BOARD & STAFF
Don Stephens - President, general representative, Salida (until 2021)
Natural Habitats - Project Manager
Don has worked in a wide variety of professions and has a degree in Natural Resource management. Don has served as chair of the Salida Planning Commission and Mayor of the City of Salida. Don's current job as a project manager for a major developer in Salida.
Ken Matthews - Vice-President, general representative, Salida (until 2022)
A recent arrival to our community, Ken has chosen to dedicate his energy and passion to an organization that he sees as essential to the integrity of our community. He brings his professional legal expertise as well as a keen interest in local housing policy. Ken is a great asset for the CHT working with our land-lease and other critical legal documents, as well as public interaction with elected officials.
Greg Follet - Treasurer, government representative, Salida (until 2021)
Fish Builders - Owner
With a degree in construction management and over 25 years of experience, Greg has established himself as a quality home builder using innovative green and sustainable construction techniques. Greg was recently President of Chaffee County Homebuilders Association and currently serves on the Salida Planning Commission. He is a founding member of the CHT Board (2007).
Keith Baker - government representative, Buena Vista (until 2023)
Retired US Navy Commander, current County Commissioner
Keith's recent election to County Commissioner prompted him to volunteer to bring a government perspective to the CHT as he campaigned on affordable housing as a top issue. His experience as a small business owner and Trustee with the Town of Buena Vista also informs his views.
Rebecca Hinds - low-income representative, Buena Vista (until 2023)
Mortgage-Backed Securities Analyst
A Colorado native, Rebecca moved to the area in 2010. She has worked in residential finance on a national level for 25 years, taught Mortgage Fraud and Foreclosure Prevention seminars, and the required 40-hour course for Colorado Mortgage Brokers. Her contacts and expertise are essential. Her passion for raising awareness of the issues facing the housing and lending markets is invaluable.
John Goetz - CHT homeowner representative, Salida (until 2022)
Affordable homeowner, School Teacher
John and his family of five became one of the first residents of the Old Stage Road Rowhouse affordable housing development in Salida upon its completion in 2019. John works for the Salida Public Schools and acts as a low-income representative for the organization.
Alex Restrepo - CHT homeowner representative, Salida (until 2023)
Pure Greens - Lead Production Technician
Alex worked in multiple restaurants in Salida with quite the following of loyal customers. Her dream was to own her home, now realized. Her advocacy for affordable home ownership is fierce, as is her Colombian-American pride. She brings the lived experience of making this community her own.
Christine Engle - CHT homeowner representative, Salida (until 2021)
Salida Family Medicine - Administrator
Christine’s goal of providing her son with a place to call home in town was recently accomplished. Her awareness of the needs of local workforce compelled her to join the Board to see what she could do to give back by representing them.
Noah Sosin - government representative, Leadville, until 2021
Lake County Build a Generation - Resilient Lake County Manager
Noah works with the residents of Lake County’s manufactured home communities to foster civic engagement and empower the residents to advocate for their rights as tenants. He is also a co-facilitator of the Access to Care work group that strives to improve the conditions of healthcare access for all residents of the County. He has Masters degrees in Public Health and Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Colorado, Denver.
Retired teacher, former Salida City Council Member
Eileen has been involved in affordable housing dating back to the mid-80's. She participated in Colorado Springs Habitat for Humanity’s creation and their first home construction. Eileen was part of the original team that created Greccio Housing, serving on their Board of Directors for several years. As an elected official, Eileen championed affordable housing efforts in Salida and Chaffee County.
Cheryl Kovacic-Brown, Ph.D
Salida City Councilperson
Cheryl’s academic background as an education consultant, evaluator and New Mexico Public Education Department Director lends to her deep analysis of the issues. She has long been a supporter of affordable housing, having served on the County Land Use Roundtable and Salida Planning Commission before being elected to City Council where she continues to work for constituents who cannot afford current housing.
Realtor, retired Executive Director, Florida Home Partnership
As a 20-year veteran of a large-scale nonprofit affordable home ownership program, Earl knows the field, the lenders, and the policymakers. He brings decades of experience in the industry, a wealth of wisdom and a critical eye for detail. Currently, Earl is a part-time realtor, enjoying not being in charge.
Matt practices in the areas of real estate, civil litigation, municipal and local government, and probate and estate planning. He has worked with several small rural municipalities, bringing his experience and expertise to the CHT. When not working, you’ll find him outside enjoying the mountain life, often with his daughter.
FYI - UAACOG - Community Resource Navigator
A Community Resource Navigator for the UAACOG, Sarah provides low-income financial and educational counseling connecting families with resources and an incentive-based program that encourages families to reach goals that lead them towards self-sufficiency. Sarah joined the Board in 2011.
Read McCulloch - Executive Director
With 27 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, Read has worked in large national and small local organizations in a variety of capacities. He was an Echoing Green Fellow and obtained his mater's degree in Nonprofit Management from Regis University as a Colorado Trust Fellow. In 2008, Read led the creation and development of the Chaffee Housing Trust and has served as ED since.
Claudia Palzkill - Homeownership Program Manager
With over 10 years of hospitality experience in operations and human resources, Claudia brings a passion for customer service, training and personal development. Originally from Peru; Claudia lived in Jackson, WY from 2007 to 2018. Claudia’s interpretation and translation skills were a critical component of the management team as the main contact for all Spanish speaking clients. In 2018, Claudia and her husband embarked a once in a lifetime overland trip around Mexico and the United States. From all the places they visited, they fell in love with Buena Vista and Salida. They recently moved to the area and are excited to be part of the community. Claudia loves Peruvian food, hiking and camping in her Jeep Ruby.
Augustina Remedios - AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer
Augustina Remedios is an AmeriCorps VISTA, working with the Chaffee Housing Trust and Lake County Build a Generation. She has been living in Leadville for the past couple of years and will be using local knowledge to help the Chaffee Housing Trust build relationships with community partners so that we can cater programs to Lake County residents. With Lake County Build a Generation, she will be helping to facilitate the revitalization of the Leadville Housing authority. Augustina received her degree in City and Regional Planning from California Polytechnic State University and has been serving on Leadville’s Planning and Zoning Commission.
Christopher Norton - AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer
Christopher is an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer working with Chaffee Housing Trust, serving in the position as the Homeownership Program assistant. In his position he will help manage the community outreach efforts, aid in homeowner recruitment and help the staff expand their work as the organization continues to grow. Christopher graduated from American University with a degree in international studies and Spanish 2019 and is a returned Peace Corps volunteer who served in Paraguay
Rush Hassenstein – Project Manager
Rush grew up working in the trades, apprenticing at a young age under his father who was a general contractor specializing in Japanese style homes. After working his way through the University of California Rush returned to the trades and has a number of decades under his belt in remodel and new construction supervision. He will be our person keeping eyes on everything that happens at the job site.