2015/2016 Steering Committee
|Name||Affiliation||Address||Phone, fax, email|
| Ted Wimpey
|Director of Fair Housing Project, Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity||255 S. Champlain St. Ste. 9
P.O. Box 1603
Burlington, VT 05401
| Chris Donnelly
|Director of Community Relations, Champlain Housing Trust||88 King St.
Burlington, VT 05401
| Sara Kobylenski
|Executive Director, Upper Valley Haven||713 Hartford Ave.
White River Junction, VT 05001
| Cindy Reid
|Director of Development, Cathedral Square Corporation||412 Farrell Street, Suite 100
South Burlington, VT 05403
| Ray Brewster
|Independent Consultant||48 Isaac Perkind Rd.
Lyme, NH 03768
| Elizabeth Bridgewater
|Director of Homeownership, Windsor & Windham Housing Trust||68 Birge Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301
| Loralee Morrow
|Regional Planner, Two Rivers-Ottauqueechee Regional Commission||128 King Farm Road
Woodstock, VT 05091
|(802) 457-3188 x20
(802) 457-4728 (fax)
| Tyler Sweeten
|Peer Advocate Counselor Coordinator, VT Center for Independent Living||11 East State Street
Montpelier, VT 05602
(802) 229-0503 (fax)
- Ted Wimpey, Chair
- Ted has been a Steering Committee Member since 2003. He is currently the Director of the Fair Housing Project at the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (CVOEO). He previously served as Director of Coordinated Statewide Housing Services, also at CVOEO. Ted started work for CVOEO in 1988 as director of Vermont Tenants (VTI). Ted has a BA degree from the University of Georgia (1986) in Anthropology. [Back to top]
- Chris Donnelly, Vice-Chair
- Chris has been a Steering Committee member since 2009. He is the Director of Community Relations of the Champlain Housing Trust. He joined the Housing Trust in April, 2005, and directs all external communications, including community and endowment fundraising, grant writing, media and public relations, coalition and advocacy work, marketing, and all publications. He also oversees CHT's community organizing and member relations. Chris has twenty years of experience in working for social justice organizations. [Back to top]
- Sara Kobylenski, Treasurer
- Sara has been a Steering Committee member since 2012. She has been Executive Director of the Upper Valley Haven in White River Junction since 2009. She became engaged by the important work of housing as a result of her four years as AHS Field Services Director for the Hartford District, from 2005 through 2009.
For 35 years prior to that Sara worked with families and children in almost every aspect of social services. The issues of poverty and opportunity were always present in that work. She has an MSW from the University of Pennsylvania. In the community Sara serves on the Boards of the Vermont Parent Representation Center and Mascoma Savings Bank. She also serves as Co-Chair of the Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness and on Governor Shumlin's Council on Pathways from Poverty. [Back to top]
- Cynthia Reid, Secretary
- Cindy has been a Steering Committee member since 2014. She joined Cathedral Square Corporation as its Director of Development in 2013, where she works to develop, rehab, and preserve service-enriched housing for seniors and persons with disabilities. Formerly she was the Assistant Director of Development at Vermont Housing Finance Agency.
At VHFA, Ms. Reid worked with communities and developers to create successful affordable housing developments and evaluated development proposals for financing and housing tax credits. Prior to joining VHFA in 1996, she worked at Central Vermont Community Land Trust and Champlain Housing Trust (then Burlington Community Land Trust). She holds an MS in Community Economic Development from Southern New Hampshire University and a BA from the University of Vermont. She is certified as a Housing Development Finance Professional by the National Development Council. [Back to top]
- Ray Brewster, At Large
- Ray joined the Steering Committee member in the fall of 2013. He has worked in affordable housing for twenty years, currently working part-time for RuralEdge in Lyndonville and with a number of housing- and service-related nonprofits in the Upper Connecticut River Valley. For many years he served with the former Rockingham Area Community Land Trust (now Windham and Windsor Housing Trust), and also with the Twin Pines Housing Trust. The majority of his work has been as a project developer and owner representative for affordable housing nonprofits.
Prior to the long stretch in affordable housing development, he worked on renewable energy alternatives for low-income households and mobile homes. Ray has been involved with the Coalition since 1991 and is a past member of the Steering Committee. He participates in a number of statewide and regional efforts related to housing, including the Vermont Manufactured Housing Innovations study group and the East Central Vermont Sustainable Communities HUD program. Evenings, he is an assistant to the editor of Green Energy Times, a bi-state newspaper on energy and "green" living. [Back to top]
- Elizabeth Bridgewater, At Large
- Elizabeth has worked in the non-profit sector for the last 25 years. Currently, she is the Director of Homeownership at the Windham & Windsor Housing Trust, where she leads a team of eight in implementing WWHT’s Home Repair Program, homeownership counseling and education and Shared Equity Program.
Elizabeth’s early career focused on economic development working with ACCION International, the Center for Women & Enterprise and the Lower Cape Cod Community Development Corporation. During this time, she was involved in fundraising, program development, hosting international program tours, managing entrepreneurial and a micro loan programs for small business owners as well as sector focused projects in the fishing industry. As Executive Director of the Community Development Partnership (CDP), Elizabeth oversaw CDBG funded rehab loan funds, a portfolio of 61 affordable rental units and the development of homeownership and rental units, including a Platinum LEED rated project in Harwich. She also created the Real Return Project, which used a community solar model to share the financial benefits of solar energy with all of the CDP’s low and moderate income tenants as well as implement deep energy retro-fits on six units in the portfolio. Elizabeth has a degree in International Relations from Bradford College and a Masters Degree in Community Economic Development from Southern New Hampshire University. [Back to top]
- Loralee Morrow, At Large
- Loralee joined the Steering Committee in the summer of 2015. She is a Regional Planner with Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission (TRORC) located in Woodstock, Vermont, which serves thirty municipalities in the east-central region of the state. Her main duties at TRORC include project management, community planning, and economic development. Prior to joining TRORC in 2012, she was an Urban Designer with the City of Tampa where she helped large development projects comply with urban design standards throughout the city. In addition to urban design work, she advised the Deputy Director of Growth Management on all sustainability measures city-wide and she was the project coordinator for Green Local Government Designation. Loralee also enhanced the affordable housing program by specifying sustainable building practices and products. During her tenure with the City, all affordable housing projects had to be reviewed and approved by her to ensure both energy efficiency and design standards were met. Her educational background includes a Master of Architecture, Master of Arts in Journalism, and a Bachelor of Science in Advertising. [Back to top]
- Tyler Sweeten, At Large
- Tyler is the Peer Advocate Counselor Coordinator at the Vermont Center for Independent Living. She graduated from Community College of Vermont in 2014 with a degree in Human Services. Formerly, she was the operations manager and the Recovery Coach Coordinator of the Turning Point Center of Chittenden County. As a woman living with a disability and working with people with disabilities in the community she spends the majority of her time working on housing issues and sees the negative impact for individuals when there is a lack of affordable, accessible housing. She is excited to be considered for a Steering Committee position on the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition. [Back to top]