Region 1 – Erie, Crawford, Mercer, Venango, Lawrence and Butler
Kevin joined SDHP in January, 2015 as RHC for Erie, Crawford, Mercer, Venango, Lawrence and Butler Counties. Prior to joining SDHP, Kevin has worked in the field of Assistive Technology and Home modifications field for over 25 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.
Region 2 – Warren, McKean, Potter, Forest, Elk, Cameron, Clarion and Jefferson
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.
Region 3 – Tioga, Bradford, Susquehanna, Clinton, Lycoming, Sullivan, Columbia and Montour
An RHC since 2007, Jim has experience with a wide range of social service agencies makes him acutely aware of the need for affordable accessible housing options in rural Pennsylvania.
He graduated from Bloomsburg University and attended the University Of South Carolina School Of Law.
For 33 years he was the Child Protective Service Supervisor for Bradford County Children Services. For 2 ½ years he was the Adult Protective Service Supervisor for BSST/AAA. He was formerly on the Board of Directors for the Housing Alliance of PA and is currently on the Board of Directors for Futures Community Support Services. He was the recipient of the Catherine Williams Award from the North East PA Center for Independent Living. This is awarded to “Individuals who Live the Spirit of the ADA.”
Region 3 is in the heart of the Marcellus Shale Gas formation and has experienced many changes in the affordable housing market. As RHC, Mr. Meehan worked closely with regional affordable housing providers and state elected officials (testifying at two State Senate hearings) to encourage passage of the State Housing Trust Fund legislation. Once this legislation was funded by the Local Natural Gas Impact Fee, Mr. Meehan has provided ongoing technical assistance to regional nonprofits to apply for and receive PHARE funding for many programs which have increased housing options in Region 3 for seniors and people with disabilities. Mr. Meehan worked closely with PHFA and Lycoming College to fund and create the first Affordable Housing Study to focus entirely on affordable housing in the Marcellus Shale Region.
Mr. Meehan has partnered with various nonprofit groups in Region 3 to plan and facilitate several regional events which provided educational and partnering opportunities for groups and individuals who work to create more affordable accessible housing options for seniors and people with disabilities.
Region 4 – Wyoming, Wayne, Lackawanna, Pike, Luzerne, Monroe and Carbon
Rory became Region 4’s RHC beginning October 2015.
Rory brings to the RHC program an extensive background of a decade in housing and services. In the past, he has worked diligently to find housing for people with disabilities living in northeastern Pennsylvania. Prior to SDHP, Rory was employed by the Northeast PA Center for Independent Living. His experiences while there have included grant writing for special projects most notably for their Autism Program as well as assisting family and people with disabilities to find affordable and accessible housing. His history in working in the disabilities and housing field will be an asset to SDHP and Region 4.
Rory holds an M.A. and B.A. from the University of Scranton. He is also an Adjunct Professor of English at that institution as well as Lackawanna College and Luzerne County Community College.
Rory lives in Northeastern PA with his wife. He enjoys theatre and acting.
Region 5 – Beaver, Allegheny, Westmoreland, Washington, Greene and Fayette
Ashley has been the RHC for Region 5 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.
Region 6 – Armstrong, Indiana, Cambria, Blair, Somerset, Bedford and Fulton
Howard has been an RHC for over seven 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.
Region 7 – Clearfield, Cenre, Huntingdon, Mifflin, Juniata, Snyder, Union, and Northumberland
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 the Region 7 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 as a program manager in the Nursing Home Transition Program for five years.
Angela has a son who is currently serving as a United States Marine and a daughter attending Penn State.
Region 8 – Perry, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Adams and York
As Region 8’s RHC, Beth is a resource and advocate for affordable and accessible housing for people with physical disabilities and older adults.
Prior to her current work as an RHC, Beth was an Urban Planner for the City of Harrisburg for over seven years. Her professional focus while with the City was historic preservation planning and accessibility in historic residential and commercial buildings throughout the City. Beth’s interest in how architecture impacts individual lives lead her to further focus her career on how society can better serve all members of communities despite age or ability leading to her current role as an RHC with SDHP.
Beth currently serves of the Boards of the Cumberland County Affordable Housing Trust Fund, Affordable Housing Associates of Dauphin County, Mohn Street Affordable Housing, and the South Central Assembly.
Beth is originally from Wisconsin. She received her Bachelors Degree from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, with additional graduate work at the University of Wisconsin and University of Oregon. She earned her Master’s Degree in Historic Preservation from Goucher College in 2007. Beth lives in Camp Hill with her husband and two young sons.
Region 9 – Berks, Chester, Lancaster, Lebanon, and Schuylkill
Region 10 – Lehigh, Northampton, Bucks, Montgomery and Delaware
Jeff joined SDHP with over 10 years of non-profit experience in the areas of affordable housing development, homeless services, and community development around the country prior to becoming the RHC for Region 10. As an RHC, Jeff enjoys working with stakeholders from Delaware, Montgomery, Bucks, Northampton, and Lehigh Counties to promote independence in housing for people with disabilities and older adults.
Prior to relocating back to Montgomery County, Jeff served as the Housing & Economic Development Director for a small non-profit that worked closely with the residents of the Emerson Park section of East St. Louis, IL. Together they worked to revitalize the neighborhood through multi-family and single family housing development while working with the local government to make infrastructure improvements that improved livability. In Austin, TX, Jeff developed and implemented one of the first pilot projects in the state using the “Rapid Re-Housing” model, an evidence based practice for moving families and individuals quickly out of shelters and into permanent housing.
Jeff is a Certified NeighborWorks Housing Counselor and Credit Counselor and has experience working with Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, CDBG, and HOME funding. He is also a prolific grant writer, having applied and been awarded over $2 million in public and private grants for the organizations he serves.
Region 11 – Philadelphia
Brooke became the RHC for Region 11 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 Communities” was 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.