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Advisory Groups

VHDA hosts advisory group meetings throughout the year to listen to and learn from our partners. These groups include:

  • Rental Housing Advisory Board
  • Homeownership Advisory Board
  • Supportive Housing Solutions Council
  • Northern Virginia Advisory Council
  • Rural Housing Advisory Council

VHDA relies on the expertise of advisory group members to provide guidance on programs and services as well as insight into industry challenges across the Commonwealth. Members include lenders, realtors, developers, nonprofit and local government entities, property management companies and other partners from all across Virginia. For more information on VHDA’s advisory groups, please contact Sarah Jones-Anderson at

Homeownership Advisory Board

This VHDA advisory board is a communications forum to:

  • Explore challenges and opportunities to increase homeownership for Virginians.
  • Identify key issues and obstacles to homeownership faced by minority populations.
  • Recognize issues and common areas of concern affecting Virginia real estate professionals and VHDA.
  • Exchange information about our programs and policies.

Advisory Board Members include:

Contact Information
Shernita Bethea
Hampton Roads Planning District Commission
Moon Choi
RE/MAX Executives
John Daly
All Pros Realty
April Deshano
Embrace Mortgage
Shirley Fruncan
Southern Trust
Tracie Gallahan
First National Bank
Chip Glover
TowneBank Mortgage
Rob Heltzel
Heltzel Mortgage
Pam Kestner
Carlos Larrazabal
First Mortgage
Marjorie Leon
Prince William County
Libby Gatewood
Napier Realtors ERA
Linda Melton
Fulton Bank
Jay Mitchell
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services
Shelley Murphy
Piedmont Housing
Thai Hung Nguyen
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate
Elliott Oliva
Keller Williams REALTY
John O'Reilly
Better Homes and Gardens Base Camp
Vickie Painter
C&F Mortgage Corporation
Georgia Parise
C&F Mortgage Corporation
Earlene Powell
Southside Outreach Group
Andrea Ridley-Smith
Debbie Robbins
TowneBank Mortgage
Ric Segovia
George Mason Mortgage
Ingrid Sell
Village Bank
Karen Serfis
Smitty Smith
River City Blues Realty
Scott Spencer
TowneBank Mortgage
Sarah Steadfast
New Towne Mortgage
Barbara Washington
Liz Watkins
Presidential Mortgage Group
Jamie White
Montague and Miller
Elliott York
American Eastern, Inc


Rental Advisory Board

Since its inception in 2002, this VHDA advisory board has become an essential affordable housing stakeholder group that has:

  • Provided guidance in establishing criteria for mixed-use/mixed-income projects.
  • Reviewed and endorsed changes to the Qualified Allocation Plan (QAP).
  • Contributed developer perspective regarding a leasehold policy.
  • Evaluated and commented on parameters for premature bond retirement.

Advisory Board Members include:

Contact Information
Corbin Anderson
KC Bleile
Allison Bogdanovic
Virginia Supportive Housing
Gerald Burr, Jr.
Canterbury Enterprises
Diana Carter
Bristol Redevelopment & Housing Authority
Joy Cipriano
HNN Community Services Board
Richard Counselman
S.L. Nusbaum Realty Company
Marcia Davis
Richmond Redevelopment & Housing Authority
Danny Ellis
GEM Management, Inc.
Robert G. Goldsmith
People, Inc. of SW Virginia
Carl Hardee
The Lawson Companies
Greta Harris
Better Housing Coalition
Lee Householder
Project:  HOMES
Ronald Hunt
Genesis Properties
Tom Johnston
The Franklin Johnston Group
Pam Kestner
Steve Lawson
The Lawson Companies
Brian Lopez
Osprey Property Company
Helen Mcllvaine
City of Alexandria Office of Housing
George Mirmelstein
Beacon Construction Company
Bob Newman
Virginia Community Development Corporation
William Park
Pinnacle Construction & Development
Lisa Porter
Marion Redevelopment and Housing Authority
Scott G. Reithel, CPM, NAHP-e, CGPM
Community Housing Partners Corporation
Earl B. Reynolds, Jr.
Community Development Director
City of Danville
Carmen Romero
Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing
Robert Schaberg
Amurcon Corp. of Virginia
Wanda Stevens
Staunton Redevelopment & Housing Authority
Ron White
Albemarle County Office of Housing
Brenda Willis
Chesapeake RHA


Northern Virginia Advisory Council

This committee is made up of affordable housing stakeholders whose primary market area of operation is the Virginia Capital Beltway area of the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Area. It includes government officials, nonprofit housing development corporations, private developers and business professionals.

The group meets regularly to discuss issues relating to both rental and homeownership, and also serves as a communication forum to:

  • Identify and address key issues.
  • Exchange information and make recommendations.
  • Coordinate resources.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of current VHDA programs.
  • Introduce pilot financing tools.

Advisory Council Members Include:

Contact Information
Lorraine Arora
Akeria Brown
Arlington County
David Cristeal
Arlington County
Joan Duckett
Prince William County Department of Housing & Community Development
Rick Edson
Housing Capital Advisors
Carol Erhard
Fairfax County Department of Housing & Community Development
Sarah Etro
Loudoun Department of Family Services
Tom Fleetwood
Fairfax DHCD
Jon Frederick
Alexandria Housing Development Corporation
Kim Hart
Windy Hill Foundation
Nina Janopaul
Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing
Pam Kestner
William Lake
Prince William County Office of Housing and Community Development
Dana Lewis
Falls Church Housing and Human Services Division
Kelly Marrocco
Loudon Department of Family Services
Michelle Krocker
Northern Virginia Affordable Housing Alliance
Shelly Murphy
Wesley Housing Development Corporation
Jill Parker Landsman
Northern Virginia Association of Realtors
Keith Pettigrew
Stan Sloter
Paradigm Companies

Walter Webdale
AHC, Inc.


Supportive Housing Solutions Council

This council provides guidance and expertise in housing policy areas related to senior adults, homelessness and individuals living with disabilities.

Council Members Include:

Contact Information
Julie Anderson
Virginia Supportive Housing
Toni Clemons-Porter
Fairfax County
Connie Cochran
Bob Eiffert
Alexandria Commission on Aging
Dennis Horton
Junction Center for Independent Living
Joyce Jackson
Better Housing Coalition
Andy Kegley
Pam Kestner
Terri Lynch
Alexandria Office of Aging and Adult Services
William Massey
Peninsula Agency on Aging, Inc
Kathy Miller
Virginia Department for the Aging
Karen Moeller
Greater Richmond Age Wage Readiness Coalition
Teri Morgan
Department Of Medical Assistance Services
Gerry O'Neill
Kathy Robertson
Jeff Smith
RUSH Homes
Candice Streett
Virginia LISC
Kathy Vesley-Massey
Bay Aging
Sim Wimbush
Virginia Housing Alliance


Rural Housing Advisory Council

The newly formed Rural Housing Advisory Council (RHAC) is a cross-regional group that will provide guidance and expertise to VHDA regarding housing issues in rural Virginia.

Council Members Include:

Contact Information
Bob Adams
HD Advisors
Andy Kegley
Colin Arnold 
Arnold Design Studios
Walter Cleaton
Home Solutions
Hope Cupit
Brandon Davis
Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission
Mike Davis
Clayton Homes
Missy Delby
Wytheville Redevelopment and Housing Authority
Bruce DeSimone
Middlesex County Initiative
Joshua Gemerek
Bay Aging
Earl Howerton
Southside Outreach Group
Jayne Johnson
Farmville Area Habitat for Humanity
Katrin Kark
Rural LISC
Pam Kestner
George Krieger
Nelson County Community Development Foundation
Elaine Meil
Accomack-Northampton Planning District Commission (Regional Housing Authority)
Christy Morton
Phillip Page
Franklin RHA
Ari Severe
TM Associates
Chris Sterling
Cindy Stewart
Mountain Sky Properties
John Thomas
Halifax Homes
Chris Thompson
Rooftop of Virginia Community Action Program
Matthew Weaver
Sharon Wilborn
Realty Resource