The Housing Authority of the County of Chester currently has twenty employees. They are involved in the management of the Housing Choice Voucher Program; the Public Housing Program, including staff at the sites; and the Executive/Administrative staff, including Finance and Human Relations.
Dale P. Gravett is the Executive Director. He began his tenure at the Authority in September 2010, bringing in-depth knowledge of HUD rules & regulations, HCVP, PH, and Finance. Since his arrival, he has implemented substantial improvements in organization, program areas, employee relations and the Authority's relationship with the wider community
Debra Johnson is the Director of Administration. She joined the Authority in May 2010, bringing 22 years of management experience. Prior to her arrival, there was no separate HR function and she has successfully created a department that responds to management and employee needs.
Kathy J. Kline is the Deputy Executive Director. She has been with the Authority for 20 years, and has been responsible for different functions, including the HOPE VI program, the Housing Choice Voucher Program, and the various LIHTC projects. As Deputy, she is responsible for the Finance Department as well as assisting the Executive Director with the overall management of the Authority.
Brenda Gomez is the Director of HCVP, having joined the Authority as a housing specialist. She oversees the staff of 5 Housing Specialist.
John Kostyal is Director of Asset Management. He oversees the work of Site Managers and maintenance staff and is also responsible for Anti-Fraud activities for both the PH and the HCVP programs.
Robin Senss is the Director of Supportive Services and Special Programs. She joined the Authority in 2014 as Housing Locator. Since 2015 Robin oversees three programs with three full-time staff and 2-3 social work interns from West Chester University.
The Housing Authority of the County of Chester is governed by a five-member Board of Commissioners. Each Board member is appointed by the County of Chester's Commissioners. Commissioners receive no compensation, however they are entitled to reimbursement of expenses incurred for being a Board member. Officers of the Board are elected each year at the first meeting of the calendar year.
Pat Bokovitz is the Director of Chester County's Department of Community Development. He brings extensive knowledge about the issues facing low and middle income residents of the County and of the programs available to assist them, such as housing, employment, transportation, job training, and education.
Carol Ann Thomas is the resident member of the Board. She has resided at the Authority's "Church St. Towers" development for many years. She also is the president of the Resident Council.
Sandra Simmons holds a Master in Social Work and is the Lead Equal Employment Opportunity Manager with the Department of Veterans' Affairs Medical Center in Coatesville, PA. In this position she is responsible for EEO activities at this VA Medical Center and also provides guidance to four other Medical Centers in the PA/NJ/DE region.
Marjorie Arias, recently appointed to the Board, is Coordinator of the Dental/Vision Program of the Phoenixville Healthcare Access Foundation. Throughout her career, she has focused on services and advocacy for children and families. She holds a law degree from University, Bogota Colombia.
Theodore F. Claypoole, a partner of Unruh Turner Burke & Frees, primarily represents businesses, tax-exempt entities, lending institutions, and commercial and residential real estate developers and landlords. Mr. Claypoole is active in his community, presently serving as a member of the Historic Commission for West Brandywine Township and previously serving as Chairman of the Planning Commission for Sadsbury Township and as a member on the Township's Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance Committee, Act 209 Study Committee, Zoning Ordinance Committee, and the Pennsylvania Bar Association LLC Standard Forms Task Force
Shannon Yoder is the site manager for two sites: Oxford Terrace in Oxford, and King Terrace in Phoenixville.
Melissa Hill is the site manager for the three developments in West Chester: Church St. Towers, Maple & Spruce Courts, and Locust Courts.
The Authority's Housing Specialists are responsible for annual & interim recertifications, ensuring inspections are done, and working with the landlords.
Brenda Bolt is the Accounting Clerk. She joined the Authority October 2010, bringing strong accounting and organizational skills to the Accounting Department.
Finance Officer II
FSS & Homeownership Coordinator
Housing Case Manager