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Housing Families First Announces Seven New Board Members

Housing Families First is proud to announce the appointment of seven new members to its board of directors, as well as the full slate of officers and board members for 2020-2021.

Joining the board of directors are Cinnamon Baker, Jovan Burton, Harvey Chambers, Lauren Leggett, Patricia Perry, Altise Street, and Tim Timmons.

“As Housing Families First seeks to move forward into the future, we have onboarded seven new board members. Each board member brings not only a skill set, but an ability to fully embrace the mission and vision of Housing Families First. I am honored to work alongside a great group of board members who assist to ensure the legacies of families are implemented through housing,” says Board President Kelly Evans.

Cinnamon Baker serves as Williams Mullen’s Director of Talent Management. Baker has more than a decade of experience in recruiting, mentoring, and client service, having worked at law schools’ career service departments dedicated to building relationships with students, alumni, and employers. Prior to joining Williams Mullen, Baker worked at the William & Mary Law School, where she served as assistant dean for employer relations. Baker earned her Professional in Human Resources Certification (PHR) from the Human Resources Certification Institute in June 2012. She also graduated with a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Dayton School of Law in 2004 and received her B.F.A. from Florida State University in 1994. She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management.

Jovan D. Burton, Director of Implementation at Partnership for Housing Affordability, joins the board of directors as outgoing president of the Housing Families First Junior Board. Prior to his current position, Burton served as a tax credit allocation coordinator with Virginia Housing (formerly Virginia Housing Development Authority). Burton received his Bachelor of Arts in foreign affairs from Hamden-Sydney College in 2017, and he is currently enrolled in the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at VCU completing coursework towards a Master of Public Administration degree. Burton also currently serves on Mayor Levar Stoney’s Eviction Task Force Policy Subgroup and the Longevity Task Force for the Longevity Project for a Greater Richmond.

Harvey Chambers is a Community Relations Consultant with Anthem, Inc. Virginia Medicaid Sales & Marketing. In 1982, he received his Bachelor of Science degree in mass communications from Virginia Commonwealth University. Chambers holds the designation of Certified Senior Advisor (CSA), has earned a certificate as a Lay Health Promoter (LHP), and is a licensed Health, Life, and Annuity, and Property and Casualty agent by the Commonwealth of Virginia Bureau of Insurance. On July 1, 2020, Chambers was appointed by the Commonwealth of Virginia Senate Rules Committee to serve with the Commonwealth Council on Aging. He also serves as a board member for Virginia Ability, Vice President of Mountain Road Townes Homes Owners Association, and as a member of Senior Connections, The Capital Area Agency on Aging (SC/CAAA) Advisory Council. He is also a member of the Area Planning and Services Committee (APSC) on Aging with Lifelong Disabilities in Greater Richmond, Central Virginia Task Force on Domestic Violence in Later Life, and the Virginia Caregiver Coalition.

Lauren Leggett, Analyst at CarMax, joins the board as an outgoing member of the Housing Families First Junior Board. Leggett received a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies in communication and technology from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2002. Leggett is a member of the Junior League of Richmond and also serves as a board member of Ten Thousand Villages, a Project Leader & Volunteer with HandsOn/Doorways, and an advocate and volunteer with Safe Harbor.

Patricia Perry serves as Assistant Vice President for the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. Perry received a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Hampton University, a Master of Business Administration from the College of William and Mary, and she attended the Graduate Banking School at the University of Colorado. Perry also serves as the president of the Richmond Chapter of the National Hampton Alumni Association and a trustee of Westwood Baptist Church.

Altise Street is the Richmond/Southside Outreach Manager for 2-1-1 Virginia, where she works to improve community knowledge, establish and increase utilization of the service, and serves as a liaison with community stakeholders. Street studied business at Virginia Commonwealth University and obtained her Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. 

Tim Timmons joins the Housing Families First Board of Directors as the Enrollment Coordinator at Cristo Rey. Timmons is a graduate of Richmond Community High School and Howard University in Washington, DC, and he is a current graduate student in urban curriculum and education at Virginia Union University. Along with his role at Cristo Rey, Timmons is the youth minister and social justice co-chair at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, located in Richmond’s historic Highland Park Neighborhood.

These new directors join the following slate of current Officers and Directors: Kelly Evans, president; Emily Jasper, vice president; Kathy Burke, secretary; Wayne Lee, treasurer; Sarah Brockwell, immediate past president; Sara Blose; Timothy Borchert; J. Benjamin English; Monica Lucas; Becky McNeer; Will Melton; Elizabeth Nice; Tameka Webb, and Mary Beth Yates.