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Housing Vermont Welcomes New Staff Members, Announces Promotions and an Appointment to the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

Housing Vermont’s committed and knowledgeable staff, along with its passionate board of directors, continues to drive the organization to learn and adapt. Over the last few months, we have welcomed new staff members and promoted other long-time members – expanding scopes of responsibilities, establishing a new division of Community Relations and Communications and creating a new Director of Project Management position.

“Hiring Lisa Patlis as Director of Community Relations gives us new capacity to expand and deepen our support for low income people and communities,” said Nancy Owens, President of Housing Vermont. Lisa joins Housing Vermont with a wealth of community development and communications experience. Lisa began her career in politics and policy – serving as Senior Advisor to HUD-Cabinet Secretary Andrew Cuomo in D.C.  Over the years, Lisa worked on a wide variety of mission-driven initiatives including SVP for Strategy and Communications for One Economy Corporation, working to provide vital online information and broadband access to underserved low income communities. Lisa also managed and directed a consulting firm providing strategic communications services to nonprofit and corporate clients. Lisa is a founding board member of Emerge America and serves on the Board of Advisors for  Emerge Vermont; she can usually be found practicing yoga or tending to her chickens in her spare time.

Sara Santor has been promoted to Communications Coordinator, working with the Director of Community Relations on events, advocacy, marketing and PR. A long-time valued staff member, Sara joined Housing Vermont in 2008 as an executive assistant. Prior to joining Housing Vermont, Sara worked in banking and finance. “Having served in key administrative roles at HVT for the previous ten years, Sara brings a wealth of experience to her new position and together Lisa and Sara make a great team,” remarked Nancy Owens.

“We are excited to have Kathy Hernandez join the Finance and Administration team as Corporate Secretary and Senior Administrative Coordinator. Kathy’s incredible skill set will be a great asset for Housing Vermont,” said Janet Spitler, Vice President for Finance. Kathy will work closely with our boards of directors and senior staff, manage corporate documents, provide technology support and assist with HR administration. Before joining Housing Vermont Kathy spent 20 years as a legal administrative assistant in Manhattan, relocating to Vermont in 2017. Kathy serves on the board of the Vermont Reiki Association and can sometimes be found at the Burlington farmer’s market offering her organic vegan cookies.

Sue Cobb has been promoted to a newly created position, Director of Project Management. As Director, Sue will supervise the project managers, provide coordination between the PMs, asset management and energy services, and continue to foster our learning environment among the development staff and housing partners. “Sue brings 28 years of experience as a project manager to this position, and she continues to look for how we can be better at our work. She leads a very strong team of project managers who are a tremendous asset to Housing Vermont,” said Kathy Beyer, Vice President for Development.

Boston Fed Announces New Members of 2019 Community Development Advisory Council

Housing Vermont is proud to announce that HVT President, Nancy Owens is a newly appointed member of the  Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s Community Development Advisory Council. “The Community Development Advisory Council brings together thought leaders from community development organizations in New England that help the Bank support efforts in the region,” said Eric S. Rosengren, president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. “I’m ecstatic to kick off a new year and welcome the new members to the Council.” “I am excited to join the team at the Boston Federal Reserve Bank, we share many of the same concerns with our neighboring states and so it’s productive to discuss everyone’s work to improve the economic health of low income people,” said Owens.