on the advisory board and lends support in many arenas, including architecture and planning. Marc has provided years of assistance to the Housing Authority, and his passion for solving the workforce housing shortage is evidenced by his many levels of involvement.

Karen Strakbein, assistant superintendent for business services with the Summit School District, has again agreed to serve on the advisory board. Her attributes include a strong business approach to housing and ability to set clear goals for moving forward. Karen directed an affordable housing task force at the school district that outlined innovative ideas for providing housing for our educators; we look forward to her creative thinking for the Authority.

Jerry James, citizen-at-large, has agreed to work with the SCHA and brings us his wisdom in development and planning, as well as employer-based considerations. RJ, Marc, Karen and Jerry will all serve one-year terms.

Suzanne Auer, with the Summit County Planning Department, will prove invaluable in helping us identify potential housing opportunities and avoiding pitfalls in development strategies.

Brooke Roberts, Land Title Director of Sales and Marketing, has agreed to share her knowledge and resources regarding title issues when creating deed restrictions and affordable housing policies. Land Title has been a strong supporter of workforce housing programs in Summit County for many years; their founder, George Beardsley, once served on the County Housing Authority Board of Directors.

Rob Murphy, general assistance manager at FIRC, has experience in serving the needs of locals in Summit County and is well-connected with federal and state programs that allow partnership opportunities with the Housing Authority.

Doug Sullivan, co-owner of Sulquist Mortgage in Breckenridge, continues his long-standing support of the SCHA, having served as a director on the previous County Housing Authority Board. Doug brings strong leadership skills, significant business development experience and valuable lending resources to our table.

Suzanne, Brooke, Rob and Doug have all agreed to a two-year term.

Sister Rita Cammack, vice president of Mission Integration at St. Anthony’s Medical Center, strengthens our advisory board with her ability to set clear goals and implement effective plans to reach those goals. She has currently undertaken the creation of a workforce housing strategy at the Hospital.

Stan Katz, citizen-at-large, offers informational support and guidance for our budget concerns.

Vickie Lewis works for Corum Real Estate and manages the Pinewood Village Apartments in Breckenridge. Vickie has already proven herself to be a valuable resource for the Housing Authority in matters of guideline development and compliance.

Lou Fishman, owner of Level One, LLC, will remain on the advisory board for another three years. Lou previously served on the County Housing Authority Board of Directors, and was invaluable in establishing the structure of the Housing Authority as it is today. Lou brings a builder’s perspective to our team that focuses on sustainable strategies and policies which are critical to our successes big and small. Sister Rita, Stan, Vicki and Lou are in for three-year terms.

The staff and directors of the Summit Combined Housing Authority are sincerely grateful to these 12 citizens for the time and energy we know they will contribute to our efforts. It is only through the collaborative work of our community members and governments that we can be successful in solving our housing needs.

Jennifer Kermode is executive director of the Summit Combined Housing Authority.

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