RHC Staff


Jennifer Malone
Jennifer@sdhp.org
Region 1 – Crawford, Erie, Forest, Mercer, Venango, and Warren

Jennifer Malone has been working in housing since 1993 in one facet or another. She started her housing experiences working at two state universities both in Pennsylvania and Maryland. While obtaining an undergraduate degree in graphic design and a Master’s degree in counseling from Edinboro University, Jennifer continued to work in housing and residence life at the college level for approximately ten years. Jennifer then started a ten year journey working in social services.

She comes to us with a background in community action where she served as the Emergency and Community Services Coordinator for Lawrence county. She facilitated several HUD  and state funded housing assistance programs. Some of the funding streams and program management included Veteran funded housing assistance, Rapid Rehousing, Homeless Prevention, Transitional Housing, Master Leasing and Permanent Supportive Housing. Jennifer also has several years of experience in supervising and training staff who work with the homeless and at risk of homelessness populations.

Jennifer’s experience has always had an continued focus of connecting individuals and families in her community to safe, reasonable, affordable and fair housing while providing support and specific referral services. Jennifer is very excited to be working with professionals in her region as an RHC.

 


Amy Aumen
Amy@sdhp.org
Region 2 – Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Elk, Jefferson, and McKean

Amy came to her current position as an RHC with the best experience possible, that as a caregiver and advocate for her aging grandparents.  That personal connection has given Amy a deep understanding about the needs of people with disabilities and older Pennsylvanians. This fact is evident in the passion she brings to solving the issues related to finding affordable, accessible housing in one of the most rural parts of the Pennsylvania.

In her time as a RHC Amy has been able to identify and resolve many issues and has worked effectively with housing and service providers, NHT staff, CILs and other groups. Most recently she was asked to join the board of the North Central Landlord Association.

Prior to coming to SDHP Amy was a small business owner and holds a certification as a Certified Laser Specialist and Laser Practitioner. Amy resides in St Marys and is a mom to two very energetic boys.

 


Angela Smoyer
Angela@sdhp.org
Region 3 – Clinton, Potter, and Lycoming

Angela works to advocate for affordable and accessible housing for older adults and people with disabilities in the Commonwealth and to be a resource to support the Nursing Home Transition Program as an RHC.

Angela obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Policy and Administration with a Business Administration minor from the Pennsylvania State University. Prior to working with SDHP, Angela worked for the Commonwealth in the Nursing Home Transition Program office. She has a son and daughter, both attending Penn State.

 


Donna Manglaviti
Donna@sdhp.org
Region 4 – Bradford, Columbia, Luzerne, Montour, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, and Wyoming

Since starting with SDHP in April of 2017, Donna has been learning her region and becoming familiar with all of its social service agencies and housing entities.  She is anxious to provide assistance and training to better meet the needs of the populations we serve.

Donna is a lifelong resident of Northeastern PA and a veteran of the United States Air Force.  Prior to becoming an RHC, she spent more than 20 years working with Wyoming County Children and Youth, teaching parenting skills, nutrition, home safety and budgeting as well as assisting clients to find affordable housing.  She also certified agency foster parents by conducting home studies, including family history, home safety inspections, water tests and background clearances.  She continues to do subcontracting work for President Judge Russell D. Shurtleff in Wyoming and Sullivan Counties as a Case Representative providing Home Studies as well as Safety and Suitability Studies in custody cases to assure the safety of minors in the home.

Donna attended Luzerne County Community College and has benefitted from regular trainings throughout her career covering numerous topics including personal safety and identifying drug use.  She has also owned rental properties and been a landlord for more than 20 years.  She loves the opportunity to spend time with her four grown children and her granddaughter.

 


Dawn Edwards
Dawn@sdhp.org
Region 5 – Carbon, Lackawanna, Monroe, Northampton, Pike, and Wayne

Dawn Edwards joined the SDHP team in February 2018 bringing her eight years’ experience as a Coordinator for Link to Aging and Disability Resources. During her years with PA LINK she became aware of the lack of housing options for the aging population and those with disabilities.

Dawn’s employment experiences have given her insight into housing needs from various perspectives.  As a personal assistant to a student with cerebral palsy, Dawn became aware of the student’s desire to be as independent as possible in all aspects of her life, including her future college housing. Dawn’s five years as a prevention educator for victims of sexual and/or domestic violence made her keenly aware of the need for emergency housing for victims of abuse. As a licensed Realtor, she worked with investors and encouraged them to consider increasing their number of accessible units for those that need them.

It’s Dawn’s belief that everyone should have the right and opportunity for fair, affordable, safe, and, if needed, accessible housing. She looks forward to fulfilling the goals and mission of SDHP in her role as Regional Housing Coordinator.

 


Kevin Huwe
Kevin@sdhp.org
Region 6 –  Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Indiana, and Lawrence

Kevin joined SDHP in January, 2015.  Kevin has worked in the field of Assistive Technology and Home modifications for over 27 years. He has served as the program manager of several State and Federal programs in Southwestern Pennsylvania including Pennsylvania’s Initiative on Assistive Technology (PIAT), Recycled and Exchange Equipment Partnership (REEP), Assistive Technology Lending Library (ATLL), and Telecommunication Device Distribution Program (TDDP).

His experience with home modifications is extensive having obtained durable medical equipment and Home Modifications through the PA Waiver Services to countless individuals. He has done home assessments for the Urban Redevelopment Authority’s HAPI Program, SDHP’s Access Program, was the Home Modification Construction Officer through PHFA for four years, and the Southwestern Coordinator for PATF since its inception.  Kevin also successfully completed training to become a certified EPA renovator.

Kevin is the recipient of numerous awards related to his work including the Thanksgiving Tuesday award (Humanitarian award) from LaRoche College (1998), the Assistive Technology Appreciation award From Temple University (2000) and a Certificate of Appreciation award from the Army (2002.) He was inducted into the Independence Hall of Fame at the SILC- Statewide Independent Living Council’s 7th Bi-Annual Conference in 2006.

 


Ashley Mancine
Ashley@sdhp.org
Region 7 – Allegheny

Ashley has been an RHC since 2009. Ashley received her Master of Social Work Degree from the University of Pittsburgh. Her education has given her the foundation on theories and best practices to identifying appropriate interventions to assist individuals in need.

Before becoming an RHC she was responsible for the supervision, service coordination, and the overall operation of the first Safe Haven Housing program in Pittsburgh. Problem solving, leadership, communication skills, multi-tasking, active listening, and an ability to work with diversity are just some of the skills that she has gained throughout her 16 year work history.

As an RHC, Ashley has been recognized as a key resource for housing-related issues among statewide agencies and colleagues. She has a proven track record of “creating a bridge” to facilitate collaboration among housing providers and service agencies. Her professional values that are at the core of her everyday work which includes: competency, collaboration, and compassion.

 


Carol Dunlap
Carol@sdhp.org
Region 8 – Cambria, Greene, Fayette, Somerset, Washington, and Westmoreland

Carol became an RHC with SDHP in March of 2017. She brings to the RHC program experience in working with multiple systems such as Children and Youth, Behavioral Health, Criminal Justice, Homelessness and Housing and supportive services. Prior to becoming an RHC, Carol was employed as a Child Protective Services Assessment worker for 12 years. For the past 17+ years Carol was a Behavioral Health Program Specialist with a focus on Housing. During this Housing Specialist role, Carol developed, organized and facilitated the Local Housing Options Team (LHOT) in Westmoreland County and was an active member of the Westmoreland Coalition on Housing.

Carol serves on several Boards and committees including but not limited to: Member of the Southwest Regional Homeless Advisory Board (SW RHAB) and the Funding Committee of HUD’s Western Continuum of Care (CoC), Board member (Secretary) of Homes Build Hope, a non-profit developer of affordable housing in Westmoreland County, Westmoreland County Transit Authority Committee for Persons with Disabilities Program, Westmoreland County Criminal Justice Advisory Board (CJAB), Westmoreland County Adult Probation Re-Entry committee and is a Disaster Crisis Outreach Response Team (DCORT) member. Carol is an active Lions Club member serving as President for 3 years and is currently Vice President. She also volunteers with Feeding the Spirit; a non-profit group dedicated to nourishing the bodies, minds and spirits of those in need in the Greensburg community and is beginning orientation as a volunteer for The Red Cross.

Carol enjoys spending majority of her time with her growing family in Westmoreland County.

 


Howard Ermin
Howard@sdhp.org
Region 9 – Bedford, Blair, Centre, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, and Mifflin

Howard has been an RHC for over eight years.  As such, he has diligently worked with agencies, organizations, housing professionals and others to improve housing options and opportunities for people with disabilities and older adults in South Central PA.

Howard has dedicated this career to the independent living movement. Prior to becoming an RHC Howard supported independent living through many professional roles.  His experiences include transitioning young adults with disabilities from school to adult life at the Center for Independent Living in Altoona, enhancing transportation services for people with disabilities at Blair Senior Services, Inc., and as an Independent Living Specialist at the Center for Independent Living in Altoona.

Howard has received comprehensive training in the Americans with Disability Act, Fair Housing Act, and Rehabilitation Act accessibility requirements.  He utilizes this knowledge frequently as an RHC providing technical assistance and training.

Howard has significant non-profit board and leadership experience. He currently serves as the President of the Board of the Directors for Improved Dwellings of Altoona and serves on the Boards of the Blair County Advisory Council to the PA Human Relations Commission and the Altoona Housing Authority Tenant Advisory Committee.  He graduated from the Blair County Leadership program in 1999 and participates in their Annual Diversity training for new members.

 


Julia Hoskins
Julia@sdhp.org
Region 10 – Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, and Perry

 


Brian Ambrose
Brian@sdhp.org
Region 11 – Berks, Lebanon, Northumberland, Schuylkill, Snyder, and Union

Brian began working for SDHP in May of 2017.  He is diligently learning about the counties in his Region and enjoys being an advocate for the aging and disabled population.

Prior to coming to SDHP, Brian was employed by a Community Action Agency as a Housing Specialist. His office was located out of The Northumberland County Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disabilities Services Department where Brian worked with the consumers and County Case workers on a one-on-one basis. Brian developed many programs for BH/IDS consumers and also reformed the county’s LHOT, which was defunct for several years.

Brian was a Case Manager for four years at Youth Build USA, a National Program for transitional aged youth ages 17-24. The individuals enrolled in this program worked toward earning their GED while learning a trade they could use upon graduation from the program. Brian was also a Group Therapist at a Partial Hospitalization Program for five years where he facilitated life skills curriculum to youth ages 5-18.

Upon graduation high school, Brian earned an Associate’s Degree in building Construction and Design from Penn College of Technology in Williamsport, Pa. After graduation, he began working for a local Building Supply in his home town of Mount Carmel, Pa. where he built and installed door and window units for customers.

After many years of working in the construction/carpentry business, Brian decided to return to school and earn a degree where he could focus on doing what he really enjoyed; working with and helping others in need. In the Spring of 2004, Brian earned his Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and Sociology from The Pennsylvania State University.

Brian currently lives in Pottsville with his wife Alicia and their daughter Lauren.

 


Samantha Vollrath
Samantha@sdhp.org
Region 12 – Chester, Lancaster, and York

Samantha joined SDHP in May 2017.  She first found her passion for a career in affordable housing as a housing caseworker, assisting individuals with mental health disorders overcome challenges and barriers to accessing housing within the community. It became clear to her that clients’ struggles were often a result of a lack of systemic opportunity, rather than personal failure. Samantha’s experiences have allowed her to determine ways to ease clients’ burdens by empowering them to connect with socially conscious landlords, navigate social services, and to find purpose in life.

Samantha went on to work for the Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership (LHOP), serving the community at a macro level, addressing issues that hindered her former clients from thriving. From providing education for tenants and landlords that bring value to all parties, to creating community conversations and events that serve as catalysts for positive change, it has always been important to Samantha to meet people where they are in life. As the Local Lead Agency for Lancaster County, Samantha managed LHOP’s 811 Project Rental Assistance efforts, ensuring efficient and effective use of governmental dollars and matching qualified individuals with disabilities to available housing.

Samantha’s experiences expanding housing opportunities for vulnerable populations, creating and maintaining relationships, and her fervent desire to bridge divides, all prepare her well to be a valuable addition to the Regional Housing Coordinator team.  Her ties to her region include her Great-Grandfather, George Coe, being a former Mayor of Lancaster City from 1962 to 1966.  She also loves to study maps.

 


Megan Bolin
Megan@sdhp.org
Region 13 – Bucks, Delaware, Lehigh, and Montgomery

Megan Bolin joined SDHP in February 2018 with over fifteen years experience managing nonprofit housing and legal assistance programs serving seniors and individuals with disabilities in Delaware and Pennsylvania.

Prior to joining SDHP, Megan worked for the Housing Equality Center of Pennsylvania where she managed fair housing compliance investigations and technical assistance programs. In that role, she helped consumers with fair housing issues and evaluated new construction communities for accessibility compliance. Since 2005, she has conducted over 250 training programs for landlords, housing programs, government officials, and consumers.

Megan has also held positions managing data for a public health agency and implementing outreach, marketing, and fundraising activities for a legal services nonprofit. She has a bachelor degree in communications and a graduate degree in nonprofit management. Additionally, Megan is passionate about utilizing technology, communications, and evaluation to amplify nonprofit impact. Throughout her career, she’s executed a myriad of nonprofit communications and organizational initiatives including website design, digital marketing, branding, and strategic planning.

Megan lives in Delaware County with her husband and daughter.

 


Brooke Schipporeit
Brooke@sdhp.org
Region 14 – Philadelphia

Brooke became the RHC for Region 14 after earning her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Pennsylvania in May 2016. She completed her field placement with the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania.

During her time at the Housing Alliance, Brooke participated in organizing advocacy efforts for the successful campaigns to expand the State’s Housing Trust Fund statewide and to end federal sequestration. She also assisted with writing a successful funding proposal to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, securing funding for a Coordinated Entry System for the Eastern Pennsylvania Continuum of Care, and helped launch HomeHUB, a one-stop information shop for homeownership professionals.

In addition, she has spent time examining policies that could help people with low incomes benefit from growth in the housing market by building inclusive communities. Her research paper “The Need for Inclusive Communitieswas published in the School of Social Policy and Practice’s Collectivist Journal inaugural edition.

Prior to relocating to Pennsylvania for school, Brooke earned her Bachelor of Social Work degree from Nebraska Wesleyan University while working as a DHS Respite Care Provider, then spent time working as a Head Start Family Engagement Specialist and as a Women’s Advocate for a domestic violence emergency shelter in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Though Brooke is from rural Nebraska, she is passionate about working with communities in urban settings and collaborating to solve intersecting issues faced in the housing and social service worlds.

Brooke lives in Philadelphia with her husband and dog.