Rachel Kogan, Training & Evaluation Specialist
Rachel began at AIDS Housing Corporation in April 1999, moving from a project manager to Associate Director for Training and Evaluation. At the Technical Assistance Program at VPI, she manages the online HOPWA- Best Practices trainings funded by the Office of HIV/AIDS at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development and oversees the TAP's work with the Residential Support Services unit at the Department of Public Health, Division of Infectious Diseases. She has designed and completed multiple outcome and qualitative evaluations of HIV supportive housing programs; overseen research into housing program operations, including assessments of program policies and procedures; conducted focus groups; and revised the Standards of Care for HIV Supportive Housing Programs in Massachusetts, Achieving Excellence. Rachel holds a Masters of Public Health from the University of Michigan.
Elizabeth Malloy, Program Director
Elizabeth joined Victory Programs in the summer of 2009 and oversees the Technical Assistance Program. Prior to coming to Victory Programs, Ms. Malloy was a Program Coordinator at the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) Division of Housing Development. In this role, she underwrote a variety of affordable housing proposals seeking funds through the LIHTC program, HUD Section 202, HUD Section 811, CDBG, HOME and various state bond-funded housing subsidies. In addition, Ms. Malloy was engaged in the capital spending planning process, managed contracts, disbursed funds, and provided technical assistance to developers and community members. Ms. Malloy also served as a Policy Analyst in the Office for Policy Development at DHCD where she prepared the Action Plan for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, managed a statewide database of affordable housing developments and provided research and data analysis on housing market trends and information. Ms. Malloy began her career in affordable housing as a case manager for a transitional housing program and holds a M.P.A. from the Center for Public Policy and Administration at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Stephen O’Keefe, Technical Assistance Specialist
Stephen joined Victory Programs, Inc.’s in March 2010 as a Technical Assistance Specialist. His involvement with the yet-to-be-named AIDS Epidemic began in 1982 (it was then called “GRID”—Gay Related Immune Deficiency) through the Fenway Community Health Center in Boston. At the time he was employed as a Claims Representative with the Social Security Administration in Dorchester, Massachusetts (1977 through 1985). In 1986 he founded the Cape Cod AIDS Council, a volunteer, grassroots, AIDS service organization; in 1987 he incorporated it as a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization with headquarters in Hyannis. (The Cape Cod AIDS Council was later merged into the Visiting Nurse Association of Cape Cod.) In May 1987 he joined the staff of the AIDS Bureau of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health as an AIDS Resource Developer. He was appointed DPH’s AIDS Housing Program Coordinator in 1990. From 1990 to 2000 he oversaw the development of over 1,000 units of DPH-funded supportive housing for individuals and families living with HIV throughout Massachusetts; this development was accomplished through the Request For Proposal (RFP) process in cooperation with other governmental agencies and non-profit community-based organizations. During that ten year period, he was responsible for annual budgets that grew from $500,000 in 1990 to $6.5 million ($4.5 million in state funds and $2 million in federal HOPWA funds) in 2000. Stephen resigned his position with DPH in June 2000 to pursue other goals that included writing, travel to Ireland, and a position with Boston Medical Center’s HealthNet Plan. Stephen is a graduate of St. Anselm’s College in Manchester, N.H.
Jonathan Sherwood, Director of Housing
Jonathan's expertise lies in non-profit management and the implementation of supportive housing programs. Jonathan began at AIDS Housing Corporation as a Project Manager in 2001 and was quickly promoted to the position of Director of Technical Assistance. He directed a number of local and state-wide AIDS housing needs assessments across New England, has developed regional and national HOPWA training curricula and authored HUD's technical assistance guide for the HOPWA program, the HOPWA Oversight Resource Guide. With the merger of AHC and Victory Programs, Jonathan now oversees the Technical Assistance Program and Victory Program's Supportive Housing, as Director of Housing. He has served as Board President and reasurer for the North Shore Housing Trust, as well as a City Councilor in Amesbury, MA.
Elizabeth Stewart, Technical Assistance Specialist
Elizabeth joined AHC in the fall of 2009. She has primarily been involved in the coordination and development of trainings. Prior to coming to AHC, Ms. Stewart was a Senior Program Coordinator at the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). During her time there, she was responsible for overseeing the administration of multiple state-funded bond programs which provided funding to developers of affordable housing. She regularly worked in conjunction with local and state agencies in the management of housing developments that received funding from a wide array of sources including HUD 202, HOPE IV, CDBG, LIHTC, tax-exempt bonds, and HOME. Ms. Stewart also participated in DHCD-sponsored HOME Occupancy trainings and was certified as a HOME Program Specialist in June, 2009. Ms. Stewart has additional work experience as a Program Representative in the Supportive Housing department at the Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership, a regional housing authority based in Boston, MA. At MBHP, Ms. Stewart managed multiple federal subsidy programs for people with special needs including Designated Housing, FUP, VASH, RNG and Shelter Plus Care.
Russell Waters, IT & Program Associate
Russ has been with Victory Programs since January 2006 and was promoted to his current position in November 2009. Russ will provide information technology support for TAP's web-based trainings, publications and other resources including a regional database of housing programs. He will also assist in the design, production and distribution of TA team brochures, as well as maintaining and updating the Agency website.