Staff

Sim Wimbush

Sim Wimbush

Executive Director

Sim joined the Virginia Housing Alliance as Executive Director in January 2016. Prior to VHA, Sim served as the Associate Director of Housing Development for the Virginia Veteran and Family Support at the Virginia Department of Veterans Services (DVS). In this position, she was co-lead in providing statewide and regional coordination and technical assistance on veteran housing resources and housing policy in Virginia. Additionally, Sim brings to VHA a strong knowledge of Medicaid home and community based services having served as the division of Long Term Care’s subject matter expert on person centered service planning and community integration at the Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS). Sim has acquired several years of professional experience from the non-profit sector in conducting community based advocacy, providing case management and crisis intervention services, as well as developing and maintaining interdisciplinary partnerships. Sim holds her Masters of Social Work from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Grinnell College. Contact Sim at swimbush@vahousingalliance.org.
Amanda Alston

Amanda Alston

AmeriCorps VISTA Leader

Amanda holds a Bachelor of Social Work from Elizabeth City State University. After graduating, she served with South Carolina Campus Compact at Newbery College. During her year of service, Amanda acted as the liaison for Newberry College students and key community stakeholders to build the capacity of programs that engaged volunteers in anti-poverty service opportunities through partnership building and program and event development and facilitation. Amanda was also responsible for the recruiting, training, and management of volunteers. As an AmeriCorps VISTA member, she has also served as the Law-Related Education Coordinator with the New Jersey Law and Education Empowerment Project, a nonprofit college-bound program that serves low-income and first generation students. Hailing from North Carolina, Amanda prides herself on dedication, service, and community involvement. Amanda is thrilled to serve as the AmeriCorps VISTA Leader with the Virginia Housing Alliance and hopes to gain a better understanding of barriers vulnerable communities face in order to impact change throughout her career. Contact Amanda at aalston@vahousingalliance.org.
Emily Brown

Emily Brown

AmeriCorps Program Manager

Emily Brown is the AmeriCorps Program Manager at Virginia Housing Alliance where she is responsible for the oversight of the organization's AmeriCorps VISTA members' work across the state of Virginia. Emily previously worked in Washington, DC with a focus on education. She worked as Program Coordinator at New Futures where she worked in youth development, alumni engagement, and fundraising all with the goal of empowering students to access and succeed in post-secondary programs. Before her time with New Futures, Emily was an AmeriCorps member working with national non-profit, Playworks. At Playworks, Emily worked to improve the health and well-being of students by increasing opportunities for physical activity and safe, meaningful play.​ Emily is a graduate of Appalachian State University and holds a BA in Health Promotion. Contact Emily at ebrown@vahousingalliance.org.
Quincy Dodge

Quincy Dodge

Energy Efficiency Intern

Quincy Dodge is the energy efficiency intern for the Virginia Housing Alliance where she is responsible for providing support for the Multifamily Energy Efficiency Coalition; attending relevant public meetings on efficiency, energy, and carbon reduction; advancing the Virginia Housing Alliance’s policy initiatives; and researching and tracking energy efficiency programs serving the state’s affordable multifamily housing stock. Prior to joining the VHA, Quincy interned at the Virginia Sierra Club, where she managed the nonprofit’s social media presence and community outreach efforts. Quincy has a Bachelor of Science in Urban and Regional Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University. Contact Quincy at qdodge@vahousingalliance.org.
Monica Lauw

Monica Lauw

Director of Resource Development and Communications

Monica Lauw is the Director of Resource Development and Communications at the Virginia Housing Alliance where she is responsible for creating the organization’s resource development and communication strategies, developing and maintaining relationships with current and prospective members, and managing the organization’s major events. Prior to VHA, Monica worked for the Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority (SCIDpda), a community development organization that works to preserve and develop Seattle's Chinatown International District as a vibrant community and unique ethnic neighborhood, where she supported the organization’s development, communication, and event planning activities. Monica holds a Master of Arts in English and Graduate Certificate in Folklore Studies from George Mason University and a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing and Spanish from Virginia Tech. Contact Monica at mlauw@vahousingalliance.org.
Zack Miller

Zack Miller

Director of Policy

Zack Miller is the Director of Policy for the Virginia Housing Alliance where he is responsible for the creation, maintenance, and furtherance of the Virginia Housing Alliance’s legislative agenda, working with the legislative committee, Alliance members, the Board of Directors, and the Leadership Council to form policy positions and priorities for the Alliance. Previously, he worked for HDAdvisors since 2012 primarily on federal and State legislative issues for the Virginia Housing Coalition. Prior to working for HD Advisors, Zack worked for EarthCraft Virginia from 2009 to 2012, an organization that administers a residential green building program throughout the State. Zack Holds a BA in Environmental Studies and International Relations from The College of William and Mary, and is known to occasionally pull out a mandolin or fiddle at housing events. Contact Zack at zmiller@vahousingalliance.org.
Hunter Snellings

Hunter Snellings

Director of Programs

Hunter Snellings is Director of Programs for the Virginia Housing Alliance where he is responsible for oversight of the organization’s efforts to assist service providers and communities to transition to evidence-based practices. He also provides technical assistance to communities on aligning with federal and state requirements. Hunter comes to the Alliance with community development and Continuum of Care (CoC) leadership experience at the local and regional level. In this role, he led the region in planning, capacity building, and system design for the Fredericksburg Regional CoC, as well as initiatives to sustain and expand the City’s affordable housing stock. Hunter holds a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Commonwealth University, as well as a Bachelors of History from Christopher Newport University. Contact Hunter at hsnellings@vahousingalliance.org.