Staff and Board

Executive Staff

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 Gravett, Executive Director

Dale Gravett

Executive Director

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

Debra Johnson

Director of Administration

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.

Brenda Gomez

Brenda Gomez

Director of HCVP

Brenda Gomez is the Director of HCVP, having joined the Authority as a housing specialist. She oversees the staff of 5 Housing Specialist.

Tyrone Wallace

Tyrone Wallace

Director of Finance

Tyrone Wallace is the Director of Finance, who oversees the organization's general accounting functions and reporting. Tyrone is also charged with monitoring and enforcing internal control policies and procedures.

Donna Maccari

Donna Maccari

Director of Public Housing

Donna Maccari is the Director of Public Housing. She joined the Authority as a Site Manager. She oversees 3 Sites and a staff of 2 site managers and 4 Maintenance Mechanics.

Danielle Dorais

Danielle Dorais

Director of Community Choice Demonstration Program

The Commmunity Choice Demonstration program is a new Housing Choice Voucher program featuring nine public housing authorities across the country. The Housing Authority of the County of Chester, along with its partner agency, Chester City Housing Authority, was chosen to particpate in this project. The Community Choice Demonstration program is a seven-year research study designed to provide families with children increased access to housing in areas with better opportunities for education and other community resources. The Community Choice Demonstration program staff will provide housing related services to the particpating families by removing financial and logistical barriers, landlord engagement, and offering pre- and post-move counseling and other supportive services.

Nova Adams

Nova Adams

Director of Housing Services

Nova Adams is the Director of Housing Services overseeing the Housing Locator, Rapid Rehousing, and Housing Locator Case Management programs. She joined the Housing Authority in November 2020, bringing in 19 years of social services and management experience.

Board of Commissioners

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

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

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

Sandra F. Simmons is a Master Degree, licensed, clinical, Social Worker and is the CEO of INsight Resources, a diversity training and consulting firm. She is also the President of Women's League for Minority Education, a non-profit organization, which encourage attendance and provides support to strengthen HBCU's in Chester County. This organization also provides college scholarships to some of the best and brightest high school graduates in Chester County. She retired from the VA Medical Center where she served as the Lead, Equal Employment Opportunity Manager, responsible for the diversity and inclusion program at the Coatesville VA Medical Center and the ten other medical centers in the Veteran Integrated Service Network, located in NJ/ PA and DE.

Theodore Claypoole

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.

Louis J. Beccaria, Ph.D.

Louis J. Beccaria, Ph.D. is a graduate of LaSalle College with a B.A. degree in social science education. He also holds a M.Ed. in social science education and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Urban Affairs & Public Policy - all from the University of Delaware. Professionally, Dr. Beccaria has a comprehensive professional background that includes successful experience in criminal, juvenile justice, and human service administration, as well as program development, fundraising, and philanthropy. Dr. Beccaria has over 48 years of professional experience spanning senior positions in criminal justice, health and human services, and higher education fund development; 30 years of over his more than four-decade professional life has been in the philanthropy arena. Currently, he is recently retired from 21 years as the President & CEO of the Phoenixville Community Health Foundation - a health conversion philanthropy. Dr. Beccaria's previous philanthropy experience was as the President & CEO of the Stewart Huston Charitable Trust and as a Program Manager with the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Public Housing / Asset Management Staff

Donna Maccari

Donna Maccari is the Director of Public Housing.

Joanne Murtha

Joanne Murtha is the site manager for two developments in Phoenixville: King Terrace and Oxford: Oxford Terrace.

Daren Lighty, Nate Resine, Robert Geren, Russell Witman

Maintenance

Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8)

Ashley Moses

Senior Housing Specialist

Lora Gibbs

Intake Specialist

Porsha Johnson

Project Base Specialist

Maria Smalls

Case Management Housing Specialist

Ashley Nelson

Housing Specialist

Janelle Wallick

Housing Specialist

Jordan Angst

Quality Control Specialist

Finance & Accounting

Tyrone Wallace, Jr.

Director of Finance

Brenda Bolt

Brenda Bolt is the Procurement Officer. She joined the Authority October 2010, bringing strong accounting and organizational skills to the Accounting Department.

Chenoa Ballantine

Account Clerk

Housing Agency Services

Nova Adams

Director of Housing Agency Services

Marcia Griffy

Housing Locator Case Manager

Patience Marcus

Housing Locator

Katie Dempsey

Housing Locator

Meriel Schutkofsky

Rapid Re-Housing Specialist

Special Programs

Steven Wayock

Director of Special Programs

Susie Thompson

VASH Coordinator

Ashley Windham

Data Entry Specialist

Ann Marie Barr

Ross Coordinator

Verna Lindsay

Senior Prevention Specialist

Kathleen Carter

VASH Clerk