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.

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 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.

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.

Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8)

Ashley Moses, Erin McNeal, Lora Gibbs, Porsha Johnson, Shaun Trombetta

The Authority's Housing Specialists are responsible for annual & interim recertifications, ensuring inspections are done, and working with the landlords.

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.

Supportive Services Programs

Ashley Plasha

Director of Homeless Prevention Programs

Shaneakia Jefferson

FSS & Homeownership Coordinator

Maya Lawson

Rapid Re-Housing Specialist

Steve Wayock

Director of Special Programs