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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Director of Membership and Communications
Rachel Bates is the Director of Membership and Communications for the Virginia Housing Alliance where she is responsible for implementing the organization’s communication strategy, developing and maintaining relationships with members and potential members, managing events and conferences and coordinating the VA HELP (Housing Education Learning Partnership) Center. She previously worked for Housing and Development Advisors where she provided support for the Virginia Housing Coalition and Housing Virginia. Prior to joining HD Advisors, she managed the outreach and housing workgroups for Piedmont Together, a HUD funded sustainable communities regional planning project covering the Piedmont Triad of North Carolina. Rachel was first introduced to the housing and community development field while serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA for the Forsyth County Department of Housing in North Carolina. Rachel is a graduate of Wake Forest University and holds a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from VCU. Contact Rachel at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Administrative and Training Coordinator
Casey Natale is the Administrative and Training Coordinator for the Virginia Housing Alliance where she is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with the organizations members and sponsors, the management of statewide training events attended by VHA members and partners, and providing general administrative support for VHA staff. She previously worked with the Richmond City Justice Center where she worked with incarcerated individuals in the centers recovery program. Working with this population and seeing firsthand the lack of affordable housing for previously incarcerated individuals re-entering into society led to her interest in housing and homelessness prevention. Her passion lies in policy work, advocacy, and community development. Casey is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University and holds a Bachelor of Social Work. Contact Casey at email@example.com
AmeriCorps VISTA Team Leader
Zak relocated to Richmond from Chandler, AZ to serve as the VHA VISTA Leader. He focuses on supporting the cohort of VHA VISTA Members across the Commonwealth. He received a Certificate in Audio Production from East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT) in Mesa, AZ, in 2014. At EVIT, he worked as an assistant engineer and on-air radio personality for Pulse Radio. After that, he served with AmeriCorps NCCC out of the Sacramento, CA campus where he did work ranging from mentoring youth in South Central Los Angeles to trail work in Auberry, CA. During the past year, Zak served as an AmeriCorps Public Ally and was placed with the Arizona Coalition to End Homelessness (AZCEH) as the Training Support Specialist. Contact Zak at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.