Virginia Coalition to End Homelessness

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Phyllis Chamberlain, Executive Director Phyllis Chamberlain has over ten years of experience working solely on local, state, and national initiatives to combat homelessness. She started her career in the health field with positions at a public policy consulting firm and a community-based and grassroots health center where she grew her skills in community outreach, legislative and message campaigns, and nonprofit organizations. She joined the National Alliance to End Homelessness in 2002 and was soon promoted to a Director level position partnering with local and state agencies across the country on federal policy initiatives. At the National Alliance, she became a nationally recognized expert on the issue of homelessness and advocacy strategies to improve public policy.

As the Executive Director of the Virginia Coalition to End Homelessness (VCEH), she has spearheaded the organization's significant growth into a resource for service providers, government, business, and concerned citizens on strategies to prevent and end homelessness. Phyllis graduated from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, with a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology. She lives in Fairfax, Virginia, with her husband.

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Jillian Fox, Director of Programs and Evaluation Jillian Fox is responsible for oversight of the organization’s efforts to assist service providers and communities to transition to evidence based practices including rapid re-housing. She also provides technical assistance to communities on aligning with federal and state requirements. She was most recently the Director of Research and Evaluation for Community Housing Partners. In this role, she provided CHP with in house services and expertise on program research, needs assessment, evaluation design and methodologies, program monitoring, and outcomes measurement. She also coordinated CHP’s policy and advocacy efforts. Ms. Fox previously worked at a nonprofit domestic violence agency and shelter provider assisting with grant writing and management as well as providing direct services to clients in crisis.

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Thomas Lynch, Policy Associate

Tom Lynch has worked with people experiencing homelessness and volunteered for the agencies that serve them for fourteen years as a pastor on various church staffs. In his capacity as the policy associate for VCEH he advocates with members of the Virginia General Assembly and U.S. Congress for homeless related funding and legislation. Additionally, he provides press and media communication support for VCEH.

Tom spent two years on the congressional staff of a U.S. Congressman as a legislative correspondent and staff assistant before working as the field director for his 2002 campaign. He is a full-time Master of Social Work student at Virginia Commonwealth University with a focus in administration, planning, and policy planning. Additionally, he works as adjunct faculty for the John Leland Center for Theological Studies. He holds a master of divinity from the Leland Center and a bachelor's in communication from Michigan State University. He lives with his wife and two children in Henrico, VA.

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Volunteer and In Kind Contributions

Do you have a skill that you would like to contribute to VCEH’s mission of preventing and ending homelessness in the Commonwealth of Virginia? Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to express your interest in volunteering.

 

Special Thank You to The Clay Christensen Group for donating services for a strategic planning session for the VCEH Board of Directors

 

Special Thank You to Spencer Chamberlain for IT support and website construction/formatting and maintenance.

 

 

Current VCEH Members

Champion Members – Organizations and Individuals

Doorways for Women and Families

FACETS

Northern Virginia Family Service

Shelter House

Volunteers of America Chesapeake

 

Organization/Agency Members

Arlington-Alexandria Coalition for the Homeless

Flagler Home - St. Joseph's Villa

Freedom First Credit Union Roanoke

Harrisonburg Rockingham CSB

Homeward

Housing Development Corp. of Hampton Roads

Miriam’s House

Reston Interfaith

Richmond Association of Realtors

Rush Homes

Thomas Jefferson Area Coalition for the Homeless

Virginia Dept. of Housing and Community Development (DHCD)

West Piedmont Better Housing Coalition

 

Individual Members

Kelly King Horne

Lawrence and Rose Mary Padberg

 

 

 

 

 

 

Board of Directors

Courtney Gardner | Board Chair

President of C.E. Gardner Consulting, LLC, Newport News

Courtney Gardner is President of C.E. Gardner Consulting, LLC. She works with many nonprofit organizations on a variety of management issues. Through her community work she has developed a strong background in fundraising, nonprofit management, and strategic planning. Gardner serves on the board of VCEH along with the Housing Development Corporation of Hampton Roads. She takes part in many youth activities including Boy Scouts, Boys and Girls Club of the Virginia Peninsula Fine Arts Center, and the Junior League of Hampton Roads.

Al Smuzynski | Board Vice Chair

Virginia Community Capital; Northern Virginia Affordable Housing Alliance, Fairfax

Al Smuzynski is a retired bank regulator and affordable housing developer. Mr. Smuzynski has been an affordable housing expert and advocate for over thirty years. He earned a degree from Elon University in North Carolina. He currently serves on the Board of Directors and Chairs the Audit Committees of Virginia Community Capital, Inc. a Community Development Financial Institution, and of Community Capital Bank, Christiansburg, VA, an FDIC insured bank which specializes in affordable housing, economic development, and small business lending in Virginia. Mr. Smuzynski is also an affordable housing advocate in Northern Virginia.

Michael Wong | Board Treasurer

Executive Director of Harrisonburg Redevelopment and Housing Authority, Harrisonburg

Michael Wong is the Executive Director of Harrisonburg Redevelopment and Housing Authority (HRHA) since 2001. HRHA, located in the City of Harrisonburg, was duly organized in 1958 and has been in been in continuous operation since that date. The Authority currently operates a 60 unit elderly and persons with disabilities section eight new construction apartment complex, a 60 unit elderly and persons with disabilities low income housing tax credit property, 843 Housing Choice Vouchers, and 129 agency owned project based housing units.

HRHA is an active partner with the City of Harrisonburg, Rockingham County and other community based organizations on a variety of local redevelopment, homelessness, and affordable housing initiatives. The Authority has developed a level of expertise in using various financing and funding tools including tax exempt bond issuance, historic and low income tax credits, and accessing Federal, State and local grants to support these initiatives.

Additionally, under Mr. Wong’s leadership, the authority has expanded its Housing Choice Voucher program from 323 to 843 vouchers and increased Authority owned affordable housing units from 60 to 249 units.

Mr. Wong was the small agency taskforce chairperson for the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment officials from 2010-2011, Senior Vice President (2011-2013) and President-Elect (2013-2015) of the Virginia Association of Housing and Community Development Officials, Chair of the Harrisonburg Rockingham Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness Steering Committee, Chair of the Harrisonburg Rockingham CoC planning group, and Treasurer of the Virginia Coalition to End Homelessness.

Ralph Nodine |Board Secretary

Retired; Former President and CEO, Virginia Community Development Corporation

Ralph has been with VCDC since 1990 and was part of the team that established the first equity fund in 1992. He has more than 25 years of development finance experience at the local, state and national level. Ralph is a past President and current Board member of the National Association of State Equity Funds (NASLEF), served as Chair of the board of a local housing authority, and is a board member of the Virginia Housing Coalition.

Sue Capers | Honorary

Founder of Virginia Coalition to End Homelessness, Alexandria

Sue Capers' involvement with the issues of homelessness began more than 30 years ago. Her work began with direct services and assisting in expanding shelter spaces eventually leading to founding and coordinating the Coalition. Sue has been advocating for people experiencing homelessness at state agencies and the Virginia General Assembly to increase their awareness in order to address the crisis of homelessness.

Bill Barrett |

Vice President, Military Affairs, Bon Secours

Mr. Barrett is a retired Medical Service Corps officer who served 25 years in the United States Army. He recently joined Bon Secours Virginia Health System in June 2012 as Vice President, Military Affairs. In his role, Mr. Barrett directs all military relations and outreach programs for the Virginia and Hampton Roads area. He is an active board member of the Governor's Military Task Force, Military Officers of America Association Board, Military Officers of World Wars, Transition Officer Program Coordinator, Joint Leadership Council, Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce Armed Forces Steering Committee, McGuire VA Volunteer Services, a Member of Congressman Forbes Armed Forces Committee, and Fort Lee, VA Civilian Military Council.

Mr. Barrett holds a Master's Degree in Health Care Administration and a Master's Degree in Physical Therapy. His military education includes Basic and Advanced Medical Courses, Airborne School, Air Assault School, and Command and General Staff College. Mr. Barrett completed the Federal Health Care Executive Fellowship at Georgetown University and holds a Top Secret Clearance.

Kenneth Daniels |

Professor of Finance, Virginia Commonwealth University

Dr. Kenneth N. Daniels specializes in the areas of financial services and community development. He has published over 20 refereed articles in journals such as The Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, The Journal of Corporate Finance, The Financial Review, The Journal of Financial Services Research, The Journal of Fixed Income, The Journal of Economics and Business, Managerial Finance, The Journal of Financial Stability, The Review of Black Political Economy and The Journal of Real Estate Research. His research on municipal bonds and financial advisors has been cited in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act that was signed into federal law by President Barack Obama on July 21, 2010. He has also been contracted as an expert witness on bank fraud and has been interviewed on topical issues of banking, frequently. His teaching interests include financial service institutions, municipal bonds, corporate finance and financial markets. Currently, he is working on service projects that include entrepreneurship, technology and small business development. He is a member of the Financial Intermediation Research Society, American Finance Association, Financial Management Association and the Eastern Finance Association. Dr. Daniels is married with two children and resides in the Richmond area.

John Dearie |

Executive Vice President, Financial Services Forum (Washington, DC), McLean

John Dearie is Executive Vice President for Policy at the Financial Services Forum. Prior to joining the Forum in 2001, Mr. Dearie was Managing Director of the Financial Services Volunteer Corps (FSVC), a not-for-profit, public-private partnership whose mission is to help build sound banking and financial systems in developing countries by structuring technical assistance and training missions staffed by financial sector professionals who serve as unpaid volunteers. Mr. Dearie was educated at the University of Notre Dame and Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

Andy Friedman |

Director, Virginia Beach Department of Housing and Neighborhood Preservation

Andy Friedman is the Director of the Virginia Beach Department of Housing and Neighborhood Preservation in this position since 1993. In this position, he is responsible for all aspects of department including over 65 staff members, over $23 million budget and over 65 staff members, operations include city-wide code enforcement, city-wide housing rehabilitation programs, 1,900 housing vouchers, administration of multiple Federal grants, coordination of city-wide homelessness activities and the City’s workforce housing program. His professional affiliations include Member, Governor McDonnell’s Housing Policy Advisory Committee; Board Member, Housing Virginia – a statewide organization promoting a positive view of workforce and affordable housing; Past President & Board Member, Virginia Assoc. of Housing and Community Development Officials (VAHCDO); Past Member, Governor Kaine’s Foreclosure Prevention Task Force; Past Member, United Way of South Hampton Roads Community Funding Committee. He received his bachelors from Antioch College and his Masters in Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay.

 


Mission

The Virginia Coalition to End Homelessness is dedicated to preventing and ending homelessness in the Commonwealth of Virginia through community collaboration, capacity building, education and advocacy.

Did you know?

Permanent supportive housing - the solution to homelessness for many including those who experience chronic homelessness - saves money to other systems of care including hospitals and jail.


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