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EasyLiving Home Board Members

Teri Barker, Department of Medical Assistance Services

Bruce V. DeSimone joined the Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA) in December 2006 and is a Senior Community Housing Officer specializing in multifamily housing underwriting, seniors and disabilities housing issues, and rural community development. Before joining VHDA, Bruce created and managed a housing department for a regional agency on aging. His experience also includes a HUD management internship, single-family mortgage underwriting and origination, real estate appraising, environmental and land use planning, and project management. Bruce earned a Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from Rutgers University, is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, and is certified as a Housing Development Finance Professional by the National Development Council.

 

 

Sylvia Hallock is a native of Princess Anne County, Virginia.  In her first career, she served twenty-seven years in education at the secondary level in Virginia Beach City Public Schools and higher education at Old Dominion University.

Sylvia began her second career with Habitat for Humanity in 1991 as the first executive director and first staff person for the South Hampton Roads affiliate.  During her tenure the affiliate grew from building one house per year to become one of the top producing Habitat affiliates in the nation.  In 2005, Sylvia became the first executive director of Habitat for Humanity Virginia, a state organization whose mission is to provide funding and organizational support to the fifty-one affiliates across the Commonwealth.  Sylvia retired from the state executive director position in 2009.

In 2010, she was inducted into the Affordable Housing Hall of Fame by the Virginia Housing Coalition after serving on their board for six years.  She currently serves on boards of directors of two leading state housing organizations as president of EarthCraft Virginia and a member of the board of EasyLiving Homes.

Heidi Lawyer, Virginia Board for People with Disabilities

Randy Rinehart, Rinehart Custom Homes

Ronald Styles had a long career with IBM and Bank of America. After retiring, he began volunteering with AARP as a Community Coordinator. His volunteer efforts with AARP have led him to serve as a Representative Payee through the Social Security Administration with Senior Connections, the Capital Area Agency on Aging. He has also volunteered with the Virginia Coalition for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (VCPEA). Ron acted as a caregiver for both his mother- in- law and his father prior to their deaths, which gave him first hand knowledge of what elders need to make life more livable. He was involved with the initial introduction of EasyLiving Home to Virginia and also participates in AARP’s speaker bureau for Home Fit.

 

 

Stephen Thomas, President of Stephen Thomas Homes, has been building homes in the Richmond area since 1979. He founded his company after graduating from Virginia Tech and working as a carpenter in the construction business during the summers. Stephen has served as President of the Home Building Association of Richmond and received the Builder of the Year award from the Home Builders Association of Virginia in 2009. The emphasis of Stephen Thomas Homes is building accessible homes and modifying existing homes for those who have mobility issues or who just want to be able to “Age in Place”. In 2008 Stephen Thomas Homes built the 1st certified “EasyLiving Home” in the Commonwealth of Virginia. He continues to promote accessible housing through his work and by serving as President of the non-profit organization EasyLiving Home here in Virginia.

 

Mike Toalson, Home Builders Association of Virginia

Kathleen Vaughan is the No Wrong Door Coordinator at the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS). Ms. Vaughan holds a Masters degree in Public Policy from Regent University, and a Bachelors Degree in Government from the University of Texas at Austin. Originally born and raised in Texas, Ms. Vaughan now resides in Richmond, where she has held several appointed positions in state government. Motivated by a passion for human rights, Ms. Vaughan has dedicated her life to advocacy and public service. Prior to joining DARS, Ms. Vaughan participated in self-advocacy leadership at the Partnership for People with Disabilities, working on health promotion, self-advocacy community mobilization and mentoring programs. A Member of the Community Living and Transportation Committee, Ms. Vaughan serves on the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities as the DARS agency designee.

 

Jane Ward- Solomon is the director of Rehabilitation Teaching and Independent Living at the Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI).  Ms. Ward-Solomon holds a Masters degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hollins University near Roanoke, Virginia, and is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC).  A lifelong Virginian, she was raised in the Roanoke Valley and now resides in the Richmond area, where she has worked in state government for over 35 years.  Inspired by her vision for human rights and equality, Ms. Ward-Solomon has dedicated her life to rehabilitation and public service.  She has served as the treasurer for EasyLiving Home since 2008.